Book Review – Girl Before a Mirror by Liza Palmer
March 5, 2015
The author of Conversations with a Fat Girl—optioned for HBO—returns with the hilarious and heartfelt story of a woman who must learn how to be the heroine of her own life-a journey that will teach her priceless lessons about love, friendship, family, work, and her own heart
An account executive in a Mad Men world, Anna Wyatt is at a crossroads. Recently divorced, she’s done a lot of emotional housecleaning, including a self-imposed dating sabbatical. But now that she’s turned forty, she’s struggling to figure out what her life needs. Brainstorming to win over an important new client, she discovers a self-help book—Be the Heroine, Find Your Hero—that offers her unexpected insights and leads her to a most unlikely place: a romance writers’ conference. If she can sign the Romance Cover Model of the Year Pageant winner for her campaign—and meet the author who has inspired her to take control of her life—she’ll win the account.
For Anna, taking control means taking chances, including getting to know Sasha, her pretty young colleague on the project, and indulging in a steamy elevator ride with Lincoln Mallory, a dashing financial consultant she meets in the hotel. When the conference ends, Anna and Lincoln must decide if their intense connection is strong enough to survive outside the romantic fantasy they’ve created. Yet Lincoln is only one of Anna’s dilemmas. Now that her campaign is off the ground, others in the office want to steal her success, and her alcoholic brother, Ferdie, is spiraling out of control.
To have the life she wants-to be happy without guilt, to be accepted for herself, to love and to be loved, to just be—she has to put herself first, accept her imperfections, embrace her passions, and finally be the heroine of her own story.
I became interested in this book following the Liza Palmer Party feature on So Obsessed With blog. Every day for an entire week, Hannah had a post that was tied to this book. She offered gift ideas, other book recommendations based on what you liked about the book, music playlists, and more. Even though I was sold when I read the synopsis of the book (it fit so well with the current state of my personal life), you couldn’t help but to be pulled in by all the energy Hannah created. I was beyond ecstatic when I won the giveaway of the book, and then I was even more beside myself when I received the book and it was a personalized, signed copy! Seriously…..it was one of my February highlights! Did all of the excitement live up to the read…….ABSOLUTELY!
My absolute favorite part of the book was the overall message….JUST BE! The book ultimately is about learning to be comfortable in your own skin, growing into the person you are destined to be, and focusing on the things that truly matter in life. It is an empowering and inspiring story, and I just loved it! Palmer had so many wonderful quotes to convey her message – I cannot even tell you how many quotes I copied down in my quote notebook. It was so hard to narrow down to share just a couple with you, but here is a sampling:
“In choosing to be good, cautious, and efficient, I talked myself right out of amazing.”
I honestly think this quote might be the story of my life!
“…love is not reasonable or measured. It undoes you. It’s in the imperfections in each other, in ourselves, where we find our humanity. It’s in our dents or scars where the deepest connections are made. Real love resides in the parts of me I think no one wants to see.”
So beautiful, right?
If the message and quotes aren’t enough to draw you in, let me list some of the other highlights: a totally fun setting at a RomanceCon convention, characters that you fall in love with (Anna, Sasha, Lincoln, Helen, Ferdie), a couple that you are aching for to end up together, a story that will stay with you (and make you yearn for a sequel), and a look at real issues that all of us encounter at some point. This is not a fluffy romance novel, but a sometimes fun, sometimes serious, realistic book about life and love. I promise that you won’t be disappointed with this read!
I highly encourage you to click on the links and check out the Liza Palmer party – this post cannot even compare to the awesomeness of what Hannah created and she deserves as many clicks as possible!
What did you think of Girl Before a Mirror? Have you read any other books by Liza Palmer and what did you think of them?