In the latest from author Liza Palmer entitled Girl Before a Mirror we meet Anna Wyatt who has just turned forty and has come to a point in her life where she needs to figure out what she truly wants for herself. Anna, like so many of us, has spent her life trying to be what everyone else expects her to be. But what does she want? Who does she want to be? What makes her happy? So begins her journey to find out…
Anna, recently divorced, has been on a dating sabbatical but ultimately she wants to find love again. She just isn’t sure it’s out there anymore. Working as an ad executive Anna decides it’s time, for once in her life, to take a real risk. She pitches an ad campaign and receives the go ahead. In her efforts to secure the client Anna begins to learn a lot about herself. For instance she never really had friends in the true sense of the word and when she first meets her new colleague Sasha she’s really leery about this beautiful and intelligent woman but she eventually opens up and the two develop a wonderful friendship. At the romance fan convention Anna meets Helen, author of a self-help book called Be the Heroine, Find Your Hero and this book and author not only have an impact on her career but her life as well. Anna is even pretty sure she finds love at the convention but feels her career has to take priority. Is it a mistake to leave Lincoln behind for now? If it’s true love though it’ll still be there when she gets her campaign off the ground… won’t it?
I enjoyed this book and I think it’s a book a lot of women who are up there in age will be able to relate to. I related to Anna on many levels – one being age and the other advertising. I worked in advertising for years so I enjoyed all the advertising talk. The other characters were great as well. I really liked the young Sasha who is struggling to succeed but hampered by her beauty. Lincoln, Anna’s love interest, was swoon worthy in my opinion. Most of all though I think this novel imparts a very important message to women – you are never too old to strive for what you want whether it be in business or love. The ‘to just be’ message is great. Just be who you are. Strive for what makes you happy and you will be happier in life.
Girl Before a Mirror was an enjoyable read for me and I have to mention how much I love the cover – it’s so pretty. I’d recommend it for those who enjoy women’s fiction and it’s sure to appeal to the older woman who may still be striving for whatever is out there for her.