Sunday, November 20, 2011

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: It's a Waverly Life by Maria Murnane (CLOSED)

First line: Time was quickly running out.

From the back cover: New decade. New job. New shenanigans.

After rebounding from a broken engagement and relinquishing her job in sports PR, the irrepressible Waverly Bryson has a new man, a new career, and a new lease on life. Her part-time gig as an advice columnist has proven to be as entertaining as it is affirming, and her fledgling greeting-card line, Honey Notes, is off to a promising start. After a series of disastrous romantic rebounds, she has settled into a long-distance relationship with handsome Jake McIntyre. Things are certainly looking up...at least, until lingering emotional baggage threatens her love life and her best friends stun her with a pair of shocking announcements. Suddenly, Waverly is faced with being left behind by everyone she loves. And in true Waverly fashion, things must get comically worse before they can get better. It takes forming an unexpected new friendship with an elderly neighbor and meddling in the love lives of two of her coworkers to make "the American Bridget Jones" realize that although life - before and after thirty - never fails to be messy and unpredictable, friendship and love make it all worthwhile.

My thoughts: This is the sequel to Maria Murnane's Perfect on Paper and I found it to be a fun, quick read, filled with many laugh-out loud scenes. 

Waverly has a pretty good life that could be even better if she would just believe in herself, instead of doubting everything that comes her way. She has a new job that she seems to enjoy. She's in a new relationship with hottie Jack McIntyre, which if she would just get out of her own way, could be the best thing in her life. Her friends are still there for her, but as life goes on, they each have big news of their own that at first doesn't sit well with Waverly.

I really enjoyed the flow of the story throughout the book. Every chapter has you wondering will she or won't she do this or that. She is so unsure of herself at times that things go drastically wrong in an instant and she winds up getting herself into some pretty sticky situations. 

I hope we have not seen the last of Waverly Bryson!


About the author: Maria Murnane’s first novel, Perfect on Paper: the (Mis)Adventures of Waverly Bryson, was named a finalist in the chick lit category of the National Indie Excellence Awards, won the genre-based fiction category of the DIY Book Festival, won the women’s literature category of the Book Bloggers Top 10, and was named as a finalist for a National Best Book award in the chick lit category by USA Book News.
 
Murnane’s “story behind the story” is an entertaining tale of the courage, passion, and perseverance required to her books published. She graduated with high honors in English and Spanish from the University of California-Berkeley, where she was a Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholar. She also holds a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from Northwestern University and she worked in PR for 10 years before quitting and moving to Argentina for a year where she wrote Perfect on Paper and played professional soccer. Today, Murnane lives New York City. For more information about her books, speaking engagements, and consulting services, please visit www.mariamurnane.com.


I received a complimentary copy of It's a Waverly Life by Maria Murnane  from Sarah at Little Bird Publicity  to review.

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