Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Pollyanna Plan by Talli Roland

3.5 Star

Is finding true love as easy as an attitude change?

Thirty-something Emma Beckett has always looked down on 'the glass is half full' optimists, believing it's better to be realistic than delusional. But when she loses her high-powered job and fiancé in the same week, even Emma has difficulty keeping calm and carrying on.

With her world spinning out of control and bolstered by a challenge from her best friend, Emma makes a radical decision. For the next year, she'll behave like Pollyanna: attempting to always see the upside, no matter how dire the situation.

Can adopting a positive attitude give Emma the courage to build a new life, or is finding the good in everything a very bad idea?

Lydia - 3.5 Star

The Pollyanna Plan is an enjoyable, quick read. There is something about taking a Negative Nelly and turning her into a Positive Patty as a premise that is intriguing and humourous. We’ve all heard someone say to look on the bright side of life or to think more positively, and The Pollyanna Plan takes us on one such journey.

Talli Roland’s characters are always delightful, but horribly misguided, and we get to see them on their journey as they figure out that their way may not always be best. And Emma Beckett is no exception. She takes life seriously and is very narrow minded in her thinking, realistic as she calls it. But when she suddenly loses her fiancé and job in the same week, her best friend suggests a new way of thinking: Always looking for the positive in everything like Pollyanna. When Emma realizes she has nothing to lose, she goes along with the ridiculous notion and realizes there may be more life than expecting the worst.

Emma Beckett is a great character to root for. You can’t help but want her to figure herself out and although the love angle is predictable, it was amusing to watch their push pull antics. I also loved the unique aspect of the Pollyanna Plan itself in this light hearted tale.

Although this is a lighter story, there is a bit of a heavier aspect on her love interest’s side, which I appreciated. I did find myself wanting a bit more from the story though in that it was a bit too short and I wanted to get out of the characters head at times as I found much of the story took place that way instead of scenes.

If you’re looking for a lighter read in between some heavier fare, check out Talli Roland’s novels today!

Thank you to Tallli Roland for our review copy. All opinions are our own.

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  1. Sounds quite cute and although it's not the genre I normally read, I might give it a go.

  2. It's definitely a cute read! Let me know what you think, Willa!



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