4.5 Stars!

Pam Wheeler checked every box: Happy marriage? Check. Fantastic kid? Check. Booming career? Check.

So when her husband dies suddenly and their DIY empire goes on life support, Pam must fix the relationship with her troubled and grief-stricken daughter and save the family business.

Pam and Nate were a couple who just couldn’t get away from each other, sharing not only their bed, but also a successful lifestyle empire as DIY home renovators, bloggers, podcasters, and co-authors.

When Nate dies in a freak accident, Pam becomes a 44-year-old widow, at once too young and too old—too young to be thrust into widowhood and too old to rejoin the dating pool.

Now the single mother of a headstrong and grief-stricken teenager, Pam’s life becomes a juggling act between dealing with her loss and learning how to parent by herself. On top of all that she also must reinvent herself or lose the empire that she and Nate had built so carefully.

It is time for Pam to seize the opportunity to step up as a mother, come out from behind Nate’s shadow, and rise as the sole face of the Designer You brand, and maybe, possibly, hopefully, find love again.

Sarahlyn Bruck writes contemporary women’s fiction and lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. She is the author of Designer You, published by Crooked Cat Books on August 31, 2018. Sarahlyn teaches writing and literature at a local community college and also coaches writers for Author Accelerator.

Designer You is Sarahlyn’s debut, and she is hard at work on her next book. Want the latest updates? Follow along for news, events, and announcements at You can sign up for her monthly newsletter there, too.

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Great, feel good wonen's fiction! This book was so sad in the beginning, but you do know how I love sad books! Tears were streaming down my face after the first few chapters. It takes a good book to do that.

Two things can happen when you read a sad book, you either think "Oh man, I can really relate to that, the same thing happened to me." or you can think "Wow, that was so sad, I am so lucky nothing like that has happened to me."

When Pam's husband tragically dies in the very beginning I felt so lucky I have not had to go through that! I don't know what I would do without my husband (Although I have wanted to kill him more than a few times!).

It was just a tad slowish the first quarter but once it got to when Pam and her daughter Grace went to FL for a month I really started liking it! I am oddly attracted to books about women who are trying to start their lives over again for one reason or another. I did have to do that, not because of death, but because of divorce of an abusive husband (and in this case I would have welcomed his death! LOL).

No! Seriously, I am making light of a very serious situation. And Pam and Grace were both devastated. I can't imagine how hard it must be to have your husband die. I have a wonderful husband now and have a very happy life.

The character development was very good. I liked Pam (didn't love her, but liked her) and Grace... She was a piece of work! She was quite the 15 yr old bratty snot and she was pissing me off!

Great ending (and Grace did get better, still didn't like her though LOL). But I thought Pam made good choices and was a good mom and friend in the end.

Great book to finish the summer off!

This was a great book to read by the pool! And I actually did read most of it sitting by my pool. We have had some pretty lousy pool weather this year in central PA. Now, at the end of summer, it is getting nice! We will probably not close our pool until the end of summer.

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from TLC Book Tours Thank You!!

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  1. When I was suddenly diagnosed with breast cancer and then the subsequent treatments, illnesses and chronic conditions my life changed dramatically. I did start over since nothing was the same again but I had the strength to begin again and realize how fortunate I was.

    1. Wow! That is an awesome story!
      Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. Yes, after a divorce in the 80s. I was a single mother of 3 who needed to support my boys. I was lucky to find a factory job close to home that paid well and had super benefits.

  3. I suppose I did to some extent when I became a disability retired single parent in my early 40s. But, it worked out for the best in the long run because that was the time my son needed me around more (he was getting into trouble more).

  4. I've never had to rebuild and start over. I know that it's always a possibility.

  5. In my early 50's, I had to retire early, only to find out I had MS and apparently had it for some time.I now have more time for myself, so some things have changed for the better.

  6. We've had that same lousy summer weather here in Maryland - not a lot of poolside reading happened here.

    Thanks for being on the tour!

  7. Our weather hasn't been great poolside weather, either. I wonder what's up with that...

    Glad you liked the book! I imagine starting your life over would feel incredibly daunting!


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