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Life, Love, and a Polar Bear Tattoo by Heather Wardell


When Candice’s in-laws were killed eight months ago buying a huge faux polar bear rug for her Christmas present, she lost more than just two of her favorite people: she lost her husband Ian as well. After only two years of marriage, their guilt and pain have left them living together but apart, unable to really talk for fear of what they’ll say to each other.

Ian leaves for a month-long contract overseas, and Candice plans to use the time apart to decide whether her marriage can be saved. When her ex walks back into her life as the new client at work, ten years more attractive yet saddened by his own recent loss, she’s left wondering what she really wants from life and love.

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Woman at a Crossroads

By Linda Schoales, editor

Dec 12, 2009: “Life, Love and a Polar Bear Tattoo” is the story of Candice, a woman at a crossroads in her life. Her marriage is in trouble, she’s waiting for medical test results, and she’s trying to decide if she loves her job enough to make it her career. Just after her husband leaves for a month overseas, she’s given new responsibilities at work with a new client. The new client turns out to be an old flame who hurt her badly. Can she and her marriage survive all the turmoil?

This is a modern romance novel, told in first person by a woman who comes across as very real, human and conflicted. She has supportive friends and a job she enjoys, but her life isn’t what she thought it would be. She worries about her weight and misses the person she was in university. She and her husband have drifted apart after the death of his parents and she doesn’t know how to get back to where they were. He decides to go overseas for 4 weeks as a volunteer. Candice hasn’t told him yet that she’s waiting for the results of a second test for cancer. She wants to use the time that he’s away to decide if their marriage is salvageable, but when her ex-boyfriend becomes a client she finds it hard to focus on anything else.

The story is very character-driven, and relationship-based. The conversations “sound” real and believable. The main characters come across as real people. The focus is on Candice, her problems and, ultimately, what she wants from life. She has a chance to re-connect with the “one that got away” and heal old wounds. She has a chance to decide whether she wants to work on her marriage or walk away. And she has a chance to shine at work, try something new and decide if this is where she wants to be. Candice isn’t as quirky as Bridget Jones, or as career-focused as Carrie Bradshaw, but she has some serious issues to deal with.

If you enjoy romance novels with a contemporary heroine, you’ll enjoy “Life, Love and a Polar Bear Tattoo”.

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