Book Review A Life Less Ordinary

January 19, 2014 at 5:31 pm 2 comments

Updated cover patricia feb 28 13Title: A Life Less Ordinary

Author: Victoria Bernadine

Genre: Chicklit, Contemporary Fiction

For the last fifteen years, Rose “Manny” Mankowski has been a very good girl. She turned her back on her youthful fancies and focused on her career. But now, at the age of 45, she’s questioning her choices and feeling more and more disconnected from her own life. When she’s passed over for promotion and her much younger new boss implies Manny’s life will never change, something snaps. In the blink of an eye, she’s quit her job, sold her house and cashed in her pension, and she’s leaving town on a six month road trip.

After placing a personal ad for a travelling companion, she’s joined in her mid-life crisis by Zeke Powell, the cynical, satirical, most-read – and most controversial – blogger for the e-magazine, What Women Want. Zeke’s true goal is to expose Manny’s journey as a pitiful and desperate attempt to reclaim her lost youth – and increase his readership at the same time. Leaving it all behind for six months is just an added bonus.

Now, armed with a bagful of destinations, a fistful of maps, and an out-spoken imaginary friend named Harvey, Manny’s on a quest to rediscover herself – and taking Zeke along for the ride.

A surprisingly feel good book about giving yourself a new chance to reinvent yourself, to become the person you’ve always wanted to be. Rose “Manny” Mankowski has led a pretty boring life uptil the start of this book. She’s lived for her career, and when the promotion she’s dreamed of, is given to another girl, her world collapses. But it’s unlike Manny to do something about it. Except…this time, it’s been too much. She quits her job, digs into her savings, and puts up an ad in a newspaper for a travelling companion. She’ll travel for six months, a road trip.

Coming along for the ride is Zeke, a satirical, cynalic blogger for an e-magazine. Zeke’s goal is to expose Manny’s journey as a desperate attempt to reclaim her lost youth. But things may not be so straightforward, nor so easy, once he really gets to know her.

This book was at times hilarious, sometimes a bit saddening, especially at the start. I really felt for Manny, but she was so courageous to try and reinvent herself, to become a better person, and to lead a better life.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. victoriabernadine  |  January 19, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Thanks for hosting me today – and I’m so glad you enjoyed the book! 😀

    Reply
  • 2. Maggie Thom  |  January 21, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    I loved this book. It is such a good story, one I think many women could relate to. Congrats on your book Victoria.

    Reply

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