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    Another great read by Wardell

    I have read most of Heather Wardell's books, but thoroughly enjoyed Holding Out for a Zero as one of my favorites. There are aspects of the main character, Valerie, that I think all women have felt: the struggle to maintain control while balancing family, a career, and a personal life. During parts of the book, you truly want to dislike Valerie for things she says or does, but in the end, you feel a true compassion for her. Valerie is one of the darker main characters out of all of Heather's books, but I think she also feels like one of the most real. While few go through struggles as large as Valerie's, I think we can all relate to parts of her story. I honestly could not put this book down once I began reading. I definitely recommend picking it up. I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.
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    An emotional roller coaster ride

    I love Heather Wardell and have read everything I could find that she has written. I always am eagerly awaiting her next release and voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. Her characters always come alive to me and touch me in unexpected ways. I can relate to them, their flaws and their joys. She always seems to highlight a struggle that I have faced or am currently. Her insight into these difficulties and her character's triumphs... Even if it's not quite in exactly the way you might've been expecting... Make for wonderful reading. Be prepared to go on an emotional roller coaster in this, her latest novel. Grab a box of Kleenex and enjoy... Then look up her previous books!
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    Who is really in Control?

    Who is really in control? Is the constant theme which flows through Heather Wardell’s latest Holding out for a Zero. Please note I received an Advanced Reader copy in exchange for an honest review. The story follows the main character, Valerie, having suffered a devastating loss years prior having evolved into a uber-control freak. Everything from her personal life (weight), career (promotion) and relationships with her family are not deemed as variables but elements which she believes she can control. When she has to face yet another family tragedy, Valerie resorts to works for her – she attempts to take control. And this is where the skill of Heather Wardell kicks in, you are not only a witness to Valerie’s journey but you feel her every frustration, her joy and her humbling defeats. This story is will take you on a roller coaster emotional ride which, at times, will have you screaming at the characters (I’m looking at you Valerie). This realistic portrayal of someone who doesn’t have all the answers, who stumbles as much as she triumphs, provides a refreshing ring of truth for a main character who are too often portrayed as Hollywood perfection. Buckle up your seat belt and prepare yourself for the ride.
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    Heather does it again with this moving novel

    Holding out for a zero is an intense and emotional story about how life events and our perceptions of them can take control of our lives. Valerie's journey begins when her little brother dies and circumstances look like she was to blame for his death. Thinking if she can keep tight control in all areas of her life nothing bad like that can happen again. But when she loses a promotion at work then her sister is violently assaulted, her need to control gets skewed by connecting her eating with saving her sisters life. This is well written and leaves us breathless at times. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
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