A Thirty-Something Girl follows the story of Hope. At the age of 30, she finds her life in utter shambles. Everything that could go wrong has - divorce, loss of a child, financial struggles. It is the love and unfettered support of her close friends who keep her from being lost in the quicksand of utter despair. As she slowly begins to wrap her head around who she is and what it means to be happy, she meets a man, Sam. Sam is also not a stranger to hardship and finds himself at his own crossroads. Together they find comfort and peace in one another; a soft, quiet place to fall, when the rest of the world is too hard and too noisy to inhabit.
A Thirty-Something Girl is a story about the power of human resilience, the importance of friendships, and the magic of true love. It is a story that teaches us (and reminds us) that happiness is actually a very simple concept: it is a choice. A choice we must remember to make each and every day.
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Hope has been in denial of her own depression for years, then when her world collapses around her, she finally admits what has been going on and turns to her friends for support. This is Hope's journey of how she put her life back together and found a more positive outlook with a touch of romance and a real life happily ever after.
I'm a thirty-something girl and though I haven't been in Hope's situation, I still found her a very relatable and likeable character. I loved her close knit group of friends and how supportive they were of each other. It was a quick, easy read but still had depth. This story made me laugh and made me cry.
I listened to the audiobook edition, which I received free from the narrator in exchange for an honest review. I think she did a fabulous job and her voice was well suited to this story. I listened to the whole book in one go, I cleaned the house and took the kids to the park, all with my bluetooth headphones on.
Beautifully narrated inspiring story of hope.
The narration by Lori Faiella. I had listened to her narration of another book, Psychic Perception and really wanted to hear more read by her. That's what made me choose this book.
When Hope, the main character, begins to make small steps forward to reclaiming her life and her self esteem. The author was really able to convey the importance of these small steps, the value of support, and how truly difficult even the simplest things are for the depressed person.
She is a wonderful narrator with a lovely voice that is able to convey a wide spectrum of emotion without sounding forced or over dramatic. Her characterizations of the other people in the novel was wonderful, I felt as if I knew each of them from the way she spoke. Her voice drew me into the main character and made me feel understanding for her emotions.
This story is so well told it is both an almost clinical case study of depression and a teaching tale of how to move forward in the face of seemingly overwhelming inner and outer obstacles. It is much more than an interesting read, it is almost a recovery plan and beacon of light for those in the darkest times of their lives. I have depressed friends and it showed me value of not giving up on them. I will recommend they listen to it.
I hope to listen to more audio books narrated by Lori Faiella. Hers is the standout listening experience of the year. I hope she can narrate more mysteries, those are my favorites..