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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Women On The Verge of A Nervous Breakthrough - Giveaway and Review

Imagine due to the recession in order to make ends meet, you, your mom and your daughter all live together under one roof. You all have your own ways of doing things from preparing dinner, to how you live your life, to dating and relationships.

Now you have the ingredients to the perfect blend of a new novel Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakthrough by Ruth Pennebaker.

We are introduced to Joanie, the middle-aged mom who suddenly finds herself living with her daughter Caroline when her husband up and leaves her for something quite a bit younger than her. In the process of coping with her divorce, she learns to lean on her daughter in many ways. However, Caroline isn't ready to deal with taking care of her mother. She hasn't had time to process the reasons why her father just left their family. Now with her mother falling apart, she has to put her feelings on the back burner to help her mom.

Now without a place to stay, Joanie and Caroline decide to move in with Ivy, Joanie's aging mother, who is very set in her ways and beliefs in how everyone should be while living under her roof. She is outspoken and doesn't hold back in expressing her thoughts to Joanie or Caroline.

What transpires in the context of this novel, is just how they all come to understand one another and work towards uniting under the same roof and come to love the uniqueness that makes each of them special.

I received this book compliments of TLC Book Tours for my honest review and can honestly say, I loved it. It's down to earth and relevant for this time in most of our lives where so many of us are forced to "life boat" together under the same roof just to survive. The outcome is amazing when you can see it from the other side of the situation in watching it all unfold. I would rate this book 5 out of 5 stars. The only word of caution I would have for the reader is there is some profanity but I think it makes the reader understand the stress each of these women must deal with, and therefore does not take away from the storyline.

Thanks to the wonderful folks at TLC Book Tours, they are offering a giveaway copy to one lucky reader of this blog. Here are your guidelines:

1. You must be a follower of this blog, Reviews From The Heart.

2. You must be a resident of the US.

3. I must have a way to contact you so please make sure to include an email address with your comment. You can use the words (at) or (dot) instead of the symbols.

4. Leave me a comment and let me know why you'd love to win a copy. The giveaway will end on February 2nd and I will email the winner then.

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


  1. Sounds interesting! Please enter me!! Thanks.
    schaefer7382 at aol dot com

  2. This book looks great! I'd love a chance to win. Please enter me. I'm a follower.

    Michelle V

  3. This sounds like a really good book! Lots of drama!lol Can't wait to read it. (I am a follower).
    jiggleandbounce2000 at yahoo dot com

  4. This book sounds very interesting. We have our daughter and son-in-law living with us now, its been almost a year. I would love to read how this works out for all of them. I am a follower of your blog. dpucci9972atgmaildotcom

  5. I am a GFC follower

    I don't have a daughter and I don't live with my mom either, but I do have an adult son and his wife living with me. I think this would make a wonderful read.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  6. I just can't imagine 3 generations of women all living together...major drama!!!


  7. I'd love to read this story as a mother and daughter I'm sure I can relate. I'm a follower and subscriber in USA.
    Theresa N

  8. I am a mother and a daughter and spent a lot of time with my grandmothers when growing up. I would really love to read this book. With my mother, I miss her so much but never really understood that much. I think I could learn from this book.


  9. I'm a follower.

    With the economy as it is, this could happen to any one of us. I'd like to be prepared!!!

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  10. I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. It sounds like a really good book.

  11. thank you so much for taking the time to review my novel. -- Ruth Pennebaker

  12. I would love to win a copy of the book. My parents split when I was 18.

    I'm a subscriber by email and a follower through gfc.

    dancealert at aol dot com

  13. Thanks for the giveaway! This sounds like a very entertaining book--"fictional realism" appropriate for the times. I already follow via GFC (Bornajhawk).


  14. Another interesting I want to win. THANKS for the giveaway!


  15. Looks very interesting. I'm sure I would find some useful information and would love to read it.

  16. You bring up a great point about this book being relevant now with many families having multiple generations living together. I'm so glad you loved it!

  17. The characters in this book seem highly developed. I really enjoy books with strong characters. Thanks for the possibility.


  18. I would love to read this book because it sounds like an engaging character study. Please enter me in this giveaway!

    I follow via GFC.

    bookloversarah1 at yahoo dot com

    Sarah E


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