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ABOUT THE BOOK (352 pages): Who knew making dinner could change your life? Louisa Copeland certainly didn’t. But when the George Foreman grill falls out of the pantry onto her head, resulting in a bump and a mighty case of amnesia, Louisa’s life takes a turn for the unexpected. Who is this Collin fellow, claiming she is his wife? And whose kids are those? Her name can’t be Louisa. Why, she is the renowned romance writer Jazz Sweet, not a Midwestern mom of three. Struggling to put the pieces together of the life she’s told she had, Louisa/Jazz may realize that some memories are better left alone.

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Christian author, Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, writes historical and contemporary romances. She's also written We're Not Blended-We're Pureed, A Survivor's Guide to Blended Families. Once widowed and now remarried she writes with humor and experience on the difficulty of joining two families be it fictional or real life.

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This is a sweet story of Collin and Louisa Copeland and the strange circumstance of amnesia for Louisa that forces them both to realize their growing complacency within their marriage. I enjoyed watching the story unfold with Collin, Louisa, and their 3 children. The story is funny and heartwarming. I highly recommend this novel. If you enjoy Contemporary Fiction, you will love this book.

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Here is my review of Mind of Her Own!

I just finished a great book called Mind of Her Own by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer.  Louisa Copeland is a wife to Collin and mother to three kids (brave woman).  Madison is twelve years old and a typical teenage girl, Joey is five, and Tim is four.  Louisa is getting ready to make dinner and goes to get the indoor grill out of the pantry.  Their dog, Cleo comes running through the house and runs into Louisa just as she starts pulling on the grill (you just know this is not going to be good). 

 

The next thing Louisa knows is she is waking up in a hospital with a stranger.  The man states he is her husband, Collin, but she does not know him.  And he keeps calling her Louisa!  Her name is Jazz Sweet and she is an inspirational romance writer who lives in Florida (somewhere).  She cannot remember the name of her agent or where she lived in Florida.  The doctor tells Collin to take her home and she will maybe get back her memories.  Jazz does not want to go home with Collin who is a stranger to her especially when she hears there are kids in the house.  But it seems she has little choice in the matter.  The doctor believes that there is something that happened in Louisa’s childhood that is the trigger (what could have happened to Louisa that she wants to forget). 

 

The Copeland family is in for some difficult weeks.  The children are not sure of this new mom.  She is very different.  Jazz is more vibrant (hates Louisa’s boring clothes) and carefree, but she is not used to taking care of children.  Jazz is used to spending her days writing and tends to forget what is going on around her when she is working (which can lead to missing children and dogs).  Jazz does not do laundry, cook, or like cleaning (she hires a cleaning service).  Collin had been spending a lot of time at work trying to make partner.  Now he is having to spend more time at home and he finds out that he likes it (as well as his new wife).  He also discovers his wife’s journals that give him insight into Louisa (as well as himself).  With faith, love, and patience this family will come back together again better than before.  All thanks to an indoor grill!

 

Mind of Her Own was an insightful and engaging novel.  I read this novel straight through (I did not want to put it down).  There is a very delicate subject in the novel that the author handles beautifully.  I give Mind of Her Own 5 out of 5 stars.  This is a Christian or inspirational novel, but it is in no way preachy or in your face (very subtle). 

 

I received a complimentary copy of Mind of Her Own from the author in exchange for an honest review.  The review and opinions expressed are my own. 

Mind of Her Own by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer
When I started this book I thought wow what a great way to get out of doing the household chores til I realized she was not faking it. Then I got scared that she forget about her life and thought she was someone else and not married, no kids, etc.
She returns to the house where Collin tries to help more around the house and with the kids. He discovers journals from Louisa and starts reading them, not realizing it's her true feelings, about them and life.
He tries to make things better for Jazz by doing things he's never done before with her and the kids-taking time from work and having fun activities with them all. Scents might jog her memory so he gives her many things to smell and sometimes it does remind her of some things in the past.
She brings up things he never knew about and she swears she's a writer but not bookstores carry her books.
They all go to her  family reunion where she recalls one tragic event and it comes to light what happened when she was just a child and it puts one of her children in harm's way and Collin helps to stop it from happening again.
He had also never realized how much church mattered and being part of the community with religious beliefs. Good read, kept me interested and was fun to read about. Other inspirational works by other authors are highlighted at the end of this book.
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Thanks for the read, Diana, Fred, & Cheri ~ Here is my review:

Mind of Her Own

“I know I am supposed to be Louisa, but I don’t remember anything! It’s frustrating to be handed a life you know nothing about and then be told to live it,” Jazz confides in Diane Lesire Brandmeyer’s novel, Mind of Her Own.

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Oh. My. Goodness!  What a fun book!

“If only she could cook like Emeril, she might have a chance to win back her husband’s love – or at least his presence at the table.”  Louisa Copeland has the perfect house and a “perfect” life with a loving husband, a daughter and two sons.  “She loved these kids; she really did.  It was just that today, with all their requests, they had drained her of the will to live.” When a kitchen accident – the George Foreman grill crashes down on her head – causes her to lose her memory and wake up thinking she is an unmarried, childless novel writer who lives on a beach in Florida, she begins to really discover herself.

I have to confess I did not like the first couple of pages of this book.  But then!  Oh, how I enjoyed reading it as it captivated my imagination.  I want to say it was just a fun book – but then there were very serious parts to it also.  Needless to say though, I could not put it down.  I thought it was one of the best books I have read this summer.  I highly recommend it!  I received this book from bookfun.org in return for my honest opinion.

This is definitely not your typical romance novel. This one focus's on a family, where amnesia, kids, hidden secrets, learning your not perfect and trying to see what is best for you all rolled into one.

Louisa Copeland seems to have life all figured out, yet is she really happy? When her world is turned upside down and she can't even remember who she is, she still agrees to go home with this handsome man that thinks she is his wife. Jazz (aka Louisa) is trying to figure out why she can't remember anything. Yet she is not sure she really want to be this plan Louisa everyone claims she is. Will she ever be able to combine the two personalities or will one win out.

Collin Copeland only wants his life back to normal, yet the more time he spends with this 'new' wife Jazz, he is falling in love with her too. While trying to help her find her way home he must face reality as to the husband and father he is as well.

This is a well written story, there is a lot of confusion for the characters, yet it is completely understandable. I was given a copy of this book from bookfun.org for my honest opinion.

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"Mind of Her Own" has a unique twist that I don't think I've run across in a novel before. After a knock on the head that leaves her unconscious, Louisa Copeland wakes with amnesia and believes she is someone else - Jazz Sweet. Unconvinced otherwise by her husband, she agrees to return to her home because she doesn't remember where Jazz lives. As time goes by, Louisa/Jazz comes to the conclusion that she must really be Louisa but is not sure she wants to be.

The most interesting thing to me about Louisa's situation is that she was forced to rediscover herself from a stranger's viewpoint and she did not like very much about her real life. Even her children and husband seemed to like Jazz better - she was more fun. Although for the most part, "Mind of Her Own" is fun and entertaining, it has depth and even a bit of darkness as Louisa finally comes to terms with the deeply buried secrets that have kept her afraid to get too close to others.

I very much enjoyed "Mind of Her Own". It is the first book I've read by this author but I would definitely be interested in reading more.

“A Mind of Her Own” by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer is a very easy-to-read and entertaining novel.  This book had a very different theme to it than most novels.  It caught my attention from the first page!

Louisa Copeland is your typical stay-at-home mom.  She keeps the house tidy, making sure everything is in tip-top order.   She takes care of her three children.  She’s always striving to be the best wife/mother she can be.  Everything is normal in her little world, except when she drops her George Foreman grill on her head.  She wakes up and doesn’t know who Louisa is.  She claims she is instead Jazz Sweet, who is a romance writer.  No one can figure out where this Jazz Sweet came from.  As her and her family  try to uncover where Jazz came from and where Louisa is, they uncover some secrets that no one knew!

I would recommend this book to anyone enjoying a good, clean, entertaining read.  Diana Lesire Brandmeyer is a very interesting author, and I look forward to reading more books by her. 

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Title:  Mind of Her Own

Author:  Diana Leshire Brandmeyer

Pages:  352

Year:  2015

Publisher:  Tyndale

My rating is 5 stars.

Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book from www.bookfun.org  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility

This is a mesmerizing tale of Louisa, who is a wife, mother and a very unhappy woman.  As the story begins, she is currently disengaged with family matters and her husband is on the couch.  The time to make dinner comes and as she is reaching to grab something from the top shelf, it falls and she awakens in the hospital.  Then the tale really takes off and concludes on a note of hope that deeply warms the heart of readers.

One of the qualities I liked about the book was never really seeing the twists and turns in the plot.  It has the flavor of a mystery with the characters lifelike in the way they think, act and interact in a family unit.  The husband, Collin, basically has lost his first love for God and left the responsibilities of the home to Louisa.  Collin believes that the highest goal he can attain is as a partner at the legal firm where he works many late nights.

When a trial comes to the family, readers will wonder if this will be a new start for the family or not.  We read about teenage angst, sibling rivalry and parental challenges that are so lifelike!  At the end of the book, there are three short introductions to authors and their work.  I have read a couple of these author’s books before this book so I know their work is solid, entertaining, and faith centered.

Who knows what will flow next from the pen of Diana?  I eagerly await to see the book and read the tale!

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     "Mind of Her Own" by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer is a great contemporary fiction novel with a twist. It is humorous, sometimes very serious, and often fun. Louisa, married, with three children is quite competent in all she does. Until she gets knocked out and develops amnesia.
      When she wakes up she is a new woman. Totally new. She doesn't remember her husband, her children or her life. Her name is Jazz and she most certainly does not have children! As she begins exploring the life of Louisa she discovers that while Louisa was quite good at everything she did, she was not a very happy lady. Jazz refuses to sleep with Louisa's husband, and she is not very good at cooking or cleaning, and she certainly fails at caring for Louisa's kids.
      Collin, Louisa's husband, is astonished at this new creature taking over his wife's life. He is drawn to her personality and vivaciousness. He desires to please her and suddenly sees what a lonely man he has become. All his time has been spent working rather than with his family. Perhaps Jazz joining the family is the best thing that has happened to them in a long time. If you want to read a fun story come on this journey with Jazz and Collin!
      While this book is lighthearted and easy to read there is an underlying secret that creates heartache and helps the reader to understand how Louisa became the woman she was. The theme of forgiveness runs throughout the book, as does the importance of family and marriage.
      I received this book from "The Book Club Network" in exchange for my honest review. This review is posted at Amazon, Facebook, DeeperShopping, CBD and Goodreads.

Okay, so I have to admit that the only reason I got this book is because I was getting it for review. I really didn't expect to like it. However, I was quite surprised how much I liked it. It had quite a bit of humor mixed in with some heavy issues. I think this book is probably one of my favorite reads of the year. 
Fabulous read!
5 plus stars.
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Imagine waking up in the hospital with a stranger! Isn't that the worst fear we all have? Imagine your husband telling you his name and you saying you don't remember who is or what he is talking about. He keeps telling you your name, but you have no recollection of this what-so-ever! Welcome to "Mind of her Own" written by Diana BrandMeyer. Louisa, a romance writer who lives in Flordia, can't seem to figure out who she is, whom she is married to or what this Collin guy is talking about. The doctor recommends taking her home and eventually her memory will improve, the only slight problem is, its a long road of major difficulties ahead for her marriage, her children and her new "normal."

Filled with laughter, tears and character depth, this book will have you turning the pages as you relate to the struggles of Collin, with wife Jazz or know as Louisa and the hurdles their family has to over come. This book also seems so close to real life and my own personal dealings with memory loss, I could relate to the frustration of both Louisa and Collin. 

This book filled me with lots of emotions and I am sure you will find yourself feeling the same, but you will love it! I promise! Thank you to the Book Club Network for providing me a complimentary copy for review purposes only. My review can be found on Amazon, CBD and Goodreads. 

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