Mailbox Monday

Jul 222013

The only book I got in my mailbox last week was the one below.

It was a win from Mary @Bookfan…thanks Mary!!!


I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag by Jennifer Gilbert

When Jennifer Gilbert was just a year out of college, a twenty-two-year-old fresh-faced young woman looking forward to a bright future, someone tried to cut her life short in the most violent way. But she survived, and not wanting this traumatic event to define her life, she buried it deep within and never spoke of it again.

She bravely launched a fabulous career in New York as an event planner, designing lavish parties and fairy-tale weddings. Determined to help others celebrate and enjoy life’s greatest moments, she was convinced she’d never again feel joy herself. Yet it was these weddings, anniversaries, and holiday parties, showered with all her love and attention through those silent, scary years, that slowly brought her back to life.

Always the calm in the event-planning storm—she could fix a ripped wedding dress, solve the problem of an undelivered wedding cake in the nick of time, and move a party with two days’ notice when disaster struck—there was no crisis that she couldn’t turn into a professional triumph. Somewhere along the way, she felt a stirring in her heart and began yearning for more than just standing on the sidelines living vicariously through other people’s lives. She fell in love, had her heart broken a few times, and then one day she found true love in a place so surprising that it literally knocked her out of her chair.

As Gilbert learned over and over again, no one’s entitled to an easy road, and some people’s roads are bumpier than others. But survive each twist and turn she does—sometimes with tears, sometimes with laughter, and often with both.

Warm, wise, alternately painful and funny, I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag is an inspiring memoir of survival, renewal, and transformation. It’s a tale about learning to let go and be happy after years of faking it, proving that while we can’t always control what happens to us, we can control who we become. And instead of anticipating our present in a goodie bag at the end of an event, we realize our presence at every event is the real gift.

July -Tasha @ Book Obsessed

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  12 Responses to “Mailbox Monday”

  1. This sounds like such a great book. Congratulations on winning it! Enjoy!

  2. Looks like a good one. ENJOY!!

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  3. I’ve heard good things about that book!

  4. I’ve heard good things about this book, may add it to my TBR pile.

  5. What a gorgeous looking book! Hope you enjoy it…and thanks for visiting my blog.

  6. Hope you enjoy it, Vicki!

  7. Hi Vicki,

    Congratulations on the excellent win, I am sure that this will be both a difficult and poignant book to read and I can’t begin to imagine the terrible ordeal that Jennifer Gilbert went through and how difficult it was for her to even contemplate rebuilding her life, let alone doing it in such spectacular style.

    Although I don’t read memoirs and can’t personally begin to see exactly why anyone would want to share such a life-changing and personal ordeal with the world, I do hope that you enjoy the book and take something positive away from it.

    Thanks for sharing,


  8. I read this one recently and really liked it. I was different than I expected it to be, but in a way, that made me like it even more than I had expected.

  9. Congrats on the win! Looks like a cute book 🙂

  10. Congratulations on the win. This sounds such a good book and a gorgeous cover as well.

  11. THANKS for stopping by and commenting on my post.

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  12. I’ve wanted to try this one — think it is my kind of story:) enjoy

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