Sunday, March 25, 2012

Review: Favorable Conditions by Kathleen Kole

This is my third tour for Kathleen and I just want to say thank you to Samantha with CLP Blog Tours for introducing me to this absolutely wonderful lady! Alright, let's get on with the review!!

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 than 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.

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!


Author Bio:
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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  1. I realllllly enjoyed this one! I loved all the characters (but Crystal did annoy me too and...shoot, what was her name, Alexa? anyway, she was pretty evil) and just adored the story. Can't wait to read Kathleen's next novel!

  2. Thank you for your smashing review, Michelle! Absolutely thrilled you enjoyed Pat's story.
    (Also glad you "appreciated" Crystal and her youthful self-absorption.;-))