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Planning to Live (Toronto Collection Book 3) Kindle Edition

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"Once in a blue moon I stumble upon a book that touches me so deeply it alters my thinking. This book did that for me."

This novel is not your typical girl-suddenly-discovers-herself novel. It's down-to-earth, real and sensitively written.

[Rhiannon] felt very real to me. The book does have serious, emotional moments, but it is balanced nicely with funny and witty scenes.

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  • File Size: 1171 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: September 8, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042G0QD4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #398,563 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Heather is a natural 1200 wpm speed reader and the author of the currently fourteen novels in the "Toronto Collection" of loosely related women's fiction stories (the free book which starts off the collection, "Life, Love, and a Polar Bear Tattoo", has had over 385,000 downloads!) as well as the three novels in the "Seven Exes" series.

Heather came to writing after careers as a software developer and elementary school computer teacher and has no plans to leave it. In her spare time, she reads, runs, swims, crochets, takes care of her aquarium and her cat Trinity, and plays drums and clarinet. Generally not all at once.

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Kelli of I'd So Rather Be Reading on October 31, 2010
Format: Paperback
This was such a powerful read. I wasn't expecting to be so moved, or to take the book's message to heart like I have. This book reminded me in such a good way of how I felt reading Gayle Forman's If I Stay.

Rhiannon is a thirty-something perfectionist. She holds herself to unattainable standards and is always beating herself up about her weight and not being good enough at every part of her life. She has a tragic past, which is revealed little by little as she reflects on her life throughout the story. Rhiannon gets in a car wreck on the way home from her parents' house on Christmas Day. The whole reason why she's driving home in a blizzard is so ironic, because she's trying to escape the temptation of fattening foods at her parents' house.

The story starts with Rhiannon stuck in her car, just off the road, and she can't reach her phone to call for help. While she waits to be rescued, she thinks back on her life. The entire book alternates between Rhiannon in her car in the present day and flashbacks. Sometimes this kind of writing style can be choppy, but it works well here and keeps the story moving at a fast pace. I found this book impossible to put down. Wardell grabbed me right from the beginning and I finished this book really quickly because I couldn't wait to find out if Rhiannon gets her happily ever after or not.

Just One Gripe:
Don't judge this book by its cover. The cookies actually play a large role in the story, and have a special meaning.

The Best Thing About This Book:
The best thing about Planning to Live is the positive message. You'll feel better about yourself and will appreciate your life more after reading this book. How many books can you honestly say that about?
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Andrea J. Guy on March 10, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Planning To Live is Heather's fourth novel and having finished Planning To Live in a few hours, I have to say, I feel like I was missing out, not knowing her name until now.

Planning To Live is a book for every woman.

Rhiannon is character that readers will fall in love with. She's also the kind of character that you wish were your friend. But lordy she's had it rough.

The love of her life was kidnapped and killed by a crazy ex-girlfriend. Like most women she's battling the scale, and feels that all will be right in the world if the pounds just melt away. In focusing on her weight loss, she loses sight of all the joys of the world around her, and she almost misses out on a second chance at love with her co-worker Andrew. Oh but she's in a car accident on Christmas as she was heading home, but then turned around to go back to her parents house because the roads were bad.

Oh Rhiannon. I wanted to hug you, so many times when I read this. I wanted a second chance for you.

In the 220-ish pages, the reader sees Rhiannon's struggle to survive the accident and also the events of her life up until the moment of the accident.

Heather paints a wonderful picture of a woman who wants to be better, to do better, but ultimately who puts her life on hold until it is just about too late. She's not a character that you pity. As she looks back on her life, you see she has a great boss, a loving family and good friends. If only her priorities weren't so screwed up.

The ending is bittersweet, and I won't give it away, because you have to read this book. Be prepared to cry many times as you read this. Not always because its sad but because there's a part of you in Rhiannon.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marie on March 9, 2014
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This book has opened my eyes. Before reading this I went around in a cocoon of sorts. After reading this book I learned to appreciate the small things in life. Life is basically a series of small things. Life is short and you never know when it will end our if/when it will be abruptly changed by an incident. I learned that I did not want to continue on the path I was on. Who knew that a book would start the changes I didn't know I was looking for.
This may not be a book for every does not have a warm fuzzy happy ending but that's okay. Life is not always happy.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Daimion on October 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
"Planning to Live" is a simple concept, leading to the exploration of complex emotions. While driving home from her parents' home on Christmas, Rhiannon Taylor loses control of her car in the snow and crashes into a tree. She quickly realizes that her leg is trapped and she cannot get free from the car. Her cell phone is out of reach - all she can get to is her laptop. As the reality of the situation starts to sink in with Rhiannon, she starts to think back over recent events in her life.

As the evening wears on, Rhiannon begins to realize that she might not escape from the car and decides to leave messages for her loved ones on her laptop - just in case. Through these messages and the memories that they bring up, Rhiannon is able to take stock of her life, understand what's really important, and come to a sense of peace with herself. At the end of the story...well, just go read it for yourself and see how it ends. You didn't think I would actually spell it all out, did you?

I enjoyed this book far more that I anticipated. I loved the central premise of the story. What would you do if you where trapped, with little hope of escape - but with the means to leave a message for your loved ones? Who would you leave a message for? What would you say? Would you find that you had lived your life in such a way that you could say what you needed to, leaving no regrets, in a minute of two? It's something to consider. I also loved the central message of the story - don't forget to live your life. One of the messages that Rhiannon leaves for her friends and family is:

"It's not the destination, it's the journey." People say it all the time and don't think about it. Well, think.
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