Life as I Know It: A Novel

Life as I Know It: A Novel

by Melanie Rose
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Life as I Know It: A Novel by Melanie Rose

What if you had the chance to live someone else’s life? Full of heart and soul, here is a captivating novel about the choices we make for family and love—and how sometimes a total stranger is the person we really need to be.
Jessica Taylor is walking her dog in the rain when she meets the man of her dreams—only to be struck by lightning moments later. When she wakes up in the hospital, the doctors insist she’s someone else: Lauren Richardson, wife and mother of four.

    Lauren’s husband wants nothing more than for life to get back to normal—complete with a well-organized house and very properly behaved children. But Lauren’s kids haven’t been allowed to have much fun, and one of them has special needs. Can Jessica embrace this family of strangers and become the wife and mother they need? As she struggles to find her way in this new life—and the way back to her old life—she reconnects with Lauren’s estranged sister and discovers a secret that could rip the family apart.

    Now, torn between Lauren’s responsibilities to her family and Jessica’s chance at love, one woman is about to find out whether the road not taken leads to happiness—or to heartbreak.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440338758
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/09/2010
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 17,818
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Melanie Rose was an avid reader from an early age and found herself looking at the world around her and wondering “what if?” She began writing as a teenager, progressing to short stories and articles for magazines and newspapers. She trained as a nursery nurse and later became a play therapist on the children’s ward at the Royal Marsden Hospital, continuing to write in her spare time.

Her first novel was voted one of the favorite reads of the year by listeners of Britain Radio 4’s Open Book program.

She now lives in Surrey with her husband and four sons, who, along with many of the children she has cared for, provide much inspiration for her books.

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Life as I Know It 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
read2muchNH More than 1 year ago
Great book, only disappointment is the ending (Too predictable). A very interesting plot and idea for a story. The title and cover does not do the book justice (i.e. I almost passed this by because I tend to do the proverbial "judge a book by its cover". Save it for a day when you can read the whole thing - you won't want to put it down!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While reading this book, the author provides so many vidual clues, its almost like you are part of the book too. I highly recommend this one because the writer really brings it to life. This book has a good theme to it that I found quite intriguing as the reader.
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Mary Wildemuth More than 1 year ago
i came upon this book by accident. it ended up being a great little story, a very nice surprise!
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Jessica Taylor is walking her dog Frankie when the rain turned ugly with wind, lightning and thunder. She struggles to leave the Downs when a Labrador runs up to them. A man catches up to her and the two canines. He thanks her as his dog got loose and offers her a ride. She feels lightning strike her heart as Jessica falls in love at first sight; only lightning literally strikes her body leaving her dead. Jessica awakens n a hospital in which everyone calls her Mrs. Lauren Richardson, wife to Grant and mother of four children (Sophie, Nicole, Toby and Teddy). The kids are well behaved, but Jessica feels their sadness as order is their life. She loves each of the children especially brain damaged Teddy and connects with Lauren's sister Karen who she confides in that her memories are that of single in love Jessica Taylor and not that of mother and wife Mrs. Lauren Richardson. On the surface Life As I Know It is a lighthearted romp that compares and a single career woman with a married mother. However, Melanie Rose's contemporary is actually much deeper with a subtle profundity that stuns the audience even with knowing how the tale will end. The light touch enhances the sobering finish that will have readers understand the real intent is not comparing lifestyles, but instead making a powerful case that being a woman means sacrificing personal desires to make a better life for loved ones. Harriet Klausner
CardiffChild More than 1 year ago
I actually picked this book up in the U.K. and was trying find more by Ms. Rose. I thought I had when I came across this book...only to realize as I read the synopsis that it was the same book. I find it strange that the title was changed and I much prefer my copy which is titled "Could it be Magic?" Nevertheless, I found this book to be highly enjoyable and recommend it to anyone who likes quirky romantic stories!