Thursday, July 23, 2009

Review and Giveaway - 0 to 60 by Susan Slater

0 to 60 by Susan Slater

rating: 4.5/5.0

From Goodreads:

O TO 60 is Susan Slater s debut women s fiction novel with that all too true-to-life story of a woman dumped. Meet Shelly Sinclair, matriarch of the quintessential American family. Shelly s life is perfect one most women would envy a 35 year marriage to a successful doc, two grown sons, a beautiful home and the security of predictability. Without warning, this world collapses. Her husband of a lifetime announces that he s asked someone to marry him a someone thirty-nine years his junior. And, oh yes, the mother of his four-year-old child. Alone. To start over. Sixty is a long way from sixteen. Is Prince Charming still out there? But isn t there more? Her quest to find self is as endearing as it is enduring. Because maybe, just maybe these are the best years of her life.
I have to say that I absolutely loved this book. How would any woman deal with her husband leaving her after 35 years of marriage? How does one start over at 60? That's exactly what Shelly Sinclair has to deal with. I love how Ms. Slater develops Shelly and how through time Shelly begins to find herself. Of course she has to navigate a lot of dating setbacks and an ex-husband with a younger wife and child and her children too. One child who sticks with her and one who sides more with her ex-husband. The book feels very true to life.

It's very entertaining. There is humor, there is sadness and through it all Shelly perseveres. I think this is a wonderful women's fiction book. Shelly is a strong character, there are some twists and turns, but you stick with it through it all and hardly want to put it down. In fact when it ends I wish it would keep going - I have fallen in love with Shelly as a character and want to know more about her. The book ends like it should though and I like the ending.

I will be looking for more books by Ms. Slater in the future and hope she continues writing women's fiction.

About the Author:

Susan is the author of six mysteries - four in the highly acclaimed Ben Pecos Indian series: Pumpkin Seed Massacre, Yellow Lies, Thunderbird and a novella, A Way to the Manger plus two stand alones, Flash Flood and Five O'clock Shadow. Susan lives thirty miles west of Taos and writes full time.

Thank you to Emily Weiss at Bascom Publishing for sending me this book!

Binding: Paperback
On-sale Date: July 15th, 2009
Publisher: Bascom Publishing
Pages: 309

Also I would like to give away my copy of 0 to 60 by Susan Slater. I will open the contest today through Friday August 14th. This one is open to the US and Canada only (don't worry others - I will have more worldwide contests soon). Please enter by:

  1. Commenting on my blog, make sure I have a way to contact you. (+1)
  2. Become a blog follower or let me know if you are already a follower (+1)
  3. Tell me any other Susan Slater books you have read and enjoyed (+1)
  4. Tell me your favorite women's fiction book (+1)
  5. Tweet about this review and giveaway, use @cfulcher in the tweet so I can find it (+1)
  6. Follow me on Twitter (or let me know if you are a current follower) (+1)
  7. Blog about this contest and let me know the link (sidebar or post is fine) (+1)
So there you go - 7 ways to get an entry into this contest. You can leave them in separate posts or one post, it doesn't matter, I will make sure you get your entries, just make sure to let me know what you do.


Mary said...

Crystal, this sounds great! Please toss my name into the giveaway!

meah56 at gmail dot com

I'm a follower

Fav Women's Fiction (right now) is Summer House by Nancy Thayer

I blogged in my sidebar:

Holly said...

This one sounds fun! I follow.

Park Avenue Princess said...

I'd love a chance to win this one!

This author is new to me so I don't have any other "favorites" of hers as of yet.

My favorite female fiction book would have to be "Firefly Lane" by Kristen Hannah

And I too am having a giveaway on my blog....JEWELRY and BOOKS! SO please stop by and enter! Look for the STICKY POST! : )

XoXo Amy (Park-Avenue Princess) and on Twitter APrkAvePrincess
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Shon said...

Crystal, thanks for the giveaway. My post can be found here:

I subscribe to your blog, does that count?

Last year I read Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah. That was one of my favorites.


M. L. Kiner said...

"The Hong Kong Connection" is a legal thriller about a gutsy female attorney who takes on high ranking International officials. It's a taut, rollercoaster of a ride from New York to Palm Beach to Washington D.C. to Hong Kong. The plot is expertly woven, the characters persuasive, and the dialogue snappy and spot on.

AmandaSue said...

I'd like a chance to read this book thanks.

Marie said...

I would love to read this, it sounds great!

I am a follower.

I have read only one other of her books so far -- Flash Flood -- one of her mysteries. It was very good!

I really enjoyed Everything is Beautiful by Katherine Center -- it was a excellent women's fiction book that I finished a few weeks ago.

I follow you on twitter -- doodlebug40.

Jess said...

I'd love to win, this book sounds great. Please count me in.

Marjorie said...

I am a new follower, count me in please.

cenya2 at hotmail dot com

Ninja Fanpire said...

+1 Comment-Contact:
+1 Already a Blog Follower
+1 Twittered:
+1 Following on Twitter
+1 Blog post:

Anita Yancey said...

Sounds like a book I'd love to read. Please enter me. Thanks!


Debbie said...

+1 Would love this!
+1 Already a follower - Google Reader
+1 Love Nora Roberts!
Debbie F
dcf_beth at verizon dot net

tetewa said...

Sounds good, count me in!

Debs Desk said...

Please include me in your giveaway.

I am a follower.

I follower you on Twitter.

I love Barbara Delinsky.

Lynne said...

I'd love to enter this contest. I'm now a follower, and for women's books I love Debbie Macomber.

throuthehaze said...

+1 count me in please

+1 blog follower

+1 I also enjoyed five o clock shadow

+1I like The Sherbrooke Bride by Catherine Coulter

+1 follow on twitter @throuthehaze

throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Esme said...

Please sign me up Crystal-it is after 10 and I will tweet tomorrow for this.

I follow


chocolateandcroissants at yahoo dot com

Sue said...

I'd love a copy of this book. Thanks for the giveaway~

s.mickelson at gmail dot com

Belinda M said...

+1 Please include me in your giveaway

+1 I follow

+ I have never read anything by Susan Slater

+1 I love anything that is Historical Romance

+1 follow you on twitter as prairiebelle

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Anonymous said...

Mary D
zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

+ 1 Hi there :) I've heard this one is good and your review has me eager to read it - I'd so love this one! Please enter me and thanks!

+ 2 My favorite women's fiction at the moment is Victoria Holt because I'm on a gothic kick lol

Anonymous said...

Mary D
zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

And I just signed up to follow :)

kalea_kane said...

+1 This looks like a really fun read. Please enter me in the giveaway!


+1 I am a blog follower.

I haven't read any of Susan Slater's books yet.

+1 Favorite women's fiction book right now is any of the alphabet mysteries by Sue Grafton

+1 I blogged about your giveaway

+1 I tweeted your giveaway

+1 I follow you on

Total of Six thanks so much!


MoziEsmé said...

I'd love to read this!

I'm a new follower!

And I just started following you on twitter, too.

One book I've enjoyed recently is White Chocolate Moments by Lori Wick

alexandrea said...

That sounds depressing but as I am guessing she will be strong enough to deal with it, I bet will be amusing and heartwearing. I'd love to read it!

Esme said...

Thanks for the giveaway-how did you like Italian for Beginners?

chocolateandcroissants at yahoo dot com

Esme said...

Favorite female author-Lisa See

chocolateandcroissants at yahoo dot com

Esme said...

tweeted giveaway for 0-60 at @cfulcher

above I should have said Shanghai Girls

chocolateandcroissants at yahoo dot com

France said...

If you like surprising twists and turns this book certainly will offer you some. Right from the very first sentence on you are supplied with one jaw-dropping-moment after another. Keeps you reading - kept me up the first night until 5:30 am. I believe that this book would make a great movie.

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