Monday, June 2, 2008

(47) The Last Time I Was Me by Cathy Lamb


I really enjoyed this book.
Jeanne Stewart has had emotional turmoil after emotional turmoil rip through her life.
Her husband & unborn child were both killed by a drunk driver. He beloved mother was killed by cancer, and the relationship with her long term boyfriend was killed when she discovered he had been cheating on her the entirety of their relationship.
So it is no wonder that she has a breakdown on stage in front of hundreds of her advertising executive colleagues.
She goes home, packs everything up & heads west to the Pacific Ocean. In The Last Time I Was Me you see a woman hit rock bottom. You watch as she struggles through court ordered anger management classes. You watch as she comes to terms with the demons in her life & start to put it all back together.
This was an incredibly emotional book. But you find yourself cheering for Jeanne. You find yourself praying that her life starts running smoothly. And you find yourself crying with her when she fears she has lost the chance to have a "normal" relationship with a "normal" man.
Cathy Lamb had me so hypnotized by the world she created, I am going to try & track down her other book. There is a Readers Guide with this book & it would be a great book for your local book club!
Check it out!

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