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I believe I got this FREE on Kindle so no great expectations Wrong it was delightful The main character is over the top with grief, anger frustration However, most women can identify with some of what she is going trough and the ways she handles her feeling can be quiet funny 255 pages that are full of insight about life and death and lots of laughs Bernie Murphy has just lost her father She is wrapping herself around him being gone, while simultaneously and secretively dealing with her husband who left her Bernie is no stranger to loss and heartache, but the accumulation of loss and a book of cryptograms her father left her seem to be the wake up call she has needed for some time and is reluctantly facing reality Chasing Rainbows is a story about finding acceptance and learning how to walk through the downpours of life is the only way to find the rainbows Overall, I enjoyed the book It seems odd to say I enjoyed the book, when Chasing Rainbows deals with some very serious situations Bernie is struggling with losing her father, her marriage, she doesn t know what s next, and finally realizing she has yet to really deal with the grief of losing her tiny baby I connected to Bernie, as I lost my mother and shortly after I went through three miscarriages not the same, but generally speaking And when I couldn t relate I had empathy for her The dark place where Bernie was at is a very real place Bernie had to walk through all of this empty, dark grief while also realizing how those around her were all dealing with their grief in differently than her For such heavy subject matter, Kathleen Long wrote a book that was enjoyable and uplifting all at the same time Bernie is really a fun character you won t be able to help, but root for I recommend Chasing Rainbows Only after we walk through the storms of our lives, can we sit back and see the rainbows. What would you do if you ve had one painful loss after another, and with each loss your life unravels a little biteach time Would you be able to pick up the pieces and rebuild your life, learn to rediscover and reinvent yourself, or would you allow your losses to swallow you up until there is nothing left This is the story of how Bernadette Bernie Murphy went on a personal journey to find herself, and through the loving motivational words of wisdom left by her deceased father, allowed herself to live once again and find happiness through Chasing Rainbows.Bernadette Bernie Murphy is a forty one year old woman who has had a lot of painful losses within the last five years Most recently, her father passed away unexpectedly, and his death has thrown her family for a loop as they try to come to grips with his loss, each dealing with their grief in their own way A few weeks prior to her father s death, her husband Ryan, left her for another woman, and rather than telling her family, she struggles to deal with this on her own And if that is not enough to make you want to just give up, the lingering grief over her newborn baby daughter s death five years ago, has maintained a tight grip on her life, and may have been one of the causes of her marriage breaking up Life just hasn t been very fair to Bernie she hates her job and her jerk of a boss, and her best friend Diane has just told her that she is unexpectedly pregnant can her life get any worse than this Bernie s had enough with everything she tells off her boss and quits her job, mopes around the house and goes on food binges, starts acting out by saying what s on her mind and gets banned from the mall, and despairs over how to rebuild her life Just when she s at her lowest point, a gift from her father helps guide her forward once again Growing up, her dad and her had spent each morning at the kitchen table figuring out the cryptogram puzzle in the daily paper Her father s gift to her was a little book of cryptograms for her to solve Each cryptogram reveals inspirational and motivational words of wisdom that helps spur her on a journey of self discovery and rebirth Through her father s legacy, coupled with the support of her family, friends, and two neighbors one who is a good looking guy , Rachel learns that the key to her happiness is by letting go and chase her rainbows, or like her father quoted in his book In life, you either choose to sing a rainbow, or you don t Chasing Rainbows is a poignant, inspirational and heartwarming story that tugs at the heartstrings The storyline is beautifully written and so engaging, it captivated me from beginning to end It is a story that takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster ride it makes you laugh, cry and ponder your own life The author provides a wonderful mix of whimsical and heart wrenching scenes, it is a perfect balance that makes the story so powerful and compelling The characters were realistic and engaging, their interactions with each other provided many smiles, laughs and tears both happy and sad I absolutely loved the relationship that Bernie had with her best friend s thirteen year old daughter Ashley, it was so heartwarming and humorous, and without giving away any spoiler information, the zamboni ride and Ashley s actions was classic and had me laughing hysterically I also loved Bernie s lovable border collie mix Poindexter, his antics kept me in stitches I definitely can relate to Bernie s character, I see a lot of me in her, and like her, I too have had some of the same losses in my own life, it was spooky seeing it written in a book, it was like the author looked into my own life experiences and made them into a story It isn t very often when a story resonates so strongly with me, and Chasing Rainbows did exactly that I really loved how each chapter started with a cryptogram and ended with revealing the cryptogram s motivational and inspirational quote There is so many good parts to Chasing Rainbows, it makes you laugh, makes you cry, makes you think and most of all it gives you hope.Chasing Rainbows is a must read for anyone who has suffered a loss, gone through tough times, and was able to bounce back The story is unforgettable, it is a testament to the sustainability of the human spirit, and will leave you hopeful and inspired to chase your own rainbows.Disclaimer At the request of the author, publisher and Chick Lit Plus, a Kindle edition of the book was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest review and participation in the virtual book tour event.Virtual Book Tour Event On Friday, March 9, 2012, in association with Chick Lit Plus, Kathleen Long participated in a virtual book tour event with an Author Guest Post on Jersey Girl Book Reviews.http jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot Kathleen Long s Chasing Rainbows is classic women s fiction, which is not to say that men wouldn t enjoy it I describe it this way because through the first person view of Bernadette Murphy, the author exposes us women to the angst ridden moments that have dotted our lives as well as those which gave us the courage to move forward when it was time Bernadette, affectionately known as Bernie, suffers through the death of a child, a parent, and a marriage, binge eating, isolation, acting out, speed dating, and alienation by her best friend Doesn t sound like an uplifting read, does it Surprisingly, it is Her father s legacy is a book where he has devised cryptograms hiding messages that will help her survive her journey It starts with In life, you either choose to sing a rainbow, or you don t, setting the stage for the choices she has ahead of her Bernie s emotional roller coaster and her self examination as well as her self flagellation are sure to stir up memories from the reader s emotional history Following her journey can be quite cathartic because the reader can maintain an emotional distance and yet benefit from Bernie s psychological revelations about similar life experiences While reading this book, I was reminded of the oft quoted philosophy that the mind does not know the difference between a real and an imagined experience Because Bernie develops the courage to move on with her life and learns how to love herself, the reader is given the further opportunity to emotionally immerse herself in this story and recreate her own relationship with her past One of my favorite messages offered by Bernie s late father and meant to encourage her is A ship in a harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for Unknown The meaning in this wonderful story for me was that we have to risk if we want to achieve the heights we were meant to reach We have to chase rainbows we have to find them where they don t seem to be even in our past experiences because the past colors our future Long handles a difficult topic with style and humor I would recommend it to anyone who s not afraid to cry, not afraid to laugh at themselves, and not afraid to chase rainbows Reviewed by Dannye Williamsen for Breakthrough Bookstore. yazar n mizah anlay , esprileri baya ho tu ke ke ibretlik hayat hikayesi olay na hi girmeyip o tarzda devam etseydi Torn between three stars and two stars mainly because the book was free and who can really complain about a free book I went with how I felt about it and while it was a touching story, it could have been done better And mainly it irritated me how the character s validation comes from external sources and then realizing that others think she is great starts her internal validation This is also totally petty but it also irritated me about how the character talks constantly about how fat she is getting, her ever expanding arms and all the candy she is eating and then steps on the scale to reveal gasp she weighs 150lbs Which for my height is well within my BMI range but I guess we never learn how tall she is Anyway, I wouldn t recommend buying it but if you get it for free it was worth the read. This is the third book by the author that I have read, and I think its probably the one I like best There is a very different feel to it the other two books being very much light hearted chick lits and whilst this is definitely a womans book and there are some funny, lightweight and very witty moments in there it is also a very moving look at a woman coping with the death of her father and the breakdown of her marriage The main character, Bernie is very likeable and, meeting her during some of her darkest hours, you immediately start to empathise with her and hope that she manages to get through things, get her act together and start living life again with the help of her family, friends,extremely disobedient dog and the cryptography puzzles that her father left her to solve after his death.As with the other two books by this author there is a new love angle but this isn t really explored in this book, it isdangling tantalisingly in the background like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow in the book s title that we all seem to be chasing, even if we never realise that we may have already found it.A very enjoyable read, just like the author s other books, which left me smiling and withthan a few tears in my eyes. *Download Book ⇟ Chasing Rainbows ⇬ What S That Saying About The Devil You Know For Bernie, It S The Devil She Never Expected That Changes EverythingHer Father S Sudden Death Leaves A Gaping Void In Her Life And Is One In A Series Of Events That Rock Her World Her Husband Leaves Her For Another Woman, And Her Best Friend Announces An Unplanned Pregnancy At The Age Of Forty One Bernie S Behavior Goes From Acting Out To Out Of Hand, And She Finds Herself In Trouble At Home, Out Of Work And Banned From The Mall After A Confrontation At The Cosmetic CounterWhen Her Mother Discovers Her Father S Book Of Cryptograms, Bernie Realizes His Encoded Lessons In Living Might Be Exactly What She Needs To Survive From Dealing With Her Family S Grief And Bonding With Her Best Friend S Thirteen Year Old Daughter, To Dieting, Dating And Mindless Almost Sex With The Landscaper, Bernie Discovers What Her Father Always KnewIn Life, You Either Choose To Sing A Rainbow, Or You Don TFor Bernie, The Singing Is About To Begin What an enjoyable read I absolutely fell into this story a few chapters in It was a freebie onand I wasn t expecting such a great story The main character was very likeable She sounded like me half the time Very sarcastic and thinking weird, off the wall thoughts to herself She felt insecure at times and other times she was full of confidence A big plus for me was that the author didn t dwell too long on the budding romance part of the book Just a bit here and there for you to get a glimpse Another part of the book I enjoyed was the quotes at the end of the chapters The only thing that did annoy me was that the character thought she was huge being 150 Now I know that there are people out there who would feel devastated about being 150but that seems to be about average at least.The book flowed wonderfully for me Glad I picked it up and I won t mind readingof Long s work As simple as this book is and that I got it free for my Kindle, I am surprised at how much I liked it and how much I related to it It is a very basic simple story, nothing complex or deep in here at all This makes it a very easy choice for a quick read or grab it to take on vacation kind of book It moves super quick I found I liked the writing style of the first person main character, her thoughts ran free, kind of reminding me of my own thoughts that tend to spin off in tangents in my head, but they all make sense to me anyway I usually rate thesimple stories like this a three star, but this book caught my heart strings a bit in that I had similar feelings on certain subjects as the main character and it made me feel less alone to see someone else feel them too It touched me, so I gave it four stars for that connection.