When her younger brother marries on her twenty-ninth birthday, food addict Sara Freidmandrunkenly vows to three hundred wedding guests to find and marry her soul mate within the year. After her humiliating toast becomes a YouTube sensation, she permits a national morning show to chronicle her search. With the help of best friend, Missy, she plunges head first into the shallow end of the dating pool. Her journey leads her to question the true meaning of soul mates, as she decides between fulfilling her vow to marry before her thirtieth birthday and following her heart's desire. But before she can make the biggest decision of her life, Sara must begin to take her first steps toward recovery from her addiction to food.
Author Shelly Bell drew me right into her book. Main character, Sara, was so lovable! Her determination to be married and find her soul mate in one year made me think back to a time when I was single and wanted nothing more than the happiness I witnessed at friends' weddings. Now during the age of YouTube I was dying imagining myself in poor Sara's shoes!
Her struggle with food, her weight and reminding herself to put her needs first was easy to relate to. Sometimes the things that we look for the hardest have been right in front of us the entire time. How many times have you said that about something in your life? Shelly Bell made the characters fun and full of charm. I immediately felt connected to Sara and found myself rooting for her to fall in love with a certain character throughout the book.
I definitely recommend this fun read. It's perfect for a day out lounging around or for the evening when you may find a few hours of sanity to indulge in A Year to Remember.
I give A Year to Remember 4 out of 5 stars. A fun, quirky, and humorous read, I think you will both enjoy this book and get a kick out of Sara with her dating journey.
Shelly Bell started reading at three years old. In elementary school, the librarian gave her books to test out for the school library. As a teenager she spent her allowance each week on romance novels, enjoying both young adult and adult romance. Married to Jason in 2003 they have two children and reside in the metro-Detroit area, where she reads on her Kindle each night when her family falls asleep. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and writes both women's fiction and paranormal romance.
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