Review: And When by Wendiann

41cpnDHQPwL._AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-34,22_AA300_SH20_OU15_Synopsis (Cover links to Amazon page)

A mainstream fiction at 130,000 words, this story touches on struggle, humor, illness, loss and love.  An ordinary life can be thrust at any moment into turmoil by life’s twist and turns.  Here is what one blogger has written on her site about the book:
Popular Jade Prency would never describe herself as beautiful. Amazonian
and imperfect, she relied on humor and her ability to help others to find her
place in the world. Believing tomorrow would always come; two words invade to
twist her world. Illness becomes her personal battle. Grief is a process her
soul must endure. Feeling separate and alone, she searches for a new way to
cope.
In today’s world, the internet has become the new best-friend as websites and
chat-rooms offer anonymity and a place to escape from life’s struggles.
Millions reach out around the world from the safety of their home. One in five
relationships start online they say and for every success, I’m betting there
are ten stories never to be repeated; they just don’t boast about that in the
ads. What could possibly go wrong for Jade when she finally reaches out for
understanding? 

Author: Wendiann Proteau

Where did I get the book: Free from the author for the purpose of an honest review

My Rating: 5 Bookworms

My Review:

So Jade is your average 40 something divorcee trying to make her way through the world. Trying to figure out what exactly she wants to do and who her real friends are when one disaster after another starts striking her. Just about hitting bottom Jade discovers the wonderful world of cyber chatting. Finally meeting her soul mate things finally start looking up. Or do they?

I really, really enjoyed this one folks. It is quite a lengthy one, but very well worth it. I was stuck to it for 3 days. Had myself 2 sleepless nights, reading until all hours of the morning. Until I finally finished the book to find the MOTHER of all cliff hangers.

The characters in this story were so vividly real. So achingly human and filled with flaws. I even found myself wishing I could smack Jade a few times for being extremely stupid and obtuse. Which always makes for a really fun read. This was my first Woman’s lit book in some time, and I was not disappointed. And in turn cannot wait to get to the next instalment titled Now What?

Get the book now, and grow with Jade. Watch her cope with issues, we all wish we will never have to deal with. Live vicariously through her not so full love life. Make new friends, see new places and do things you would not normally do. Stay up until 2 am. Live life. Enjoy.

Now – I normally post my interview separate, on a page of it’s own. But I wanted to try something different. So if you wanna know more about the crazy mind behind this wonderful story – scroll down 😀

Okay peeps – this time I did something different. I had my first live chat interview. Was wildly nervous and crazy excited! Luckily the author Wendiann as a darling to interview and made things crazy easy. I sat editing this interview for hours, as I really wanted you all to get the feel for how amazingly human she is, but each time I moved away from the live chat format it kinda fell flat on its face… so here I am sticking with the live chat format. Hope you guys enjoy.

Wendy P: Hello from Canada!

Moi: Haha, hello from SA!

Wendy P: Woo hoo….we’re here!

Moi: So, first things first. Gonna get my fan girl moment out of the way. I LOVED the book. Ready to get started?

Wendy P: Yep….

Wendy P: (biting finger nails)

Moi: I like doing word association to start off with. (no nail biting needed) I will try to make this as painless as possible. I will give you a word and you hit me back ok?

Wendy P: sounds good, ready

Moi: Computers:

Wendy P: time consuming

Moi: Cancer

Wendy P: pain

Moi: Long distance

Wendy P: friendships

Moi: Cake

Wendy P: a no no

Wendy P: lol

Moi: Haha I get that

Wendy P: cake = celebration

Moi: Diets

Wendy P: restriction

Moi: So next round…

Moi: If you could be any colour what would you be?

Wendy P: purple because it’s so free and different

Moi: If you could go to any time and place – when, where and why?

Wendy P: To Mardigras, New Orleans to watch people.

Moi: So if you were a biscuit, which flavour would you be?

Wendy P: Plain, that way you can make it any flavour you wanted by adding something wonderful

Moi: Describe yourself in 3 words

Wendy P: Stubborn, caring and genuine…

and funny, need 4.

Moi: Haha okay. You have 4

Wendy P: Yay!

Moi: How much of you is there in Jade?

Wendy P: Jade is a lot like me, imperfect yet okay with herself 90 percent of the time. The first 7 chapters are my life….the rest is make-believe

Moi: Do you have the happily ever after you deprived us from in the book?

Wendy P: No not yet, and I don’t believe in them really. You only get moments of happiness, but we all struggle and never have all the answers, then we die. And I mean that positively….it’s a journey

Moi: I know. Those moments are what we should live for and think about. Everyone must find there own way to not dwell in the not so happy moments.  Have a few more questions.

Wendy P: Sure

Moi: What inspired you to start writing?

Wendy P: Something happened when my dad died….it’s like he’s pushing me into this world of becoming a writer.  I’ve never met an author, publisher, nothing in all my 40 plus years…then when he died there were so many unanswered questions that I started the series.  Since that moment I bump into people in the know everywhere, in shops, malls….it’s uncanny.  It literally came out of nowhere.

Moi: Now I have a kinda personal question (which you really don’t have to answer if it’s not cool) But did you have your own failed internet/long distance relationship.

Wendy P: Not relationship per say, I’ve had a few icky dates though….and when I started the book and needed an idea, I talked to many people who had gone through relationships online and all the problems. It’s a culmination of many, many stories.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

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