Monday, July 27, 2015

Mind of Her Own by Brandmeyer



Mind of Her Own by Diana Leslie Bandmeyer was a delight to read. In fact, once I really got started in it, I finished in a day or two. The style of writing is easy to follow and descriptive. I enjoyed the story of Louisa/Jazz, even though some parts of the plot were a easy to see coming.

Louisa is the picture of perfection in regards to being a stay at home mom. She has a tidy home with tidy children. She is struggling with her relationship with husband who is busy trying to obtain partnership at his law firm. Very quickly in the story, Louisa receives a bonk on the noggin and forgets who she is. When she does remember herself it turns out her name is Jazz Sweet, a novelist living single and fancy free in Florida.
Jazz tries her best to live up to the standards that Louisa has created for herself, but fails over and over. Jazz and her family begin to struggle with how much they enjoy each other more than they enjoyed Louisa. Brandmeyer does a good job of expressing that struggle.
 The story encouraged me to think about my own personal life decisions. Am I letting the past dictate whether or not I enjoy my family and home today? Should I let go of events that have hurt me in order to become more of my true self?
Overall, Mind of Her Own is a great book. I wish that it would have taken a little longer to wrap up. It felt a little too tidy at the end or maybe compressed. The struggle was resolved a bit too quickly for me. But as I said, it was a fun, fast read and it really got me thinking about my own choices in life.

A copy of this book was provided to me by Tyndale House Publishing. The opinions expressed are my own and are never required to be positive or negative, they just are.

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