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  • Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: Barbara Singer (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984325417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984325412
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,540,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The writing was very descriptive.
DonnaW
I read this book last summer and think it is truly one of the most inspiring stories I have ever read.
Sharon L. Lechner
Barbara's story is inspiring, positive, hopeful and filled with vision, passion and life lessons.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Ramirez on April 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
At the age of forty-six, Barbara Elaine Singer faced divorce, the sudden death of her new fiance and her daughter leaving for college. At the same time, she had begun to realize that her successful corporate career was not fulfilling her soul. The journey she embarks on, both literally and spiritually, takes us on surprising twists and turns on a drive across the U.S., a move to a seaside town, a sailing trip, and ultimately a flight abroad. In the end, we are left thinking about our own lives and the choices we have made. As Barbara explains, "I think that my personality was so strong that the universe had to blow up my whole life as I knew it in order for me to change." How Barbara found new answers to life's difficult questions is touchingly portrayed in this relatable and inspirational memoir. Her book is a must-read for everyone who is at a crossroads in their own life, contemplating a change and not sure how to make their next moves.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Katz Creative, Inc. on March 27, 2012
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Amazing! The author opens her heart and soul in order to offer us a roadmap by which we too can escape a tepid, predictable, dissatisfying life and find joyful surprises around every corner. Singer, at 46, the young end of the boomer scale, found herself fired from her job, divorced, the new man she was planning to marry suddenly dead of a heart attack, her only child away in college. In the midst of all this she awakens to the realization that the life she has is not the life she wants, and that the material possessions which once felt comfortable and satisfying are now only holding her back.

What she does next may be extreme for some, doable for others, but most of all make for an exciting and inspirational read. Reminiscent of Under The Tuscan Sun, with elements of The Bucket List, it is also thoroughly original. There are unexpected pleasures in this colorful, action-packed journey of discovery that I believe you won't want to miss.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carol on June 25, 2012
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Living Life Without Reservation's is a wonderful inspiring book. I recommend it completely and plan to order copies for my girlfriends. Barbara is an inspiration.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sboyd on April 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
Barbara shares her intimate life both happy and sad. She gives inspiration to those of us who have very similar experiences and want to start a new life. I was honored to actually get to meet her in Tuscany last year and hear her words of wisdom. With her inspiration I am now taking the step and going to Italy myself!!! It can be done, you just have to make up your mind to be happy. Thank you so much Barbara for giving other women the strength to do something for ourselves.
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By DonnaW on April 16, 2014
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Loved the book and the story. Barbara's travels were amazing and it was great to follow her journey to reach her dreams. The writing was very descriptive. Loved it!
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By laura on March 26, 2013
Format: Paperback
Barbara Singer's book is a wonderful journey through a trying time in life. It is a great read. Once you pick up the book, you have a hard time putting it down. What a courageous woman!
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By Trigs on March 18, 2013
Format: Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A wonderful tale of Singer's journey both physically and psychologically. I am a travel buff, so I thought it was so much fun to travel through Barbara vicariously. Tuscany sounds like a magical place. This book appeals to anyone who still has the hope of "escaping" from life someday...to go in search of something bigger, more meaningful, more real. This book might just be your inspiration.
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Format: Paperback
I loved reading Barbara's book. Caught up by the shocking events of the opening chapters I eagerly followed her amazing journey from country to country until she ends up happy and fulfilled in Tuscany, a world and a life away from her former existence.
It is a very readable, open and earnest life account full of spirit and courage, crossed with a very likeable travel journal. It is a great book for those seeking a break with the past and who need some positive support, as it is for those like myself who have relocated abroad and love travelling.
A great summer read, a bit of everything!
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