Designer You #BookReview #BlogTour #SarahlynBruck #CrookedCatBooks

Written by Sarahlyn Bruck




Designer You




Pam and Nate were a couple who just couldn’t get away from each other, sharing not only their bed, but also a successful lifestyle empire as DIY home renovators, bloggers, podcasters, and co-authors.

When Nate dies in a freak accident, Pam becomes a 44-year-old widow, at once too young and too old—too young to be thrust into widowhood and too old to rejoin the dating pool.

Now the single mother of a headstrong and grief-stricken teenager, Pam’s life becomes a juggling act between dealing with her loss and learning how to parent by herself. On top of all that she also must reinvent herself or lose the empire that she and Nate had built so carefully.

It is time for Pam to seize the opportunity to step up as a mother, come out from behind Nate’s shadow, and rise as the sole face of the Designer You brand, and maybe, possibly, hopefully, find love again.




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Beautifully Written, Delivered with Style!  4 stars


What a great read – I’m amazed this is a debut novel!

Pam and Nate have a great life; they work hard, play hard and – alongside their teenage daughter – form a strong family unit. Following years of hard slog their ‘brand’, Designer You, has really taken off and they have plenty of work between projects on the go, endorsements, trade shows, their blog and future possibilities lining up for their undivided attention. Then tragedy strikes with Nate’s sudden death, and Pam finds herself being torn in all directions trying to do both the work – and the parenting – of two. Something has got to give …

I felt a great affinity with Pam. Suddenly finding herself trying to keep everything going on her own puts her under tremendous pressure. It’s hard to please everyone at the best of times and even more difficult when you’re trying to cover for two. From being in the shadows, Pam now finds herself very much centre stage. As most of us would, she puts her head down and gets on with it and this is the story of both her and her daughter trying to fight their way through their grief and find a niche for their new pairing to settle comfortably. A fascinating read, and one which I enjoyed immensely. A well-structured story, beautifully written and delivered with style makes this so enjoyable. I very much look forward to reading more from this author, and it’s worth giving the cover a mention too – just perfect for the contents! Certainly a novel I’m happy to recommend to lovers of women’s and family fiction.

My thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources not only for my copy, but also for inclusion in this blog tour. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: family life, women’s fiction
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 580 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Crooked Cat Books
  • Publication Date: 31 August 2018
  • Purchase Links: Amazon UK
  •                                 Amazon US



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Meet the Author


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Sarahlyn Bruck writes contemporary women’s fiction and lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. She is the author of DESIGNER YOU, published by Crooked Cat Books on August 31, 2018. Sarahlyn teaches writing and literature at a local community college and also coaches writers for Author Accelerator.

DESIGNER YOU is Sarahlyn’s debut, and she is hard at work on her next book. Want the latest updates? Follow along for news, events, and announcements at You can sign up for her monthly newsletter there, too.


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