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Planning to Live (Toronto Series #3)
     

Planning to Live (Toronto Series #3)

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by Heather Wardell
 

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Thirty-something Rhiannon is an obsessive planner and goal-setter, but somehow nothing she achieves ever seems good enough to her. Determined to lose forty pounds for her best friend's August wedding, Rhiannon flees her parents' house in a Christmas-day blizzard to avoid the temptation of all her favorite foods, but her car skids off the deserted road into a tree.<

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Thirty-something Rhiannon is an obsessive planner and goal-setter, but somehow nothing she achieves ever seems good enough to her. Determined to lose forty pounds for her best friend's August wedding, Rhiannon flees her parents' house in a Christmas-day blizzard to avoid the temptation of all her favorite foods, but her car skids off the deserted road into a tree.

Unable to escape the car, with her leg trapped and bleeding and her cell phone out of reach, Rhiannon is at first certain she'll be rescued and writes notes to her friends and family to pass the time. As the weather cools and her condition deteriorates, though, she recognizes the possibility that her life might be over. Interspersed with increasingly desperate escape attempts, her letters become deeper and more heart-felt as she comes to see what really matters in life.

She's spent her whole life planning but hasn't ever really lived. Will she get the chance to change that?

Product Details

BN ID:
2940011101557
Publisher:
Heather Wardell
Publication date:
09/09/2010
Series:
Toronto Collection Series , #3
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
317 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Want a free monthly story and updates about Heather's books? Copy bit.ly/HW-NL into your browser's address bar to sign up. Heather is a natural 1200 wpm speed reader and the author of sixteen self-published novels including the free ebook "Life, Love, and a Polar Bear Tattoo" which has had over 385,000 downloads. She came to writing after careers as a software developer and elementary school computer teacher and has no plans to leave it. In her spare time, she reads, runs, swims, crochets, takes care of her aquarium and her cat Trinity, and plays drums and clarinet. Generally not all at once.

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Planning to Live 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 81 reviews.
KelliN More than 1 year ago
This was such a powerful read. I wasn't expecting to be so moved, or to take the book's message to heart like I have. This book reminded me in such a good way of how I felt reading Gayle Forman's If I Stay. Rhiannon is a thirty-something perfectionist. She holds herself to unattainable standards and is always beating herself up about her weight and not being good enough at every part of her life. She has a tragic past, which is revealed little by little as she reflects on her life throughout the story. Rhiannon gets in a car wreck on the way home from her parents' house on Christmas Day. The whole reason why she's driving home in a blizzard is so ironic, because she's trying to escape the temptation of fattening foods at her parents' house. The story starts with Rhiannon stuck in her car, just off the road, and she can't reach her phone to call for help. While she waits to be rescued, she thinks back on her life. The entire book alternates between Rhiannon in her car in the present day and flashbacks. Sometimes this kind of writing style can be choppy, but it works well here and keeps the story moving at a fast pace. I found this book impossible to put down. Wardell grabbed me right from the beginning and I finished this book really quickly because I couldn't wait to find out if Rhiannon gets her happily ever after or not. Just One Gripe: Don't judge this book by its cover. The cookies actually play a large role in the story, and have a special meaning. The Best Thing About This Book: The best thing about Planning to Live is the positive message. You'll feel better about yourself and will appreciate your life more after reading this book. How many books can you honestly say that about? Appropriate for a younger audience: Yes Score: Characters: 5/5 Plot: 5/5 Setting/Imagery: 5/5 Originality: 4/5 Ending: 4/5 Total Score: 23/25
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book- one that i could completely relate too. I was so shocked by the ending i cried like i had just lost my best friend!!!
JM_Johnson More than 1 year ago
First off, I feel like if you are going to rate any book, you should state why you are giving it the rating you are.   I am a huge fan of Heather Wardell.  I love that Heather expands her characters throughout her books, and really intertwines them!   Planning to Live is a phenomenal book.  You fall in love with the characters.  Not everything in life is all happily wrapped up in a nice package with a bow.  Heather really explores the depths of issues and that life isn't always a happy ending.  Although sad, it was a phenomenal book.  I highly recommend this!!
Snoopy1CC More than 1 year ago
Excellent story but I hated the ending which is why I only gave it 4 stars. I think I told everyone who would listen about how great the story was but then the ending left me stunned, really hoped that things would turn out differently for the main character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the story but hated the ending i know it is supose to make it more real but i dont read to read real life i read for a happy story
SLBIN More than 1 year ago
Having read previous books by this author, it has been an adventure to follow the intertwined characters.
ashleighfode More than 1 year ago
I'm honestly torn between loving and hating this book for the reality of it. This was a fantastic read, making you look at your life. This book will sit with me for a very long time. It took a hold, and affected me.
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I did not care for this book. The main character is not happy with herself due to her weight problem and wants to change but has a major obstacle prevent that. I found the book too sad to be entertaining
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londonsmama More than 1 year ago
My sister died recently and this is a book i wish id read before. It is an emotional read but the message is meaningful
Tara Holcomb More than 1 year ago
I really loved.this book, becuase I felt such a kinship to the leading lady. However, I read mostly for the good feelings of a happy ending. I guess that is shallow of me. This book was great, but I cried like a baby too. So if you need a good cry, read this book. And dont take your life for granted, are you doing the best you can do?
Brittany Walker More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book but was so disappointed it the ending! SPOILER ALERT i guess im a happy ending type person and wanted her to live so she and andrew coukd be together :(
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Anissa Bravo More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that this book was definitely a slower read than other Wardell novels. The overall message of this novel is one that people nowadays could benefit from. The ending was so realistic and a tearjerker. I cannot help but admire Rhiannon and feel for the other characters. This is a book that Wardell fans should not overlook!
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Kris Feko More than 1 year ago
I've read this and "Life, Love..." by the same author. This book is by far my favorite.
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