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Designer You

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Designer You by Saralyn Bruck is the sweet story of a mother and daughter who come together after the death of the man closest to their hearts. Pam and her husband Nate run a DIY home renovation business together, but one day while Nate is working on their home, he falls and passes away. Pam finds him lying in the backyard, and cannot believe that her life partner, and the other half of her business, is gone just like that.

Pam has to deal with all of that, plus their daughter, who is extremely upset that her father has passed away. How will Pam move along, and move on, while trying to pick up all the broken pieces in her life?

This story is very real, and extremely sad. Though, it’s told in a light and airy way. Even though the book deals with some serious topics, it never made me feel like it was too much. The characters are just like you and I, and even though they may be grieving, their are times of laughter and time for smiles. I really enjoyed this book, it brought out so many emotions in me, from empathy for the characters, to happiness that a mother and daughter were learning how to cope. If you are looking for a novel with strong females, this is definitely the book you should check out. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. I loved it.

Paperback: 278 pages

Publisher: Crooked Cat Books

Pam Wheeler checked every box: Happy marriage? Check. Fantastic kid? Check. Booming career? Check.

So when her husband dies suddenly and their DIY empire goes on life support, Pam must fix the relationship with her troubled and grief-stricken daughter and save the family business.

Pam and Nate were a couple who just couldnít get away from each other, sharing not only their bed, but also a successful lifestyle empire as DIY home renovators, bloggers, podcasters, and co-authors.

When Nate dies in a freak accident, Pam becomes a 44-year-old widow, at once too young and too oldótoo young to be thrust into widowhood and too old to rejoin the dating pool.

Now the single mother of a headstrong and grief-stricken teenager, Pamís life becomes a juggling act between dealing with her loss and learning how to parent by herself. On top of all that she also must reinvent herself or lose the empire that she and Nate had built so carefully.

It is time for Pam to seize the opportunity to step up as a mother, come out from behind Nateís shadow, and rise as the sole face of the Designer You brand, and maybe, possibly,†hopefully, find love again.


Designer You is a brilliant, different story of grief, recovery, and change. –D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer,Midwest Book Review

A tenderly written story of a mother and daughter’s struggle to move on after loss, with characters so authentic you find yourself cheering and laughing.-Kelly Simmons, international selling author of ONE MORE DAY and THE FIFTH OF JULY

Sarahlyn Bruckís touching debut is a beautifully written novel about love, grief, redemption and the art of personal and professional recreation. This is a tender mother-daughter story that will stay in your heart long after you turn the final page.-Dawn Ius, author of ANNE & HENRY,OVERDRIVE, and LIZZIE

Purchase Links

Amazon| Barnes & Noble | Indiebound

About Sarahlyn Bruck

Sarahlyn Bruck writes contemporary women’s fiction and lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. She is the author of Designer You, published by Crooked Cat Books on August 31, 2018. Sarahlyn teaches writing and literature at a local community college and also coaches writers for Author Accelerator.

Designer You is Sarahlyn’s debut, and she is hard at work on her next book. Want the latest updates? Follow along for news, events, and announcements at†= You can sign up for her monthly newsletter there, too.

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