Friday, November 12, 2010

Perfection - Review and Giveaway!!!


Julie Metz had seemingly the perfect life—an adoring husband, a happy, spirited daughter, a lovely old house in a quaint suburban town—but it was all a lie.

Julie Metz's life changed forever on one ordinary January afternoon when her husband, Henry, collapsed on the kitchen floor and died in her arms. Suddenly, this mother of a six-year-old became the young widow in her bucolic small town. But that was only the beginning. Seven months after Henry's death, just when Julie thought she was emerging from the worst of it, came the rest of it: She discovered that what had appeared to be the reality of her marriage was but a half-truth. Henry had hidden another life from her.

Perfection is the story of Metz's journey through chaos and transformation as she creates a different life for herself and for her young daughter. It is the story of rebuilding both a life and an identity after betrayal and widowhood, of rebirth and happiness—if not perfection.


"Perfection" is an interesting look into one woman's emotional journey and how she deals with the highs and lows she goes through to find herself once again. The beginning of the book was emotional for me when the author talks about how her husband dies and how she deals with it. This first third of the book move along well and was well written, but the rest of the book seemed very rushed. It seemed as though Ms. Metz wanted to make sure to get ALL the details of the affairs written in to the book, before she got to how she coped with it all. It just lost my interest enough to skim over most of the rest of the book. I'm sure it was an emotional experience finding out about all those women, but for was too much extra information. The last third of the book had me cheering her for going forward in life, but some of her actions I question (in my opinion). Everyone leads their own life, whether we the reader agree, we can only hope that she continues to love herself and her family.

I am glad Ms. Metz found the courage and love within herself to write the book and find solace in her life to go on!! Those of us who are widows/widowers can attest to the fact that life throws you a curve ball when you lose a spouse (or anyone close to you).

Since everyone agrees and disagrees about liking a book, I would still suggest you give the book a chance and read it. Some of the reviews I have seen love it..other not. Give it a try and see what you think!!!

Thank you to Lisa Steinke, publicist at BookSparks PR for the Advance Reader book I received to review.

Rating: 3 out 5 stars

Book Giveaway!!!

Giving away a copy of the book to a lucky winner!!

Going to make this easy!!

1. One entry allowed - Leave a comment on this post - Tell me what your favorite candy bar is!!!

2. Giveaway is for US/Canada shipping addresses only....sorry!

3. Contest open until Wednesday Nov 17 at 1000p CT...



Angelique said...

Sounds good...and I'm definitely in the mood for books with protagonists more my age.

As for favorite candy bar, it's not really a candy bar but it's in the same section so it counts lol...I LOVE Reese's cups =)

debbie said...

I love heath bars. It is one of the few candy bars that haven't changed over the years.
I would love to read the book, it sounds really good.

Team JC said...

Kit-Kat's are my favorite!! I would love to read this book! Thanks! schaefer7382 at aol dot com

Anonymous said...

I love Three Musketeers. Nice and simple but they are very good.

Thank you for the giveaway.


Tara W said...

"Perfection" sounds like a interesting story.
My favorite candy is Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.
mizztuts AT bellsouth DOT net

Nikola said...

Too bad the giveaway is just for US and Canada. Your review makes me wanna read this book.

Unknown said...

Thanks so much! My favorite candy bars are Snickers.


Grant K. Smith said...

Hmmm... My favorite candy bar... I'm not sure what this has to do with the book but I'm going to go with a split decision: Snickers / Reese's Nutrageous.

Patricia said...

This sounds like an interesting book ---

(Love Green and Black Organic Dark.)

patricia [dot] mariani [dot] esq [at] gmail [dot] com