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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (July 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736915893
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736915892
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,575,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have always written...since gradeschool when I would draft the longest novel I could, I think I made it to page 120. I wrote plays and poems and strange stories about midget aliens. My readership was zero, but that didn't matter. The desire to write was there and set upon my heart.

Always an observer, maybe I wanted to write in order to be the ultimate observer...the one perched outside the page watching the story or situation unfold. I find comfort there...on the perimeter.

College was a great place for me to explore my love of story and expression. With a double major in Journalism and Film I had the ultimate opportunity to feed my imagination and quest for story, words, and meaning behind those words. My favorite movies list includes Broadcast News and All the Presidents Men. Even though I didn't go the way of hard journalism, I am always thrilled by the task of uncovering a story or a situation to find the meaning and more universal lesson.

Currently I try to uncover that meaning through fiction. But I think the pursuit will end up taking many shapes.

Hopefully, through it all, I keep the quest for meaning, compassion, understanding, faith, and discovery at the forefront of my writing. I hope others connect with it. I think we all can learn great lessons from one another...that is what the exchanges between writer and story, reader and story, and writer and reader can do.


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If you enjoy reading chick lit...give this book a try.
N. Honsaker
Surprises abound; the characters are true-to-life and compelling.
Dr. David Frisbie
This is a completely satisfying romantic comedy debut novel!
Stacey

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary Byers on September 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
When this book entered my life, I wondered if I, a 42-year-old married mother of two, could relate to the adventures of a single heroine. The answer is a resounding "Yes"! I enjoyed this book immensely. It kept my entertained and guessing about the outcome. Hope Lyda is a clever writer and I appreciated her wit and humor. I can't wait to read whatever she writes next!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Ashton on August 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
I absolutely loved this book. It was often laugh-out-loud funny, deliciously and stylishly clever, and engaging as to the real-life problems of the Older Single Girl. (I was one, so I could relate.) Set in the colorful town of Tucson, with equally colorful characters, three single girls (who also end up in happy circumstances) decide their their wallflower friend needs a makeover. Her accidentally spectacular success makes for a most satisfying read. The only character that needed, for me, more fleshing out was Our Hero, who was too movie-star wonderful to be believed. I'd have liked the initial meeting of the two to be less instantly successful.

But for a Cinderella story, others would say the meeting was perfection.

I hope Ms Lyda continues to write inspiring escapes like this. For us True Believers, this sort of story can never be told too often.
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By Stacey VINE VOICE on August 1, 2007
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This is the charming tale of Mari Hamilton, a 29 year old who has not achieved any of the goals that she wanted to accomplish by her 30th birthday. She drives a beat up car. There is no special man in her life. She works in a retirement home rather than at a fashionable spa. She is constantly reminded by her boss and the residents of Golden Horizons that she does not adequately fill the shoes of the former Recreation Director, Beau, whom she replaced five years ago. Even Mari's well-meaning friends constantly try to change her - job, clothes, social life. In a last ditch effort to have a better life, she takes several leaps of faith. Will she land firmly on her feet? Or fall flat on her face?

Hope Lyda has a smooth writing style that immediately draws the reader into Mari's world. She is quick witted and very funny - her chapter titles are adorable. At times, our mental processes were so in sync that she seemed to be writing my own thoughts. This is a completely satisfying romantic comedy debut novel!
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If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all.....

....until everything changes.

Hope Lyda has written a hilarious, witty page-turner about
missing it all, having it all, and coping with both.

Surprises abound; the characters are true-to-life and compelling.

Well written, perfectly paced, this is the work of a writer
reaching the peak of her craft.

Five stars -- and funny! :)

Dr. David & Lisa Frisbie
The Center for Marriage & Family Studies
Authors of "The Soul-Mate Marriage" and 10 other books
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By N. Honsaker on December 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
I honestly loved this book. The characters seemed to be real people rather than just characters in a book. I felt as though I was with friends because although most of the time I loved them, there were times when they annoyed me greatly. In all honesty, one of my favorite things about the book was the titles to each chapter. It was much more fun than the boring "chapter one" thing you see in most books. If you enjoy reading chick lit...give this book a try. You will probably end up enjoying it!
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