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review 2017-09-08 20:51
DNF: The Author Training Manual by Nina Amir
The Author Training Manual: Develop Marketable Ideas, Craft Books That Sell, Become the Author Publishers Want, and Self-Publish Effectively - Nina Amir,James Scott Bell

After a two-year hiatus from this book, I have finally accepted what I knew long ago -- I am not going back. And having it sit half-finished has held me back from pursuing other writing exercise books for far too long. It is time to move on.

I was initially excited about this book that tackles the more "business-y" side of writing and being an author, and I read and did the exercises diligently for the first several chapters. But the questions end up being incredibly repetitive and the exercises uninspiring, until my dread of returning to it led to the long break while I coped with the fact that this "finisher" was not going to finish this book.

I guess I'll have to find some other way to train as an author.

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review 2017-06-10 14:24
The Idea of You - Amanda Prowse

Lucy, 39 is desperate to be a mum and so is thrilled to meet and fall in love with Jonah, but things get a bit tricky when his teenage daughter comes to stay. It's a bit hard to like Lucy as she is sickly sweet and some of the other characters are often irritating. The dialogue isn't always convincing plus there's an awful lot of someone saying something twice in the same sentence - e.g. I'm going to do something, I am which irks a bit. Very descriptive though of Lucy's troubles and you can sympathise with her, up to a point. A bit of all sorts in this book, feel good factor, sadness and happiness too. I liked it.

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review 2017-06-01 17:12
The Idea of You/Robinne Lee
The Idea of You: A Novel - Robinne Lee

Solène Marchand, the thirty-nine-year-old owner of an art gallery in Los Angeles, is reluctant to take her daughter, Isabelle, to meet her favorite boy band. But since her divorce, she’s more eager than ever to be close to Isabelle. The last thing Solène expects is to make a connection with one of the members of the world-famous August Moon. But Hayes Campbell is clever, winning, confident, and posh, and the attraction is immediate. That he is all of twenty years old further complicates things.

What begins as a series of clandestine trysts quickly evolves into a passionate and genuine relationship. It is a journey that spans continents as Solène and Hayes navigate each other’s worlds: from stadium tours to international art fairs to secluded hideaways in Paris and Miami. For Solène, it is a reclaiming of self, as well as a rediscovery of happiness and love. When Solène and Hayes’ romance becomes a viral sensation, and both she and her daughter become the target of rabid fans and an insatiable media, Solène must face how her romantic life has impacted the lives of those she cares about most.


While this book was overtly explicit in places, Soléne's tone made the book a lot of fun to read.


If you're not comfortable with a relationship with a significant age gap, then don't read this, simply put. I thought this book did a great job of exploring the double standard of age relations and for confronting why many of us have an inherent opposition to a specific type of relationship between two consenting adults.


Soléne was an intriguing character simply in the way she handles herself. On one hand, she has a really fantastic job that she's persevered at for years and has found a lot of success with, even in a challenging world, but on the other hand she seems to be constantly worrying about needing to have a man in her life and how she's too old to find a new man. I did adore her tone and realism, however. She had a lot of dry humour and deadpanning that highly amused me.


I had a lot of fun also seeing the person behind the face of a boy band. There's a moment where the band is nominated for a Grammy award that really struck me--Hayes was so genuine in that moment. He had a tendency to believe that he could buy whatever he wanted, also, and in a way he grew up through this book.


I adored the emotions of first love, of motherhood, and of being thirteen, which were all realistically and adeptly portrayed. Isabelle was a standout character; I could see myself several years ago in her and in the way she handled the relationship. She was surprisingly mature yet very real.


Kudos for the Kehinde Wiley reference--I enjoyed the art gallery aspect of this book a lot. And that ending, wow. There was a lot of very explicit scenes which wasn't quite what I was expecting, but I was able to read through them.


Though it wasn't a complete standout, I enjoyed this book for the depth of emotion the characters felt.

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review 2017-04-15 02:39
The Idea of You
The Idea of You - Amanda Prowse

The main idea underlying The Idea of You by Amanda Prowse is the definition of "you" – a child lost. The book begins with a focus on the grief of miscarriage but then introduces a second story line. The second overshadows what initially draws me into the book. I wish the book had explored more its initial theme of miscarriage and its impact on not just the woman but the family who experiences it.


Reviewed for NetGalley


Source: www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2017/04/the-idea-of-you.html
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review 2017-04-04 02:50
The Idea Of You
The Idea of You - Amanda Prowse

This was an emotional and empowering novel.  Lucy has climbed the corporate ladder yet she feels she is missing something every important in her life.   While others envy her, Lucy yearns for the lives of her peers, she longs to be sleep deprived because her child kept her up all night or to come to work late because her child was having a bad morning.   As she sneaks again into the bathroom with a pregnancy test, I hoped that the results this time would bring the couple the baby they so desperately wanted.


When Camille arrives for the summer, Lucy has mixed emotions how she will fit into the mix.  Jonah hasn’t seen his daughter for quite some time and now that she’s a teen, she’s become a different person.  The apartment explodes as the three of them try to find their footing.  Lucy wants to be a friend to Camille yet she is her stepmother and what exactly does that mean and then we have Camille behavior, which she can change in an instant.  I liked listening to them and reading about them, these two women seemed to be fighting for space but what was really going on between them?    The father, Camille adores him and he enjoys the attention that he gets from her.   He doesn’t feel he is picking sides when things get heated between the three of them but the others in the household feel differently.  The couple desperately wanted to have a child yet this goal seems to fall into the hands of Lucy when Camille arrives.  I could feel how lonely and isolated she felt as she battled this alone while her husband was on stage being a hero for Camille.   Camille finds a summer job where she meets Dex.  He seems like a nice guy who has his life planned out, a guy who will go far and Camille falls hard for him.  Dex is a game changer for this household, as he stretches this family to great lengths and the truth finally is revealed.   What a terrific ending, I didn’t see that coming and loved how it all played out.  There were such a variety of emotions for all the characters in this novel, I loved how they shifted around.  I enjoyed this novel as it dealt with family, relationships, secrets, and first love.


I received a copy of this novel from NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing in exchange for an honest opinion.

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