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CKendall4 Stars Out Of 5January 31, 2010CKendallOlivia Wallace, or Liv, as her friends call her, is a widow and she has just won a battle against ovarian cancer. As her fiftieth birthday approaches, she cant help but think about her birthday curse. For as long as she can remember her birthdays have included some sort of tragedy or misfortune. Livs best friend suggests that she take a vacation to Florida to get away from the cold Ohio weather and the birthday curse. What Liv finds in Florida will change her outlook and her life forever.I could not have read this book at a more perfect time. The day and a half it took me to read this book was cold and snowy and the escape to Florida was the perfect setting. I could almost feel those warm Gulf breezes. Liv travels to Sanibel Island, which is one of my favorite places in Florida. In addition to the perfect setting of this book, I found everything about this book to be a treat. The cast of characters were a delight, especially Liv. We could all learn a lot from her as she learns a lot from God and from those who care about her.If you are looking for an escape from the cold winter or if you are looking for a book that will warm your heart and leave you feeling happy, you must read The Big 5-0h! It is a nice, light and easy read, but it will leave a lasting impact on your heart. And you will have several laughs along the way. I highly recommend this book.
Jo Huddleston5 Stars Out Of 5January 20, 2010Jo HuddlestonOlivia Wallace, a widow, is accustomed to bad things happening on her birthdays. Its snowy and cold in Ohio as she approaches her big 5-0H birthday. At the encouragement of her best friend, Liv accepts the opportunity to housesit her friends mothers home in Florida. She meets Jared on the plane to Florida and feels an instant attraction to him; however, they go their separate ways when the plane lands. Her two weeks in Florida are a comedy of errors: An eighty-year-old living across the street flirts with her, a twenty-something neighbor asks her on a date, an alligator swims in her pool and a hurricane hits. And the man she met on the plane is the father of the twenty-something and lives in the home behind her. Ignoring Jareds declarations of caring for her, she decides that, as a widow nearing fifty, she shouldnt think of love, especially so quickly. When her two-week vacation ends, Jared wants her to stay; she wants to, but wont let herself give in to her feelings as a new, rejuvenated Liv. She returns to Ohio and settles into her old life. Has she done the right thing? Will she regret leaving Florida and the first man shes loved since her husband died five years ago? Bricker is a delightful storyteller and her characters will stay with you long after you finish the book. The humor Bricker includes in the book makes the story that much more enjoyable.
Ramona Richards5 Stars Out Of 5January 4, 2010Ramona RichardsSandra Brickers The Big 5-OH! begins with a mood as bleak as the Ohio winter her heroine struggles with. Olivia Wallace, widow and cancer survivor, has never had a birthday that didnt arrive along with some dire tragedy. Now 50 is staring her in the face, accompanied by sore muscles, deep snow, and murky days. But Sandie Bricker is an author who knows how to make the reader laugh out loud, and by the end of the first chapter, Olivia Wallace finds herself headed for Florida to housesit for a friend. Its a bit of a culture shock for the lady used to her calm Ohio neighborhood when shes confronted with a flirty younger man, a wandering alligator, a stubborn octogenarian who insists on using her pool, and the partying neighbors next door. Then theres Missy Boofer, an aptly named and temperamental furball in a lampshade collar and pink doggie t-shirt that wont let Olivia in the house. The Big 5-OH! is a jewel, a fun ride from start to finish. It reminds us that God is most definitely the Lord of second chances at life, love, and the pursuit of happiness. Give this book to your friends and laugh with them as you soak in a fun tale thats as warm and uplifting as the Florida sunshine.
pencildancero fallon, ILAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5December 9, 2009pencildancero fallon, ILAge: 45-54Gender: femaleOlivia Wallace has had a run of bad luck when it comes to birthdays and the big one is coming up. Shes prepared for the worse to happen. When her friend offersno insists she go to Florida to house sit she does, hoping it will change her outlook on birthdays. Maybe this year nothing bad will happen. Of course you know it will, but I wont tell you what occurs. I liked this book because the author doesnt run form the fear women have of getting a smidge older. We avoid small swimming suits, showing our legs in public and always putting our best face out thereunless youre Olivia who seems to end up in the oddest predicaments in her worst attire. An unusual twist that I enjoyed was the pages from the childrens story that begins each chapter and echoes Olivias life.This book leaves you with a feeling of hope and joy. Bricker makes you laugh as you read the tale of Olivia and her new found love.
Debra Ullrick5 Stars Out Of 5December 8, 2009Debra UllrickThe Big 5-OH, is probably Sandra Brickers funniest most romantic story yet. Yep. You heard me. I didnt think she could get any funnier or write a novel with even more romance in it than her other ones. But shes outdone herself with this one. In The Big 5-OH, you will meet some of the funniest, coolest, orneriest, interesting characters ever. Take for exampleOlivia Wallace. All her life her birthday ends up with some sort of catastrophe or another. And she doesnt expect the Big 50 to be any different. When her next door neighbor finally convinces her to take a vacation, to spend her 50th birthday, in Florida, Olivia heads out to Florida, where she meets some really interesting people and pets. First well start with JaredakaDrop-dead-gorgeous, M.D., neighbor extraordinaire.Next theres Boofer who has, well, lets just say a problem that no one would want to subject themselves to. Not on purpose anyway. And the space collar it wears adds even more character to the pets many charms. And I wont even mention the rest of the critters she encounters. Human or otherwise.And we mustnt forget the trespassing old man who swims laps in Olivias pool at the most ungodliness hour ever no matter how many times she asks him not to.AndI think Ill stop there. Read it for yourself to discover the rest of the cast.Let me leave you with this thoughtwhen I buy a romance book, I want it to be filled with romance. And if it has a good dose of humor in it, thats even better. Well, this book, The Big 5-OH, by Sandra Bricker is loaded with humor and sweet romance throughout the whole novel. So, if youre looking for a great read, then look no further. The Big 5-OH, will not disappoint.