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Saturday 31 March 2012

A Book Review "Putting Alice Back Together Plus YOU can Win a Copy AND $500!

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Reading books is a luxury that I don't often indulge in these days. I want to - trust me I really do. But hiding in the bathroom to devour a book in peace and quiet is just not my ideal picture of relaxation. I guess that's why you are more likely to see me (in those rare free moments) with my nose in my iPad reading blogs or curled up somewhere with a magazine (if you happen to spot me, don't mind the rocking back and forth part, that's just me blocking out the noise so I can concentrate).

Every now and then though I get my hands on a book that just grabs me in every way and I become so attached to the character and the story that I find myself grieving when I reach the last page ( I do this with my favourite TV shows too and I still miss some of my favourite characters that have left....but anyway I digress). What I was trying to explain to you was how I felt about Alice from the book Putting Alice Back Together by Carol Marinelli.

One of the things I love about reading blogs is you really get to know the writer and you share with them the good and the crap stuff in their life. They are open and honest about their thoughts and fears and you find yourself relating and connecting on so many levels.

I found Putting Alice Back Together a bit like reading some of my favourite blogs. Alice on the surface is a fun and happy 27 year old who's job has passed its use by date, has a secret stash of credit card bills and a secret so huge that when it becomes known she has no idea how to begin to put her life back together again.  For those who like a visual description of the book as in comparing it to a TV show (or am I the only one who does that???) it would be like a cross between Offspring and Bridget Jones.

You cant help but more than like Alice, you will love her and you will be glued to the pages as she battles with her desire for acceptance, her crush on her gay best friend and the fallout from her secret being put out in the open. You may relate to her realization that Valium and red wine can only fix so much in life.

Carol the author has penned this book with so much honesty and through Alice you will explore anxiety and depression, career troubles, debt, relationships issues, broken hearts and alcohol and substance abuse. You will laugh with Alice and you will cry for Alice and you most likely will miss Alice like I did when you have finished reading her story.

"Putting Alice Back Together by MIRA is available for purchase now - online at Harlequin books or in store nationally RRP AU$29.99."

If you would like to win a copy of Putting Alice Back Together, leave me a comment below and I'll use Random Org to select a winner.

If you would like to read the first chapter of this awesome book and have the chance to win a $500 preloaded debit card, check out this link. Read and win $500
As someone who has an interest myself in writing a book, but am still trying to figure out where to start and how do I find the time, I was excited to have the opportunity to interview the author Carol Marinelli. In the coming week I will be sharing that interview with you where I quiz her on how she balances life with her 3  children and writing a book, and she shares her tips on something us bloggers are constantly trying to find the magical answers for.

Terms and Conditions
1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me how you make the time to read a book.

Competition is open to Australian residents only
The winner will be selected by Random Org.com
Competition is open now and closes at 5pm 07/04/2012. 
The winner will be announced on this post right here on my blog and Facebook and will have 48 hours to contact me to claim their prize.

Disclaimer* I wasn't paid for this review, but I managed to take some time out for myself to read a fabulous book and the kids left me alone cause I was 'Working'.

Congratulations to Jen - you have won a copy of Putting Alice Back together. Can you please email me your address so we can send you your prize. Congrats again and happy reading. xx
I have to wait till bed time, I need quiet to absorb it, like you Sonia I get right into a story and grieve the end too and miss those charecters that reach your soul!