By: Liza Palmer
Received from the publisher, thank you William Morrow!
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.
Shower Gel? Nah. Power Gel.
This is my SECOND Liza Palmer Novel, the first being my all-time favorite book ever, Nowhere But Home. If you haven’t heard of it, you must be new around here. But don’t worry. Check here and here. And you’ll find out ALL about the AMAZINGNESS of that book, and why it is so absolutely perfect. Moving on to the book at hand..
BASICALLY, we have an ad executive, Anna who is trying to make it the best she can in a company dominated by men and assholes. But more importantly, Anna is at a new stage in her life. She gave up dating, she is turning 40, and she feels, for lack of a better word, incomplete.
In walks the best/worst assistant ever, Sasha. To say the least, Anna judges her. And boy is she ever wrong. Together the two take on a massive project that leads them to some unlikely places.. first being a romance novel conference. WHAT? Yeah, that’s right. Let me tell you, it gets CRAZY, FUN, and a bit dramatic. But not to worry, Liza Palmer would NEVER leave us without a hottie. AND OH WE GET ONE. Lincoln is british, wounded, and arrogant. And I loved him so. But can Anna let her guard down? Or has she experienced too much hurt? What will be? Can Anna and Sasha conquer the account they need to? I guess we have to take a trip to find out…..
Let’s Go To Romance Con!
All The FEELS.
Now, I can not even tell you how many times I cried throughout this novel. I think the total count was four. But between the relationship that Ferdie [Anna’s brother] and her share, and the emotional roller coaster we experience with Lincoln and Anna, I was in shambles by the end. Liza has a way of doing this to me, and I must say, like a masochist, it hurts so good. SHE IS MY QUEEN OF CONTEMPORARY. Honestly guys, Liza Palmer has a few things that make me love her. [Okay, several dozen, buttt… that’s for another time!] One is her writing style. She writes beautiful, lyrical passages that sometimes just feel like you opened a really epic quote book and got JUST THE RIGHT ONE. Secondly, she writes flawed, yet relatable characters. No one is perfect, and Liza knows that! She writes Anna, Sasha, Ferdie, and Lincoln to portray that. Thirdly, Liza writes empowering stories. Especially for women. I’m assuming this is something she intends to do, but even if not, she does. You finish this novel, and I swear you feel like you can do more. She just, GETS IT. I think it is both a rarity, and a blessing that she does this throughout Girl Before A Mirror. The two main women in the novel NEED some pushing, and Liza gives it to them.
I loved this book with every single piece of my heart. With her characters undergoing major changes, she never fails to show what these changes can do to you. Honestly, who LIKES change? Change that can reroute your life, is STRESSFUL. Our characters GET STRESSED. They deal in ways that they probably shouldn’t. They eat too many vending machine snacks and say things that they will regret. This is life. This is real. This is Liza Palmer. I feel like I’m just writing a why Liza Palmer is awesome post instead of a review here, but I don’t mean to. It just comes through when I write about how intensely I love Girl Before A Mirror. For the relationships, for the wisdom, for the passion, I loved all of our characters. For recognizing different levels of friendship, I loved this book.
For everything a book could ever give you, I appreciate this novel. It is not just contemporary women’s fiction. It is BADASS WOMEN KICK BUTT [BUT STILL LOVE THEIR ROMANCE] FICTION.
I suggest you hit that pre-order link ASAP, because if you don’t? You will be missing out on what will be my favorite 2015 novel. YEAH, we’re in JANUARY and I can promise you this will be top 5, no matter what.
Guys, its LIZA FREAKIN PALMER. She can do no wrong. As you’ll see later this month when I highlight a few of her beautiful passages, she writes us a beautiful picture of a women that needs some motivation. She gets it, now what does she do with it? That is Girl Before A Mirror. A story of a woman who needed something, and she got it. But it took hard work. Why not read that story? I think of no reasons. So read it. And do it now. Just click below 😉
A book with so much heart it hurts.