Jan 6, 2018, 17:22
5 star review from BTSeMag
5 star review from Readers Favorite
5 star review from Linda's Reviews
5 Stars! “CLUMSY GIRL’S GUIDE TO FALLING IN LOVE, Book 1 of Karen Wiesner’s Friendship Heirlooms Series, will have you laughing, crying and empathizing with Zoë throughout the entire story. Zoë has always been the clumsy girl, never really fitting in. When she attempts to fit in, others accept her, but she still feels out of place and in her own world. Zoë runs into Curt and the old memories return and although they both fight them and Zoë is determined not to be with Curt, are they really meant to be together forever? I feel this book has been well-written. While reading it, I felt as if I were a part of the characters’ lives as Zoë is talking with the reader throughout the book, sharing her thoughts, feelings and experiences. Zoë is such a likable character and someone whom so many readers could relate to on many levels. There are times when we all feel as if we do not fight into the world that we are living in and are searching for that perfect fit, not to mention that perfect someone to share life with. Zoë and Curt have a past and, while it was a wonderful past together, so much time has passed and with the hurt feelings and misunderstandings, they must find where they are at now. Relationships are something that are wonderful but confusing and hard at the same time and readers relate to this and will be sucked right into the drama of the Curt and Zoë relationship in this book and will want to keep reading until the end!” ~Readers Favorite
5 Stars! “This was a really good and worthwhile book to read and you could relate to Zoe and Curt. The secondary characters that supported Zoe and Curt were terrific and you did dislike the nemesis who was the cause of Zoe’s and Curt’s breakup and she probably understood the message she received from Zoe a lot better than the message she received from Curt in the past. Fast, fun, and definitely an enjoyable read, highly recommended.” ~BTSemag
“This is a delightful short novel with incredible depth of emotion packed into it, as well as much fun. It should be a movie! In fact, when you read this, you’ll feel like you’ve settled back in your seat and are enjoying the next great romantic comedy—but with much more depth. (Hollywood, take note of this story!) Zoe and Curt once dated, but they let their flaws and life’s rotten circumstances color their thinking and push them apart. Now they’re thrown back together and they have to sort through everything from their own relatives’ bad examples for living right, to old flames coming back. Secrets get revealed on almost every page, which kept me reading and entertained. I was also hooked by Zoe and Curt meeting to walk their Maine coon cats. That device of the cats does not take over the story, though, and the author wisely lets it settle into the background as we’re sucked into the subject of what it takes for each of us to truly value the individuals who matter most in our lives: friends, family, and spouse or spouse-to-be. This romantic relationship novel asks important thematic questions throughout: Do you put into actions the words you say about respecting others and the person you say you love most in your life? Do you take the time to really get to know somebody? How hard are you working at being a true friend? How hard are you working at being the best person you can be overall? In this novel, author Karen Wiesner allows the reader to navigate nothing short of your soul. Zoe and Curt are flawed characters, and thus people like “us.” Zoe and Curt have to navigate their mistakes (humorous and serious ones), ask forgiveness, and then find ways to show appreciation for the goodness found in the other person. There’s a lovely prescription here in this book for being a better and happier person. But don’t think this novel is “heavy”—remember the cats and Zoe’s clumsiness! You can read this novel for the pure joy, laughter, and funny antics that happen because of the cats and Zoe’s clumsiness with most everything she says and does. I smiled and chuckled a lot while reading this. Zoe and Curt have their hands full with family, friends, and felines. I loved this novel! Karen Wiesner outdoes herself yet again with another well-written story.” ~Christine DeSmet, author, Door County Fudge Shop Mystery Series, also a professional screenwriter and a faculty associate of writing, University of Wisconsin-Madison
5 Stars! “Freely chose to review this book as I am an avid fan of Ms. Wiesner and enjoy her heartwarming stories that make you feel that you are there in person and not reading the books. The book is about an introverted string bean of a woman with size twelve feet that can out eat any man AND STILL NOT GAIN WEIGHT! (BIG SIGH) and she has a hatred of all men since her mom told her that she thought her dad and her aunt were having an affair and he threw her out when she was expelled from college. When her mom died, she knew that she was unloved. She had no friends. She never gave them a chance to know her as she feared being hurt. Months later, she met Curt Bertoletti and she let him in and opened up her soul to him, but he dumped her for another girl who was beautiful and had it going on. To make matters worse, he broke up with her by leaving a message on her telephone! I loved that Curt manned up and saw that the girl he had lusted over for years only used him to get what she wanted and that he had an inner war with himself and his family that never approved of Zoë.” ~Linda’s Reviews
4 Stars! “This is an inspirational romance, meaning that the characters often turn to God for His guidance. If you are not a Christian, you will still enjoy this tale very much because the author doesn’t shove religion down the throats of her readers. This story focuses on the trust and romance of the main couple. That is one of the things I like most about the author, Karen Wiesner. Each character has its own developed background; however, the main and secondary characters have fully developed ones. Zoë’s roommate will have her story told in a later title. Zoë’s two other friends had their stories told in the Family Heirloom Series (of which this new series is a spin-off). Each title is a stand-alone story and, as always, each story is fabulous!” ~Huntress Reviews
4 Stars! “The book tells the story of Zoë Rossdale and Curt Bertoletti. Curt left Zoë for another girl and Zoë couldn't let go even after three years. They met again while Zoë’s walking her cat just after she’s had her hair done and suddenly Curt realized his mistakes (actually after seeing her new straight hair!) and found himself wanting to reconnect with Zoë. It's an "ex-lover" story, the usual ex stuff, but really a good one. It took me a loooong while to finish the book because every time I picked up this book, I couldn't control my emotions and tears would stream down my face. I usually take my books everywhere I go and this was the one book I couldn't read in public. Past the first quarter of the book I was sobbing. [The story made] my heart ache, literally. When Curt left Zoë (broke up with her on the phone), it's like the whole world came crashing down at her. She was fired in her first job, she caught her father having an affair with her mother's sister, she stopped school, lost her apartment, and it came to point where she couldn’t even buy her own food! Who would not cry reading that kind of story? Anyway, it's all about forgiveness. I know the feeling. You've been hurt and even if you can forgive him, you can never forget those bad things he did to you. This is such a heart touching emotional story. Another thing I loved in the story was Curt and his family. They're Italian and they're very sweet. That's something I immensely enjoyed reading! All in all, I loved the book!” ~Bookingly Yours
"Our protagonist, Zoe, was dumped by her boyfriend Curt long ago. He dumped her to be with a woman who was the polar opposite of Zoe--slick, suave and confident. Zoe on the other hand is a simpleton and has a particular talent for tripping over on a flat surface. In short, she is one clumsy chick. However, after ages of self-evaluation and a little coaxing from her friends, Zoe transforms herself physically but her clumsiness just doesn't seem to decrease. Life throws in a cruel surprise when she meets her ex again. Curt, being the jerk he was to dump Zoe, is surprised at her transformation. This chance encounter leads to both of them to introspect the bond that they once shared. The story in the outset might seem like just another common romance tale, but it had much more to offer. I felt the summary didn't really do justice to what the story actually had to offer. The characters were rich and had a lot of depth. I particularly liked the way the writer brought about a polar transformation to Curt's character. The language was quite simple and the sentence structure was perfect." ~The Romance Reviews
5 Stars! “The first Friendship Heirlooms inspirational romance is a strong spinoff of the Family Heirlooms Series. The protagonists are a super pairing of a second chance at love couple with him being sophisticated while she knows she is an embarrassment to herself, him and his family. Using hyperbole to embellish the engaging storyline, readers will relish Curt's redemption as Zoe puts him through an emotional gauntlet (which she is running through too) while both pray to God for guidance.” ~Harriet Klausner
Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews
Aug 29, 2017, 07:30
Zoë Rossdale is the clumsy girl who somehow ends up in a tangle on the ground or spilling something across the dinner table and has Habanero-colored hair that always seems to go in the wrong direction. Zoë has never trusted a single person in her life (for good reasons) except her late mother ... until four years ago. That was when Zoë opened herself up to Curt. For a few months, Zoë had said and done things with him that she had never with anyone else. Zoë loved Curt with all her heart. She gave him everything, including her virginity. Then he unceremoniously dumped her - by phone message - for a woman with huge breasts. A woman who treated every man around her like a pet. A woman who only paid Curt attention whenever she wanted something from him.
Somehow Zoë has become best friends with three gorgeous women. With their help, Zoë has tamed her wild hair, gotten a roof over her head, purchased a small and flattering wardrobe, has a job as a receptionist/secretary for a patient boss, and she is going to school to become a better employee. Everyone says she looks beautiful, but Zoë still feels like a dodo bird. And then Zoë literally runs into the only man she has ever loved.
Curt Bertoletti does not want to simply work as a chef or waiter at the family's Italian restaurant, Ciatti's Italiano. Instead, Curt went to college so he could help with the financial side of the business. As the youngest in a large family, his older siblings have never let themselves see his potential. They often treat him as a joke. But Curt wants to expand the business. He has plans to secure the restaurant's future. If only his family would take him seriously.
Over the past four years, Curt has often thought about Zoë. Gaining her trust had been a monumental feat. Curt had never been as happy as he was during his months with Zoë. And then Curt had solidified her distrust of men, him in particular, by betraying her. Losing Zoë has changed him profoundly and he realizes just how badly he wants her back. One way or another, he would have to prove to Zoë that he loves her and would remain faithful to her alone. She will not make it easy for him to win her back. She is justified in her distrust. If she makes them both miserable on the road to redemption, so be it. He will do anything for Zoë - except give up.
**** FOUR STARS! What I did not mention in my synopsis is that no one in Curt's family, except his mother, has ever approved of Zoë. The woman that Curt had dumped Zoë for is also in this story. So Curt has his work cut out for him in proving his fidelity to Zoë. Another thing I did not mention is that Zoë and Curt both have big Maine Coon Cats. If not for those two cats, the pair may never have gotten back together.
This is an Inspirational Romance, meaning that the characters often turn to God for His guidance. If you are not a Christian, you will still enjoy this tale very much, because the author does not shove religion down the throats of her readers. This story focuses on the trust and romance of the main couple. That is one of the things I like most about the author, Karen Wiesner.
Each character has its own developed background; however, the main and secondary characters have fully developed ones. Zoë's roommate will have her story told in a later title. Zoë's two other friends had their stories told in the Family Heirloom Series (of which this new series is a spin-off). Each title is a stand-alone story and, as always, each story is fabulous! ****