Favorable Conditions Paperback – Dec 24 2011
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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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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 ½ out of 5 stars.
Kole has done it again building amazing characters and with their development keeping the plot moving. This story could have turned into a bit of a pity party like most of our lives due at times. I think Kole did a great job of acknowledging the time where the character went through some of her mourning, but didn't let those times take over. She had appropriate amount of time pass and then we pickup the story with acknowledgement of the past time, but the character is picking up the pieces and moving on again.
I was worried with this novel and the main character being at such a different point in her life then me that I would have a hard time relating to her. Surprisingly, I didn't I could relate to Pat and the situations around her even though I don't have personal experiences like that to relate them too. I think this goes back to the great character that Kole builds, in all of her works that I have read. Also, I felt like Pat had growth and dealt with real life relatable issues, which I really appreciated in this plot.
I would give this book four stars and suggest it to my friends and other readers.
I was provided a copy of the book for review, but the summary and thoughts on the book are mine.
Another day Pat goes jogging and literally runs into tall, dark and handsome, Ian. After making sure she's okay he continues on with his jog with Pat securely in his thoughts. Not soon after, Ian shows up in her bookstore and one thing leads to another including the revelation that Ian is nine years younger than Pat. They are immediately smitten with one another, but the age difference is a huge problem for Pat and a couple of the other characters in the novel. At first, I found the issue kind of unrealistic, but after thinking about it a bit more, I've realized that Kathleen may have brought up something really important. Us women are getting better as we get older and we can date who we want. In many cases, the younger, the better! However, there's still a stigma attached.
I'd like to think as a society, and as modern women, we've pretty much moved past the whole age thing, but maybe we haven't. I think it's getting better, but is there still ageism out there, which Kathleen highlights in her new novel, FAVORABLE CONDITIONS? I found this an interesting topic for Kathleen Kole to tackle in the context of a novel. She doesn't make any judgments. She puts the subject out there so the reader can experience the conflict that Pat goes through. You'll have to read the novel to find out what happens. It's actually a great subject for book club. FYI: Women at any age, especially over forty, belong in nightclubs!
Back to the book, Kathleen creates a nice group of characters and I especially appreciated how her BFF, Melanie is always able to be there for her without being a doormat. Pat is going through some tough times, and keeping that relationship balanced isn't always easy. There are several times when Pat should just put a sign up on the front door saying "Closed for Good."
This looks to be a big year for Kathleen Kole. She has a novel coming out in the spring and another one later this fall. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter and on her website.
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?
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?
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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!