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"L.M. Stull, in her debut novel, A Thirty-Something Girl, has penned a literary classic." ~ Maxwell Cynn, Author of CybrGrrl

"I think the draw to A Thirty-Something Girl-beyond Ms. Stull's fantastic writing-is the 'realness' of the characters and story." ~ Robert James Russell, Author of Sea of Trees

About the Author

A Washington, DC native, L.M. Stull spends her days chained to a desk at a law firm in southern Virginia. When she’s not feverishly taking orders from attorneys, she writes. Her stories tell of the human spirit – sometimes sad, sometimes not –most can relate to them on some level or another. A Thirty-Something Girl is her debut.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1467982261
  • ISBN-13: 978-1467982269
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,479,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lynxie on May 4, 2013
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A Thirty-something Girl is an emotionally packed/draining book.

With Hope, our main character starting out all doom and gloom, I can understand why people might start this but never finish it. It's a bit like a sad-bomb was let off in the opening chapters, and sadness and unbelievable hurt was strewn from the chandelier.

If you make it past this and continue on, you get some explanation, albeit a rather completely far fetched and too unbelievably complex reason. I felt that too much had 'gone wrong' for hope that it all became too unrealistic.

What I did like was how much her friends loved her, were there for her and offered support in various ways. The book was interspersed with a lot of very positive and inspirational words. It would be a good book to read if you were feeling a bit down (but you'd have to skip the first part).

I felt that the romance/ love interest in the story was too melodramatic, too rushed and while containing realistic reactions given their pasts, ultimately too 'fairytale'

There were some typos, but only a couple (mostly misuse of there/their/they're and similar).

The ending... Oh, the ending. I just don't know what to say about that. I simultaneously like it and hate it. It felt surreal, fragmented and yet sort of completely right too. I can't offer you much more than that I am afraid.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Timiosanthos on December 19, 2011
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This beautifully written novel focuses on Hope, a girl who has almost lost all hope in life. Having hit rock bottom and gone through tragedy after tragedy, Hope discovers the importance of friendship and how to love again and open herself up to new directions in life.

L.M. Stull proves herself to be an amazing writer and story-teller in this gem of a novel. Heartbreaking and heartwarming, Hope's journey becomes all of our journey and takes the reader through all the highs and lows of life. The best part of this book for me was the relationships between Hope and her friends, and the tenderness with which her new love blossoms. Stull has found her voice in this debut novel and I can't wait to read more from her.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By bookfan on December 18, 2011
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This is an emotional tale about a girl named Hope and her coming to terms with the tragedies of her past. It's an eloquently written story that reveals so many truths to real life and real people. One of the best romance stories I've read in a long time, it also focuses on how special and important frienships are. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who treasures stories of the heart.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Maxwell Cynn on December 22, 2011
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L.M. Stull has penned a literary classic. Strong words for what could be called a Chick-Lit Romance, but true none-the-less. The realistic emotion portrayed throughout creates more of a personal essay / memoir feel than fiction. The characters are as Hemingway demanded "more real than real." I was immediately drawn into the life of Hope, a woman trying to survive turning thirty as her life implodes. This novel could well be used as a textbook of well written prose. If you are a writer, in any genre, read it. This is how it is done.

As a reader, I totally lost myself in the story - relating more to Hope's trials, failures, fears, and triumphs than you would think a 50 year old man would. The writing drew me in and captured my heart. I cried with Hope and cheered for her. I totally could not put the story down, even reading it at work on my cell phone when I didn't have my Kindle handy. A Thirty-Something Girl is my Must Read of the year. Get it now. Give it to someone you love for Christmas. Author L.M. Stull is someone to watch. I can't wait to read what she writes next.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MMann on April 15, 2012
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Stull's protagonist, Hope, hasn't just experienced a hint of darkness. She was thrown straight into a hole. Even if she had the right equipment, dirt was caving in faster than she could shovel. She didn't believe hope was waiting on the other side. She couldn't get out of her own way. Her flaws trumped her worth.

We've all been there at one time or another, because darkness comes in so many different forms. Whether it's a relationship or marriage dissolving, losing the ones we love, getting axed from the job of our dreams, or finding a way out without a light. Each of these situations causes emotional turmoil. Some choose to let these moments become their end. The strong ones allow them to only be their beginning. For those who fight, it's how you survive and the tools you use that define your character. For Hope, she can allow her past to only be a memory or she can allow it to be the foundation of her future.

"Stop apologizing for being yourself." This is one of the lines that stood out the most and something, I believe, we can all learn from. We can't change who we are. Our traits must be embraced and loved. We can stop history from repeating itself by learning from our mistakes. But it's that layer of protection that prevents us from making the same mistakes twice.

Stull's characters experience tragedy, love, loss, and redemption. While more information began to unfold, all I could do was hold on with both hands. This story hit me. It brought out dark emotions and those are the ones that affect me the most. It was fiction based on fact, and it was well done!
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