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Mind Over Madi Paperback – February 12, 2014
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I absolutely love this book! The first night I started reading it I couldn't put it down, I Had to force myself to go to bed. The next night, was a similar experience... Read morePublished on July 8, 2013 by R. Depp
Laughing out loud funny! As a woman, if you can't see half your girlfriends and more than a little of yourself in Madi, there is something wrong with you. Read morePublished on April 20, 2013 by Twin Willows Farm
I finished reading Mind over Madi in three days--not because it's short--it's not, but I couldn't help myself. This is a fabulous, fast-paced-fun-to-read-can't-put-it-down novel! Read morePublished on September 21, 2012 by Dawn M. Garcia, M.S.
I fell in love with Madi from the very first word. She is my sister, my friend, even me many times. Her relationship with God is my relationship with God.... Read morePublished on August 27, 2012 by Mark L. Hatcher
"Mind Over Madi" by Lynda Schab was such a fun read. The characters seemed real and had to struggle with real issues in a very real, but funny, way. Read morePublished on July 24, 2012 by Stephanie Craig
"Mind Over Madi" is a keeper! I can loudly proclaim, "Read it! Read it!" The author, Lynda Lee Schab, has a way of making even the most serious ideas and feelings seem anywhere... Read morePublished on July 9, 2012 by Yvonne B
I absolutely loved reading this book! I really fell in love with all the characters in this story. My copy of this book has been passed around to so many of my friends and they... Read morePublished on June 20, 2012 by KristineV
Loved this book! So well written and hard to put down! Madi is so real and easy to identify with. I loved her and at the same time wanted to grab her by the collar and speak some... Read morePublished on June 18, 2012 by debidayle
Madi McCall can be a lot of things: Narcissistic, neurotic, and nutty. Queen of the Morons and Princess Pathetic. And one who thinks that denial is a river in Egypt. Read morePublished on January 15, 2012 by Kimberly Russell