Wednesday, November 7, 2012

{Review} Searching for Julia Stone by Deborah Monk

ISBN #: 978-1618070104
Page Count: 236
Copyright: January 17, 2012
Publisher: Raven's Wings Books

Book Summary:
(Taken from Amazon)

The hardest truth to face is the one inside ... Throughout her life, Julia Stone has used her passion for dancing as a communication between her body and soul to express her feelings about life and her place in the scheme of things. But what happens when you lose touch with the one thing that once made you whole? To everyone who knew her, Julia Stone appears to live the picture-perfect life. She owns a successful dance studio, enjoys the love of a much younger and sexy man, and bursts with pride over her beautiful teenage daughter. But inside Julia is falling apart. Hiding a terrible secret and fighting self-hatred, Julia faces a huge personal crisis. Can she overcome the demons from her past, forgive herself and save the important relationship of her life? Or will her painful secret rip her world apart? Searching for Julia Stone chronicles Julia's search for the answers to these questions, and her coming to terms with who she was, who she is, and who she hopes to become.

Kathy's Review:

Julia is a woman we all know. She's never happy with her life, even though she may be the envy of everyone around her. She's got a great boyfriend, a nice house, a successful business and a teenaged daughter who, although they bicker, is a good kid. Told with humor and sarcasm, Julia finds that she is miserable, as she confesses to her therapist, Evil Tinkerbell. A shadow of her former self known as Flat Julia (think: Flat Stanley) torments her constantly. It's the inner monologue many of us women torture ourselves with. Believe me, I could relate to a lot of it.

But, after awhile, Julia's whining and misery becomes tedious and even though I like this character, I just want to tell her to SHUT UP already! Get it together!

Finally, after her life is starting to fall apart, Julia comes to terms with something that happened in her past and starts to heal. It was nice to see, after wondering if she was just going to spiral downward.

Ladies, you will see a lot of yourself in Julia - maybe more than you'd like to admit. Very well written and witty, so this is a winner overall.

*A Smashwords coupon was provided for a free download by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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