I'm delighted to be sharing my review as part of the blog tour for Designer You by Sarahlyn Bruck today. First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book...
Pam Wheeler checked every box: Happy marriage? Check. Fantastic kid? Check. Booming career? Check.
So when her husband dies in a freak accident and their DIY empire goes on life support, Pam must fix the relationship with her troubled and grief-stricken daughter and save the family business.
Pam and Nate were a couple who just couldn’t get away from each other, sharing not only their bed, but also a successful lifestyle empire as DIY home renovators, bloggers, podcasters, and co-authors.
When Nate dies in a freak accident, Pam becomes a 44-year-old widow, at once too young and too old—too young to be thrust into widowhood and too old to rejoin the dating pool.
Now the single mother of a headstrong and grief-stricken teenager, Pam’s life becomes a juggling act between dealing with her loss and learning how to parent by herself. On top of all that she also must reinvent herself or lose the empire that she and Nate had built so carefully.
It is time for Pam to seize the opportunity to step up as a mother, come out from behind Nate’s shadow, and rise as the sole face of the Designer You brand, and maybe, possibly, hopefully, find love again.
I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I first picked up this book but I was instantly drawn into Pam's life as her world gets turned upside down! At its heart is a story about a family learning to cope with their grief along with showing both the highs and lows that come with healing. It felt real especially as the characters had their flaws making them even more believable. They made mistakes but isn't that what life is about, there was a hopeful feeling too as the characters try to figure out how best to move forward while dealing with everyday life. There were times when I wanted to reach in and have a word with the characters just so they wouldn't make the wrong choice. In a way I thought this was a brave move showing that sometimes grief doesn't bring you closer and can cause tension too.
I wouldn't necessarily say that this book moves at a fast pace but there is something about the characters that made me want to keep on reading just to see how everything would turn out for them.
Designer You had strong themes of family along with showing the effects of grief and trying to start over. It took me on quite a journey!
With thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources and the author for my copy.
Sarahlyn Bruck writes contemporary women's fiction and lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. She is the author of DESIGNER YOU, published by Crooked Cat Books on August 31, 2018. Sarahlyn teaches writing and literature at a local community college and also coaches writers for Author Accelerator.
DESIGNER YOU is Sarahlyn's debut, and she is hard at work on her next book. Want the latest updates? Follow along for news, events, and announcements at sarahlynbruck.com. You can sign up for her monthly newsletter there, too.
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