Everything Nice by Ellen Shanman. Publisher: Bantam Discovery, July 2008

In a smart, sexy, wickedly funny new novel, the acclaimed author of Right Before Your Eyes introduces an unforgettable and irresistibly real heroine: Michaela“Mike” Edwards, a woman who is forced to reinvent herself— and discovers that the biggest risk is not taking one at all….

Fiercely independent and seriously lacking in social graces, Mike Edwards doesn’t do sugar and spice. Instead she writes great copy and stays above the fray—until mishandled office politics get her unexpectedly fired. Suddenly the young ad hotshot finds herself doing the unimaginable: moving back in with her widowed father, hiding from her lecherous mentor, rethinking her entire career—and trying to unravel complex feelings for her best guy pal, an Aussie journalist named Gunther.

For Mike, a few wrenching twists of fate are leading to a job she never expected: teaching “life skills” to seventh-grade girls. But sometimes the best makeovers are the ones you never see coming. Because with a classroom full of kids who need her, a best friend who’s fast becoming something more, and a family she’s only just discovering, Mike has a few surprises in store…and she’s about to discover that going places in life doesn’t have to mean going it on your own.

This is about life changes and affirmations. Micheala (Mike) Edwards was raised by her father without a woman’s influence and it shows in everything she does and her actions are not very people-friendly.  Things change when everything in her life fall down and she has sunk so low that at age 31, she’s moved back home with her father who has found a new love and is finally moving on with his life.  With a new family Mike begins to learn that for her to really enjoy her life she has to change and step by step and day by day, Mike grows.  I found this to be an emotional story that I will read again.

*new-to-me author

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