Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Review: Girl Before a Mirror by Liza Palmer

Girl Before a Mirror
by Liza Palmer

Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  An account executive in a Mad Men world, Anna Wyatt is at a crossroads. Recently divorced, she’s done a lot of emotional housecleaning, including a self-imposed dating sabbatical. But now that she’s turned forty, she’s struggling to figure out what her life needs. Brainstorming to win over an important new client, she discovers a self-help book—Be the Heroine, Find Your Hero—that offers her unexpected insights and leads her to a most unlikely place: a romance writers’ conference. If she can sign the Romance Cover Model of the Year Pageant winner for her campaign—and meet the author who has inspired her to take control of her life—she’ll win the account. 

For Anna, taking control means taking chances, including getting to know Sasha, her pretty young colleague on the project, and indulging in a steamy elevator ride with Lincoln Mallory, a dashing financial consultant she meets in the hotel. When the conference ends, Anna and Lincoln must decide if their intense connection is strong enough to survive outside the romantic fantasy they’ve created. Yet Lincoln is only one of Anna’s dilemmas. Now that her campaign is off the ground, others in the office want to steal her success, and her alcoholic brother, Ferdie, is spiraling out of control. 

To have the life she wants-to be happy without guilt, to be accepted for herself, to love and to be loved, to just be—she has to put herself first, accept her imperfections, embrace her passions, and finally be the heroine of her own story.

Kritters Thoughts:  Anna Wyatt has been working at an ad agency and has been looking for the next big project and finds it and pursues it with all of her self.  At the same time, she is trying to be the rock for her family and do all of the things for her friends.  She has always put others first and through the story finds the balance of putting herself first sometimes.

One thing I absolutely loved about this book was the "love story" aspect of this book wasn't the focus.  This woman has to focus on her family and her career first before she can get back into the love game - it is nice to see a story that doesn't have love at the center.  

For me this book felt long for the content that it had, I felt like it dragged a little and could have been cut a little.  There is a turning point at the end and I would have loved for it to come sooner and had more story after that moment (vague but don't want to spoil!)  

Although this may not be my favorite Liza Palmer book, I will still be on the lookout for her next thing.

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.


  1. I've heard some talk about this book and it sounds interesting. This is a new author for me, but I see that she has a lot of fans....

    Kate @ Ex Libris

  2. Thanks for being a part of the tour!


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