Something New

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If you stop trying new things, you might as well just stop.

Ellen Ivers has it all: a nice house, great kids, and a husband who loves her no matter how much she’s let herself go. There’s just one problem: Ellen is completely, utterly bored. Maybe it’s a mid-life crisis, or maybe it’s just time to make a change. Ellen starts taking care of herself and decides to start trying new things. As the pounds melt away and she begins to feel more ...

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Overview

If you stop trying new things, you might as well just stop.

Ellen Ivers has it all: a nice house, great kids, and a husband who loves her no matter how much she’s let herself go. There’s just one problem: Ellen is completely, utterly bored. Maybe it’s a mid-life crisis, or maybe it’s just time to make a change. Ellen starts taking care of herself and decides to start trying new things. As the pounds melt away and she begins to feel more comfortable in her own skin, Ellen’s cousin prompts the former writer to enter a blog competition.

At first Ellen is hesitant; after all, what exactly is she supposed to write about? But soon the words start flowing and Ellen gains confidence, in part because of the attention she’s getting from her cousin’s new neighbor, handsome detective Ben Campbell. Both Ellen and Ben are married with kids, and they know their friendship is heading down a dangerous path. As her attraction to Ben grows and her blog starts attracting a lot of interest, everything else in Ellen’s world begins to unravel. Now, she finds herself wondering if the life she has is what she really wants, or if something new is exactly what she needs…

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Blogging and weight loss are the mundane means by which Ellen Ivers, a 40-something wife and stay-at-home mom, attempts to alchemize her lackluster life into something shiny in Thomas’s trite tale of privileged dissatisfaction. Ellen, “the kind of woman who was once hot but has let herself go,” has a loving husband, three sweet children, and “all the creature comforts desire.” But she’s bored. She starts writing again, enters a blogging contest, and starts working out. But what initially began as a way to revive her life begets unexpected rewards, namely the attentions of Ben Campbell, a sexy, married cop. They are immediately attracted to each other, but resist temptation. Ellen blogs about their relationship, and while it is liberating and cathartic, it’s also in the public eye, and not long before their attraction attracts the attention of someone who matters. Ellen is a moderately interesting heroine, and her story, germane in its dullness, is nonetheless a breezy read Agent: Wendy Sherman Associates. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425257692
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/6/2012
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 542,073
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Janis Thomas

Janis Thomas, a native Californian, lives in Orange County with her husband, their two children, and their dog, Ruby. She has written over fifty songs and (with her dad) two children’s books, and is also an avid baker. Something New is her debut novel.

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  • Posted November 11, 2012

    Something New is a novel that any wife and mother can totally re

    Something New is a novel that any wife and mother can totally relate to. The boredom and frustration of suburbia and the schedules of mother maintenance are challenges that most women at home experience. The main character, Ellen, puts it all into words in such a way, we nod our heads and say "Amen!" Her sharp wit had me laughing out loud all the way through the book. A wonderful read!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2012

    Janis Thomas heads into dangerous territory with issues, thought

    Janis Thomas heads into dangerous territory with issues, thoughts, and feelings that women have, but won't always admit to (not even to ourselves). Ellen Ivers' internal monologue made me laugh out loud more times than I can count, and her truthful self-reflection made me stop and think more than your average "chick lit" story. I can't wait to see what Thomas does next!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2012

    I found this novel to be a delightful read from beginning to end

    I found this novel to be a delightful read from beginning to end. The author's quick wit and ability to get to the heart of the matter had me up half the night to see what happened next. As a 40-something mom, I can totally relate to Ellen's suburban boredom, her fantasy life, her addiction to pop-tarts. She is a heroine who I can relate to, so much that she seems like a friend. I can't wait for Thomas' next book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2012

    I absolutely loved this book! I could hardly put it down. The c


    I absolutely loved this book! I could hardly put it down. The central character was very believable and I could really relate to her. I would recommend it to everyone I know

    Meryl Schrantz

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2013

    It appears Ellen Ivers has everything.  A great house, wonderful

    It appears Ellen Ivers has everything.  A great house, wonderful kids, and an amazing husband.  But Ellen is bored with her life.  She starts working out losing weight and feeling good about herself.  Her cousin, Jill, tells her she has to do something for herself and tempts her to start writing again and enter a blog competition.
    Ellen’s self confidence grows as the hits of her blog post grow and as Ben Campbell, a married detective gives her attention.  That attention leads her down a dangerous path, where friendship is tempted to give in to something more.  As Ellen’s world starts to unravel she has to make some hard decisions about what she really wants in life.




    I had to read this novel when asked.  I loved the idea of a wife wanting to try something new, something just for her.  I have been at that spot and that is why I am writing reviews and working out (sounds familiar).  Who hasn’t felt overwhelmed with life and responsibilities?  Added bonus of her starting her blog, which I just did also.  I read over half the book in one sitting and smiled and laughed through all of it.




    Ellen was a character that I disliked immediately, but I enjoyed disliking her.  I felt like she was very selfish.  She put on the good act of being a good mom and a good wife, but really resented the demands that went with being a mom and wife.  She is catty to her husband over anything and everything he does or says.  She resents all her kids’ activities and their demands on her time.  But it was extremely entertaining watching her find herself and realize that her life was not as rough as she thought it was. 




    I did find it unnecessary the amount of swearing in the story.  I do not know of any of my mom friends who talk in the language Ellen does.  Even Jill spelling the swear words annoyed me.  I felt like there was not a conversation without bad language throughout the entire novel.




    Janis Thomas wrote an amazing novel that every mom or wife can relate to and enjoy.  It was witty and charming to read.  I recommend it to all my friends and cannot wait for the next novel to come out. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    This book was great! Not only did I enjoy it but I identified wi

    This book was great! Not only did I enjoy it but I identified with Ellen quite a bit. A definite read. Can't wait for your next book:)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

    I loved Something New! It was a great read. Most women like El

    I loved Something New! It was a great read. Most women like Ellen, if they are honest with themselves, have had these feelings, when life gets crazy. It was funny and thoughful, full of situations that most mothers/wives can relate to. It is fiction but reads like non-fiction. I loved the book and can't wait for her next one!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

    Janis Thomas has created a marvelous character in Ellen, who sa

    Janis Thomas has created a marvelous character in Ellen, who says what we think, but don't admit. Her inner dialogue is witty and authentic and I just couldn't wait to see what she came up with next. She has motivated many of us to get unstuck and try "Something New". This is a book you will truly enjoy!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 22, 2014

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A woman who has

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings

    A woman who has been married for a long time with three kids and realizes that her life recently has revolved around her husband and the kids and through a stranger she realizes that she needs something for herself.  

    Although, I am not at this place in life, I could relate to the character and was able to really take away some things and reflect.  With such an honest set of characters, it was interesting to see where the author would take them and how they would react to each thing, but I absolutely adored the raw honesty that she put in this book.

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  • Posted April 18, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Posted on Romancing the Books blog / Reviewed By JoAnne / Review

    Posted on Romancing the Books blog / Reviewed By JoAnne / Review Copy Provided by the Publisher / More and more authors seem to be writing about women’s mid life crises as opposed to the men and it isn’t pretty. All of a sudden their families and spouses aren’t enough. It’s all about them and what they need and want.

    Something New seemed to delve deeply into this theme and showed us how weak Ellen was. She didn’t care about her family or who she would hurt although her life as she told it didn’t seem so bad. Embarking on writing the blog for the magazine contest was eye opening for both her and the readers. She didn’t seem to think about what she was writing but the words flowed and they were very powerful ones sure to hurt those she loved most.

    There was some character development but not enough. Ellen wanted it all and had justifications for everything she did but never thought through to the consequences of her actions. The epilogue was a nice touch to give the story some closure as well as show the realities of a marriage trying to be resurrected or saved. Will Ellen and Jonah make it? Only the author knows for sure. A few additional chapters might have been nice but really weren’t necessary the way it ended.

    Something New was a contemporary novel – chick lit in nature – but I wouldn’t categorize it as a romance. There was love but also lies, sins of omission, hurt, cheating, feel good moments as well as feel bad ones too. There were a few tears, disbelief of justifications and lies and more lies. Thomas is a new to me author and I may give another of her books a read to see if it captured my interest more and had better character development.

    Favorite Quote: If we were single and twenty-two, this would be the point where I would hope he would ask for my phone number, or I would say something inane like, This was great, let’s do it again sometime. Or he would lean into me tentatively and press his lips against mine But twenty-two is a lifetime ago, and my wedding band weighs heavily on my finger, practically pulling my left hand to the ground. Still, I don’t want to end this magical evening with just a See you around or Catch you later.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    Publishers planting 5 star reviews (cont.)

    Sorry, my last review posted prematurely. I intended to close with the comment that i want to read customer reviews in this section, rather than ones planted by publishers or PR agents.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2012

    Not a romance. I'm not sure this could be considered "chick

    Not a romance. I'm not sure this could be considered "chick lit". The story, about infidelity, does not comply with the cover image... what's up with that? Not cheap in paperback or Nook formats. Save your money.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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