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Kathleen Kole

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Book Description

Dec 24 2011
Can you imagine being forty-five, your last child has moved on to college and the time is ripe for you to blaze a new trail into your future? Pat Keegan can. Well, except for the tiny detail that all her preconceived notions about how that future was going to shape up are completely out the window. Pat was under the impression that once her child rearing years were complete she and her husband would walk hand in hand toward a rose colored future. Fat chance. Before their daughter had even been accepted by a College, he was blathering about needing space to rediscover himself and made quick strides to the nearest exit. Suddenly, Pat is divorced, rattling around her large house and asking the empty rooms, "What now?" She knows she has to carve out new dreams - after all, forty-five is a far cry from the end of the line - But how? Join Pat as she jumps feet first back into the world outside her door, takes on a new business venture, is pursued by a much younger man and has to muddle her way through more emotions that she knew she had - all to finally attain her goal of rediscovering who she is and what she wants from the next phase of her life.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Sublime Coyote Media (Dec 24 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0986895652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0986895654
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 12.5 x 20 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,407,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Born in Edmonton AB, Kathleen began storytelling in grade school. She has many fond memories of passing summer afternoons, out on the swings in her backyard, creating tales that entertained her neighborhood friends. When she finally decided to venture from her backyard, Kathleen pursued a career in storytelling. She graduated from college with a Diploma in Radio and Television Arts and traveled the path of freelance writing for numerous local newspapers. Many years later, too many to talk about without seeming rude and nosey, Kathleen has channeled her imagination to the pages of her novels. She hopes that you enjoy her tales and encourages you to feel free to read her stories on the swing set in your own backyard. Kathleen has traveled from Edmonton, to a new backyard with a lovely mountain view. She spends time there with her beloved husband, adored son and silly dog. They let her tell them stories and always laugh in all of the correct places. She's lucky, and she knows it.

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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! May 20 2012
By Writer's Corner - Published on Amazon.com
Kathleen Kole generously donated a set of her books for the Readathon on May 26th. The last of the books she donated is Favorable Conditions which is her most recent work.

Pat Keegan recently sent her daughter Crystal off to college. Oh and by the way she is divorced too! What will she do with the time? After a night of partying by herself; Pat decides that she needs to make some changes. The first change being a new career. Her friends are very supportive of her making some changes after the divorce. Gerry and Travis the gay couple who help Pat with making her first steps into a new career by supporting her purchase of the local used bookstore. She also has Melanie for moral support who is another shop owner. Will Pat be able to weather all the changes in her life?

My Thoughts:
I liked the book. I loved the characters that seemed all very well thought out. I had a hard time reading about Pat's insecurities but these insecurities would be appropriate considering what she had recently been through, in her life. Ms. Kole does a great job of creating characters that you would love and those characters you love to hate. I had a very hard time liking the daughter. I only wish more was said about all that went into the bookstore.
My dream would be to open my own bookstore. What would your dream be? Would you be afraid to make the changes necessary to accomplish this?
You can reach Kathleen Kole by facebook [....], Twitter [....]
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read April 19 2012
By Storm Goddess Book Reviews & More - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Kathleen Kole creates a story about second chances, finding yourself after all these years, and what happens when it's time to start over.

Pat is 45 years old, and has had a lot of changes in the

past few years. That's enough to drive a person crazy, but

Pat handles it skillfully. She begins to take charge and

find something new and exciting to do with her life,

especially now that her daughter is an adult and living her

own life.

Favorable Conditions is a funny, sweet, and charming

story. I finished the last page and felt good, it's one of

those books that sticks in your mind and makes you think.

There's humorous and emotional moments, the characters

are the kind you can relate to and Ms. Kole really makes

you care about

them. I enjoyed this story.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming! March 26 2012
By Michelle Bell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Kathleen Kole knows how to take an idea, put a lot of heart into it, throw in a dash of unique characters, and mix it up in a fabulous story.

I adored the story of Pat and her journey as she starts life over with the exit of her husband (the cad) and her children (growing up). She has lovely friends around her that keep things interesting and the introduction of a handsome, albeit younger man, Ian, makes it all the more fun. Kathleen even brings a few of the kooky characters from "Dollars to Donuts" in. I honestly think the only character I didn't like in this story was daughter, Crystal, who came off as a spoiled little girl that needed someone to give her a hard smack upside the head.

Overall, Kathleen has another story that is full of heart and is well worth the read! You will cheer as Pat takes control of her life once and for all, standing up to the people that are trying to keep her in the same box that makes them comfortable regardless of how she feels. And you even get a cute kitten out of the deal!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SUCH A GREAT BOOK! March 21 2012
By Chauncey Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
She had plans, but things changed. When divorcee Pat Keegan's second child goes away to college, she didn't intend on being alone. In her perfect life, she'd be embarking on a new journey with her husband. Instead forty-five year old Pat finds herself living alone in a quiet home all alone. After a night of letting loose, the next day Pat starts her new journey as a bookstore owner. She also begins to date Ian, a much younger man who she "runs" into while out for a run. Many things happen in Pat's new life - her daughter gets engaged, a younger woman intimidates her, and her relationship is interrupted when her ex-husband shows up, but through it all Pat manages to embrace it, and make the most of her new life.

From start to finish this book was delightfully charming and sweet. Kathleen Kole has written a book that many can relate to - single mom, new career, and a younger hunk! While I'm a married woman in my early thirties and have no children, I felt that I could relate to Pat on some levels. This book was very enjoyable, even funny - especially when Pat dances alone in her home to a blaring Bob Seger. I was cracking up as she tried to imitate Tom Cruise in Risky Business!

Kathleen has a knack for writing strong-willed characters, such as Pat Keegan. I found refreshing that the female main character was confidant in herself, and didn't harp on anything over too much time. Pat's love interest, Ian, seemed to be sweet and understanding man, especially when it came to Pat's worries about their age differences and her children. These two characters are a match made in heaven. Some might even say that the conditions for these two are favorable...

After reading this book, I can't wait to read it again...when I'm in my forties, fifties, and sixties! Every woman who is in her mid-life should read this book.

I give this book 4  out of 5 stars.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Favorable Conditions March 21 2012
By Samantha J - Published on Amazon.com
I was thrilled to host Kathleen Kole's third blog tour via CLP Blog Tours, this time with her latest novel Favorable Conditions. Her books have been fun reads - short, sweet, direct and always with some great characters. This story follows Pat Keegan, who is forty-five and suddenly finds herself very alone in a big house. After dedicating years of her life to being a good wife and mother, her two children are now both moved out, and her husband has left her. Pat knows she needs a new direction for her life, but can she achieve her goals of rediscovering herself - and her happiness?

Age-wise, Pat and I are not close. But that factor really never even came up for me while I was reading. I was invested in her story and how she would pick up those crumbling pieces and make something better for herself. I loved that she decided to open a business for herself, and how self-sufficient she became. I'm all about girl power and making opportunities for yourself, so I really felt connected with Pat throughout the story. The supporting cast is just as good - from BFF Melanie, Pat's daughter who gets engaged, and of course, the love interest Ian. I thought the relationship with Pat and Ian added a great element to the overall story. Another book from Kathleen Kole to get on your to-read list!

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