Designer You – Sarahlyn Bruck

Pam and Nate were a couple who just couldn’t get away from each other, sharing not only their bed, but also a successful lifestyle empire as DIY home renovators, bloggers, podcasters, and co-authors.

When Nate dies in a freak accident, Pam becomes a 44-year-old widow, at once too young and too old—too young to be thrust into widowhood and too old to rejoin the dating pool.

Now the single mother of a headstrong and grief-stricken teenager, Pam’s life becomes a juggling act between dealing with her loss and learning how to parent by herself. On top of all that she also must reinvent herself or lose the empire that she and Nate had built so carefully.

It is time for Pam to seize the opportunity to step up as a mother, come out from behind Nate’s shadow, and rise as the sole face of the Designer You brand, and maybe, possibly, hopefully, find love again.



My review

When I read the first page, I laughed. I thought it was going to be a story full of sarcasm, but it soon turned into a very sad one.

This book is about coping, or at least trying to, and having to make decisions. Making those, when you are grieve stricken is not a good idea, but life does not wait. It pushes you in a certain direction and you are convinced it was the right one. People were counting on you and surely, you can’t let them down, can you?

Suddenly you realize the most important person in your life, is the one you have let down the most. Can you still mend bridges or is it too late?

Although I did not really like Grace – she manipulated her mom too much in my opinion and Pam let her because she felt guilty – I understood what Pam did, but she was not flawless either. She is, after all, only human as well.

I enjoyed the book. I thought it was fluently written and I am curious to know what the author still has in store. 4 stars.

Thank you, Sarahlyn Bruck and RachelsRandomResources.


About the author

Sarahlyn Bruck writes contemporary women’s fiction and lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. She is the author of DESIGNER YOU, published by Crooked Cat Books on August 31, 2018. Sarahlyn teaches writing and literature at a local community college and also coaches writers for Author Accelerator.

DESIGNER YOU is Sarahlyn’s debut, and she is hard at work on her next book. Want the latest updates? Follow along for news, events, and announcements at You can sign up for her monthly newsletter there, too.

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