Review and Kindle sale – I’ve Never Been to Vegas, but My Luggage Has: Mishaps and Miracles on the Road to Happily Ever After, by Mandy Hale

March 3, 2014

I recently had the chance to read I’ve Never Been to Vegas, but My Luggage Has: Mishaps and Miracles on the Road to Happily Ever After, by Mandy Hale. This nonfiction book will be released March 11, 2014 by Thomas Nelson.

About this book (from the back cover):

Wrong turns, humiliating flops, painful heartbreaks—and happiness? Yes, believe it or not, they can go hand in hand.

Blogger and author Mandy Hale, affectionately known as “The Single Woman” to her half-million social-media followers, is living an adventurous life that proves even our lowest lows and messiest mess-ups can point us toward our joy-filled destiny as single women.

In I’ve Never Been To Vegas, But My Luggage Has, Mandy delivers heart-to-heart, often hilarious stories from a life filled with love and loss, glamour and goose bumps, faith and friendship, big dreams and battle scars. She shares the bittersweet euphoria of her high-school romance, the panic-stricken cluelessness of her first day on a stressful job, and the foot-in-mouth horror of her red-carpet interview with a music legend.

Along the way, Mandy dollops personal anecdotes with encouraging insights. From thrilling first kisses to crushing break-ups, from soaring career milestones to promising flights that never quite got off the ground, she unfolds in often uproarious detail the zigzags along the path toward a pinnacle moment: sharing a table and a pinch-me-I’m-dreaming conversation with her lifelong hero.

In the end, Mandy turns Sin City’s infamous marketing slogan on its head: What happens in her life doesn’t stay in her life. She shares even her darkest moments in witty, winsome ways that make us not only feel her pain, but also laugh with her and apply her hard-won nuggets of inspiration to our own lives.

“Happily Ever After” might not look or feel quite like what we expect, but as Mandy is discovering—and as we can discover along with her—it is well within our reach.

About the Author:

Blogger turned hit author, Mandy Hale is affectionately known around the world as “The Single Woman.” With a heart to inspire single women to live their best lives and to never, ever settle, Mandy cuts to the heart of the matter with her inspirational, straight-talking, witty, and often wildly humorous take on the life of a modern single woman.

Mandy’s Twitter page, @TheSingleWoman, was recently named #9 on the list of the “Top Ten Twitter Handles in the City of Nashville” by the Nashville Business Journal. Invited by Oprah to cover her “Lifeclass: the Tour” events in St. Louis and New York City as part of OWN’s “VIP Press Corps” in 2012, Mandy has also been named a “Twitter Powerhouse” by the Huffington Post, a “Woman of Influence” by the Nashville Business Journal, and a “Single in the City” by Nashville Lifestyles magazine. She has been featured on the Women of Faith tour, The 700 Club, Talk of the Town, WHOA Women, and more; and in Forbes magazine, Cosmopolitan magazine, the Christian Post, and the Huffington Post, just to name a few. She has also been a featured guest blogger for Glamour.com, The Conversation, Christian Mingle, and the Huffington Post. With millions of readers from all over the world, Mandy has made a name for herself as the voice of empowerment and sassiness for single women across the globe.

My Verdict:

I requested this book for review because I was interested to see the author’s location (Nashville, pretty near where I live in Tennessee) and because of her huge presence in social media, although I’d not yet heard of her. I should be clear that I am not the author’s target audience, as she specializes in writing about being single, and I’ve been married for 10 years; she also obviously comes from a charismatic/Pentecostal tradition as far as her church background, and as I come from a traditional Methodist/Baptist background, some of the things she mentioned were a bit foreign to me. I enjoyed her stories, the way you might enjoy someone’s funny stories at a party. They mainly center around the odd men she has dated, almost all of which she really should have avoided (but while it’s easy for the reader to see that, it’s much more difficult when you’re in the middle of the situation.) Her writing is light and sometimes I found myself skimming. However, she has one chapter that deals with her history in an abusive relationship, and it is sad, but well-written, and really gives the reader insight into the mindset of someone in that situation. Since I don’t share the same life struggles (workplace drama, trouble in dating), I didn’t personally connect with this book, but obviously her 500K Facebook fans connect with Hale, so she is really speaking to certain groups of single Christian women. I will also mention that I had a few problems with her theology – I don’t think that “naming and claiming” something makes God give it to you if you believe enough; he’s not the Genie in Aladdin. However, I found myself wishing Hale well and hoping by the end of the book that she would find the happy ending she so obviously desires.

If you’d like to check out I’ve Never Been to Vegas, but My Luggage Has it is currently on sale for $9.99 for the Kindle version right now. (Regularly $15.99.) If you prefer a physical copy, the paperback version is currently on sale for $11.79. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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