Review: A Life that Fits by Heather Wardell

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          • 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: Side Jobs by Jim Butcher

Side Jobs by Jim Butcher: Book Cover

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: October 2010
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Format: Hardcover , 418pp
  • Sales Rank: 907


The first short story collection in the #1 New York Times bestselling series-including a brand-new Harry Dresden novella!
Here, together for the first time, are the shorter works of #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher-a compendium of cases that Harry and his cadre of allies managed to close in record time. The tales range from the deadly serious to the absurdly hilarious. Also included is a new, never-before-published novella that takes place after the cliff-hanger ending of the new April 2010 hardcover, Changes. This is a must-have collection for every devoted Harry Dresden fan as well as a perfect introduction for readers ready to meet Chicago’s only professional wizard.

My Review:

I would highly recommend that one have read all of the books in this series before taking this one on.  I love the wit and humor in the Dresden Files and this book continues though it while filling in some of the blanks that I had while reading thought them.  Butcher does a nice job of explaining each short story, as well as, where it falls in the series.  I was pleased to see stories from Thomas, Dresden’s brother, and Murphy, cop he works with and has always had feeling for.  I enjoyed seeing the different styles that Butcher can write from outside of what I have seen him write in the past.  I was a little disappointed when this came out as the next book in the series because it felt like it was just a filler book and that the series might die off but after reading Aftermath I think there will be more to come for Harry Dresden.  It really does not give us any idea what is too come but leaves the door wide open for more.  4.5 stars for this book – mostly due to the fact that it is a collection rather than a continuation of the story.  

Please be sure to check out review of Ghost Story the book that follows Side Jobs.