girl before a mirror book coverReviewed by Amanda Schafer

Anna Wyatt has worked her tail off to prove she belongs in the advertising business with all the men who run it, but she just can’t seem to get where she wants to be. She has a dream of landing a large company and proving it’s not just a man’s world and if she can get the Lumineux account she might just have a chance! When she and Sasha get the go-ahead to head to the RomanceCon in Phoenix, she knows she’s on her way. Anna knows that she’s changed a lot in her own life in order to prove to herself and to others that she is worthy of what she wants. Little does she know that her slogan for Lumineux – Just Be – is exactly what she needs to do in her own life. She needs to realize that she is in charge of her own destiny and can make anything happen.

While in Phoenix at the RomanceCon, Anna and Sasha both quickly learn things about their own lives. Anna meets Lincoln Mallory and her year-long dating hiatus takes a quick nosedive! She finds herself rapidly falling in love with Lincoln, but she’s scared out of her mind in the process. Trying to convince herself it’s just a fling she goes back to real life and continues working on Lumineux. What happens when the men in charge continue plowing over her surprises not only Anna, but all the people around her as well. It’s during this moment that Anna finally becomes her own heroine and takes full charge of her own life.

Liza Palmer is a great author of women’s fiction, but Girl Before a Mirror seems to be a fiction book and a self-help book all wrapped up in one. If you don’t read self-help books, but always wanted to, this might be a good option for you! Palmer really “tells it like it is” while adding humor and reality to the story. There were a few aspects of the story that I didn’t understand but it didn’t detract from the point of the novel: Just Be. Be your own heroine. Be in charge of your own story. I think we all need to be reminded how to do this from time to time and Palmer does a great job of it.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband, two sons, and one daughter. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and any Chick-Lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by HarperCollins Publishers. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.