Mind of Her Own

Mind of Her Own

by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Diana Lesire Brandmeyer’s book Mind of Her Own grabbed me from the first pages. Louisa Copeland is a tired mother of three and lonely wife who is looking for something to make for dinner. When her heavy George Foreman grill falls out of the pantry and lands on her head, she is suddenly struck with a case of amnesia that leaves her wondering whose life she has walked into. Husband Collin, an overworked and over-zealous lawyer who is trying to make partner, isn’t too thrilled that his wife no longer remembers him or their children, and that she seems to have picked up an alternate personality. He only wants life to get back to “normal” so he can have clean laundry, a tidy home and focus on his job. But Louisa’s alternate personally is making that difficult. Louisa thinks she’s Jazz Sweet, a famous, best-selling romance writer. She’s not interested in this man who calls himself her husband and she can’t believe how dull her wardrobe is (or the wardrobe of the woman they claim she really is.) What on earth kind of life was she living? As Louisa and Collin struggle to live together through this change, Louisa starts to wonder if maybe there isn’t a deeper, darker secret that is keeping her memory from returning. What is it she’s really hiding from? Brandmeyer’s characters are rich and full of life, and the story sparks a bit of yearning in us all. What woman doesn’t fantasize about walking away from her current life to be somebody else once in awhile? The secondary characters are interesting as well, as we get to see how Louisa’s friends, and even her children, react to this “new woman” in their lives. What if Jazz Sweet is so fun that nobody wants the real Louisa to return? Packed with inner searching, family values and faith, this is a story that will stick with you long after you put it down. While it’s a light-hearted and easy read, it also resonates with something deep within ourselves, with the “us” that wonders if we are living the life we should be, and, if not, how to let our real self come out and play.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"A Mind of her Own" by author Diana Lesire Brandmeyer is a 349 page Christian novel published by Tyndale House Publishers. On the cover is the picture of a frazzled female, sitting on a sofa, head in her hand with paper flying around as if she has just thrown them in the air. This contemporary novel is the tale of Louisa Copeland who suffers a head injury. She wakes up in the hospital not knowing who or where she is. It is the story of her husband and children learning to live with this person who now thinks she is Jazz Sweet, a Christian romance novelist. It is a story of second chances, hope forgiveness, and love. Even though it is a contemporary Christian romance novel, I personally did not find much Christian inspiration in it. It is definitely not a preachy, in your face inspiring story. "Mind of Her Own" is the first thing I have read by this author. She used enough humor and mystery in her tale to make it enjoyable. Her storyline was well thought and I liked her writing style. Her characters were well rounded and relatable. The dialogue between them flowed smoothly. She added humor in places and briefly touched on deeper, more serious issues. I would recommend these book for any adult contemporary romance lover. It was a little slow at the beginning but then took off at full speed. I rated it a 4 out of 5 stars. A copy was provided by the Book Club Network for my honest review.
LanguageTCH More than 1 year ago
A Mind of Her Own by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer is a very delightful, original, and creative novel. It captures the reader’s attention from the first page and is hard to put down. Wife and mom, Louisa Copeland, is an organized and seemingly perfect woman. One minute she is immersed in a romance novel, comparing the fictional couple’s exciting life to her own disappointing existence and wondering how it had gone so wrong. Her husband Collin had accused her of not loving him enough, and she had banned him to the couch until he apologized. It had been over a week since. That morning her workaholic attorney husband had said that he would be home early for dinner—a rarity--so she planned to prepare a delicious dinner meant to lure him home earlier more often. After all, she had the main responsibility of their three children, not to mention their giant dog, even on Saturdays when Collin had to have time to himself since he worked so hard the rest of the week. Louisa decided on grilled chicken for dinner and balanced precariously, trying to reach the indoor grill on a shelf. When she fell to the floor, the grill toppled onto her head, knocking her unconscious. When she awakened from dreamy thoughts of the ocean and a wedding on the beach, a strange man was telling her that she was in the hospital, that she was his wife, and that they had three children, none of which sounded right to her. She knew that she was Jazz Sweet, a successful and single romance author. Having no memory of where she (Jazz) lived, she had no other option except to go home with Collin Copeland until her memory returned and her migraine headaches disappeared. As she explores the life of Louisa Copeland, wife to Collin and mother of three children, she discovers that their personalities and taste could not be any more different. She cannot imagine how Louisa tolerates her routine, uneventful existence. It is so far from what Jazz desires. And Collin’s eyes are opened to the longings of Louisa’s heart, hidden away from him and buried deep inside her. I highly recommend this book which is so well-crafted. It does not disappoint. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
Davisc More than 1 year ago
After waking from a collision with a George Foreman grill and a Great Dane, Louisa Copeland insists that she is Jazz Sweet. She also insists that she has no idea who this Lousia Copeland person is that everyone keeps insisting is she. While the man that claims to be her husband is kind of cute, Jazz isn’t too sure he is trustworthy. And three kids? Surely she would remember if she had three children! Wouldn’t she? Diana Lesire Brandmeyer has written a marvelous story with Mind of Her Own. It is both heart-warming and heart-wrenching while at the same time it is hilarious and fun. I laughed out loud and I shed some tears while following Jazz/Louisa’s journey through retrograde amnesia. I highly recommend this book. It is delightful!
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Okay, so I have to admit that the only reason I got this book is because I was getting it for review. I really didn't expect to like it. However, I was quite surprised how much I liked it. It had quite a bit of humor mixed in with some heavy issues. I think this book is probably one of my favorite reads of the year. Fabulous read! 5 plus stars. I received this book from bookfun.org in exchange for my honest opinion, which was given.
dhiggins4 More than 1 year ago
A Mind of Her Own” by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer is a very easy-to-read and entertaining novel. This book had a very different theme to it than most novels. It caught my attention from the first page! Louisa Copeland is your typical stay-at-home mom. She keeps the house tidy, making sure everything is in tip-top order. She takes care of her three children. She’s always striving to be the best wife/mother she can be. Everything is normal in her little world, except when she drops her George Foreman grill on her head. She wakes up and doesn’t know who Louisa is. She claims she is instead Jazz Sweet, who is a romance writer. No one can figure out where this Jazz Sweet came from. As her and her family try to uncover where Jazz came from and where Louisa is, they uncover some secrets that no one knew! I would recommend this book to anyone enjoying a good, clean, entertaining read. Diana Lesire Brandmeyer is a very interesting author, and I look forward to reading more books by her. I received this book from bookfun for my honest opinion.
Robbi44 More than 1 year ago
Many circumstances can challenge a family, but when the mom suffers from amnesia, the family is thrown into a tailspin! Who is this new person, Jazz Sweet, who looks like Collin’s wife and the three children’s mom, Louisa Copeland, but is an entirely different woman - one they have never experienced before. Louisa was the model middle class stay-at-home mom who seemed to have life under control, yet a bit too serious and uptight. Collin, her husband, an attorney, worked many very long hours fighting his way up the ladder to partnership at the expense of his family time. The three children each participated in their share of typical sibling rivalry and bickering which Louisa had to referee. One bump on the head changed everything. The mom that came home from the hospital was Jazz Sweet, who claimed she’d never been married and definitely did not have any kids! Her outlook on life was more carefree and spontaneous which got her into many interesting predicaments! Collin soon realized that this “new wife” was not dependable to care for the family. She could not even cook! This story will touch your heart, the reader, as you feel the many emotions of the entire family. The author has developed the characters as if they were your best friends and you have an invested interest in their lives. It was hard to put this book down until the last page.
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
This is definitely not your typical romance novel. This one focus's on a family, where amnesia, kids, hidden secrets, learning your not perfect and trying to see what is best for you all rolled into one. Louisa Copeland seems to have life all figured out, yet is she really happy? When her world is turned upside down and she can't even remember who she is, she still agrees to go home with this handsome man that thinks she is his wife. Jazz (aka Louisa) is trying to figure out why she can't remember anything. Yet she is not sure she really want to be this plan Louisa everyone claims she is. Will she ever be able to combine the two personalities or will one win out. Collin Copeland only wants his life back to normal, yet the more time he spends with this 'new' wife Jazz, he is falling in love with her too. While trying to help her find her way home he must face reality as to the husband and father he is as well. This is a well written story, there is a lot of confusion for the characters, yet it is completely understandable. I was given a copy of this book from bookfun.org for my honest opinion.
KMarkovich More than 1 year ago
Oh. My. Goodness! What a fun book! “If only she could cook like Emeril, she might have a chance to win back her husband’s love – or at least his presence at the table.” Louisa Copeland has the perfect house and a “perfect” life with a loving husband, a daughter and two sons. “She loved these kids; she really did. It was just that today, with all their requests, they had drained her of the will to live.” When a kitchen accident – the George Foreman grill crashes down on her head – causes her to lose her memory and wake up thinking she is an unmarried, childless novel writer who lives on a beach in Florida, she begins to really discover herself. I have to confess I did not like the first couple of pages of this book. But then! Oh, how I enjoyed reading it as it captivated my imagination. I want to say it was just a fun book – but then there were very serious parts to it also. Needless to say though, I could not put it down. I thought it was one of the best books I have read this summer. I highly recommend it! I received this book from bookfun.org in return for my honest opinion.
jebsweetpea More than 1 year ago
Nutshell: Louisa's life looks picture perfect from the outside. Three kids, husband, big house, everything anyone would ever want. But on the inside she is falling apart. Her marriage is falling apart. Her kids are going crazy. She goes through the motions of living without actually living fully. All that changes in the blink of an eye...or the hit on the head by the George Foreman grill she was taking out of the cupboard. Now she can't remember who she was. But she does know who she is: a famous writer that lives on the beach. She's sure she's not married, and kids? No way. Follow Louisa's journey as she learns who she was, who she is and how her past splits her heart open in ways she didn't expect. Pro's: What a great story line! I loved the angle this book took the minute the grill fell on her head. Laced with a touch of humor, but overflowing with love, it was a great story line that kept you turning the pages to see if her memory does return. Con's: None. Only that it ended sooner than I would have liked!
BookReviewerNicole More than 1 year ago
_______________________________________________ *My Thoughts* This was one interesting read! I can honestly admit, I have never read a book involving amnesia before. Scratch that. I have read ONE. The difference? That one didn't include a family with three young kids, a spotless house, and a mid-western mom thinking she's a renowned romance writer! I think this was very well written. The confusion, anger, and emotional roller coaster Louisa was on, was completely believable. I felt like it was happening to me throughout the story and the turmoil she was going through felt very real. The husband angered me but his change throughout the story was evident and that inspired me. The sense that something underlying went on with Louisa hit me about mid-way through the book. I felt like I was caught in a web with them. Confusion. Chaos. Confliction. And an air of mystery that left my head spinning. Such an awesome book!! A family that may or may not be brought together. A mystery to be solved. And a Christian novel to bring a smile to any reader's face! ____________________________________________________ *My overall thoughts* Mind of Her Own by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer is an unbelievable scenario with some pretty unbelievable characters! With twists, turns,and questions, will they get the answer they need...and want? __________________________________________ *My Rating* I give Mind of her own by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer... 5 stars!! *I received this book from the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review, which I have given. All thoughts were my own and I was not compensated in any other way. http://bookreviewsforchristians.blogspot.com/2015/07/random-reviews-mind-of-her-own-by-diana.html
AnnE42 More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this one by this author. Diana has told the story of Louisa, a housewife that isn't sure where her marriage is going, has her have an accident that leaves her with amnesia and a new quirky personality and written a story that was a delight to read and was one that I couldn't put down after I had started it. It is also a heartwarming story of Collin, her husband, as he works to reclaim their love and their marriage I was given a copy of this book in return for an honest review, and it is one that I definitely recommend.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
I just finished a great book called Mind of Her Own by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer. Louisa Copeland is a wife to Collin and mother to three kids (brave woman). Madison is twelve years old and a typical teenage girl, Joey is five, and Tim is four. Louisa is getting ready to make dinner and goes to get the indoor grill out of the pantry. Their dog, Cleo comes running through the house and runs into Louisa just as she starts pulling on the grill (you just know this is not going to be good). The next thing Louisa knows is she is waking up in a hospital with a stranger. The man states he is her husband, Collin, but she does not know him. And he keeps calling her Louisa! Her name is Jazz Sweet and she is an inspirational romance writer who lives in Florida (somewhere). She cannot remember the name of her agent or where she lived in Florida. The doctor tells Collin to take her home and she will maybe get back her memories. Jazz does not want to go home with Collin who is a stranger to her especially when she hears there are kids in the house. But it seems she has little choice in the matter. The doctor believes that there is something that happened in Louisa’s childhood that is the trigger (what could have happened to Louisa that she wants to forget). The Copeland family is in for some difficult weeks. The children are not sure of this new mom. She is very different. Jazz is more vibrant (hates Louisa’s boring clothes) and carefree, but she is not used to taking care of children. Jazz is used to spending her days writing and tends to forget what is going on around her when she is working (which can lead to missing children and dogs). Jazz does not do laundry, cook, or like cleaning (she hires a cleaning service). Collin had been spending a lot of time at work trying to make partner. Now he is having to spend more time at home and he finds out that he likes it (as well as his new wife). He also discovers his wife’s journals that give him insight into Louisa (as well as himself). With faith, love, and patience this family will come back together again better than before. All thanks to an indoor grill! Mind of Her Own was an insightful and engaging novel. I read this novel straight through (I did not want to put it down). There is a very delicate subject in the novel that the author handles beautifully. I give Mind of Her Own 5 out of 5 stars. This is a Christian or inspirational novel, but it is in no way preachy or in your face (very subtle). I received a complimentary copy of Mind of Her Own from the author in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are my own.
AliciaTN1 More than 1 year ago
Louisa Copeland tries hard to be the perfect wife and mother but feels that it isn't enough.  After a kitchen accident leaves her unconscious, she awakens as Jazz Sweet, an unmarried author with no cares in the world. Her husband, Collin, is concerned that her new 'personality' may be permanent. He reads her journals to help discover the 'why' after the physician indicates that a past trauma may be causing the amnesia.    Jazz is having her own identity issues when she realizes that she doesn't really exist and is not a published author.  She doesn't recognize her husband, kids, friends or house.  While everyone wants Louisa back, they also begin to love Jazz and her unique personality. When the trauma is revealed, Louisa remembers all to the surprise of her family.  I really enjoyed this book and look forward to more of her novels.Note:  I did receive a copy of the book for review purposes which did not influence my review or opinions.
PamHillman More than 1 year ago
Outspoken romance author Jazz Sweet surveys Louisa Copeland’s bland, colorless wardrobe, spotless home, and her perfectly ordered world and is aghast that everyone--Louisa’s husband, Collin, his three kids, and all their neighbors -- insist that Jazz is Louisa. Jazz is horrified. But since she can’t figure out how to get back to her own life, she’s forced live Louisa’s, temporarily, at least. As Jazz faces the fact that she really is the boring, straitlaced Louisa, long repressed memories surface to meld Jazz/Louisa into a new, better woman…the woman she was destined to be all along, and the woman that her husband falls in love with all over again.
KimTeamer More than 1 year ago
Christian fiction just the way I like it! ~ I L-O-V-E-D the book, Mind of Her Own by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer. This book was funny, relevant, serious, and touching in so many ways. “Who knew making dinner could change your life? Louisa Copeland certainly didn’t. But when the George Foreman grill fell out of the pantry onto her head, resulting in a bump and a mighty case of amnesia, Louisa’s life takes a turn for the unexpected. Who was this Collin fellow, claiming she was his wife? And whose kids are those? Her name couldn’t be Louisa. Why, she was the renowned romance writer Jazz Sweet, not a Midwestern mom of three. Struggling to put the pieces together of the life she’s told she had, Louisa/Jazz may realize that some memories are better left alone.” – Tyndale House Publishers What makes this book so unique is the way that it deals with the hard knocks that come with marriage. It does it with flair and humor, touching on everything from communication (or lack thereof) to predictability to dissatisfaction with the mundane. It offers romance without raunchiness. It also touches on several emotionally charged subject matters, such as repressed memories, sexual abuse, and pedophilia. With that said, it was not so dark that it was without light. The ending was both sweet and hope-filled. I would definitely recommend this book.
inspiremichelle More than 1 year ago
I got a copy of this book this morning, a few hours later I had not put it down. I loved the story line. Jazz Sweet was the person Louisa Copeland longed to be, full of life and hope. Hurts from her past kept her from being the person God created her to be. In the blink of an eye Louisa's life and the life of her family were forever changed. These changes brought new life, new love and new beginnings to the ordinary, dull everyday life the family lead. Jazz brought fun and spontaneous into their world. This book is an awesome read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Welcoming the alter ego. What if you had an alter ego that was everything you felt you could never be? I’m not talking about a split personality, or an evil twin. Still you, but different. Messy where you’re neat, colorful where you’re drab, happy where you’re sad, inept where you’re skilled, skilled where you’re inept, playful where you’re stoic. What if you woke up to find the alter ego had taken over your life? A Mind of Her Own is a delightful story about finding yourself. Louisa is the perfect wife. The house is neat, her clothes are stylish but drab, she’s skilled in cooking and child care, she faces adversity with patience and endurance, and she’s unhappy with her life. A bump to the head sends her to the hospital, and when her eyes pop open, Louisa is gone and Jazz has taken her place. Colorful, playful, messy, happy, without-a-housewifely- clue Jazz. Diana has painted us a wonderful picture of learning to treasure what you have, exploring what you always wanted to be, and leaning on your faith to get it all done. It’s also a story about forgiveness and faithfulness. I give A Mind of Her Own five stars.