Dec 6, 2012
Author: Janis Thomas
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Berkley Trade (November 6, 2012)
If you stop trying new things, you might as well just stop.
Ellen Ivers has it all: a nice house, great kids, and a husband who loves her no matter how much she’s let herself go. There’s just one problem: Ellen is completely, utterly bored. Maybe it’s a mid-life crisis, or maybe it’s just time to make a change. Ellen starts taking care of herself and decides to start trying new things. As the pounds melt away and she begins to feel more comfortable in her own skin, Ellen’s cousin prompts the former writer to enter a blog competition.
At first Ellen is hesitant; after all, what exactly is she supposed to write about? But soon the words start flowing and Ellen gains confidence, in part because of the attention she’s getting from her cousin’s new neighbor, handsome detective Ben Campbell. Both Ellen and Ben are married with kids, and they know their friendship is heading down a dangerous path. As her attraction to Ben grows and her blog starts attracting a lot of interest, everything else in Ellen’s world begins to unravel. Now, she finds herself wondering if the life she has is what she really wants, or if something new is exactly what she needs…
Well, I am torn on the book, not because of the writing, which is good and keeps you interested, but because this type of story, along with zombies and the Apocalypse, is so overdone these days.
A woman of a certain age with an adequate, if not exciting life, decides to change. She gets a hobby or career that makes her feel worthy, fixes herself up, suddenly meets someone new that gives a spark. Does she throw away her current life to make a brand new start.......or realize what she has isn't all that bad. There are just so many of these types of storylines out there today.
This unfortunately could have the quality of the writing tamped down by the fact that it's an overdone subject.
BUT... if you do enjoy these stories and don't tire of them, this is a good book to sit down and spend time with. I like the topic of her starting a blog and it taking off in a positive manner - which hits close to my heart!
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