Review: Life, Love, and a Polar Bear Tattoo by Heather Wardell

After reading, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, I needed a light read. Through Barnes and Noble, I was able to download Heather Wardell’s book for free! To read a synopsis of the book, I suggest you visit her website. She also has an excerpt of the book.

My Review:

This is an easy read, but don’t let that fool you.  Heather brings to life challenges that women experience with friends, work, and marriage.  Experiencing the loss of her in-laws, Candice and her husband are unable to recover and find themselves disconnected in their marriage.  Ian takes a 1 month project in Bangladesh, leaving Candice to experience the results of her pap smear alone (albeit, Ian did not know), the past issues/current relationship with an old flame, her relationship with mom, and her career.  In experiencing these situations alone, Candice finds her voice, learns what she wants, and together she and Ian are able to change the course of their marriage.

Without spoiling the scenario for you, there is a scene with Candice and her friend (I won’t say who either) that had me laughing so hard that my husband thought I was crazy.  I had to fill him in on the scene because it was that hilarious!!! This is a book about second chances, not just with Candice’s marriage, but with her parents, her career, her friendships, and most importantly with herself.  I loved the character of Candice and how she uses this alone time to rediscover herself and gets that darn cute polar bear tattoo!

While I did love the story, it would have been great to have read Ian’s emails to Candice and perhaps have included a chapter or two of what their marriage looked like before he leaves for 1 month.  Nonetheless, the story kept me interested from the first page until the end.  It is definitely a story that I would recommend to anyone who likes chick-lit and/or who wants an easy read.

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