Life is strange – you never know what is going to happen or who you are going to meet. A couple of weeks ago I received an email from one of my best bloggy friends, Beth Ann, from It’s Just Life. She wanted to “introduce me” to one of her bloggy friends TB Markinson. Beth Ann figured that we’d have a lot in common since I am about to publish my memoir, Dangled Carat, and TBM just published her novel, A Woman Lost.
Beth Ann was right! TBM and I hit it off immediately, and now pretty much not a day goes by without us emailing each other! It is amazing how much we have in common – not only are we the exact same age (39), we both had age related writing goals, and both of our books deal with commitment phobia!
A Woman Lost is the story of Lizzie – On the outside she has it all – she is rich, beautiful and successful. But all this doesn’t matter to Lizzie’s mother. She doesn’t see Lizzie, she sees Les-Bi-An. As a result, Lizzie has distanced herself from her family, and sealed off her heart to prevent being further hurt. But everything changes when Lizzie gets a call from her brother announcing his engagement. Shockingly to her, his fiancé wants to bring Lizzie, and her girlfriend, Sarah, back into the family fold. Sarah, the hopeless romantic who wants a commitment, is thrilled! Finally she feels that Lizzie is opening her heart and her family to her…She hopes that now she can tame the fiercely independent Lizzie. But can Sarah and Lizzie’s relationship survive Lizzie’s past and all her family secrets?
A Woman Lost is a fast paced novel that I was unable to put down. I was pulled into the story from the very first page and immediately feel in love (or hate) with each and every character – even the minor ones! To me, the best part of reading a book is when you truly understand the character’s psyche and care about what happens to them, even if it sometimes makes you want to smack them! That is what I felt when I read A Woman Lost… And long after I read the last page, Lizzie, Sarah, Lizzie’s mom “the scotch lady”, and Maddie, the fiancé, lingered on my mind and in my heart…. I truly loved this book!
And speaking about love, commitments and dating – TB Markinson is guest posting on DANGLED CARAT today. She shares the story of why it took six years between her first and second date with her partner…..