I love this thirty-something girl who wrote A Thirty-Something Girl.
L.M. Stull is a shining light in the indie author community, and I could not be happier to showcase her debut novel. She was one of the first authors I interviewed for Inside the Author’s Mind, and we’ve been connected ever since. I think it’s both fitting and serendipitous that she’s on my blog almost a year to the day since that interview, and even more so that she’s here in a month with the theme of “new beginnings.”
In many ways, A Thirty-Something Girl is not only L.M.’s debut novel; it’s a symbol of her own growth over this past year. When we first met, she was working on a different book. Originally a writer of paranormal romance, L.M. changed course when she realized she preferred to write stories about the human spirit.
I don’t normally post reviews on my blog, and I didn’t think I would be able to finish A Thirty-Something Girl in time to do it for this post. I was mistaken. Read my review, and you’ll understand why.
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Review of A Thirty-Something Girl
I’m not the world’s fastest reader, but I cannot remember the last time I breezed through a book as quickly as I did A Thirty-Something Girl. From the first sentence to the last, I inhaled L.M.’s words as if they were air.
Does this mean there wasn’t a lot of substance? Absolutely not. Written in first person point of view, Hope Ellena Jackson, a thirty-something girl lives through more twists and turns in a year than many of us encounter in a lifetime. At almost any point in the book, I was riding a wave of frayed emotions – either my stomach was in knots or my inner cheerleader was doing high-kicks.
You see, I really liked Hope. I liked her relationship with her girlfriends, her romantic interest, and her broken past. In her, any woman can find something to relate to. Hope is that part of us who must come to terms with life’s misfortunes. Some of them are of our own making; others are by circumstance. Either way, Hope has to deal with the consequences. In the process, she cements her friendships, opens her heart, and finds love.
L.M.’s book is a testament to the type of stories she wants to write. In A Thirty-Something Girl, she spins a generous tale about the resilience of the human spirit. Hope is her vehicle to illustrate that we all have the ability to rise above life’s hardships. As with her main character’s journey, it’s never a straight line to a happy ending, but while moving toward it, we learn what we are truly capable of.
My strong suspicion is that L.M. wrote A Thirty-Something Girl from a very personal place—perhaps her own life experiences from this past year. Hope is a thinly veiled metaphor, and there is clever wordplay strewn throughout the book using her name.
L.M. has written a book for all ages. It’s not just for thirty-something girls; it’s for twenty-somethings who can learn valuable life lessons, and those older who can take comfort in the wisdom of their decisions.
It’s for all of us who implicitly know that life is what we make of it, but sometimes a thirty-something girl like Hope comes along and reminds us.
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Life has been anything but kind, and everything that can go wrong has. At an age when life should be coming together, and questions should start to be answered, Hope finds herself feeling very alone and terribly confused. As her life spirals out of control, she realizes she needs help. And she needs it quickly.
With the love and support of some dear friends, Hope slowly begins to find her true self, and along the way, she meets someone. Someone who makes her feel like living to see another day might just be worth it.
But with happiness, comes pain. Pain from a past that simply won’t be forgotten. Walking a dangerously fine line between joy and utter despair, Hope wonders if happy endings really do exist. And if they do, is there one waiting for her?
| L.M. is giving away an AUTOGRAPHED paperback copy of A Thirty-Something Girl to one lucky commenter, so be sure to leave a comment after this post!
A drawing will be made Jan. 23rd to choose the winner.
Thank you L.M. for your generosity to my readers! 🙂
Connect with the lovely L.M. Stull at all her social networks.
L.M. also blogs about her own personal journey in life on her blog, Lisa’s Liberation.
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A Washington, DC native, L.M. Stull spends her days chained to a desk at a law firm in southern Virginia. Yes, she works for lawyers… you can go ahead and feel sorry for her.
Most of her youth was spent studying classical piano and dance. And while L.M. wrote several short stories, her primary focus was on poetry. After the death of her grandfather, the words stopped flowing, and it was not until her late 20s that she rediscovered her passion for writing.
When she’s not feverishly taking orders from attorneys, you can find her pounding the pavement thinking up her next story idea… and sometimes eating cake (okay, maybe more than sometimes).