Reviewed by Krista C.

This fairly short book is a quick read that lays out steps for women of a “certain age” (over 50) to reclaim their “Queenliness”. The co-authors talk about a lot of self-actualization concepts that I was already familiar with. Concepts like:

  • Be Happy in Your Own Skin
  • Maintain a Great Group of Girlfriends
  • Have an Attitude of Gratitude
  • Stop Being a “People-Pleaser”
  • Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Queen of Your Own Life provided me with an opportunity to take a self-inventory to see how I was doing in these areas. It turns out I’m a pretty good “Queen of My Own Life”. This book would be a fun one to share with your girlfriends; if shared with a group of women, it could spark interesting discussions about what societal and family myths everyone incorporated while growing up, and how they’ve affected the women’s lives since.

Queen of Your Own Life is written by Kathy Kinney and Cindy Ratzlaff. Kathy Kinney is probably most well known for her role as Mimi on “The Drew Carey Show”. Kathy talks about how she didn’t grow up with much self-confidence but gained it by playing Mimi for all those years. Cindy and Kathy both sprinkle in their own experiences and struggles with coming to love themselves in spite of their critical inner voices and societal pressures to look or act a certain way. Their stories are relevant and interesting.

I like a book that encourages women to celebrate becoming the “Queen of Your Own Life”. It inspired me to reach out to some girlfriends I hadn’t talked to in awhile. I can see the value of some of the ceremonies and exercises discussed in the book but some of them seemed a little far-fetched. However, it’s easy to pick and choose which exercises to do based on what makes the most sense for you individually.

I may not hold a Crowning Celebration as outlined in the book, but I do know that I’m blessed to be where I am in my life. It’s always good to take a refresher course in some of these basic self-help concepts. Even better, if you’ve never pondered the concepts, Queen of Your Own Life is a non-threatening way to start getting your thought processes rolling.

Krista lives just outside the urban sprawl of Portland, Oregon. Lamentably, her work as a technical writer and business analyst often interferes with her reading which is a true passion.

This book was provided free of any obligation by Harlequin. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.