Posted in 5 paws, fiction, Review, women on July 31, 2014

a life less ordinary

Book Title: A Life Less Ordinary

Author: Victoria Bernadine

Genre: Chick Lit/Contemporary Fiction

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For the last fifteen years, Rose “Manny” Mankowski has been a very good girl. She turned her back on her youthful fancies and focused on her career. But now, at the age of 45, she’s questioning her choices and feeling more and more disconnected from her own life. When she’s passed over for promotion and her much younger new boss implies Manny’s life will never change, something snaps. In the blink of an eye, she’s quit her job, sold her house and cashed in her pension, and she’s leaving town on a six month road trip.

After placing a personal ad for a travelling companion, she’s joined in her mid-life crisis by Zeke Powell, the cynical, satirical, most-read – and most controversial – blogger for the e-magazine, What Women Want. Zeke’s true goal is to expose Manny’s journey as a pitiful and desperate attempt to reclaim her lost youth – and increase his readership at the same time. Leaving it all behind for six months is just an added bonus.

Now, armed with a bagful of destinations, a fistful of maps, and an out-spoken imaginary friend named Harvey, Manny’s on a quest to rediscover herself – and taking Zeke along for the ride.


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I LOVED this story, probably because I could somewhat relate. I’m around the same age and was recently laid off and while I don’t think I am going through a mid life crisis, I admire Manny for deciding to take 6 months to do what she wanted and to see the world..or at least the USA. I think Manny and Zeke learned a lot about themselves and isn’t that what life is really all about?

And let’s not forget Rebecca, Daisy, Leah & TJ. They all have their own problems but learn some things about themselves during Manny’s journey as well.

We give this 5 paws and if you are thinking about having a mid-life crisis you might want to see how Manny handled hers!


About the Author

Victoria Bernadine (a pseudonym) is, as the saying goes, a “woman of a certain age”. After twenty-something years of writer’s block, she began writing again in 2008.

Victoria enjoys reading all genres and particularly loves writing romantic comedy and post-apocalyptic science fiction. What those two have in common is anybody’s guess.

She lives in Edmonton with her two cats (The Grunt and The Runt). A Life Less Ordinary is the first novel she felt was good enough to be released into the wild.

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