Lessons in Laughing Out Loud by Rowan Coleman

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Coleman... seems to be trying to do too much in this novel, and the shift from comedy to drama is a bit jarring.
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Internationally bestselling author Rowan Coleman delivers a heartwarming new tale about a recent divorcee who finds the courage to tackle her weight issues, her love life, and the dark family secret that has haunted her for years.

Willow Briar (known as Will) is thirty-six-years old, five feet two, and a size eighteen. Now that she’s divorced, Will’s social life revolves around her job—working for her demanding talent agent boss Victoria Kincade—and her best friend Daniel Fayre, a successful fashion photographer for whom she harbors a secret crush.

An identical twin, Will has struggled with her self-esteem for years—particularly when she looks at her slim, married, happy sister. One day she finds her luck suddenly turning around after buying a fabulous pair of vintage shoes that make her feel slimmer, taller, and sexier. These shoes seem to have a secret history, and Will starts to wonder if they are a little bit magic.

Little does she know not even a magic eight ball could predict the shocking turn her life is about to take or that the courage she needs to confront her deep-seated issues will require more than a fashion makeover—it will take a life makeover. Armed with newfound confidence to begin her journey, Will finds the courage to face the dark family secrets of her past—and claim the future meant for her.
 

About Rowan Coleman

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Rowan Coleman worked in bookselling and publishing for seven years during which time she won the Company magazine Young Writer of the Year award. She is the author of Runaway Wife, The Accidental Mother, Another Mother’s Life, Mommy By Mistake, The Accidental Family, The Home for Broken Hearts, and Lessons in Laughing Out Loud. She lives with her husband, daughter, and sons in England.
 
Published March 20, 2012 by Gallery Books. 386 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Lessons in Laughing Out Loud
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Kirkus

Below average
Feb 02 2012

Coleman... seems to be trying to do too much in this novel, and the shift from comedy to drama is a bit jarring.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
Jan 09 2012

Whether seeking humor or pathos, readers will likely be disappointed on either front.

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City Book Review

Excellent
Reviewed by Holly Scudero on Apr 04 2012

Coleman’s writing style helps bring it all to life, and the wit woven throughout the book will surely win over any reader who picks this one up.

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Chick Lit Central

Below average
Reviewed by Melissa Amster on Mar 19 2012

I wasn't instantly grabbed as easily by the story because of the wordiness... Also, the concept of magic shoes or clothing from a mysterious store has been used in other novels, so the originality factor was not really there this time.

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