What Should You Do With Your Life? Diana's Story

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Set on Cape Cod, this is a novel of a modern day Cinderella. Two Fairy God Angels are sent to help Diana figure out what she should do with her life. The story is sprinkled with Angel Dust, a Prince and a surprise ending!
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Overview

Set on Cape Cod, this is a novel of a modern day Cinderella. Two Fairy God Angels are sent to help Diana figure out what she should do with her life. The story is sprinkled with Angel Dust, a Prince and a surprise ending!
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Editorial Reviews

Gene Hull
The book is an affectionate ode to Angels and to the efficacy of one of the nations favorite vacation destinations. Fans of Cape Cod or of Angel Stories will enjoy this book. It is an enjoyable read sprinkled with wit!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601458803
  • Publisher: BookLocker.com, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/29/2009
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Sharon Anderson, Ph.D. is an Angel Communicator, loves working with them and knows that they are with us 24/7. The Angels in her stories are based on information given to her through them. She currently lives in Vero Beach, Florida with her cat Dolly and visits her family on Cape Cod frequently!
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Prologue

"Hi Liz! Over Here! " Diana smiled and waved a tiny wave as Liz came threading her way through the other tables to the booth where Diana was sitting. Shrugging off her winter coat, Liz slid in on the seat across from Diana and dumped her coat and purse on the seat beside her. Best friends since childhood, Liz and Diana usually tried to meet at least once a week in spite of their busy working schedules.

"This is only February, right? Baby, it's cold out there!" Liz shivered and started to pull off her scarf. "Spring is coming? Isn't it?"

February on Cape Cod was usually still blustery cold and here in this little village of Mashpee, Massachusetts, the winds from the Northeast were biting tonight, clawing their way straight across Cape Cod Bay bringing with it plummeting, frigid temperatures. The streets, covered with a dusting of the three inches of snow that fell earlier in the afternoon were now slick with frozen slush in spite of being treated with sand and salt during the day making the driving at night when the temperatures dropped not only challenging to the best of drivers but dangerous to those who were not fully attentive.

Liz piled her gloves and scarf on top of her purse. Rubbing her hands together to warm them up a little, she was glad of the coziness here in the pub at Dino's Sports Bar.

"Phew! It was a day! That should give you a good indication! So, how are you doing?" Liz leaned towards Diana and looked her in the eye.

"They offered me that job working in Mr. You-Know-Who's office as his 'personal assistant'!" Diana rolled her eyes up and made a very un-lady-like face. "It will be a cold day in H. . . . Harwich when I ever accept that position. The man is not very nice!" Diana announced and reached for the menu.

Liz laughed out loud, throwing her hands in the air. "That is the understatement of the year, girlfriend! He has driven all of his other 'personal assistants' right out of the company. 'Not very nice' is a very euphemistic description. The man just does not know how to keep his hands to himself and his temper has sent almost every one of his long line of assistants to the personnel office in tears. Why they keep him in that position is totally beyond my comprehension. Did you refuse the post?"

"Yes, I did, today. I said 'no thanks'. I think they are going to eliminate some more positions. Have you heard anything?" Diana smiled at her friend hoping to glean a little information

"Only rumors, nothing substantial. Let's order, I'm starving! What are you going to order? No, wait a minute, we have been coming here to Dino's Sports Bar every Friday night for how many years, now? Let me guess? You will probably order the big cheese pizza with vegetables. Am I right? You are spoiled, you know, Dino makes that pizza up for you special because it is not on the menu. How you rate, I have no idea, but you do. Everyone loves you! And speaking of that subject, when are you going to start dating again. I know an awful lot of younger and not so younger males in this town that are just waiting for you to give them some sort of encouragement. I also know that we come here because you feel safe and know that Dino will not let anyone step out of line. You also baby-sit for his children so that is another reason." Liz grabbed a menu and began to scan it with unseeing eyes more as something to keep her hands occupied rather than see what looked good to order. Diana was uncomfortable with that remark and Liz knew it!

Diana laughed, not too convincingly and leaned forward to look at Liz square in the face. "Yes, I do come here for all of those reasons. With both of my parents gone, Dino has become my Guardian Angel! For that, I am very grateful. A single girl on her own needs all the protection she can get! I think I will order the big cheese pizza with the fresh vegetables . . . " Diana laughed and placed the menu back in the holder. "What are you going to have, Ms. Creature-of-Habit?"

Liz closed the menu with a snap and set it back in its place. "Are you ever going to make me a gourmet meal or even a gourmet sandwich? You graduated from J&W how long ago? I think I will order the burger with the fries. Don't you dare tease me. I am well aware that I order that every time I come in here but I can't seem to think 'out of the box' tonight!"

Diana smiled at her friend and nodded her head. "It must have been a VERY BAD day! Besides, the burgers are really high quality here and I should know!" Diana really laughed this time and looked up as the waitress came to take their order.

When the waitress had left the table with their order, Liz looked very seriously at her friend and asked, "Really, Diana, when are you going to leave this corporate jungle and start your own business? You have degrees and certificates and all sorts of credentials. You could be quite a success if you set your mind to it. The Governor Bradford Inn in Plymouth is advertising for chefs and the Belfry Inn and Bistro in Sandwich is expanding and in need of a head chef. I work in personnel, remember, and I know what jobs are available. Course, you could always go to work at Dunkies . . . time to make the donuts . . . " Liz waved her napkin at Diana teasing her.

Diana leaned over and swiped her napkin at Liz. "Ha, ha, very funny! Those dreams are buried in the attic. Oh, good, here comes our food! Perfect timing. Now, please, no more reminding me of the past. That time is long ago. Gosh! That burger really does look good. Look at the size of this pizza. This must be a double-double or else Jack is making the pizzas tonight. Nope, this looks like Dino's handiwork. He wrote 'Dino' in the middle with the peppers! Now is that creative or what!" Diana waved her thanks towards the kitchen and was certain that Dino could see her . . .

"Boy! You really are special. I didn't get any name on mine. But I did get two very fat burgers in between this very huge roll! We are truly treated well here!" Liz waved her thanks to Dino who was in the kitchen watching two of his favorite customers through the two way mirror.
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  • Posted August 6, 2010

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    One woman learns to accept the guidance of her guardian angels

    Readers realize they are entering a different universe right from the copyright page of What Should You Do with Your Life?: "The characters and events in this book are fictitious but the locations described are actual places. The Fairy God Angels, on the other hand, are almost fictitious. Any similarity to real Angels, here or there, is not coincidental and is intended by the author."

    The book relates the story of Diana, a woman struggling through life until she finds herself following the guidance of her guardian angels. Given Anderson's background, the use of angels in this story is not metaphoric but rather instructional, as the author seems sincerely eager to teach her readers about the benefits of staying in tune with one's guardian angels.

    Diana's guardian angels are named Charming and Impatient; and as their names imply, they are the yin yang of angel world. ".Charming just nodded her little round head covered with tight blonde ringlets and smiled sweetly, her rosebud cheeks dimpling a bit and her halo vigorously bobbing up and down. Impatient (not the flowers) was not to be deterred from her tantrum as she bounced up and down and shook her finger at Charming." Anderson portrays them as stereotypical chubby-cheeked, robe-wearing, cloud-flouncing angels who spy and cluck maternally over their charge from above, chastising Diana for working out her problems from a "rational third dimensional set of solutions."

    Anderson mainly relays the story of Diana's evolution through conversations rather than narration. Much of the plot is developed in a chatty, run-on fashion, a style that feels as if readers are eavesdropping on the characters' internal dialogues. The tone is nearly child-like as the characters prattle on to themselves with an overly generous use of exclamation points, capital letters and giggles. This book would have benefited from additional editing for consistency, redundancies, and rambling dialogue, which take away from the impact of the author's compassionate intent to share her vast knowledge with readers.

    Throughout What Should You Do with Your Life?, the author's voice is heard in all the characters as she advises readers in the importance of positive, non-judgmental thought patterns, expressing gratitude, meditating, and remaining attuned to one's intuition. Through the fictional story, Anderson provides a model for the concept of "synchronicity" as Diana makes a gratitude list in an effort to overcome great obstacles in her life. "This gratitude or grateful energy will then start flowing into a huge circle surrounding her. The more she sends out of her gratitude and thankfulness, the larger the circle becomes and it then begins attracting into the circle opportunities for her to consider. The more good she sends out in the form of thankfulness and gratitude, the more good returns to her in the form of opportunities and ideas and suggestions."

    Thus readers may come away from this book prompted to work with their guardian angels in order to enact positive techniques toward self-actualization and manifestations of their dreams. At the very least, What Should You Do with Your Life? offers earnest and heartfelt reminders to stay positive, listen for messages from the Universe, stay in the moment and express gratitude.

    Quill says: One woman learns to accept the guidance of her guardian angels in order to realize her dreams.

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