Monday, February 25, 2013

Guest Book Review & Giveaway: The Love of My (Other) Life

***Giveaway is now closed***

By Michelle Drodge

What worlds would you move to be with your soulmate?

Painter Tessa Barnum is struggling. Her husband left, she's broke, about to be evicted and has made some serious missteps in her career.

When scruffy Brian Tennyson explodes into her life, claiming to be from an alternate universe, Tessa thinks he's a crazy vagabond - albeit one with mysterious and undeniable appeal.

Then he informs her that in his world, they're married.

Tessa's universe is turned upside down as the truth of love and loss, victory and humiliation, and second chances comes back to her. She has to choose love over logic to reach that state of anticipation where miracles unfold.

The secret to her own life was always in her heart.
(Synopsis courtesy of

If you want a quick, light read, this book is for you.

A brilliant physicist named Brian earned his PhD at 17 and meets a student named Tessa and ends up marrying her. She later becomes a concert cello player and they marry. However, she dies from an illness which leaves Brian with a broken heart. Because of this, Brian takes great measures to visit a parallel universe with his own decoherence device, but when he gets there, he finds the Tessa he loved was not the same girl. She was a divorced, starving artist who was about to be evicted from her apartment.

Still, he decides to try and convince parallel Tessa that the tales of an alternate universe are true. Even though this Tessa is a bit more rough around the edges than the Tessa he knew, he is still clinging to any bit of her he can get.

I really enjoyed reading The Love of My (Other) Life, but what I kept wondering was ‘what really happened with David?’ Although the story isn’t about that, I just felt like it was a question that was always about to be answered but wasn’t.

Of course, my favourite part was how Traci L. Slatton decided to end the book, it was a bit of a twist and made me happy to read. I look forward to seeing more from Traci in the future!

Thanks to SMPR for the book in exchange for an honest review. They have TWO e-books to share with some lucky readers anywhere in the world!

Michelle Drodge is 27 and lives in a small town north of Toronto in Canada with her husband and three year-old daughter. She works at a pharmaceutical distribution company during the day, but moonlights as an aspiring writer after her daughter goes to sleep. One day she hopes to see her own book on the shelf alongside her favourite Chick Lit authors!

Note from Chick Lit Central: While the story doesn't sound like erotica, the cover of the book looks too controversial to post on our blog. We didn't feel comfortable posting it for that reason and chose to use the author photo, instead. The publicist respected our wishes in this regard. The author even wrote an article for Huffington Post about this very issue.

How to win The Love of My Other Life:
In lieu of this cover issue and the article from Traci L. Slatton, please tell us if you have ever judged a book by its cover. (One entry per person.) Please include your e-mail address or another way to reach you if you win. Entries without contact information will NOT be counted.

Giveaway ends March 3rd at midnight EST.

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TinaB said...

I admit that I do sometimes judge a book by its cover.

rhonda said...

Sometimes. I am drawn in by the cover.lomazowr

DD said...

I think most people would be lying if they said they've never judged a book (literal or metaphorical) by it's cover, me included.

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Les J. said...

I agree with everyone. Especially DD. I try hard not to draw a conclusion when it comes to people or situations until I have plenty of info, but sometimes it is hard!

As for literally judging a book by it's cover - I do get sucked in all of the time! I love, love, love a great book cover!

Lauren McCormick said...

While I may judge a book by its cover, it's the synopsis that wins over, no matter what the cover shows. I don't put a book back on the shelf once I see the cover. I always read what it's about regardless of what i see first.

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Jessica said...

I try not to but I usually do judge books by their covers.

-Jessica M

Nova said...

I think most have judged books by their covers; I know I have. It will usually be the cover that grabs my attention, and then I read the back to see what book is about.

Linda Kish said...

I judge books by their covers all of the time, especially since the advent of the kindle.

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Erica said...

Hate to say that since I've started reading on Kindle I ALWAYS judge a book by it's cover... **ashamed **

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Suzy M said...

All the time...the cover is what grabs my attention first.


bn100 said...

I sometimes do.


Anonymous said...

I am certainly drawn to certain covers but have also found that a great title can inspire me. I definitely think that reading blogs and other reader-based websites has helped me expand my reading horizons.


Mary Preston said...

I judge books by their covers ALL the time. My daughter just this evening chastised me when she recommended a series & I commented, less than positively, on the cover.


Pingle said...

Yes, I admit I judge a book by it's cover. If the book has unprofessionally made, it can set my mood off to read it.

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Anita Yancey said...

I always judge books by their cover. If I don't like the cover I don't even check out what the book is about.


Unknown said...

I do tend to judge books by their covers. I'm more likely to read a book if I like the cover, and I won't pick one up if I don't like the cover, unless I've heard good things about it.

susieqlaw said...

Yep..I have judged a book by its cover. True.

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leonel said...

I admit I do as well, especially now with proliferation of self-published ones.

BUT - I find that a lot of times I am wrong. Good covers can underwhelms as much as I get pleasantly surprised by covers that didn't appeal to me.

Jeryl M. said...

Since there are so many books out there and so little time, I often judge a book by its cover and don't read books if the cover doesn't interest me.

StereoQueenBee said...

I usually do - I really do love a good cover!

Allison said...

HaHa I definitely do! But I does lead me astray many times.

Just a Girl In the World said...

Congratulations to the winners of "The Love of My (Other) Life"!

12 - Anonymous (monsterhead01)
9 - Erica