Just over a week ago as 2011 came to an end after an eventful 12 months, I turned the last page of Lisa M Stull’s debut novel, A Thirty-Something Girl.
Following the novel’s protagonist Hope, I went through her emotional ups and downs. She was like someone I know in real life, or rather, a combination of a few people I have met over the years. I was taken into her confidence and went on a journey with her, a journey of soul-searching, self-awareness and rediscovery of what truly matters in life.
Lisa’s fictional character Hope, had we met in real life, would have been quite different from me, in terms of our backgrounds, the way we were brought up and the fundamental cultural differences with respect to time and space. However, I feel that the author has created a memorable character which many women, no matter where they came from, could relate to in one way or another. Facing many of life’s trials and tribulations, Hope has had her own share of cards dealt by the hand of fate and subsequently she felt undermined, abandoned, unloved, hence allowing herself to sink into a dark pit of depression, losing her self-esteem and her confidence. She needed to find herself again, and she needed validation from other people. Fortunately for her, she had friends who loved her and supported her; but would she find the man of her dreams? Would she get another chance of happiness which she so dearly craves, more than anything else?
There is no doubt that this book came from the author’s heart and soul, and it is brilliantly presented, with a beautiful cover, raw emotions, likeable characters, sometimes sad, sometimes optimistic, sparkling with wisdom that derive from astute observations of real life. It is a little gem of a book – my first thought was that oh this was going to be a Sex and City type of chick-lit, but as I read on, it took a more personal slant and I was led into a more memoir-type story, which I know I have been ‘accused of’ writing myself . This is an intimate look inside a Thirty-Something Girl’s head, into her delicate heart’s desire and what it takes to get that second chance in love, romance, and ultimately in life itself.
Here is one of my favorite quotes from Lisa’s book: “Sometimes, when I see how beautiful the world can be, it’s hard to imagine how anyone can be sad. But then I remember, the world isn’t always beautiful most of the time. At least my world isn’t.”
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys an engaging emotional fast read.
Well done, Lisa Stull, for a wonderful debut!
For more information about Lisa and her book, and if you have not had a chance to read Lisa’s fabulous interview on my site, go there now: Chatting with ‘Crafty Introverted Extrovert’ Lisa Stull; or find Lisa on the following links: Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads,Website Amazon, Barnes & Noble
The lucky winners who have left lovely comments on Lisa’s interview have been hand-picked: Pamela Beason, Maria Savva and Donna, a late New Year gift from our sweet, generous author. Thank you, Lisa! Congratulations to all three lucky ladies!