Wednesday, March 20, 2013

When You Want to Be Someone Else ~ Mind of Her Own Book Review

Have you ever wondered what amnesia would be like? Better yet, what would it be like to have a clunk on the head and wake up as a different person?

Come on. ‘Fess up. I know I’ve wondered what it would be like to be someone completely different.

In Mind of Her Own, a novel by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, Louisa Copeland does just that. During supper preparations after a less-than-fulfilling day as a lawyer’s wife and mother to three unruly children, Louisa accidentally drops a George Foreman grill on her head, causing her to black out. When she awakens, she thinks she is Jazz Sweet, a popular romance novelist full of spunk and creativity. She has no idea who her husband is, and she suddenly knows nothing about mothering. But why does she think she’s Jazz Sweet? Where did that personality come from?

The back cover copy intrigued me, and the novel did not disappoint. This was the first book I’ve read on my iPad, or any e-reader for that matter. I sped through it. I’m not sure if it’s because it was digital or because the story was so compelling, but I’m betting on compelling. The novel is full of witty dialogue and spot-on similes.

The story was unique and fast-paced, and I found myself finding moments in the day to continue reading. I completely understood Louisa’s life and her choices as a way of coping, but I also loved Jazz’s fresh take on Louisa’s stale situation and the way her unconventional approach brought life back to the family relationships. Sometimes we just need to step outside the box of what’s “safe” and do something different, whether it be adding a new color of throw pillow to our living room d├ęcor or having ice cream for supper. 

Come to think of it, every time we read fiction, we get to be someone else, at least for the time that we dwell between the pages. Happy reading!

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be someone else?

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 This book was provided to me by the publisher, Tyndale House Publishers, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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  1. Smiling like a crazy woman this morning after reading your review of Mind of Her Own! Thank you so much. I enjoyed writing it... so many times I want to be like Jazz and just have fun.

    1. Diana, what an honor to have you comment here on my little blog! It's always interesting to hear from the author what she thinks of her characters. Looking forward to your next book!

  2. That does sound like an interesting read! I enjoy reading fiction for fun and sometimes, too, I find that I am able to think through things with more perspective if I step into someone else's shoes for a bit.

    1. Research shows that reading fiction promotes empathy towards others because when we read we do exactly that...step into someone else's shoes and see the world through their eyes. Thanks for commenting, Amy, and enjoy your reading!

  3. Earlier today I was talking to a gal about something similar. She said she was just feeling sort of "stuck" in a rut kind of thing, and we talked about making simple changes such as you mentioned.

    Something so small can be so fun!

    I love that she drops a George Foreman grill on her head, lol! Sounds like a fun book!

    Thanks for linking up to "Making Your Home Sing Monday" today! :)

    1. It's a great book. Thanks for hosting the link-up, Nan. Love your blog!


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