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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: PMI Books (April 23, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933826274
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933826271
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,110,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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." -- BookPleasures.com, 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 (www.coffeetimeromance.com), 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.

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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, www.laurelosterkamp.blogspot.com, or Lucy's blog, www.novembersurprises.blogspot.com, 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 www.laurelosterkamp.com.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Harvey on May 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
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 By MC on October 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
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 By Mary Ann Wilkin on July 14, 2006
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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 By Armchair Interviews on August 7, 2006
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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 By Carly Twiss on May 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
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 By Mary E. Young on May 26, 2011
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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 By Willow Halliday on May 17, 2011
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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 By The RioB Family on February 18, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
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. The story gave me lots of laughs and had some mystery too. The story starts with an abduction after all! I very much enjoyed this debut book from a new author.
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