The Last Time I Was Me

The Last Time I Was Me

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I wrapped up my grandmother's tea cup collection and my mother's china, then grabbed a violin I'd hidden way back in my closet that made me cry, a gold necklace with a dolphin that my father gave me two weeks before he died of a heart attack when I was twelve and, at midnight, with that moon as bright as the blazes, I left Chicago.

When Jeanne Stewart stops at The Opera Man's Cafe in Weltana, Oregon, to eat pancakes for the first time in twelve years, she has no idea she's also about to order up a whole new future. It's been barely a week since she succumbed to a spectacularly public nervous breakdown in front of hundreds of the nation's most important advertising and PR people. Jeanne certainly had her reasons--her mother's recent death, the discovery that her boyfriend had been sleeping with a dozen other women, and the assault charges that resulted when Jeanne retaliated in a creative way against him, involving condoms and peanut oil.

Now, en route to her brother's house in Portland, Jeanne impulsively decides to spend some time in picturesque Weltana. Staying at a B&B run by the eccentric, endearing Rosvita, she meets a circle of quirky new friends at her court-ordered Anger Management classes. Like Jeanne, all of them are trying to become better, braver versions of themselves. Yet the most surprising discoveries are still to come--a good man who steadily makes his way into her heart and a dilapidated house that with love and care might be transformed into something wholly her own, just like the new life she is slowly building, piece by piece.

As heartfelt as it is hilarious, The Last Time I Was Me is a warm, wise novel about breaking down, opening up, and finally letting go of everything we thought we should be, in order to claim the life that has been waiting all along.
Publisher: New York : Kensington Books, 2008.
ISBN: 9780758214638
0758214634
Characteristics: 409 p. ;,21 cm.

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karin66
Dec 14, 2016

One of my favorite books and that says a lot since mostly I enjoy smash 'em up, mystery, thrillers, the occasional romance IF it has action in it. So this is way off from my normal genre but it was a good wander to the unknown.

It's well written, has good humour, and ups and downs that make it interesting. You want to know what's next. What will she get into now? How will THIS turn out?

I thoroughly enjoyed the read. I've started to read more of Cathy Lambs books, what a change for me!

Highly recommend it.

ArapahoeLinda Aug 29, 2016

This book was great fun to read-- sad, funny, unbelievable but just a good story to escape from reality. I have read it several times and recommend it often.

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dlh1
Nov 03, 2015

This was a very funny, entertaining light read. It did get increasingly unbelievable, but that was part of it's charm. Sometimes it's just fun to hear about the bad guys finishing last.

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aliceinoz
Dec 12, 2014

Chick-lit is a great descriptor for this book...the story line was entertaining but lacked depth and got more and more unrealistic as it progressed. But, if you want a story to entertain you and to escape reality, this book does the trick.

mrsgail5756 Jun 14, 2012

The book was okay – but not one of my favorites.

momlovesbooks17 May 06, 2011

I LOVED this book. It was over-the-top but it was SOOO funny. Parts of it were touching and parts were just crazy. Jeanne has a nervous breakdown after the death of her mother and finding out that her boyfriend has been cheating on her with many women. After "assaulting" her boyfriend, she is ordered to take Anger Management classes. The AM classes and the people she meets in AM are my favorite part of the story. There is romance in the story, too.

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macierules
Dec 05, 2009

I like chick-lit but.....cmon.

This book gets marks for the cover design and the setting - Oregon sounds wonderful. But the storyline is over-the-top ridiculous!

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