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Book Review – New Attitude by Kathryn Biel

Title: New Attitude
Author: Kathryn Biel
Series: A New Beginnings
Release Date: March 13th, 2017
Genre: chick lit

As if it’s not bad enough that I didn’t win the reality design TV show I was on, try coming home to a one word note indicating that my ten-year marriage is over. So here I am, a suddenly single mother in my mid-thirties, doing what everyone advises me to do—have a fling. Except it doesn’t go as planned, so I do the next best thing, which is sit on the couch and mope. But having to provide for a five-year-old doesn’t let me stay home for too long. Before I know it, I’m back to dying my hair wild colors and trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my life.

Except Tony, the fling that wasn’t, keeps popping up in the most unlikely places and won’t leave me alone. I’d like to be strong—I’m way too old for him—but he’s cute and funny and sexy and oh, my ex is getting married to a girl named Bambi. All I know is the way I’m doing things isn’t working. If I want to be happy again, I’m going to need to get a new attitude.

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This is book two in the A New Begining series. Book one was told from Michelle’s point of view and this book is told from her friend Kira’s point of view. The book has that ‘fashion designer’ storyline that I love and the characters are interesting. I loved book 1 & this one, while I didn’t love it as much as the first, it’s still a great book. I read it in a matter of hours and ignored my kids until they begged to be fed.

Kathryn is a great writer and has a great ability to make you feel like you are a part of the story. There were times I was rooting for Kira and times I hated her! lol I am pretty sure that’s how you know you’re actual friends with a fictional character.

I love when second books include all your friends from the first book as well. Not only did we follow Kira’s storyline but through Kira, we got a glimpse into Michelle’s life as well. Lincoln and Tony are always welcome characters and neither of them disappointed me either.

Watching Kira deal with her husband suddenly leaving her was sad yet spot on. It really set the scene for Kira’s struggle in the book and boy did she struggle. I’ve not been divorced but I imagine the things Kira went through are pretty true to life. Although it wasn’t depressing…

-Meeting back up with my old friends, Kira, Michelle, Lincoln and Tony (and some others too). I loved them all in book one and now I love them even more.

-The romance… yes this book is romantic. I won’t tell you how but I will say it was nice to see Kira evolve into what she became. She really had so much character growth.

-Kathryn’s books are so easy to read! I swear once I start one it doesn’t leave my hand until I’ve reached the end.

-It’s been awhile since I read book one so it took me a bit to remember all that was going on. Once I did though, it was such an easy read.

-Michelle seemed ‘different’ in this book than the last. I can’t put my finger on it but she just wasn’t the same ‘innocent & sweet’ girl I remember.

YES! Run… grab this series and cancel your plans for a couple days. This is a great book, in a great series that I would highly recommend to anyone that loves chick lit or has been addicted to any of the fashion reality shows. You’ll smile, cry and be irritated right along with the characters. I can’t wait for Kathryn’s next book!

Say Hello to author Kathryn Biel!

Kathryn Biel hails from Upstate New York, and is a spouse and mother of two wonderful, but exhausting kids. In between being Chief Home Officer and Director of Child Development of the Biel household, she works as a school-based physical therapist. She attended Boston University and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The Sage Colleges. After years of writing countless letters of medical necessity for wheelchairs, finding increasingly creative ways to encourage the government and insurance companies to fund her client’s needs, and writing entertaining annual Christmas letters, she decided to take a shot at writing the kind of novel that she likes to read. She is the author of Good Intentions (2013),Hold Her Down (2014), I’m Still Here (2014), Jump, Jive, and Wail(2015), Killing Me Softly (2015), Completions and Connections: A New Beginnings Novella (2015), Live for This (2016), and Made for Me (2016). Her musings and rants can also be found on her personal blog, Biel Blather.

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If you haven’t read book 1 in this series, I highly suggest it. You can even read my review first HERE.

Title: Made for Me
Author: Kathryn Biel
Series: A New Beginnings
Release Date: October 4th, 2016
Genre: chick lit

Michele’s lack of focus in life hasn’t bothered her, until the day she finds herself with mounting credit card debt, unable to afford her rent, and without a job. While her meddling family questions how she can end up in this predicament, at the age of 29, and single to boot, Michele doesn’t want to admit the truth. All she wants to do is sew.

Faced with the prospect of moving back into her parents’ house, Michele throws a Hail Mary pass and applies for a TV design contest, Made for Me. In order to win the contest, Michele will have to compete with nine other contestants to design the new wardrobe for Duchess Maryn Medrovovich, who’s about to marry Prince Stephan of the United Republic of Montabago.

While in the seclusion of the show, Michele starts to realize where her focus in life should be, and what’s truly important to her. However, a dashing competitor might just cause her to lose her focus once and for all. Can Michele keep her eye on the prize while being true to herself?

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Thank you, Kathryn, for allowing me to be a part of your fabulous book release for New Attitude. I always love featuring you and your awesome books!


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