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About the Author

Lisa Maliga has held a variety of jobs from drug and discount store cashier, library clerk, telemarketer, store detective, counter help at a bakery, and Hollywood office temp. She’s also worked in the fields of construction, banking, insurance, and as a bath and body products designer. She still makes and uses her own soapy creations. Visit her website at: www.LisaMaliga.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480245461
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480245464
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Lisa Maliga is an American novelist and nonfiction author of soap crafting books. When not writing, Lisa reads lots of books, watches movies, goes on daily hikes and wishes she had more time to bake and skate.You'll find more about her work at:

http://www.lisamaliga.com
http://lisamaliga.wordpress.com
http://pinterest.com/lisamaliga
http://eepurl.com/UZbE9 [The Discerning Readers' Newsletter]

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Candy @ So little time... on November 18, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Sylvia Gardner leads a pretty mundane life. At 19, after breaking up with her boyfriend, she becomes infatuated with a British actor, Alexander Thorpe. As a result, Sylvia learns everything she can about him. She knows that he lives in a little village in England, and decides to save her money so she can meet him. Two years later, in 1981, Sylvia leaves her home in Illinois, boards a plane, and goes to England to find Alex.

I found the story to be a little melancholy for me. Sylvia is lost. She has dropped out of college and is working in a library. She doesn't really know what she wants to do with her life. She sees some of the kids she went to school with, from the jock, with a promising career ahead of him, who loses it all when he goes to jail, to the good Christian girl, who has an unplanned pregnancy, all going down paths they didn't intend to go down. She wants more from life than that, but what? One thing, she feels she needs to meet Alexander Thorpe. Some how that will make her life complete.

I liked the quaint little village Sylvia is at in England, and the interesting characters at Windrush Arms Hotel, but they all seemed to be struggling with their own misfortunes. One of them is Harry Livingstone, the hotel owner, his wife ran off years before, now he is overweight and is drunk most of the time. Then there is Phoebe, with a degree from Bristol University she Is much too qualified to be working as the barmaid. My favorite and the one person I would have liked to see more of was Peter O'Neill, I loved his Irish accent, and he was much more of Sylvia's age. Still, he, like the other men in this story, only seem to have one thing on their minds - sex.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By melbomartin on October 3, 2014
Format: Paperback
Sylvia is a dreamer, more comfortable in her own head than out in the real world. Her inner life is an escape from emotional difficulties and a consolation when reality intrudes. Her introspection is borne of the feeling that something bigger and better is out there ... she just has to find it.

After breaking up with her steady boyfriend from high school, she develops an intense fixation on an English actor. She is convinced that if only they could meet, they would know they were meant for each other.

Meanwhile, across the pond, said English actor is getting the feeling that there is someone out there he has to meet...

Now I know what you're thinking but this is NOT a "fatal attraction" kind of story. This is about soulmates ... a feeling that we are known, loved and accepted just as we are. "Out of the Blue" is a story about a young woman's journey to emotional maturity but there is an underlying thread. That thread is the connection between intuitives which will be familiar to anyone of an introspective bent.

While this story will appeal to a younger audience because of the age of the principal character, it will also resonate with those who have ever felt that inexplicable pull towards another person.

NB: This review is about the rewritten version of "Out of the Blue" (2014). I have also read the original version and there are some narrative differences. I enjoyed reading this newer version of the novel and was provided with a copy of it in exchange for my honest review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By My Cozie Corner {Book Reviews} on September 22, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Lisa Maliga pens "Out of the Blue" with well developed and believable characters. A well written plot with romance and some heartbreak that will keep you guessing what will happen next. A must read for all romance fans.

This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review.
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