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New York Times bestselling author Maggie Shayne has published more than 50 novels and 23 novellas. She has written for 7 publishers and 2 soap operas, has racked up 15 Rita Award nominations and actually, finally, won the damn thing in 2005.
Maggie lives in a beautiful, century old, happily haunted farmhouse named “Serenity” in the wildest wilds of Cortland County, NY, with her soul-mate, Lance. They share a pair of English Mastiffs, Dozer & Daisy, and a little English Bulldog, Niblet, and the wise guardian and guru of them all, the feline Glory, who keeps the dogs firmly in their places. Maggie’s a Wiccan high priestess (legal clergy even) and an avid follower of the Law of Attraction
on Nov. 11, 2012 :
Again Maggie didn't disappoint me. I love her books! She is a fantastic author. Since she had some experience in the field of advice columns it helped her to make this a great story. Another Maggie Shayne book that I would recommend to all.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
on June 04, 2012 :
I am a huge, huge fan of Maggie Shayne's novels, and I've had the privilege of knowing her online for over a decade now (I think we "met" sometime around 1998/1999). I received the book as a review copy from Smashwords.
If you like advice columns, then you'll probably enjoy this book. Ms. Shayne wrote an advice column "Shayne on You" in Norwich, NY's The Evening Sun from 2007 to 2010, and she has gathered the best letters from that column with several blog posts into this book. The book is divided into sections on fitness, holidays, kids, relationships, finances, and more.
Ms. Shayne's column was primarily based on her life philosophy, which is sort of a modified version of The Law of Attraction (aka, The Secret). And this is where she sometimes loses me. I'm a bit more of a realist than Ms. Shayne, so I don't necessarily believe that just changing your attitude will get you what you want. However, and this is a BIG however, it will certainly improve your outlook on what you've got. That alone is generally the main thing the advice-seekers need.
So, while I wasn't wowed by the book, it's certainly something I'd pass on to friends who need practical, positive advice along with the idea of just getting a different perspective on their lives from the usual (and all-too-easy) doom-and-gloom reflected in the media and most people. Maybe that different, more upbeat perspective will be exactly what the doctor ordered!
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)