Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Big 5-oh! by Sandra D. Bricker - REVIEWED

“Different can be good,” her wise friend replied. “Sometimes different builds a bridge between what you are and what you can be.” (p. 61)

Olivia Wallace is in desperate need of something different, but she has no idea what that change could or should be. Her life has become buried beneath the routine predictability of one disaster after another (or so it seems) until her heart is as cold as the two feet of snow burying her driveway. When her best friend’s mom railroads her into spending two weeks house-sitting her Florida home, Olivia’s life begins to transform into something she never dreamed possible.

Dear reader, if you enjoy a romantic comedy with a dash of spiritual truth and a lot of tender insight into the human heart, then Sandra Bricker’s latest novel, the big 5-oh! is just what you are looking for! Olivia’s story is filled with lots of fun and unexpected events that keep you thoroughly entertained from first page to last. I love the way Bricker used the precious inserts from Josie’s children’s story to introduce each chapter, and I fell in love with Jared, Rand, Clayton and Boofer over and over again!

Truly, I think there is a bit of Olivia in all of us. When trials come to us, one after the other as they sometimes do, we are all tempted to grow a bit fearful and push God away from our heart. Like Olivia, we fail to recognize His faithful presence amid our circumstances. But God is so faithful! He continues to love us and patiently wait until our prodigal hearts turn toward home!

Please, pick up your own copy of the big 5-oh! And be blessed! I know I was! I eagerly look forward to reading more of Sandra Bricker’s stories!


For more than a decade, Author Sandra D. Bricker lived in Los Angeles. While writing in every spare moment, she worked as a personal assistant and publicist to some of daytime television's hottest stars. When her mother became ill in Florida, she walked away from that segment of her life and moved across the country to take on a new role: Caregiver.

One of Sandie's passions revolves around the rights of animals. She's been involved in fundraising for Lost Angels Animal Rescue for several years now; in fact, a portion of the proceeds of Love Finds You in Holiday, Florida will go to help the non-profit group with their expenses. And Lost Angels paid her back in a big way: They brought a free-spirited Collie named Sophie into her life after the loss of her 15-year companion Caleb.

It was her 8th novel that opened the door to finding her way as a writer.

In Sandie's words: "I guess most people would see my career as a publicist as a sort of dream job. But giving it up turned out to be the best thing that could have happened to me!" she declares. "Not only was I given the gift of getting to know my mother as an adult woman before she passed away, but I was also afforded the blessing of being able to focus completely on my dream of a writing career.