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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Outside The Ordinary World - Giveaway and Review

Is the saying true like mother like daughter?

Sylvia Sandon is hoping that this isn't the case. Remembering back on her not so happy childhood days, she spent many of those years moving from place to place while her father completed his residency program to become a doctor. When they finally did settle down in California they began with a dump of a duplex and along the way upgraded into a custom 5 bedroom home through hard work and her father's eventual graduation of becoming a doctor.

Through her childhood she remembers her mother, Elaine and her "secret friend," Mr. Robert that would take her and her sister for cream sodas while visiting her mother. They were told never to mention this times to her father and even after moving away to California, Mr. Robert told Elaine he would find her no matter where she went.

Sure enough, years later one afternoon at a church potluck, Mr. Robert walked back into her mothers life pretending like nothing had happened at all along the way. Even though it appeared to her that her mother spent countless nights and days alone waiting on her father, she didn't seem like the kind to cheat and she certainly had no plans to follow in her mothers footsteps.

Now that she is grown, married and has children of her own, Sylvia is beginning to walk those very same footprints as her mother. At a local coffee shop one day, her daughter Emmie accidently spills coffee on a younger man named Tai and she finds herself agreeing to meet him again for coffee if only to sell him another one of her painted landscapes. Will she wind up exactly like her mom?

In the book, Outside the Ordinary World by Dori Ostermiller, the reader is transported back and forth in Sylvia's memories from present day to childhood and see just how her path parallels her mothers along the way. This book shows the effects that infidelity can have on the entire family and not just between the couple involved.

I received this book from TLC Book Tours for my honest review and even as a Christian, I found the book honest as it portrays the self-destruction that can come from illicit affairs among married couples and not like the happily ever after version that Hollywood would have us come to believe. I think most readers would find this book a great read to be able to see things from a different perspective and see just how affairs begin with the innocent offers of coffee. I chose to give this book a 5 out of 5 stars for it's ability to show things from both sides of the fence.

For more information on this book, the author and where to get a copy of the book, please click on the link below:

Outside the Ordinary World

Thanks to the generosity of TLC Book Tours and the Dori Ostermiller, they are offering a giveaway copy to one lucky follower of my blog. Here are your guidelines:

1. Be a follower of my blog, Reviews From The Heart.

2. You must be a resident of the US or Canada with No P.O. Boxes please.

3. I must have a way to contact via email, so please include it with your comments. You can use the words (at) and (dot) instead of the symbols.

4. Leave a comment why you'd love to win a copy of this book and let me know how you found me! The giveaway will end on November 24th and I will notify the winner by email.


  1. I'm not positive how I found your blog but I think it was probably during BBAW this year. I would love to read this book because I enjoy books with intricate family relationships. I'm also a follower.
    joannelong74 AT gmail DOT com

  2. I've been following so long--probably through the ACFW convention where I live or through another author. I'm following!!!

    I'd love to win because it would help me in helping others in their lives. Adultery doesn't just affect two people!
    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  3. Wow, great review. I recently downloaded this one to my Kindle because of another review. I definitely will be reading this one soon.

  4. I have a been a follower for awhile, and I'm not quite sure how I found you. I believe it was on Book Blogs.

    This book sounds great and I would love a chance.


  5. brand new follower (jhb) and subscriber by email too. Found you on listing at giveaway scout blog.
    jhbalvin at gmail dot com

  6. I don't necessarily think of people with high end jobs suffering many problems with their children. This books reveals a lot I didn't realize. Would love to read it.

    I follow you.


  7. I'm a follower. Thanks for another great review/giveaway!

    I think I would like to read about the mother and daughter relationship.


  8. I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. Sounds like a really good book.

  9. i like the cover of this book...thanks for the chance to read it...and i'm not sure how i found your blog...but i do enjoy it :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  10. Love your selections & reviews, my friend. You are the best enticer to read more ...
    TTFN ~ Marydon

  11. I follow you in GFC. (look at all your followers!) This book sounds like a very good read.

  12. I follow both of your blogs and found you through your Heart 2 Heart blog. I'm not sure how we first met but I've been following your blogs for quite awhile.

    I enjoy reading your reviews.

  13. I follow your blog and would love to read this!

    chitownchicas at gmail dot com

  14. I'm a follower, and don't remember how i found you..maybe 'book blogs'?

    I would love to win this book! It sounds very interesting!

    christyplus2 AT gmail DOT com

  15. I'd love to win this book, because I love books that are deep...and it sounds fascinating.
    I found you through another book blog.
    I'm a new follower.
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

  16. I would love to win the book as I would like to hear how the story ends. My mother had a Mister ..... can't remember his name for a year or so, she wanted to leave my step father who was a controlling drunk, it took years before she was able to leave and the mister... was not around by then. I've not followed in her footsteps.

    I'm a subscriber and a follower!

    dancealert at aol dot com

  17. i would love a copy to give to my mum for xmas you can get my mailing address through my gmail address

  18. I am a follower and I love your blog!

    ntaylor228 at yahoo dot com


  19. Google Friends Connect - following your blog publicly as Louis

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    schnitzomage {at} gmail {dot} com

    (found your link on JoJo loves to read)

  20. I am a GFC follower! I found you via a link on the blog Along the Way! This book is on my wishlist!! Thanks for the chance!
    schaefer7382 at aol dot com

  21. I would love to read this book! People are always quick to judge why someone has an affair and it will be interesting to look at it from a different perspective, that of someone who's seen both sides. I already follow via GFC (Bornajhawk) and I think I found you via a giveaway hop.



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