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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Blog Tour/Review - A Life Less Ordinary by Victoria Bernadine (#giveaway $25 GC)

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For the last fifteen years, Rose “Manny” Mankowski has been a very good girl. She turned her back on her youthful fancies and focused on her career. But now, at the age of 45, she's questioning her choices and feeling more and more disconnected from her own life. When she's passed over for promotion and her much younger new boss implies Manny's life will never change, something snaps. In the blink of an eye, she's quit her job, sold her house and cashed in her pension, and she's leaving town on a six month road trip.
After placing a personal ad for a travelling companion, she's joined in her mid-life crisis by Zeke Powell, the cynical, satirical, most-read – and most controversial – blogger for the e-magazine, What Women Want. Zeke's true goal is to expose Manny's journey as a pitiful and desperate attempt to reclaim her lost youth – and increase his readership at the same time. Leaving it all behind for six months is just an added bonus.

Now, armed with a bagful of destinations, a fistful of maps, and an out-spoken imaginary friend named Harvey, Manny's on a quest to rediscover herself – and taking Zeke along for the ride.

A Review by Carol

Book – A Life Less Ordinary
Author – Victoria Bernadine
Publication Date – December 10, 2012
Type – Stand Alone
Genre – Romance, Contemporary
Rating – 4 out of 5 Stars

Book provided by Author (Blog Tour) in exchange for an honest review.

I first chose this book because the heroine is the same age as I am – and what I would give now that my kids are all grown, I wanted to read about something I would have loved to be able to do.

Well, was this a journey I was so happy to take. I laughed, I cried, I got angry and I fell in love.  The writing style captivated from the beginning and it was a book that was hard to put down – I lost sleep and found myself locked in the bathroom away from an annoying boyfriend.

Oh my God….don’t even get me started about Harvey…oh what a pisser! 

What I really loved about this book was the journey of self discovery that Manny travelled – at times I found myself so deep into her psyche that I felt like I was reading a story about myself. 

Wow…this is definitely a book I would recommend to others!

Meet the Author

Victoria Bernadine (a pseudonym) is, as the saying goes, a “woman of a certain age”. After twenty-something years of writer’s block, she began writing again in 2008.

Victoria enjoys reading all genres and particularly loves writing romantic comedy and post-apocalyptic science fiction. What those two have in common is anybody's guess.

She lives in Edmonton with her two cats (The Grunt and The Runt). A Life Less Ordinary is the first novel she felt was good enough to be released into the wild.

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1 comment :

  1. Good morning! Thanks for hosting me today! I'm so glad you enjoyed the book. :) I wrote the book because it was something I desperately wanted to do at the time (although I doubt I would have found a Zeke to travel with), so I'm glad it resonated with you.

    And Harvey. I think everyone deserves a Harvey in their life - LOL.