Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Book Review: Mile 21 by Sarah Dunster

This is one of those books that I was sitting at the library and a lady came up and returned it to me and the cover literally caught my attention.  I saw a runner and a heading that said "Running from love one Marathon at a time." I didn't have time to do anything else, except tell myself to remember the title Mile 21.
Later that day when I had a minute I put it on hold.

When it was finally my turn to pick up the hold and get the book.  While picking it up, I finally read the back of the book.  I'll be honest, it kind of made me hesitant to read it and I almost just returned it because I wasn't sure how reading a story about a 21 year old widow who was down on her luck was something I was interested in.  But luckily I ignored my opinion and brought it home and read it anyway.

After the first chapter I was totally hooked on Mile 21 by Sarah Dunster!  The more and more I got into the story, the more I realized this book was absolutely nothing of what I expected.
What did I expect?  I honestly thought it would be a cute romantic comedy filled with lots and lots of marathon running.
What did I get?  A cute romantic comedy, that really surprised me as it was better than I would have thought.  One of those feel good books, that makes you think and resonates with you as you ponder the different situations in the book.  It's also one I would call spiritually uplifting, and not by an overly high amount of religion pushing.  In fact, I loved that the author sort of made fun (in a good way) of the religious stereo types that a lot of LDS Mormon's get.
Last, yes it did have a bit of running in it, but not exactly like I thought it would be.  Which isn't a bad thing, it went along with the storyline well.

Amish is a girl who married young, and then lost her husband quite young as well.  She's been struggling over the past year to get through it and can't seem to push past the depression.  Not to mention, hasn't been able to move on and get on with her life.
But sometimes you need a bit of tough love to move on, and that is exactly what her mom gives her.  Amish fails her last chance to show her mom she can operate as a tenant supervisor, when she has a run in with the guy that was hired to come and install the wifi for the apartments.  So when she is at work, her mom comes and packs up her entire apartment and lets her know she is being kicked out.
Amish, only option is to move in with her aunt.  But when she arrives within hours she realizes living with her aunt would be worse than being homeless.  So for one night she decides to sleep at the college.
But this bad idea puts her into trouble and she is then forced to make some changes.  Her boss, whom she hates has decided to help her when he finds out about her situation.  He takes the time to find a few apartments for her to go check out, after she picks one she realizes later finds out that puts her right into the Ward that her hated boss is also the new bishop over.

Amish is forced into living with roommates again, dealing with girls who are younger than her, some are friendly and some take an immediate dislike to her and drama seems to be everywhere.  She soon finds out that who else is in her ward but none other than Bob the handsome Internet installer, the very man who's phone call to her mom was the reason she was kicked out of her home.
Nothing seems to be going her way, and even when she tries to make an attempt to bring good changes in her life, many around are not going to make it easy for her.  The only solitude and relief she can find is putting on her running shoes and heading out the door.

Bob's been down on his luck too.  Recently divorced, his wife left him to continue to explore the fun side of her youth, leaving him to be a young single dad.  He's trying to juggle being a dad, working full time and figure out what he's going to do for the rest of his life.

Attracted to each other, but both stubborn and not willing to admit it.  In time they both learn to push past a few things and let friendship blossom.
Amish soon begins a goal to run a marathon, something her husband had wanted to do but never had the chance.  Mile 21 takes you on a story of hope, never giving up and choosing happiness instead of despair.

Mile 21 is a story that will touch your heart in a humorous way.  The author tackles serious subjects with a bit of humor and a character named Amish who is a bit of an outspoken spitfire.  If you enjoy a romantic comedy, with a lot of running involved you will love Mile 21 by Sarah Dunster
This book is LDS and Christian based, and is acceptable reading for any age.  I recommend it for adults, but I think anyone 16 and older would enjoy it.

13 comments :

  1. I love it when you get an unexpected find in a book!

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  2. This sounds like a good read, next one on my list! ;)

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    1. It really is a fun little story! Of course, I'll come like your FB page!

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  3. Thanks for sharing! I've been looking for a nice read this year! :)

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  4. Sounds like a book I'd love...looking on amazon now!

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    1. Hope you were able to find it, and enjoy the read:) It's a great one!

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  5. Thanks for the book reviews, and keep them coming! I just decided I need to read more books. I'll take more suggestions as you post them!

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    1. Awe thanks Kiley! I absolutely love books, so you can find a few book reviews a month here!

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  6. Glad you liked it! Thank you for the awesome review.

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    1. I have to say I am all smiles that you saw my review:) I loved your book and I'm so happy you liked my review! I can't wait to read more from you, you've got me hooked!

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