First-time author should add more books to list

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August 17, 2014 | 12:25 am

When I was 39 I created a “bucket list” of 40 items that I wanted to complete by the time I turned 40.

The things I wanted to accomplish at 40 are much different from the things I would have dreamed of accomplishing as a teenager.

“The Life List,” (Bantam, 368 pages, $15) follows Brett, an adult, who must complete a list that she wrote as a teenager. The list — includes tasks such as fall in love, have a baby, buy a horse, be an awesome teacher and perform live on stage. And she must accomplish these within a year’s time to receive her inheritance. Brett had assumed, after her mother’s death that she would take over as CEO of Bohlinger Cosmetics, marry her current live-in boyfriend and live happily ever after. But, her mother had different plans for her.

Brett must first come to terms with the fact that her inheritance is tied to this list. She must have regular meetings with the lawyer that has the job of monitoring her progress. On top of grieving for her mother and best friend, she must try to understand her mother’s motive for all of this. Finally, she must decide how to tell her boyfriend, Andrew, that she a list to complete that could change their entire future.

Brett’s struggles, frustrations and emotions are real and easy to empathize with. The dialogue moves you through the story quickly and you can’t wait to see how Brett accomplishes each of the items on the list.

There will be laughter and tears as you travel through the pages, but you also might reminded to live your life to the fullest.

This is a really wonderful story of a mother’s love for her child and a daughter’s love for her mother. It reminds us to take chances, stay young and live our dreams.

Maybe the life we really want is the one we dreamed of as a teenager, but we just got in our own way.

Take the time to read Lori Nelson Spielman’s debut novel, “The Life List,” I hope another book is on her own life list.

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