Review: A Life that Fits by Heather Wardell

A Life That Fits by Heather Wardell: NOOK Book CoverDetails: A Life that Fits by Heather Wardell

          • Pub. Date: May 2011
          • Publisher: Heather Wardell, via Smashwords
          • Sold By: SMASHWORDS – EBKS
          • Format: NOOK Book (eBook)

A Life that Fits Synopsis:

Twenty-eight-year-old Andrea returns home from a business trip to find Alex, her boyfriend of fourteen years, nervously waiting for her. Assuming he’s finally going to propose, Andrea’s instead horrified to learn he’s been cheating on her and is leaving to be with the other woman, who he calls Andrea’s opposite.

At first Andrea’s paralyzed by shock and sadness, but the business analyst soon forms a plan: change every last detail of her life and become her opposite so Alex will come back to her.

It’s a challenge at first, but soon Andrea’s loving the changes she’s making, the new activities she’s doing, and the new people in her life. But will she change enough to get Alex back? And if she does, will he fit into the wonderful new life she’s creating for herself?

My Thoughts:

Once again, Heather Wardell has exceeded by expectations with A Life that Fits. This is a story of what I think to be many women in their late twenties.  Andrea come home from a business trip expecting her boyfriend of many years to be waiting for her, but when she arrives she find him nervously waiting but something just doesn’t seem right.  While she is expecting an proposal, he is breaking up with her and puts her whole life in a tailspin.  Over the course of the next few days, she realizes that she doesn’t even know who she is anymore and decides that she is going to change her life and focus on being the opposite of who she is today.    She starts this process to get her boyfriend, Alex, back but more and more changes along the way.  She learns about who her friends are and who they are not and has a lot of trouble along the way.  The biggest question in her mind is can she win Alex back or has she lost him forever.

My favorite part of this book is that it is so real, a situation that women face every day.  Heather Wardell has an outstanding ability to take situations that as women we are face with yet find very uncomfortable to deal with and write about them then in a way that allows each woman to feel empowered about herself and her life.  Not an easy task at all.  Also, it brings to light that even the most educated woman who is successful in her job has a need to be in a relationship and to be wanted.  It is something that I know might irritate some readers but for me this was an important part of building the story.  For sure, this is a book that is meant as light reading, not deep to the point of making changes in your own life but rather the story of a woman and how she transforms after really thinking that the life she wanted was all over.  Self awareness and growth is really what I saw in this book.  Heather Wardell has consistently brought me great joy in her books.

My Rating

4 Penguins(really 4 1/2, but I don’t have a 4 1/2 picture)

A Life That Fits is another great story that I think truth empowers women.

Other Books By This Author:

Life Love and The Polar Bear Tattoo – Review Here

Go Small or Go Home – Review Here

Stir Until Thoroughly Confused – Review Here

Planning to Live – Review Here

*I was provided with an ecopy of this book for review from the author.  This in no way affected my opinions above.



Review: Hunter’s Fall by Shiloh Walker

Hunter's Fall (The Hunters)

Overview – Hunter’s Fall

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: June 2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback , 336pp
  • Sales Rank: 230,709


Nessa lost her memory following a near-death experience. Dominic is a Hunter dealing with his own problems with memory and sanity. When the two are put together to battle the forces of darkness-while trying to restore what they’ve lost-their all-consuming passion becomes an even greater unknown.

My Thoughts:

First, I want to thank Shiloh for allowing me to be apart of her blog tour.  I love this series and was so excited to get the chance to preview this book ( I had been waiting — sometimes impatiently for it).  But now its time is here.  Normally, I would do my own summary of the book and what it was about but in this case I am not going to.  I think that this book is so good that you really just need to get out there and read it for yourself!  I know for me I got sucked into this book and read it all in one sitting.  I am thrilled that it meet and exceeded all of my expectations.  I find Shiloh’s approach to this series very refreshing and different.  I think the way that Nessa is forced to handle her emotions in this book makes it different than other paranormal books I have read recently.  Shiloh Walker has a wonderful style and a certain flair for being scenes and characters to life and Nessa is one of my all time favorite characters.  My only concern, if it can really be one, is that there were times where the story slowed down a bit and I had to make myself focus to get though it but those were few and pretty far between.   While I know I told you I read it in one sitting, it still did slow down in parts where I just had to keep reading because I knew it was going to pick up again.  

My Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars.  I highly recommend this book and hope you will go check it out!

* I was provided a copy of this book from the author for review.  All opinion are my own.

Review: Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Along for the Ride

Overview – 

Along for the Ride

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Format: Paperback , 432pp
  • Sales Rank: 843
  • Age Range: Young Adult


Ever since her parents began fighting, Auden has been unable to sleep at night. Now, spending a summer at a charming beach town with her father and his new family, she has to find new places to pass the time she spends awake. And so she meets Eli, a fellow insomniac who becomes her nighttime guide. Together, they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she has missed; for Eli, to come to terms with the death of a friend. In her trademark blockbuster-style, Sarah Dessen creates a powerful and irresistible story of two people learning how to connect.

My Thoughts

This the first Sarah Dessen book I had read and I must say that I am thrilled to find an author this good.  I picked up this book this morning and could not put it down.  The story of a young woman, Auden, who has always been a little adult focused on her future and the new and life changing experiences she goes through when she visits her dad, step-mother and new baby stepsister in Colby.  I can totally relate to Auden and her lack of social experience.  I could understand her feelings and the choices she made because it is exactly what I would have done.  I love the town of Colby and the girls that Auden meets there.  They take her in even if she did make a huge mistake of making out with Jake the first night she is in town.  That very same night she see a boy doing tricks on the boardwalk but doesn’t know who he is.  Auden learns that his name is Eli and he is going through a difficult time since the summer before his best friend, Abe, died in a car accident where he was the driver.
This is a wonderful story of a girl chance to take control of her life and really live.  There is a perfect amount of detail in the story and many different story lines moving at the same time.  I enjoyed that the story was not just a romance but really that of finding friendship, family, yourself and love all at the same time.  It is a story of taking chances and growing.

My Rating 

4.5 stars a great simple fun loving read!  Check it out!
*  I purchased this book and all opinions are my own.