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Posted October 12, 2003
Posted December 9, 2008
In Phoenix, Amanda Connor knows how important her ¿Life Coach Lotto¿ promotion is for her business aspirations, to make a success of her company Aspiration, Inc. She persuades Channel Six to follow the makeover of the winner for one month. <P>To Amanda¿s chagrin, the winner turns out to be quite a loser as Taxi driver Mike Cavaco enters the TV studio with the triumphant tickets. All Mike wants to do is return what he found left behind in his cab and escape into his world of self pity that has engulfed him ever since he lost his regular job. However, before he can react he is drawn into accepting the victory. Amanda may think she can make Mike over, but he wants to say no only it keeps coming out yes because he finds himself attracted to his life make over counselor. <P>MAKING OVER MIKE is an amusing contemporary romantic romp that never takes itself seriously. The story line is fun and humorous in a madcap way, as neither of the lead characters wants what is happening, but between the TV station and love, they have no choice. Anyone who enjoys reading a funny frolicking romp will want to peruse Lisa Plumley¿s cheerful tale. <P>Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 9, 2001
<P>The owner of a struggling start-up company, Aspirations, Inc, Amanda Connor is desperate. Unless she can come up with the winner of her Life Coach Lotto promotion, she can kiss her dreams and aspirations goodbye. Her chance for success rests solely on a local news station¿s offer to track one of her clients through a whole-life makeover and, if successful, translate that into a weekly TV spot for Amanda. <P>Taxi-driver (aka unemployed chef) Mike Cavaco is just trying to make ends meet while he searches for the right employment opportunity after having discovered that ¿good intentions¿ mean nothing. However, his ¿good intentions¿ again turn his life upside down when he finds 16 tickets for the Life Coach Lotto stuffed in the back seat of his cab. Being an honest guy, Mike feels it¿s his responsibility to turn them in so the rightful owner can claim them. <P>Amanda¿s first reaction to the ripped-jeans-stained-T shirt-scruffy-shaggy apparent winner of the contest, ¿Oh, no. Not the taxi guy,¿ quickly dissolves into determination and resolve when she realizes what a coup this would mean for her business and her future. And determination is what Amanda needs lots of to get Mike to agree, as `makeover¿ is not a word found in Mike Cavaco¿s personal vocabulary. But something about Amanda sticks with him and refuses to leave and Mike finds himself reluctantly agreeing. <P>Mike¿s your typical macho guy and faced with pink fluffy spa robes, manicures, waxing, he certainly could have become nasty about all of it. But the author refrains from devolving him into that category, using humor instead, and for this she put me firmly in love with this guy. As the makeover progresses, and he learns more about Amanda, Mike finds himself becoming more and more attached to his Life Coach. And despite her rule to never get involved with a client, Amanda finds herself falling deeper and deeper for the scruffy cab driver. <P>At times the story is hysterically funny [the scene in a restaurant/pool hall where Amanda and Mike wager a game of pool with Mike¿s motorcycle/pool shark friends is priceless], poignant [the transformation of the Mike¿s friends, the dreams Mike and Amanda have and the motivation that drives them], and heart wrenching [as Mike and Amanda come to grips with what they¿ve come to mean to each other]. Their struggle to resolve the crisis in their lives that this makeover has created leads to some difficult choices for both and to a final scene that had my eyes a bit misty even as I smiled. <P>MAKING OVER MIKE made me thankful for authors such as Ms. Plumley¿who proves it is possible to craft a story filled with strong, believable, sympathetic characters without resorting to the crude and uncouth. These are the kind of characters with whom I¿d love to associate in real life. If you¿re a fan of Patti Berg or Millie Criswell, you will love Lisa Plumley¿s MAKING OVER MIKE.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 4, 2009
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