Saturday, May 24, 2014

I've Never Been to Vegas But My Luggage Has - Funny, engaging, and just plain honest

Hey lovelies!

Today I'm reviewing I've Never Been to Vegas But My Luggage Has by Mandy Hale.

Back cover summary

Wrong turns, humiliating flops, painful heartbreaks—and happiness? Yes, believe it or not, they can go hand in hand.

Blogger and author Mandy Hale, affectionately known as “The Single Woman” to her half-million social-media followers, is living an adventurous life that proves even our lowest lows and messiest mess-ups can point us toward our joy-filled destiny as single women.

In I’ve Never Been To Vegas, But My Luggage Has, Mandy delivers heart-to-heart, often hilarious stories from a life filled with love and loss, glamour and goose bumps, faith and friendship, big dreams and battle scars. She shares the bittersweet euphoria of her high-school romance, the panic-stricken cluelessness of her first day on a stressful job, and the foot-in-mouth horror of her red-carpet interview with a music legend.

Along the way, Mandy dollops personal anecdotes with encouraging insights. From thrilling first kisses to crushing break-ups, from soaring career milestones to promising flights that never quite got off the ground, she unfolds in often uproarious detail the zigzags along the path toward a pinnacle moment: sharing a table and a pinch-me-I’m-dreaming conversation with her lifelong hero.

In the end, Mandy turns Sin City’s infamous marketing slogan on its head: What happens in her life doesn’t stay in her life. She shares even her darkest moments in witty, winsome ways that make us not only feel her pain, but also laugh with her and apply her hard-won nuggets of inspiration to our own lives.

“Happily Ever After” might not look or feel quite like what we expect, but as Mandy is discovering—and as we can discover along with her—it is well within our reach.


I'd heard quite a bit about this book and the one before it, "The Single Woman" so I was quite excited to pick it up. The book did not disappoint and lived up to expectation. The book is a sort of autobiography starting from a disastrous attempt to ride in a plane headed to Las Vegas in spite of her fear of flying then goes back to her high school years and follows up from there.

I really liked Mandy Hale's writing style and found myself highlighting passages I wanted to come back to. Though she speaks of very serious moments in life, her story is also weaved with humorous crazy moments. She shares with a "real" and honest voice and that made it even more engaging for me.

This quote somewhat gives an idea of the book: "Maybe I haven't met my Prince Charming, but I have met dozens of toads who have taught me how to rescue myself, dozens of fairy godmothers who taught me how to believe in myself, dozens of magical moments that taught me never to give up on myself".

And just two of some of my favorite quotes from the book:

"It is only after surrendering what we think our lives are supposed to be that we can step into everything that our lives are meant to be".

"It all matters. Nothing, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, happens to you without serving a greater purpose. Call it synchronicity or fate, or as I call it, divine order; every moment of your life pushes you toward your greater calling".

I enjoyed the book and recommended it to my best friend.

I received a free copy of this book from BookSneeze® (Thomas Nelson) in exchange for an honest review. 

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