I've Never Been to Vegas, but My Luggage Has: Mishaps and Miracles on the Road to Happily Ever After

I've Never Been to Vegas, but My Luggage Has: Mishaps and Miracles on the Road to Happily Ever After

by Mandy Hale
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I've Never Been to Vegas, but My Luggage Has: Mishaps and Miracles on the Road to Happily Ever After by Mandy Hale

Wrong turns, humiliating flops, painful heartbreaks—and happiness? Yes, believe it or not, they can go hand in hand.

Blogger and author Mandy Hale, affectionately known as “The Single Woman” to her half-million social-media followers, is living an adventurous life that proves even our lowest lows and messiest mess-ups can point us toward our joy-filled destiny as single women.

In I’ve Never Been To Vegas, But My Luggage Has, Mandy delivers heart-to-heart, often hilarious stories from a life filled with love and loss, glamour and goose bumps, faith and friendship, big dreams and battle scars. She shares the bittersweet euphoria of her high-school romance, the panic-stricken cluelessness of her first day on a stressful job, and the foot-in-mouth horror of her red-carpet interview with a music legend.

Along the way, Mandy dollops personal anecdotes with encouraging insights. From thrilling first kisses to crushing break-ups, from soaring career milestones to promising flights that never quite got off the ground, she unfolds in often uproarious detail the zigzags along the path toward a pinnacle moment: sharing a table and a pinch-me-I’m-dreaming conversation with her lifelong hero.

In the end, Mandy turns Sin City’s infamous marketing slogan on its head: What happens in her life doesn’t stay in her life. She shares even her darkest moments in witty, winsome ways that make us not only feel her pain, but also laugh with her and apply her hard-won nuggets of inspiration to our own lives.

“Happily Ever After” might not look or feel quite like what we expect, but as Mandy is discovering—and as we can discover along with her—it is well within our reach.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400205264
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 03/18/2014
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 459,994
File size: 976 KB

About the Author

Mandy Hale is affectionately known as The Single WomanTMaround the world. In just over two years, Mandy has garnered a massive Twitter following of a half a million people from across the globe. With a heart to inspire single women to live their best lives and to never, ever settle, Mandy cuts to the heart of the matter with her inspirational, straight-talking, witty, and often wildly humorous take on life and love.

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I've Never Been to Vegas, but My Luggage Has: Mishaps and Miracles on the Road to Happily Ever After 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book really caused me to look inward at my choices in life. It navigates the world of "what ifs" and "if only I hadn’ts." This book strengthens one’s spirit and relationship with God.
KHulett More than 1 year ago
Mandy's candid, personal and optimistic tales of her own life as she tackles the wanderers, the maybes, the violent, the exes in her world of dating and men was a refreshing story of hope. She showed courage of her vunerability of spreading her message to women on how to navigate, forgive, let go and most importantly be your own hero, whilst humbly acknowledging that God is her source of strength. We have all been there before, dated the non-committed one, dated the ex again and again that always held your heart, dated friends and even dated herself. Through her own stories she shows that your own morals, values, ethics and integrity are paramount. Instead of chasing or crying about waiting for Mr.Forever, have the courage to sit with your loneliness, work through your heartbreak, take a honest look at yourself and work on being the very best version of yourself that you can be, and if Mr.Forever does come along, well he is the icing on your cake, but at the end of the day you still have cake and you don't need a Prince Charming for a happily ever after. I agree with Anonymous, this book is not everyones cup of tea. In saying that a more 'authentic' review would come from someone who IS Mandys target audience instead of comparing your opinions of your different lifestyles and choices. If I had to do a book review on GM Crops I would be biased as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are feeling hopeless, then is the perfect book for you! It will fill you with hope and inspire you to keep pushing forward even if things in your life aren't going the way you planned. Through Mandy's story she teaches us that we must turn to God in all that we do because He is who makes everything possible.
Victoris More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down.  A lot of lessons-learned are offered through this book.  It made me look inward; towards my own relationship with Christ.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totally fell in love with this book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mandy Hale, thirty-four, writes a very readable autobiography that highlights events in her life from her senior year in high school to the present time.  She tells of her different jobs, the relationships in her life, and her walk with Christ. Mandy is very transparent when telling about her past relationships.  She gives details about her first love which began her senior year in high school.  Later, she tells of a long-term love relationship she had with another man, Mr. E (pronounce it mystery).  Mandy loved Mr. E for years, but his inability to commit broke her heart over and over. Additionally, she describes a very dysfunctional relationship she was in with another man that became dangerously abusive.  Mandy shares how quickly an abuser can worm their way into another’s life, and even manipulate the abused person to feel responsible for the destructive behavior aimed at them. She writes of the struggles she has had accepting the end of relationships, and that her dream of being married with children has not yet taken place.  Mandy shares what she has done to live life joyfully as a single person.  Through all her ups and downs, Mandy has received support from family and friends for which she much appreciates and counts as blessings and lifelines. Mandy also shares her career journey.  She has had some hilarious things happen to her in her work history.  There have also been some difficult things occur, that were so painful, panic attacks and other emotional issues resulted.  Mandy shares all the good, the bad and the in-between.  Her current career, “The Single Woman,” the on-line sensation she created, which has over half a million followers, is discussed from its beginning to what it is today. By the time one finishes this book, Mandy feels like a close friend.  She lets you into her mind and heart with her well-written accounts of her life.  Reading Mandy’s story will cause you to laugh with her, cry with her and feel her disappointments.  She shares her love of Christ, and honestly reveals  the times she has messed up.  But she also tells of how God has stood by her, even when she hasn’t stood by Him.  Looking back on her life, Mandy traces God’s hand in everything she has experienced.  From the beginning, she has dedicated “The Single Woman” to God, and credits him for its phenomenal success. This is a very readable book.  Some of the things she writes about are sad, some incidents are fall-off-your-chair laughing, but all of her writings are worthwhile reading.  This book will encourage you in your walk with God, and convict you if you don’t have one.  I highly recommend this 5-star book. The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Thomas Nelson Publishing for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner. Despite my receiving the book free, it has not influenced my judgment, and I have given an honest opinion.
HollyBarrett More than 1 year ago
I got stuck in the Las Vegas airport one time; Only time I've ever been there. I was flying on a buddy pass and kept getting bumped. Finally, 27 hours after arriving in Vegas, I was leaving.  So when I had the opportunity to review a book titled I’ve Never Been to Vegas but My Luggage Has, I jumped at the opportunity! I figured since I’d been to Vegas (while my luggage traveled home without me) and the author’s luggage had been to Vegas without her, it was a match made in heaven! Written by Mandy Hale, I’ve Never Been to Vegas but My Luggage Has tells the story of how Mandy became known as The Single Woman. It is her story of accepting…no, embracing…this season of singleness. The subtitle of Mandy’s book is “Mishaps and Miracles on the Road to Happily Ever After” and I can relate to both the mishaps and the miracles. As Mandy transparently wrote about how the dream of being married overrode common sense at times, I was reminded of my own misadventures on the dating scene. You know the ones: dating the guys you would never marry so you didn’t have to sit at home alone, lowering your standards because no one is perfect anyway, or making decisions you never would have imagined you would make in order to stay in a relationship. What makes this book so readable is that we’ve all had mishaps in life that weren’t dependent on our marital status. We’ve hurt people, made bad decisions, gotten ahead of God, or maybe walked off His path altogether. Mistakes in life are not simply the purview of the single. And as Mandy found out and relates in her book, life can be very full and very satisfying regardless of your marital status! It doesn’t matter your age or life stage, your marital status, your profession, your background, your wealth or lack of, we all want the Happy Ending. Mandy’s lesson for all of us is to give it all to God, the hopes and dreams, the good and bad choices, the missteps and miscues, and then watch Him turn them into miracles. It sometimes takes gut-wrenching honesty and bravery. But as Mandy found out, when you are honest with yourself and God about the mishaps, He can use them to work those miracles. He can take you to places you never dreamed of, and even some of the ones you did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
mojo_turbo More than 1 year ago
Mandy Hale is affectionately known around the world as “The Single Woman.” Her mission is to inspire single women to live their best lives and to never settle, Mandy cuts to the heart of the matter with her inspirational, straight-talking, witty, and often wildly humorous take on life and love; and her message reaches millions of women across the world every day through her blog. Again, I am not Mandy’s target audience. I am a man… I am married. (I have also been Las Vegas) I picked this book up for my church so that it would minister to ladies who might check it out from the library. The author’s writing style is easily relatable. The story she tells of her life is direct and I am sure would speak to a young single woman.  I am sure there are many young people who face the prospect of a career, marriage and maybe even kids with a little bit of trepidation, but the author’s own story has a very reassuring tone that I am sure would bring comfort to someone looking for answers. Clearly as a blogger, the author is a good writer. She is also a Christian and this book will often site biblical ideas and encourage readers of faith. Thank you to Booksneeze / Book look for this review copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As you read, you will be challenged at least once by your past actions or choices in life. You will gain a sense of peace to realize that life is a journey not one destination. If you reach this one goal, will you be happy? If only you reach the 2nd and 3rd you’ll be really happy. Once you get the famous – house, children, husband, job then you will have your Happy Ever After – The End? Life is a continuation, always moving forward so why not find the happy in the movement. Moves usually equal change, growth and pain. All parts of life. A move to a new place, a move to a new job, a move into a new relationship. It’s how we learn to emotionally and spiritually handle the moves in life that will give us our “happy” during the journey. This is what Mandy Hale, The Single Woman’s new book is about. She is gracefully transparent about her journey as a single woman. Revealing her own lessons, risks, and successes. You will find yourself reading through quickly to find out what happens to her and that come into her life, how her dreams on her vision board come to life. You will be inspired to dream, to love, and to live your own journey, one day at a time, embracing that the happy ending, is really just continuous beginnings and new chapters of your life. I would recommend this book to anyone trying to find their purpose, anyone confused about a current relationship, anyone dealing with letting go, and any single woman. By: Nicole Howard *I could not get the pen name option to work.
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I requested this book for review because I was interested to see the author's location (Nashville, pretty near where I live in Tennessee) and because of her huge presence in social media, although I'd not yet heard of her. I should be clear that I am not the author's target audience, as she specializes in writing about being single, and I've been married for 10 years; she also obviously comes from a charismatic/Pentecostal tradition as far as her church background, and as I come from a traditional Methodist/Baptist background, some of the things she mentioned were a bit foreign to me. I enjoyed her stories, the way you might enjoy someone's funny stories at a party. They mainly center around the odd men she has dated, almost all of which she really should have avoided (but while it's easy for the reader to see that, it's much more difficult when you're in the middle of the situation.) Her writing is light and sometimes I found myself skimming. However, she has one chapter that deals with her history in an abusive relationship, and it is sad, but well-written, and really gives the reader insight into the mindset of someone in that situation. Since I don't share the same life struggles (workplace drama, trouble in dating), I didn't personally connect with this book, but obviously her 500K Facebook fans connect with Hale, so she is really speaking to certain groups of single Christian women. I will also mention that I had a few problems with her theology - I don't think that "naming and claiming" something makes God give it to you if you believe enough; he's not the Genie in Aladdin. However, I found myself wishing Hale well and hoping by the end of the book that she would find the happy ending she so obviously desires. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are solely my own.