1 Jun 2017

Review: Good Enough by Pamela Gossiaux

Unlikely heroine Amy Summers has it all: the world’s best job, an awesome boyfriend, and a happily-ever-after in sight. She’s worked hard, played by the rules, and has matching pant suits. She’s feeling good about life. Then, in one very bad day that involves burnt toast and a police arrest, she loses it all – her job, her boyfriend…and her entire wardrobe.
That’s when she decides to give up men and become a Bohemian novelist. She takes her laptop to Starbucks to compose her epic adventure, but literally bumps into caffeine-free, easy-going Josh Grey, a life coach and very handsome man. (Not that she’s noticing.)
When he offers to help Amy get back on her feet, she decides to hire him. As they work together to rebuild Amy’s life, Amy begins to live her own epic adventure, a fast-paced, comedy that entangles her in a series of lies and cover-ups as she struggles to be “good enough.”
Her heart is telling her that Josh is the man, but Josh is big on integrity and honesty, and Amy has a huge secret that could push him away if he ever finds out.
Complicating Amy’s journey is the fact that she has found her ex-boyfriend’s winning lottery ticket – worth $22 million. If she cashes it in, she could make all her dreams come true. What’s a girl to do?
Through the story she encounters people outside of her comfort zone: her ex-boyfriend’s pregnant girlfriend, her drunken janitor, and a host of other, everyday people we find ourselves cheering for. But most of all, we cheer for Amy. As she struggles through relationship heartbreaks and the frustrations of starting over in her career, we as readers feel empathy towards her, because most of us, at some point, have also been afraid we couldn’t measure up.

Good Enough touches a nerve every woman faces. Are we ever going to be goodenough? Gossiaux has written a funny, revenge romance that will have you cheering on the heroine, Amy, until the very end. 
—Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, author of CBA Best Seller Mind of Her Own.

“So many of the oft-maligned Chick Lit novels rely on frequent emphasis on sexual encounters to attract their audience. Pam sees a different direction of importance in her female centric novel – keeping the love interests alive but on the periphery of her core themes. She balances contemporary situations familiar to all of us with little glitches that can change our lives in both a positive way and a not so helpful direction, resolves the issues that she presents, and the result is a book of warmth, humor, and just plain fine storytelling that signals the arrival of a new voice.”
– Grady Harp, Amazon Hall of Fame Top 100 Reviewer

My Review
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel by Pamela Gossiaux. It is full of humour and pathos and it will have you desperately wanting the very best for Amy. Clearly written to inspire women, I found the lightness of the prose super easy to read and would therefore recommend it to young adults as well. I read the book as if I was watching a particularly vibrant movie in my mind, which made me come to the conclusion that this would make a really fun film - perhaps for the Hallmark channel?! (I love their light-hearted chick flicks and think this would fit their category so well.)
All in all, a really enjoyable read!

Pamela Gossiaux is a humorist, inspirational speaker, and the author of the books Why Is There a Lemon in My Fruit Salad? How to Stay Sweet When Life Turns Sour, and A Kid at Heart: Becoming a Child of Our Heavenly Father, as well as the highly anticipated chick-lit novel GoodEnough. 
Pam has been writing and working with writers for several decades. She has a dual BA degree from the University of Michigan in Creative Writing and English Language and Literature, and over 20 years of journalism writing experience. She teaches writing workshops and has been the editor for published books in a wide variety of genres, both fiction and non-fiction, including best sellers. She has self-published a book on writing called Six Steps to Successful Publication.
She’s an avid horse enthusiast, loves chocolate, and prefers to curl up with a good book in her downtime. She also enjoys gardening and being outdoors. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two sons, and three cats. Visit her website at PamelaGossiaux.com.

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like such a good story. It isn't everyday that we reader can find such a positive story. Looks like today most story are full of angst.
    Thanks so much for sharing this :-)


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