Today I am very excited to bring you my review for this fantastic debut novel from Sarahlyn Bruck. Read on for my review.
Pam Wheeler checked every box: Happy marriage? Check. Fantastic kid? Check. Booming career? Check.
So when her husband dies in a freak accident and their DIY empire goes on life support, Pam must fix the relationship with her troubled and grief-stricken daughter and save the family business.
Pam and Nate were a couple who just couldn’t get away from each other, sharing not only their bed, but also a successful lifestyle empire as DIY home renovators, bloggers, podcasters, and co-authors.
When Nate dies in a freak accident, Pam becomes a 44-year-old widow, at once too young and too old—too young to be thrust into widowhood and too old to rejoin the dating pool.
Now the single mother of a headstrong and grief-stricken teenager, Pam’s life becomes a juggling act between dealing with her loss and learning how to parent by herself. On top of all that she also must reinvent herself or lose the empire that she and Nate had built so carefully.
It is time for Pam to seize the opportunity to step up as a mother, come out from behind Nate’s shadow, and rise as the sole face of the Designer You brand, and maybe, possibly, hopefully, find love again.
This is an amazing and emotional read that will have you gripped from the first page. The book is written so well and you really feel the all the emotions that the two main characters are feeling. I felt so sad reading what had happened To Nate and the loss that both Pam, and their daughter Grace felt. Being part of a the lifestyle they have both created together of home renovators also leaves Pam at a loss, How can she do it without Nate? I think Pam is so brave to keep up. the business and carry on without Nate as that must have been so difficult for her and I think she did a great job. I loved reading about how she muddles through her new life and how she finds it dealing with, work, being a single parent and still grieving for Nate. This is such a relatable story for those that have lost a loved one. I loved this fab debut novel from Sarahlyn Bruck and I am really looking forward to see what comes next.
Sarahlyn Bruck writes contemporary women's fiction and lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. She is the author of DESIGNER YOU, published by Crooked Cat Books on August 31, 2018. Sarahlyn teaches writing and literature at a local community college and also coaches writers for Author Accelerator.
DESIGNER YOU is Sarahlyn's debut, and she is hard at work on her next book. Want the latest updates? Follow along for news, events, and announcements at sarahlynbruck.com. You can sign up for her monthly newsletter there, too.
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