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Following My Toes [Kindle Edition]

Laurel Osterkamp
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Book Description

Even if nobody believes her, Faith Emerson knows she’s psychic. After all, she totally saw it coming when Peter, her boyfriend of two years, dumped her for her best friend.

Heartbroken, Faith needs a fresh start. So when her good friend Carolyn suggests she move from Duluth to Minneapolis, Faith takes the plunge and embarks on a new adventure. However, Faith soon learns things don’t always go as planned when she’s forced to deal with a coffee shop customer from hell, a bruised tailbone, a phone-sex operator roommate, a freeloading little sister, her parents’ taxidermy convention, and a new love interest who may be stalking her. Yet every time Faith tries to rely on her perceptive abilities, friends or family accuse her of being self-involved.

Faith believes in love, but knows she must solve the stalker mystery before she can trust any of the new men in her life. In the process she discovers that she has more to learn about following her heart and following her instincts than she ever imagined.

Following My Toes is a tale of love and forgiveness, told with humor and a fresh, innovative voice!

Following My Toes was chosen as "best chick lit" in the 2008 National Indie Excellence Book Award contest.

Editorial Reviews


Winner! 2008 Indie Excellence Award for Chick Lit.             

 "A wonderful story of learning to forgive yourself and others, trusting your instincts and not giving up... a great read." -- Muse Book Reviews, July 2006

"Author Ms. Osterkamp has penned a tale that is pure delight and will touch the reader on many emotional levels." -- Love Romances June 2006

"Following My Toes connects the reader to the feeling of chatting with a close friend." -- TCM Reviews, June 2006

"Osterkamp's background as a comedy writer is readily apparent with the nice balance between the humor and the serious." --, December, 2006

"Faith's realization of her faults and that she is more than everyone thinks she is, makes a very good story." --
Coffee Time Romance (, June 2006

About the Author

Laurel Osterkamp has been a comedy writer for Minneapolis performance groups over the last seven years. She currently teaches creative writing to high school students, and lives in Minneapolis with her husband and son. This is her first novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 729 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: PMI Books (August 12, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001E6A2KM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,311 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm shocked May 30, 2006
By Harvey
that this is the author's first novel! While this is definitely a fun read, she also has a way with language that made me think she had a number of books under her belt.

I can imagine this being a favorite with the chick lit crowd, though I liked it more as a mystery novel. So I guess I'd say that unless your reading is confined to encyclopedias and repair manuals, you'll really like this. Highly recommended!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging from the start October 7, 2006
Even though I don't generally read this genre, Osterkamp's book kept me turning the pages. From the opening where we learn Faith is not only psychic, but has been kidnapped, this story forced me to read on.

The humor Faith uses to look at her life makes this story endearing and believable. I was with her from the time her best friend fessed up to cheating with Faith's boyfriend all the way through her "call girl" room mate and mechanic crush. Funny and engaging. I'll definitely buy the author's next book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Summer delight--"Following my toes" July 14, 2006
For a funny, enjoyable romp with engaging characters, "Following my Toes" was a good read. I'm hoping for a sequel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A light-hearted and well done book August 7, 2006
Faith is psychic, but she's not surprised that most people don't believe her. After all, her powers didn't let her know about bruising her tailbone, being abducted, or, well, any of the things that plague her life after she moves to Minneapolis.

Faith needs a fresh start after her boyfriend dumps her for her best friend, so she follows the advice of her friend Carolyn and moves to Minneapolis. Only things don't work out quite as planned. Carolyn is having issues with her own boyfriend, jobs are difficult to find, and when Faith finds an apartment, it turns out her roommate is a phone sex operator. And then there are the men who come into her life...

There's the sexy mechanic, the friendly neighbor, and the cute coffee-shop patron. At first they all seem wonderful, but they all have issues of their own, and one of them is stalking Faith. She has to try to figure out who she can trust before she can really find a new start.

Following My Toes is a funny, believable story about learning to live and love and let go. Faith's problems are ones that the reader can relate to, things that happen to everyone at some point in their life, and that makes her a character that's very easy to connect to. The first-person narrative really drew me into the story, and made me feel as though Faith were talking to me.

I really enjoyed reading Following My Toes. It is well done and light-hearted without being overly humorous or fake. I look forward to seeing more from this author.

Armchair Interviews says: It is a delightful, quick read,
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A super-fun read! May 18, 2006
From the beginning I was hooked! This book is fast-paced, and unlike some of the chick lit I've read, it has some depth as well. I recommend it to anyone who likes comic-romance that's well written and smart.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Following My Toes May 26, 2011
When Faith is dumped by her boyfriend of two years for her best friend; she decides that it is time for a new start. She moves from the small town of Duluth to Minneapolis, where her friend Carolyn lives. She soon finds herself dealing with a crazy stalker, a phone-sex operator roommate and a demented coffee shop customer. Overall, I enjoyed this book. The characters were interesting and the plot was fun and entertaining. Although not quite as good as her other book, this one is definitely worth a read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Psychic itching May 17, 2011
Laurel Osterkamp is a captivating author. She digs deep and nails it. The self-doubt and self-analysis of the main character made my head spin. All this agony eventually led to self-discovery and forgiveness. The people closest to you can and do hurt you the deepest. A little bit of psychic itching always helps.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun! May 5, 2011
By Lisa
Following My Toes is the story of Faith, a maybe psychic who loves to follow her feelings. The story actually starts with Faith and two others being abducted, and then we get a giant flashback to see how they got to that point. I find the term "chick lit" gets a bad rap amongst many readers, but this was chick lit in the best senses of the word. It was fun. There were break-ups, make-ups, friendships, and entirely new lives. The cast of characters was hilarious. I think I'd have a hard time picking a favorite, but if forced I'd probably choose Faith's eccentric roommate Missy. Missy was a free spirit who was loads of fun.

The ending was not entirely unpredictable, but twists and turns are not what this book is about. It's about exploring the intricacies of various relationships and forgiveness. Can Faith forgive people who have wronged her? Is forgiveness really necessary to truly move on with your life after you've been hurt? Can being introspective about our own feelings blind us to everything else in the world around us? All of these are touched upon with a lightly humorous touch. I found myself laughing many times. The ending was satisfying and made sense for all the characters and their quirks.

I kind of thought we'd get to the actual explanation of the abduction from the first few pages sooner, but that didn't take away from my enjoyment. Overall, I found this book to be fun and funny, while still providing several things to think about. In the end, I felt like the characters were old friends I would love to keep hanging out with. And I definitely want to know where they are going from here.

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Published 2 months ago by Charles Cunningham
4.0 out of 5 stars lovely story about Faith a High School English Teacher who is psychic...
Following My Toes is a well written, lovely story about Faith a High School English Teacher who is psychic and experiences some bad situations on her way to learning how to truly... Read more
Published 5 months ago by marykc22
5.0 out of 5 stars intriguing!!!! I could relate!
Lacey and Peter had me bitter... Much like the people in my life...but I wanted a more defined conclusion.
Well written
Published 9 months ago by Kayanna Britton
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Great Read! Addictive characters!
What I really enjoyed about "Following My Toes" was that it was written in such a fresh way for such an important, and sometimes difficult theme--complete and utter... Read more
Published on March 4, 2013 by jovie
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised with "following my toes"
I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful chick lit. It was my holiday read, and it did not disappoint.
The main character Faith is relate-able, humorous and in the end, inspiring. Read more
Published on February 18, 2013 by The RioB Family
4.0 out of 5 stars Following My Toes
This book had me anticipate each page turn and left me with alot to think about. The characters were all very interesting and kept you entertained throughout.
Published on February 14, 2013 by Carrie
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read!!!
Following My Toes is a fun read told from the perspective of the main character, Faith Emerson. The story starts off with Faith being kidnapped and I was instantly pulled in, and... Read more
Published on February 12, 2013 by Mandy Whatley
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read!
Generally if a book doesn't snap me up in the first couple of pages, it's over. This book had me within the first couple of paragraphs. Read more
Published on February 11, 2013 by Solo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
This is a fun read with great character development. I could not put the book down. Thoughtfully written with a lesson in the end. Great book for the beach.
Published on January 31, 2013 by Lisa Ruscyczk Ed.D.- Author of the Charlie the Cavalier Children's Books and 50 Things to Know Books
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
The characters were interesting and the storyline was good for the most part. Some aspects of the story seemed to be skipped through or past over rather quickly and conveniently. Read more
Published on September 6, 2012 by Carla
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More About the Author

I love writing because I get very attached to my characters. Lucy debuted in Campaign Promises, a free novella that I released to thank all my awesome readers. Then Lucy's story continued with November Surprise and Blue State. More recently there's The Holdout, also featuring Lucy, but the main character is her cousin Robin, and it's about love, justice, and reality TV. And you can find both Lucy and Robin in my newest book, American Angst.

I'm on Twitter but I don't tweet super often. A better idea is to follow my blog,, or Lucy's blog,, where you'll read about Lucy's career, marriage, and politics.

I teach in Minneapolis, MN, where I enjoy my boot collection, spending time with my husband and two chatty children, and finding time to write. My other novels are both award winning - Following My Toes and Starring in the Movie of My Life. Visit me at

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