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Mind Over Madi Paperback – February 12, 2014

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: OakTara (February 12, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602903034
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602903036
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,784,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Seldom do I meet a person that I want to alternately punch and hug, but Madi fits the bill perfectly. Madi has an over active imagination and a mouth that does not how to filter, and when the two meet, look out world; well her portion of it anyway. I felt this way just 10 pages into the book; and the author does not fail to deliver that same dichotomy throughout the rest of the book.

Madi faces a dilemma, because of her insecurities she now has to face facts - is her husband really cheating on her, or is she once again imagining things that aren't there? While she tries to figure that out, her kids face their own issues. But the one burning question she grapples with is, 'should she attend the high school reunion or not?' With everything that is going on in her life, is it any wonder she needs the help of a therapist? And can she overcome her problems and her tendency to see the worst of every situation, to really listen to those who love her and allow them to talk some sense into her?

Lynda Schab has created a witty, true-to-life character in Madi - a real woman who is concerned about jiggly thighs, aging, teenage kids, and a marriage that has seen better days. As a reader there were times I really did want to hit her over the head and scream, "You've got it so good! Look around you!" while another part of me felt sorry for her that she had such deep seated and rooted issues. I am pretty sure that many readers who pick up this book have experienced the same emotions Madi has, even if not to the extent she has. Just pick up any agony aunt column and you can read Madi's story; I believe that's what makes it so compelling and believable.

Mind over Madi is Schab's debut novel and is a thought provoking and yet fun read. I cannot wait for the next novel to come out.
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Over the years I watched Mind Over Madi win as runner-up in the 2007 FaithWriters Page Turner contest. I remember reading it was a finalist in the 2007 RWA Get your Stiletto in the Door contest, and won second place in the 2008 ACFW Genesis contest, Chick Lit category.

Mind Over Madi is now out of contest judges' hands and finally available to be in yours. This is a type of story I relish because it's my favorite kind of read, and it's the style I use in my own writing. As I read Mind Over Madi I realized it's more than a wife and mom addicted to chocolate who relates to princesses, it's a heart check for readers who grew up in less than ideal situations and makes readers wonder if they took any baggage from those days and place them on our spouse's shoulders.

Mind Over Madi was an engaging read for me because Lynda created a fun, sassy character I relate to on a number of levels. Here is the back cover copy:

Madi McCall admits her husband lacks a little in the romance department, but all in all, he's been a good husband, a good father. Now, though, she suspects Rich is having an af air with Fawn Witchburn, the mother of one of his fourth-grade students. To say Fawn shows of her "assets" more than should be legally allowed in public is an understatement, and Madi's insecurities kick into high gear. When, in a heated moment, she asks Rich to leave and he complies, Madi is forced to deal with her issues. Issues of love and trust she's tried so hard to avoid. Issues that trail all the way back to her childhood and make her act like a total moron.

I relate to Madi because she's busy with the wife and mom thing, and has a touch of sass to her. When the going gets tough, she reaches for the chocolate. I so get that.
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Q: What's true-to-life, drop-dead hilarious, inspirational, eye-opening, and sometimes hits a little too close to home?

A. Easy--Lynda Lee Schab's new novel, Mind Over Madi.

When too-close-to-forty Madi McCall decides her husband, Richard, is cheating on her with town siren Fawn Witchburn, she asks him to move out. No, it's not the smartest move Madi could make, but her insecurities, coupled with her mother's constant haranguing about the evilness of all men, blind her to common sense and her husband's assurances of his undying love.

Left with their twin teens, Christina and Max, and youngest child, Emily, Madi forges ahead with her life. While she juggles her hormonal teens and a little girl who misses her dad, tends to household responsibilities, spends time with her fashionista friend, Sylvie, and tries to straighten out her insecurities with her counselor, Sarah Price, Madi turns to her guilty pleasure for solace.

Schab has turned the insecurities that so many of us feel into a witty, thought-provoking debut novel. What transpires will have you laughing out loud, cringing, sighing, commiserating, and wondering just how Lynda Schab knew your innermost thoughts--let alone your guilty pleasures. Her characters could be our next door neighbor or sister or co-worker. Her descriptions are fresh and spot-on. Her plotting is superb and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to find out what new dilemma Madi would find herself in--and what hilarious or heart-rending way she would use to get herself out. Prepare yourself for some unexpected twists as Madi discovers a few secrets and realizes she needs God in her life as much as she needs her husband.

Thankfully, Mind Over Madi is the first of a three-book series. Looking forward to Lynda's next two novels, Madily in Love and Sylvie and Gold, will help you get over coming to the end of a great debut novel.
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