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I was raised in a small Canadian town, in an average middle-class family. I’ve married, divorced, dated, loved, lost, struggled, worked, succeeded and failed. I really am an everyday type of person. Single at age forty-something, I still figure life out daily.
I would define myself as being analytical, a realist and a dreamer, so you can only imagine the confusion that goes on sometimes. The dreamer starts to write fiction thinking of the happily ever after, but then while editing the realist comes out. My analytical side comes from being a go-to person over the years so I’ve learned to see things from many angles, knowing that circumstances affect us all individually.
My life would be nothing without the people who have touched my soul. Friends and family have been there through the good and bad. Everything takes hard work and nothing ever comes easy. Well at least not in my life, but I firmly believe that karma plays an important role. It brings us the people we are meant to meet, challenges we have to overcome, lessons we need to learn, and dreams we are meant to reach for.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Moving.. February 21, 2014
By Jay Mittener TOP 500 REVIEWER
I love a book that opens with something that will pull my heart immediately into the book and not let go of it until the end. It's not all that often a book can keep a heart satisfied through her pages, but this one does!
I loved Jade, she is a red-haired fighter who has some very poignant and dead on revelations. She is trying to rebuild her life (and her house!) and along the way I rooted for her and cried for her.
There are few stories that really can hit home when dealing with recovering yourself from hard times. Anyone who has been through a difficult period or season in their life can relate to this book. I really did, it actually helped me put a few things in perspective and I will certainly be looking for more from Ms. Proteau. Well done!
3.0 out of 5 stars A Tale of Vulnerability February 16, 2014
By E A Fow
I wasn't sure what to expect when I began reading And When, but was pleasantly surprised by Jade, the red haired, plus-sized heroine and the set up of dealing with real life issues such as health, aging parents, and home owning. The heroine is left vulnerable by a series of events and finds herself pulled into an emotional web of online dating. The set up is so strong and real, that what unfolds afterwards is disappointing in comparison. I’m sure a lot of readers will identify with Jade’s search for love and being drawn in by a seemingly dreamy but slightly mysterious guy, but it’s where the book started to confuse me. It had started so real and compelling but began to feel more like a standard romance novel. The author, Wendiann, seems well versed in the seedier, more deceptive practices of internet wooing, and she does twist what happens with it; the book ends up serving as a cautionary tale, but I wanted so much more for Jade. She’s a compelling heroine, and would be a terrific focus for all kinds of novels. This is Wendiann’s first novel, and I’m hoping she’s got future plans for Jade.
5.0 out of 5 stars A story about emotional recovery February 14, 2014
The opening of “And When” sets the scene for a story about personal loss, destruction, and recovery. The prologue represents such a powerful hook. I believe you hint to those events being a dream, but the whole description is so well disguised that something I wondered whether she actually saw a ghost. And of course the prologue left a lot of questions unanswered—who? why?
As the story advances, we become familiar with a woman who tried to put her life together, a life as derelict as her new house. Too bad the life doesn’t want to comply. As soon as Jade seems to get a break, something else bad happens, which sadly is how reality is. I believe this is the strongest point of your story—the feel of verisimilitude of both events and characters. The dialogue with her family members for instance was lovely, funny, and authentic. Most adult women will be able to identify with Jade—she is powerful in a subdued way, funny without going over the top, and a fighter.
I believe this story will please the lovers of chick-lit, as well as the fans of more serious novels.
5.0 out of 5 stars When the pen hits the paper... January 30, 2013
By Edward C. Labossiere
This is a first work by a budding author, a real page turner. Knowing a bit about "the story behind the story" makes is all the more fascinating. What will she do for an encore? Also consider her "Sit 'N' Do Nothing" series of workbooks on self-discovery.