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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.
Good luck getting through this book without snorting, falling off the chair/bed, or trying not to pee on yourself- yes, it is just THAT funny! Mandy grabs you from page one, and if you have never read her blog (that was me), the book will be fresh and hilarious. And if you are of a certain age, you probably will be reminiscing throughout the book as well! THIS is the book to give to your daughter finishing college, and searching for her way! Mandy shows how you can keep your morals high, and stick to your guns and not cave in along the way to finding what (and whom) it is you really want in your life. And yes, sometimes, your luggage may make a super trip without you, because you have to deal with your 'inner baggage', but that can be ok. It can be God's way of opening a different door for you, that you NEED to go down! This is a quick read- I finished it in 2 sittings, and I highly recommend it as a mother/daughter read for college age kids!