Mind of Her OwnDiana Lesire Brandmeyer
Who knew making dinner could change your life? Louisa Copeland certainly didn’t. But when the George Foreman grill falls out of the pantry onto her head, resulting in a bump and a mighty case of amnesia, Louisa’s life takes a turn for the unexpected. Who is this Collin f... Read More
- Store Only: Yes
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Aug 1, 2015
- UPC: 9781496401281
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 352
- Publish Date: Aug 1, 2015
- Language: English
- BISAC: "FIC044000"
- ISBN: 149640128X
Customer ReviewsWrite your own review
- You Must Have Me Mixed Up With Someone Else.... by tickmenot on 8/4/2015
Louisa is married to workaholic lawyer, Collin Copeland. They have three children, and live in an expensive Midwestern suburb. After a conk on the head renders her unconscious and in the emergency room, she wakes up as someone else. She tells everyone she is Jazz Sweet, a single, successful romance writer who lives by the ocean in Florida. Jazz is an unconventional free spirit, about as far removed from Louisa as could be. She has no memory of Collin, the children, or anything else.
In fact, Jazz is sure there has been a mix-up at the hospital, and there must be some other woman named Louisa that belongs with Collin. When her "husband" wants to take her home, she feels he is a complete stranger. Jazz wonders if she might be going off with someone dangerous. But since she can't find a purse or cell phone belonging to Jazz, leaving her without money or contacts, she consents to go home with Collin.
Who are you again?
So begins a strange experience for Jazz, and the Copeland family. Jazz has no idea how to cook, take care of children or any of the million other tasks Louisa seamlessly took care of. Collin finds he has to make a way to start coming home earlier in the evenings to help Jazz with household tasks--a first for him. Collin even finds himself thrust into watching his own children, something he has never done before either.
Jazz gets to work brightening up Louisa's dull wardrobe of khaki, white and navy with bright colors and accessories. She also livens up everyone's lives, as well, since she is nothing like the very structured Louisa. Jazz insists her parents were missionaries, and expects the formerly Christmas and Easter church attending Copeland's, to be in church every Sunday. Jazz turns everyone's lives upside down, and in some ways, they would like her to stay forever.
Not all memories are good ones.
This might seem like a playful tale, and there are some funny situations. However, an undercurrent of something dark runs beneath this light-hearted yarn. The doctor suggests the reason Louisa has become Jazz is that it is a coping mechanism. Something must have happened in Louisa's life that was so traumatic she doesn't want to remember it. Until she does recall that event, Louisa will never know who she really is.
The author does an excellent job of explaining the life-changing event that occurred in Louisa's life when she was twelve--without going into graphic detail. The word pictures she paints, really gives the reader a clear idea of what happened. I appreciated that, along with the story being done from a Christian view-point.
The story-line really keeps your attention, wondering how will all turn out. This is a great book that deals with some very dark, adult situations, which would be inappropriate for young readers. I highly recommend this 5-star book to anyone who enjoys a good, solid story that has some fun parts, but also a strong dose of reality.
Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of Mind of Her Own for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.
- A Bump on the Head Can Change Lives by Suzie on 7/25/2015
Exhausted from her predictable, boring life being the perfect wife and mother, Louisa Copeland opts for an easy dinner using the indoor grill. When she wakes up after taking a knock on the head from said indoor grill, she wakes up not as Louisa Copeland, but as romance author Jazz Sweet with no memory of her husband or her children. Yet she can’t quite piece together her life as Jazz Sweet either. With no place else to go, she agrees to go “home” with Collin Copeland, Louisa’s husband. At least he seems to be concerned about her. As Jazz tries to figure out who she is and how this Louisa fits into her life, she realizes that Louisa was unhappy with her life. It seems her entire existence is just a shell, a pretty packaging, something that Jazz does not want to return to. But as snippets of memory return, will Jazz be forced back into Louisa’s life? And how will the family handle leaving the fun and excitement Jazz has brought into their lives with the controlling yet caring mother.
I’m glad I read this bok. A little different spin on a story, it was at times humorous and at other times painful as Collin learns how disappointed and sad his wife was in their relationship. But the truth of the story is that healing and change can happen. An unhappy life can be turned into more. Second chances are real. Jazz was a fun character despite the exasperating moments when she can’t seem to make up her mind. As Collin struggles with accepting Jazz at first, he soon learns he likes this fun, exciting side of his wife, even if she is keeping him at a distance.
****Tyndale Blog Network provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.