Monday, November 25, 2013

All My Restless Life to Live by Dee DeTarsio

Today, we're proud to be a stop on the blog tour for "All My Restless Life to Live," by Dee DeTarsio, as sponsored by AToMR tours.

Life is a soap opera, especially for Elle Miller, who writes for one.  (Ellen dropped the “n” in her name in hopes of finding a better ending for herself.) When her laptop crashes, she borrows her recently deceased dad’s computer and gets way more than she bargained for.

Elle unravels mysterious communications from his computer, while her mom
to give Internet dating a try. As Elle tries to save her career at "I’d Rather Be Loved" with a storyline featuring a trip through Atlantis, she takes a trip to the Emmy's, and finds herself in the middle of a romance between a real doctor and a hunk who just plays one on TV. Friends, family, and clues from “the other side” all help Elle figure out the difference between living the good life and living a good life.

The title and premise alone drew me to this book.  I've been a fan of "General Hospital" for 19 years and mourn the loss of "All My Children," every day at 1pm.  I hate that soap operas are rarely given respect.  So, it was refreshing to read a novel set in the world of soap operas.  I loved that Elle took her job as a soap opera writer seriously and that she was passionate about the genre.  My favorite scenes in the novel were the ones that took place at her work.  The behind the scenes drama at "I'd Rather Be Loved," such as fears of cancellations and budget cuts, mirrored the problems I read about in "Soap Opera Digest."  I also loved her comical co-workers, especially "Dr. Brad."  The trip to the Daytime Emmy Awards was great, if only the real telecast was as action packed. The unique way Elle communicated with her deceased father could've come off as goofy but DeTarsio made it very touching.  I loved the love/hate relationship Elle had with her mother. I must admit that I am guilty of many of the things Elle faulted her mother for including greeting card envelope theft.  Read the book to see what I mean.  Elle's romantic life also featured some touching and comical moments.  I was quite surprised by her lover's secret and I wouldn't have handled it the way she did.  However, this was a great read and I look forward to the sequel that the book's close seems to set up for.

I recommend "All My Restless Life to Live," by Dee DeTarsio not just to soap opera fans but for anyone who loves a good, lighthearted romance or touching tale.
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Dee DeTarsio said...

Thanks Jenn, for reading and reviewing All My Restless Life to Live! I'm so glad you enjoyed it, I had a lot of fun with it! Thanks again and take care--Happy Thanksgiving!

AToMR said...

I was a Guiding Light fan growing up. ;) Thank you for reviewing and participating.