Spiritual / self help
Twelve Lessons by Kate Spencer
Move over Bridget Jones, Stephanie Slater is in town and she doesn’t believe in psychics…yet! No one knows that beneath her groomed and successful persona Stephanie Slater is struggling to keep up the act.
When an accidental psychic reading breaks open the cracks in her perfect life, it starts to unravel for all to see.
Stephanie then starts the transformational journey to rebuild and reclaim her life lesson by lesson, month by month in a year like no other.
Each of the 12 Lessons helps her to learn more about herself and gives this entertaining story a deeper and more profound meaning, as she works towards creating the life that she has always wanted… but will she make it in time?( from Amazon)
This book was given to me for review and I enjoyed reading it very much. It is written in biographical style and follows a year and a bit more in the life of Stephanie. This young woman’s story starts off with an insight into her life where her marriage is falling apart, her finances are pulling her under, she loses her job and car, and the people she thinks are friends have no loyalty to her, and can see through the facade of her life.
The journey Stephanie takes during this year is one of enlightenment and hope, and every lesson she has to learn is detailed and advice is given on how to move on in her life.
The book is well written and the pace is good, although the narrative is over the top at times and some parts are repetitive, on the whole it is a good read. One quote which impressed me and has stayed with me is;
‘Change is the essence of life, surrender what you are for what you could become.’ (Mahatma Gandhi location 1621)
This sums up the positive changes that Stephanie was able to make in her year of many changes. There is also romance and humour in the story and a very satisfying ending.
A couple of small criticisms; the book seems a bit long for the actual content as there was a lot of repetition of Stephanie’s longings and recollections of her failed marriage. There were not enough contractions in the direct speech and it sometimes read stilted, not like real conversation, but maybe these are the fault of the editor as the writing on the whole was good.
I would have no problem recommending this book as a good, hopeful and informative read.