Saturday, October 31, 2015

Life and Other Near-Death Experiences by Camille Pagan....Review and Giveaway!

I just finished an amazing books.  It was one of those books that I didn't want to end AND when I finished the last page I immediately wanted to lend it out to a friend so we could talk about it.  It is that good!  Life and Other Near-Death Experiences is a must read this fall!  Here is the scoop....


Libby Miller has always been an unwavering optimist—but when her husband drops a bomb on their marriage the same day a doctor delivers devastating news, she realizes her rose-colored glasses have actually been blinding her.
With nothing left to lose, she abandons her life in Chicago for the clear waters and bright beaches of the Caribbean for what might be her last hurrah. Despite her new sunny locale, her plans go awry when she finds that she can’t quite outrun the past or bring herself to face an unknowable future. Every day of tropical bliss may be an invitation to disaster, but with her twin brother on her trail and a new relationship on the horizon, Libby is determined to forget about fate. Will she risk it all to live—and love—a little longer?
From critically acclaimed author Camille Pagán comes a hilarious and hopeful story about a woman choosing between a “perfect” life and actually living.

My Thoughts:  To be honest when I first cracked open this book I was bracing myself for a book that would leaving me feeling down the whole time.  After, all the  main character finds out she has cancer (a very aggressive kind) within the few first pages and her day only gets worse from there if you can imagine!  However, this book had me laughing on MANY occasions.  Camille Pagan has taken a heavy subject and turned a tale about "maybe" dying into one about really living.

Reading Libby's journey was at times painful but mostly it was with a chuckle and anticipation of what she would do next.  I loved how she took control of her own life and destiny even though it certainly contradicted the person she had been her whole life.  In addition to a great story line, Pagan has created a character in Libby who could be your best friend.  She is witty and fun and dealing with the hand she has been dealt.  You will want to jump into the pages with her and have a cocktail as she tries to navigate it all.  The secondary characters were also so well developed and will make you both  laugh and cry.  I especially loved the relationship between Libby and her twin brother Paul as well as the touching friendship she made with her quirky beach landlord.

When the book was ending is when I became sad.  Not because of the ending (I won't give it away!) but because it was over.  This book is one of my favorites of the year and you NEED to read it so we can talk about it.  Pick it up on Amazon and message me about what you thought.  I know you will love it!



I loved this book so much that I am going to order Camille Pagan's previous novel, The Art of Forgetting and I can't wait to dive into that one as well.   Pagan has earned a big fan with me!

I am so excited to tell you that the publisher is giving one lucky Reviewed by Mom reader a copy of Life and Other Near-Death Experiences. Thanks so much to the sponsor and good luck!  To enter please use the Rafflecopter link: a Rafflecopter giveaway

23 comments:

Annmarie Weeks said...

I'd share this with my friend Jeanine!

Maryann D. said...

I would share this book with my older sister.
twinkle at optonline dot net

Tara Lauren said...

My officemate and I have a little community book shelf at work. We love adding new books to it!

beachgirl0323 said...

I would share it with my daughter she loves to read as much as me.

Kristie said...

I would share this with my sisters and my mom. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

Wehaf said...

I'd share this with my best friend.

Pat Drouillard said...

my daughters

AnnaZed said...

I would read it first and then give it to my girlfriend Lizzie.
******************
{in the contest I am Margot C__ on the Rafflecopter}

Holly said...

I would share it with my co workers!

MaryAnn said...

I would share it with my mom. We are always passing around books.

Katie Smith said...

I would share this with my fiance :) Thank you!

Carrie Smith said...

I might share it with my best friend! Thank you so much for the chance!

Carrie Smith said...

I posted on a FB status as Carrie Smith!

Brenda Guardado said...

My brother who is my partner in crime!

Tamra said...

I'd like to share this with my mom, who likes these types of books just like I do!

lissa crane said...

I would love to share this with my sister! She could really use a read like this right now!

Debbie Lewis said...

I would share this with my best friend

Tanya Devenney said...

I would definitely share this with my daughter she would love this book.

pmj said...

I would share this with my BFF! Thanks!

Aleksandra Nearing said...

I would share this book with my husband. Thanks for the chance to win!

Shakeia Rieux said...

I would share this with my mom

Racegirl1022 said...

I would share with my husband, we would love to read it together, Thanks

Angela Saver said...

I would share this book with my mom & husband too!