A Thirty-Something Girl by L.M. Stull

Author, L.M. Stull

I love this thirty-something girl who wrote A Thirty-Something Girl.

L.M. Stull is a shining light in the indie author community, and I could not be happier to showcase her debut novel. She was one of the first authors I interviewed for Inside the Author’s Mind, and we’ve been connected ever since.  I think it’s both fitting and serendipitous that she’s on my blog almost a year to the day since that interview, and even more so that she’s here in a month with the theme of  “new beginnings.”

In many ways, A Thirty-Something Girl is not only L.M.’s debut novel; it’s a symbol of her own growth over this past year. When we first met, she was working on a different book. Originally a writer of paranormal romance, L.M. changed course when she realized she preferred to write stories about the human spirit.

I don’t normally post reviews on my blog, and I didn’t think I would be able to finish A Thirty-Something Girl in time to do it for this post. I was mistaken. Read my review, and you’ll understand why.

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Review of A Thirty-Something Girl

I’m not the world’s fastest reader, but I cannot remember the last time I breezed through a book as quickly as I did A Thirty-Something Girl. From the first sentence to the last, I inhaled L.M.’s words as if they were air.

Does this mean there wasn’t a lot of substance? Absolutely not. Written in first person point of view, Hope Ellena Jackson, a thirty-something girl lives through more twists and turns in a year than many of us encounter in a lifetime. At almost any point in the book, I was riding a wave of frayed emotions – either my stomach was in knots or my inner cheerleader was doing high-kicks.

You see, I really liked Hope. I liked her relationship with her girlfriends, her romantic interest, and her broken past. In her, any woman can find something to relate to. Hope is that part of us who must come to terms with life’s misfortunes. Some of them are of our own making; others are by circumstance. Either way, Hope has to deal with the consequences. In the process, she cements her friendships, opens her heart, and finds love.

L.M.’s book is a testament to the type of stories she wants to write. In A Thirty-Something Girl, she spins a generous tale about the resilience of the human spirit. Hope is her vehicle to illustrate that we all have the ability to rise above life’s hardships. As with her main character’s journey, it’s never a straight line to a happy ending, but while moving toward it, we learn what we are truly capable of.

My strong suspicion is that L.M. wrote A Thirty-Something Girl from a very personal place—perhaps her own life experiences from this past year. Hope is a thinly veiled metaphor, and there is clever wordplay strewn throughout the book using her name.

L.M. has written a book for all ages. It’s not just for thirty-something girls; it’s for twenty-somethings who can learn valuable life lessons, and those older who can take comfort in the wisdom of their decisions.

It’s for all of us who implicitly know that life is what we make of it, but sometimes a thirty-something girl like Hope comes along and reminds us.

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Life has been anything but kind, and everything that can go wrong has. At an age when life should be coming together, and questions should start to be answered, Hope finds herself feeling very alone and terribly confused. As her life spirals out of control, she realizes she needs help. And she needs it quickly.

With the love and support of some dear friends, Hope slowly begins to find her true self, and along the way, she meets someone. Someone who makes her feel like living to see another day might just be worth it.

But with happiness, comes pain. Pain from a past that simply won’t be forgotten. Walking a dangerously fine line between joy and utter despair, Hope wonders if happy endings really do exist. And if they do, is there one waiting for her?

L.M. is giving away an AUTOGRAPHED paperback copy of A Thirty-Something Girl to one lucky commenter, so be sure to leave a comment after this post! 

A drawing will be made Jan. 23rd to choose the winner.

Thank you L.M. for your generosity to my readers! 🙂

Connect with the lovely L.M. Stull at all her social networks.

Website   Twitter   Facebook   Goodreads   Facebook Fellow Writer’s Group

L.M. also blogs about her own personal journey in life on her blog, Lisa’s Liberation.

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A Washington, DC native, L.M. Stull spends her days chained to a desk at a law firm in southern Virginia. Yes, she works for lawyers… you can go ahead and feel sorry for her.

Most of her youth was spent studying classical piano and dance. And while L.M. wrote several short stories, her primary focus was on poetry. After the death of her grandfather, the words stopped flowing, and it was not until her late 20s that she rediscovered her passion for writing.

When she’s not feverishly taking orders from attorneys, you can find her pounding the pavement thinking up her next story idea… and sometimes eating cake (okay, maybe more than sometimes).

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28 responses to “A Thirty-Something Girl by L.M. Stull

  1. I love your review on Lisa’s book, Eden. Wonderful review!

    I very much share your suspicion that Lisa’s books has strong personal elements in it – a very lovely Thirty-Something Girl indeed :)!

    Lisa, happy to see you doing the rounds 🙂

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  2. A review of one of my favorite indie writers by another of my favorites – what a wonderful Wednesday this is turning out to be!!

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  3. L.M. Stull

    Junying – Thank you so much for all your support and for stopping by here today!!!

    Sessha – You are so sweet! I can’t thank you enough for all the support you have shown me (and all other writers). You are amazing.

    And, Eden, thank you for this absolutely lovely review. It is such an honor to be featured on your site. I can’t thank you enough.

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    • Lisa, ’twas my pleasure to read and review your debut novel. YOU DID IT, and you did a FANTASTIC job!!!

      PS. I hate exclamation marks, so you know I’m excited if I used 3 in a row.

      eden
      xoxox

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  4. I have this book waiting to be read, on my Kindle. I read a snippet and wanted to know more!

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  5. Can’t wait to read this book–thanks for having this here, Eden!

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  6. Fantastic post! Your review sold me! I can hardly wait to see if I win before I buy it. I’m a thirty-something girl who has also had a roller coaster year – so many ups in my own professional life and yet my hubby lost both his parents.

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    • L.M. Stull

      Hi Tara!! Thank you SO much for your interest in my book!! One thing that I have found so interesting (and also comforting) is that so many women have come to me and said they could relate to parts of Hope’s journey. It’s funny how sometimes we can feel so alone, but, yet, we really aren’t. This is something that has taken me awhile to learn. Something I strive not to forget.

      Thank you again for stopping by!

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  7. This book looks fantastic! Congrats L.M 🙂 The title alone drew me in, and the synopsis sounds like my kind of read. Nice review Eden, now I desperately want to know if Hope finds her happy ending!

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  8. What a wonderful review.

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  9. Charlie Angels

    I am sorry my dear, I must be the less complimentary opinion. Both the “Review” and the “Comments”, have a gaping hole in them. You my dear write from and emotionally troubled past and present. Using your writing skills to help yourself heal is a wonderful idea, When you allow others to judge that writing you create and even more troubled psyche. I wish you a peaceful mind.

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    • L.M. Stull

      Charlie – While A Thirty-Something Girl was inspired by real life emotions and events in my own life, it is actually fiction. Writing has indeed healed many aspects of my life. But I must say that sharing and hearing the comments about my work has not created a “troubled psyche,” but, in fact, set me more at peace.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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  10. It sound odd to say LM Stull’s debut novel. I know it’s her first but she writes so much and I expect to see an entire books shelf of her work. Eden and Lisa are a matched set when it comes to giving back to their friends and writers. I need more people like you in my life!

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    • L.M. Stull

      Dannie, darling, thank you so much for your kind words. You’ll be happy to know I am plugging away on my second novel, which I hope to have out in the summer 🙂 🙂

      And, p.s., we need more people like YOU in our lives… awww 🙂

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  11. Eden, wonderful review of an amazing book. I have been lucky enough to get to know L.M. just a little and find her writing to be solid, full of truth and lyrical.
    Lisa, thank you for writing such an awesome author. Your book is charming.
    Cheers,
    Ardee-ann

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  12. Great review. Looking forward to reading the book!

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  13. Excellent post! Sounds like a great read and I’m sure my daughter would love it also. 🙂

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  14. Great interview. 😉 And even though I’m a forty-something girl, I’d love to read A Thirty-Something Girl.

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  15. Thanks to everyone who commented about LM’s book. The winner has been selected by Random.org, and will be contacted by Lisa.

    Really appreciate all who came by to support her and her debut novel.

    eden

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