Thursday, August 18, 2011

Before the Blog: Life, Love, and a Polar Bear Tattoo

Life, Love, and a Polar Bear Tattoo by Heather Wardell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I read this shortly after I read Love the One You're With by Emily Giffin. I was not a huge fan of that one. Both stories are similar in that both involve a wife who is torn between staying with her husband and leaving him for a former love. This is the better of the two stories. In this one, the marriage is in trouble from the start of the book. Candace's husband, Ian, is still grieving his parents who have recently died in an accident. He is withdrawn and distant from Candace, and on some level blames her for their deaths. I'm not sure that Ian even realizes that his marriage is in trouble. He takes off for a month to work overseas, and as Candace drops him off at the airport, she decides to use this month to explore her feelings and whether she wants to remain married to Ian.

Meantime, in her job as an Interior Design assistant, she begins to work for a new client; Kegan, the man she loved for a long time 10 years ago. As things develop, he wants her back in his life and pursues her, and she becomes closer and closer to him. She truly is torn between the two. She has a decision to make and watching her arrive at her decision keeps me reading.

This was a free ebook from Barnes and Noble, and really is a pretty good story for 'free'. (Still available! See the bottom of this post!) The decision was in doubt until the very end.

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Why did you choose this book? I read this book because it was free from Barnes and Noble and I didn't have a lot on my ereader early on.
When did you read this book? June 2010
Who would you recommend this book to? Fans of contemporary romance

   Here is the synopsis of 'Life, Love, and a Polar Bear Tattoo' from Goodreads where it rates 3.35 stars. You can read member reviews here.

When Candice's in-laws died in a car accident eight months ago, she lost her husband Ian too. After only two years of marriage their guilt and pain have left them living together but apart. During Ian's month-long trip overseas, Candice plans to decide if her marriage can be saved, but when the first man she ever loved is the new client at work, she wonders what she truly wants from life and love.

   This book is still available as an ebook freebie. You can pick it up from any of these sites.
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Before the Blog is a new meme hosted by YA Litwit. The idea here is that we have all been reading much longer than we have been blogging and have many books in our reading past that are worthy of blogging about. This is a way to 'rediscover' these gems by answering a few basic questions. For details check out the YA Litwit blog.


  1. Sounds good. I'm kind of a fan of Emily Griffin, so if this is better then I'll have to check it out.

    Thanks for letting me know about the Linky. It's up now.

  2. I have to admit, I haven't read much of Emily Giffin. But friends who have tell me that 'Love the One You're With' is not one of her best. It may be that 'Polar Bear' is better than that particular book and not better than Emily Giffin in general.