Tuesday 20 May 2014

Review ~ All My Restless Life to Live by Dee DeTarsio.

Title: All My Restless Life to Live.
Author: Dee DeTarsio.
Genre: Romance.
Release Date: April 29, 2013.
Source: Review copy.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Purchase: Amazon UK | Amazon

Award-winning author Dee DeTarsio combines life’s darker side with humor and tenderness in a wonderfully charming look at love and the afterlife.

Life is a soap opera, especially for Elle Miller, who is a TV producer. (Ellen dropped the “n” in her name in hopes of finding a better ending for herself.) When her laptop crashes, she borrows her dead dad’s computer and gets way more than she bargained for.

As Elle tries to save her career with a storyline featuring a trip through Atlantis, she takes a trip to the Emmys, and finds herself in the middle of a romance between a real doctor and a hunk who just plays one on TV. Friends, family, and clues from “the other side” all help Elle figure out the difference between living the good life . . . and living a good life.

I didn’t really know what to expect from All My Restless Life to Live but this book was so funny. There was a lot of humour and it was great fun. When you want to pass a few hours with a book you can just laugh and smile at, I think All My Restless Life is a brilliant choice.

This book did take a little longer than I had wanted to get into it but once it all clicked, I loved it! Although it was very entertaining, at times it was quite poignant and moving too as it handled themes like death and the afterlife. Dee DeTarsio did a wonderful job at keeping a good pace and flow in the book when the tone of the plot kept changing.

What I enjoyed the most about All My Restless Life to Live though was the fabulous cast of characters. The main character, Elle, was quirky and amusing and I was really rooting for her. I liked how she talked (and answered) herself throughout the book… she’s not the only one who does that, right? Also, there was a love triangle (not a massive fan of those) but I liked this one! Elle’s love interests Brad and Quez were both so easy to like, and swoon at, and this part of the book I actually really enjoyed. The supporting characters were all brilliant too – very humorous and lots of fun.

All My Restless Life to Live switched between Elle’s real life and her soap opera acting which I thought was a unique concept. Combining hilarious moments with some charm and a great ending, this book went by so quickly. It did leave me with a smile on my face and really that was all I wanted.

Review also posted on Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon


  1. I can't wait to read this, great review! I love funny books!

  2. Dear Sophie,
    You are awesome! Thank you so much for reading and for writing such a kind review of All My Restless Life to Live! (I like to have smiles on my face when reading, too!) Thank you again and take care! Dee


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