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Wrong turns, humiliating flops, painful heartbreaks—and happiness? Yes, believe it or not, they can go hand in hand. Blogger and author Mandy Hale, affectionately known as “The Single Woman” to her half-million social-media followers, is living an adventurous life that proves even our lowest lows and messiest mess-ups can point us toward our joy-filled destiny as single wom Wrong turns, humiliating flops, painful heartbreaks—and happiness? Yes, believe it or not, they can go hand in hand. Blogger and author Mandy Hale, affectionately known as “The Single Woman” to her half-million social-media followers, is living an adventurous life that proves even our lowest lows and messiest mess-ups can point us toward our joy-filled destiny as single women. In I’ve Never Been To Vegas, But My Luggage Has, Mandy delivers heart-to-heart, often hilarious stories from a life filled with love and loss, glamour and goose bumps, faith and friendship, big dreams and battle scars. She shares the bittersweet euphoria of her high-school romance, the panic-stricken cluelessness of her first day on a stressful job, and the foot-in-mouth horror of her red-carpet interview with a music legend. Along the way, Mandy dollops personal anecdotes with encouraging insights. From thrilling first kisses to crushing break-ups, from soaring career milestones to promising flights that never quite got off the ground, she unfolds in often uproarious detail the zigzags along the path toward a pinnacle moment: sharing a table and a pinch-me-I’m-dreaming conversation with her lifelong hero. In the end, Mandy turns Sin City’s infamous marketing slogan on its head: What happens in her life doesn’t stay in her life. She shares even her darkest moments in witty, winsome ways that make us not only feel her pain, but also laugh with her and apply her hard-won nuggets of inspiration to our own lives. “Happily Ever After” might not look or feel quite like what we expect, but as Mandy is discovering—and as we can discover along with her—it is well within our reach.


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Wrong turns, humiliating flops, painful heartbreaks—and happiness? Yes, believe it or not, they can go hand in hand. Blogger and author Mandy Hale, affectionately known as “The Single Woman” to her half-million social-media followers, is living an adventurous life that proves even our lowest lows and messiest mess-ups can point us toward our joy-filled destiny as single wom Wrong turns, humiliating flops, painful heartbreaks—and happiness? Yes, believe it or not, they can go hand in hand. Blogger and author Mandy Hale, affectionately known as “The Single Woman” to her half-million social-media followers, is living an adventurous life that proves even our lowest lows and messiest mess-ups can point us toward our joy-filled destiny as single women. In I’ve Never Been To Vegas, But My Luggage Has, Mandy delivers heart-to-heart, often hilarious stories from a life filled with love and loss, glamour and goose bumps, faith and friendship, big dreams and battle scars. She shares the bittersweet euphoria of her high-school romance, the panic-stricken cluelessness of her first day on a stressful job, and the foot-in-mouth horror of her red-carpet interview with a music legend. Along the way, Mandy dollops personal anecdotes with encouraging insights. From thrilling first kisses to crushing break-ups, from soaring career milestones to promising flights that never quite got off the ground, she unfolds in often uproarious detail the zigzags along the path toward a pinnacle moment: sharing a table and a pinch-me-I’m-dreaming conversation with her lifelong hero. In the end, Mandy turns Sin City’s infamous marketing slogan on its head: What happens in her life doesn’t stay in her life. She shares even her darkest moments in witty, winsome ways that make us not only feel her pain, but also laugh with her and apply her hard-won nuggets of inspiration to our own lives. “Happily Ever After” might not look or feel quite like what we expect, but as Mandy is discovering—and as we can discover along with her—it is well within our reach.

30 review for I've Never Been to Vegas, but My Luggage Has: Mishaps and Miracles on the Road to Happily Ever After

  1. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    While I've never read Mandy Hale's blog, The Single Woman, nor even heard of her before reading I've Never Been to Vegas but My Luggage Has I thought that it sounded like a fun read. Her bio states that she has a heart to inspire single women to live their best lives and to never ever settle. Apparently, she writes a lot about how it's okay to be single. I did not get that from this book at all. While it was well written and interesting (I finished it the same day I started) the whole point of it While I've never read Mandy Hale's blog, The Single Woman, nor even heard of her before reading I've Never Been to Vegas but My Luggage Has I thought that it sounded like a fun read. Her bio states that she has a heart to inspire single women to live their best lives and to never ever settle. Apparently, she writes a lot about how it's okay to be single. I did not get that from this book at all. While it was well written and interesting (I finished it the same day I started) the whole point of it was confusing. By page 10 I was already annoyed by Mandy when she wrote "Most people's stories resemble those of a popular "chick lit" book: Girl meets boy, girl marries boy. Girl has 2.5 kids, buys a minivan, and lives happily ever after. My journey, however, has plot twists and dozens of rewrites that have left the ending more than a little uncertain." What world does she live in where everyone but her has a perfect life? That left a bad taste in my mouth to start off the book. She goes on to profile a few dates and a serious relationship. Then she reads the book I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris and decides to forego typical dating, which lasts five years for her. Her feelings after that are profiled on page 47 where she states "I feel as though I missed out on very vital and formative dating years in the five-year gap when I kissed dating goodbye. The period from ages twenty to twenty-five is when most people really come into their own and figure out what they're looking for in love - and get their hearts broken enough times to learn a few lessons along the way. I have none of that knowledge or experience to fall back on." Really? What were all the dating references she wrote about in the previous chapters then? The following chapters again deal with job changes and relationships. Throughout here Mandy gives her life over to God again and prays that He directs her path to the right guy. Yet she falls into such detrimental relationships and excuses the reasoning, such as on page 105 when she talks about a relationship that doesn't feel as though it's progressing. "A lot of people might argue, 'If the relationship wasn't moving forward, why did you stay in it?' And the reason was simple. I was only in my late twenties, and I wasn't looking to get married anytime soon anyway. Since I missed out on so many dating experiences between the ages of twenty to twenty-five, why shouldn't I have a good time now, since I felt absolutely no pressure to be married?" So was she or was she not letting God lead her to the right man? On page 155 she writes how she came about writing about single life "If I knew anything, I knew single life. I had spent five very formative single years in my twenties learning to stand alone." Wait, so in previous chapters that was a bad thing. Now her time being single was a good thing? Sense a pattern here? When she went back to the same dysfunctional relationship, on page 228 she writes how she prayed about it and asked God to take away her feelings for this man, but how he kept coming back. She feels that "if God, in His infinite wisdom, gives you another shot at love, you should take it." Who says it was God that kept bringing this man back - the devil also plays at this game. All Christians need to be discerning and if it is a man that shows no commitment, no responsibility, and no sense of the Biblical type of love, you can be fairly certain that it's not God who is bringing him back to you. This pattern goes on, and on, and on in this book. I continued reading, assuming that the end is where Mandy would have this big revelation and the point of the book would be revealed. Though she ends the book where she is single and she acts like that is okay, I never got that feeling from her. Throughout the whole book she would tout that it's freeing to be single during the moments she was single but when the men in her life came back around she seemed to jump back in head first without little or any regards to what God wanted for her. That, too, was a recurring theme in the book. This is a Christian book. She writes a lot about God and what He wants for her. It's hard not to judge, and we really can't judge someone else's walk with God, but this book was so confusing because almost every single thing she did seemed to be what she wanted to do and then she would stick God in there later. She also gets new-age, very "The Secret"-like in parts of the book. If you think it, it will happen. On page 170 she writes "As crazy as it might sound, I firmly believe we spoke our CMT after-party adventure into existence that night. " She jumps between saying God brought it into her life and thinking it will make it. It seemed out of place in a Christian book. All-in-all my review is that it's confusing as a Christian book. She contradicts herself in different areas of the book. If it had not been from a Christian publisher, nor listed as a Christian book I think it would have been more interesting than confusing. Disclaimer: This book was given to me by BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest opinion.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    As you read, you will be challenged at least once by your past actions or choices in life. You will gain a sense of peace to realize that life is a journey not one destination. If you reach this one goal, will you be happy? If only you reach the 2nd and 3rd you’ll be really happy. Once you get the famous – house, children, husband, job then you will have your Happy Ever After – The End? Life is a continuation, always moving forward so why not find the happy in the movement. Moves usually equal c As you read, you will be challenged at least once by your past actions or choices in life. You will gain a sense of peace to realize that life is a journey not one destination. If you reach this one goal, will you be happy? If only you reach the 2nd and 3rd you’ll be really happy. Once you get the famous – house, children, husband, job then you will have your Happy Ever After – The End? Life is a continuation, always moving forward so why not find the happy in the movement. Moves usually equal change, growth and pain. All parts of life. A move to a new place, a move to a new job, a move into a new relationship. It’s how we learn to emotionally and spiritually handle the moves in life that will give us our “happy” during the journey. This is what Mandy Hale, The Single Woman’s new book is about. She is gracefully transparent about her journey as a single woman. Revealing her own lessons, risks, and successes. You will find yourself reading through quickly to find out what happens to her and that come into her life, how her dreams on her vision board come to life. You will be inspired to dream, to love, and to live your own journey, one day at a time, embracing that the happy ending, is really just continuous beginnings and new chapters of your life. I would recommend this book to anyone trying to find their purpose, anyone confused about a current relationship, anyone dealing with letting go, and any single woman.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Holly Barrett

    I got stuck in the Las Vegas airport one time; Only time I've ever been there. I was flying on a buddy pass and kept getting bumped. Finally, 27 hours after arriving in Vegas, I was leaving. So when I had the opportunity to review a book titled I’ve Never Been to Vegas but My Luggage Has, I jumped at the opportunity! I figured since I’d been to Vegas (while my luggage traveled home without me) and the author’s luggage had been to Vegas without her, it was a match made in heaven! Written by Mandy H I got stuck in the Las Vegas airport one time; Only time I've ever been there. I was flying on a buddy pass and kept getting bumped. Finally, 27 hours after arriving in Vegas, I was leaving. So when I had the opportunity to review a book titled I’ve Never Been to Vegas but My Luggage Has, I jumped at the opportunity! I figured since I’d been to Vegas (while my luggage traveled home without me) and the author’s luggage had been to Vegas without her, it was a match made in heaven! Written by Mandy Hale, I’ve Never Been to Vegas but My Luggage Has tells the story of how Mandy became known as The Single Woman. It is her story of accepting…no, embracing…this season of singleness. The subtitle of Mandy’s book is “Mishaps and Miracles on the Road to Happily Ever After” and I can relate to both the mishaps and the miracles. As Mandy transparently wrote about how the dream of being married overrode common sense at times, I was reminded of my own misadventures on the dating scene. You know the ones: dating the guys you would never marry so you didn’t have to sit at home alone, lowering your standards because no one is perfect anyway, or making decisions you never would have imagined you would make in order to stay in a relationship. What makes this book so readable is that we’ve all had mishaps in life that weren’t dependent on our marital status. We’ve hurt people, made bad decisions, gotten ahead of God, or maybe walked off His path altogether. Mistakes in life are not simply the purview of the single. And as Mandy found out and relates in her book, life can be very full and very satisfying regardless of your marital status! It doesn’t matter your age or life stage, your marital status, your profession, your background, your wealth or lack of, we all want the Happy Ending. Mandy’s lesson for all of us is to give it all to God, the hopes and dreams, the good and bad choices, the missteps and miscues, and then watch Him turn them into miracles. It sometimes takes gut-wrenching honesty and bravery. But as Mandy found out, when you are honest with yourself and God about the mishaps, He can use them to work those miracles. He can take you to places you never dreamed of, and even some of the ones you did.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Not a bad book. Just not worth keeping in my library.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Mandy Hale is a self-described “edited-for-TV version of Carrie Bradshaw, with a little Joyce Meyer tossed in for good measure," and her memoir is all about transforming your wishbone into a backbone. “...the only examples I saw of single life...were endless shows warning women about the ‘dangers’ of being single past a certain age. (‘Your eggs are drying up!’ ‘You’re past your prime childbearing years!’ ‘You’re more likely to get struck by lightning than to find love over the age of thirty!’).. Mandy Hale is a self-described “edited-for-TV version of Carrie Bradshaw, with a little Joyce Meyer tossed in for good measure," and her memoir is all about transforming your wishbone into a backbone. “...the only examples I saw of single life...were endless shows warning women about the ‘dangers’ of being single past a certain age. (‘Your eggs are drying up!’ ‘You’re past your prime childbearing years!’ ‘You’re more likely to get struck by lightning than to find love over the age of thirty!’)...the ‘reality’ dating shows depict women pawing and fighting and scratching each other’s eyes out to get a guy who wasn’t even that great...I wandered the aisles of bookstores and found endless books with candy-colored covers offering to help women ‘find a man’ and ‘keep a man,’ and my personal favorite, ‘make any man fall in love with you!’ But I found absolutely nothing offering to help women simply become better women. Was this what the single journey was truly about in the eyes of Hollywood, literature, and pop culture? Either wringing your hands in desperation as you tried anything and everything to end your singleness, even if it meant settling for a relationship or a life far inferior to what you deserve?” “It was interesting to watch how other people reacted to my aloneness, like it was something to pity or fear. When did spending quality time with oneself become a bad thing in our culture?” Hale encourages her readers to “Remember that the next time the object of your desire dances just beyond your reach. It might be best to drop your arms and let whatever it is dance away." She inspires us that “the true meaning of it all isn’t to settle for merely a Happy Ending, but to hold out for a Happy Everything." I’ve Never Been to Vegas but My Luggage Has is a must read for singles and marrieds alike, men and women and anyone in pursuit of making the most of their life!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lovelene Pearl

    I see life in a different and new (better) perspective after reading this book. This is such a huge inspiration for me, and I could see myself rereading this book again and again.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Real, Hilarious, Refreshing Mandy Hale, thirty-four, writes a very readable autobiography that highlights events in her life from her senior year in high school to the present time. She tells of her different jobs, the relationships in her life, and her walk with Christ. Mandy is very transparent when telling about her past relationships. She gives details about her first love which began her senior year in high school. Later, she tells of a long-term love relationship she had with another man, Mr Real, Hilarious, Refreshing Mandy Hale, thirty-four, writes a very readable autobiography that highlights events in her life from her senior year in high school to the present time. She tells of her different jobs, the relationships in her life, and her walk with Christ. Mandy is very transparent when telling about her past relationships. She gives details about her first love which began her senior year in high school. Later, she tells of a long-term love relationship she had with another man, Mr. E (pronounce it mystery). Mandy loved Mr. E for years, but his inability to commit broke her heart over and over. Additionally, she describes a very dysfunctional relationship she was in with another man that became dangerously abusive. Mandy shares how quickly an abuser can worm their way into another's life, and even manipulate the abused person to feel responsible for the destructive behavior aimed at them. She writes of the struggles she has had accepting the end of relationships, and that her dream of being married with children has not yet taken place. Mandy shares what she has done to live life joyfully as a single person. Through all her ups and downs, Mandy has received support from family and friends for which she much appreciates and counts as blessings and lifelines. Mandy also shares her career journey. She has had some hilarious things happen to her in her work history. There have also been some difficult things occur, that were so painful, panic attacks and other emotional issues resulted. Mandy shares all the good, the bad and the in-between. Her current career, "The Single Woman," the on-line sensation she created, which has over half a million followers, is discussed from its beginning to what it is today. By the time one finishes this book, Mandy feels like a close friend. She lets you into her mind and heart with her well-written accounts of her life. Reading Mandy's story will cause you to laugh with her, cry with her and feel her disappointments. She shares her love of Christ, and honestly reveals the times she has messed up. But she also tells of how God has stood by her, even when she hasn't stood by Him. Looking back on her life, Mandy traces God's hand in everything she has experienced. From the beginning, she has dedicated "The Single Woman" to God, and credits him for its phenomenal success. This is a very readable book. Some of the things she writes about are sad, some incidents are fall-off-your-chair laughing, but all of her writings are worthwhile reading. This book will encourage you in your walk with God, and convict you if you don't have one. I highly recommend this 5-star book. The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Thomas Nelson Publishing for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner. Despite my receiving the book free, it has not influenced my judgment, and I have given an honest opinion. My Blog: http://bookreadingtic.com/2014/05/21/... Author's Blog: http://thesinglewoman.net/category/blog/ Author Information: http://thesinglewoman.net/ive-never-b... Author's Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheSingleWoman Author's Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheSingleWoman

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ezri K

    This had been a nice read, and there were many things that I had also been through and/or realized along the way. For many this wouldn't be a bad read. The relationship isn't limited to that of a romantic nature with a "partner" for what the lessons and knowledge pertains too. My only main issue with the book is that it is heavy with the religious aspect to an extent that it can make a non-gung-ho-Christian want to turn away for the book, practically reads like a Christian inspirational. This wi This had been a nice read, and there were many things that I had also been through and/or realized along the way. For many this wouldn't be a bad read. The relationship isn't limited to that of a romantic nature with a "partner" for what the lessons and knowledge pertains too. My only main issue with the book is that it is heavy with the religious aspect to an extent that it can make a non-gung-ho-Christian want to turn away for the book, practically reads like a Christian inspirational. This will limit her audience greatly. If one is able to push past that aspect, and remember that it is a story of her, the author, going through her own ordeal of getting The Single Woman created and going. There are many points that many of us, regardless of our status and gender, can relate to. Even in our own personal forms. Needless to say, due to the heavy tone in the Christian aspect, I'm more reluctant to pick up another book of her's.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Encouraging life lessons for every woman "I've Never Been To Vegas, but my Luggage Has" is an honest, profound look at the life of The Single Woman aka Mandy Hale. She holds nothing back in this candid often times vulnerable book where she touches on issues we all face as women from job loss to heartbreak over a relationship to anxiety and disappointment over circumstances. I commend her for sharing her life and heart with us and thank her as well. I saw myself many times through the chapters of Encouraging life lessons for every woman "I've Never Been To Vegas, but my Luggage Has" is an honest, profound look at the life of The Single Woman aka Mandy Hale. She holds nothing back in this candid often times vulnerable book where she touches on issues we all face as women from job loss to heartbreak over a relationship to anxiety and disappointment over circumstances. I commend her for sharing her life and heart with us and thank her as well. I saw myself many times through the chapters of her story and at the end was left filled with hope and inspired to get out there and live life to the fullest. Thanks a Mandy for writing this book! God bless your ministry and I look forward to reading your next book!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Tyler

    I was so excited when I heard that Mandy Hale was releasing a new book because I loved her previous ones, plus I love following her on social media. Maybe, my expectations were too high because this book fell short for me. It seemed like the same old recycled material with a little different wording. “Because at the end of the day, sometimes it takes opening a door to get to a new place. And sometimes it takes closing one.” See, nothing new. I’ve Never Been to Vegas does share some more of Mandy’s I was so excited when I heard that Mandy Hale was releasing a new book because I loved her previous ones, plus I love following her on social media. Maybe, my expectations were too high because this book fell short for me. It seemed like the same old recycled material with a little different wording. “Because at the end of the day, sometimes it takes opening a door to get to a new place. And sometimes it takes closing one.” See, nothing new. I’ve Never Been to Vegas does share some more of Mandy’s personal stories and those were the only bright spots in the book for me. Maybe, if I hadn’t read her previous books, then I would have found this book to be more effective.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tonya

    The book started out well, with good quotes and Bible verses, but as I read on, it wasn't exactly what I expected. The author is single as in not married but she's been in a few (bad and good) relationships in her life, not alone for long stretches of time. Maybe I was expecting more of a book on how to be a strong, single Christian woman. At times this book seemed like bragging on the life she's led rather than encouraging other single women. She made a lot of mistakes, mishaps, as the title say The book started out well, with good quotes and Bible verses, but as I read on, it wasn't exactly what I expected. The author is single as in not married but she's been in a few (bad and good) relationships in her life, not alone for long stretches of time. Maybe I was expecting more of a book on how to be a strong, single Christian woman. At times this book seemed like bragging on the life she's led rather than encouraging other single women. She made a lot of mistakes, mishaps, as the title says and now I know what NOT to do as I wait for God's best.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea DeVries

    Excellent book. Mandy's story both mirrored my own and inspires me to not give up on this journey we call life. On my second read-through, I would like to add that this book comes off a little braggy and ended up making me feel like I haven't done enough with my life instead of inspired on this journey called life. Do I still recommend it? I do because it is a strongly written book and very nice flowing story. Excellent book. Mandy's story both mirrored my own and inspires me to not give up on this journey we call life. On my second read-through, I would like to add that this book comes off a little braggy and ended up making me feel like I haven't done enough with my life instead of inspired on this journey called life. Do I still recommend it? I do because it is a strongly written book and very nice flowing story.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    while well written, this was way too much Yay God for me. Everything in her life stems back to a born again christian view point, which is a bit overbearing and not in line with how I relate to the world. There was enough story line that made me skim through overly religious parts, but I won't be seeking out her blog or reading her other book while well written, this was way too much Yay God for me. Everything in her life stems back to a born again christian view point, which is a bit overbearing and not in line with how I relate to the world. There was enough story line that made me skim through overly religious parts, but I won't be seeking out her blog or reading her other book

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jewel

    This book hit home for me. So many great lessons that we shared. What a great resource for single ladies. Mandy is so spot on.

  15. 4 out of 5

    AennA

    Book notes to follow. Will definitely write something about this.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jimena

    i picked this book up without having any idea what the book was about. originally i thought it might be a fiction book but learned within the first few pages that it was the author’s personal memoir meant to inspire women. had i known beforehand, i wouldn’t have picked it up since it’s not my usual genre, so i’m glad i didn’t know because it was cute and ended up being a good read. the author has a lot of wisdom to share that’s applicable to all women and gives you some great perspective. the on i picked this book up without having any idea what the book was about. originally i thought it might be a fiction book but learned within the first few pages that it was the author’s personal memoir meant to inspire women. had i known beforehand, i wouldn’t have picked it up since it’s not my usual genre, so i’m glad i didn’t know because it was cute and ended up being a good read. the author has a lot of wisdom to share that’s applicable to all women and gives you some great perspective. the only thing that jumped out to me and i could see being hard to look past if you’re not of the same faith is that the book was very heavy with christian and religious messages. i am not a religious person, so it was a little odd at the beginning. but, as a reader i think it’s important to be mindful that the book is the author’s life story, and christianity and god is a big part in her life, so it’s fitting. she isn’t preaching you become christian. if you aren’t christian and can look past the language at times, there’s a lot of beautiful messages and nuggets of wisdom the author shares that are worth hearing.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Smith

    Mandy Hale is one of the worst “self help” authors EVER. Her writing lacks truth in the stories she tells. I have known her personally for several years. The advice she gives is anything far from how she behaves and handles her dating relationship world. She is in fact one of the most narcissistic, mirror worshiping, can give advice and criticism but can’t handle it when thrown back in her face, FAKE person I have ever known. She doesn’t live a “Christian” lifestyle as she likes to claim. Quite Mandy Hale is one of the worst “self help” authors EVER. Her writing lacks truth in the stories she tells. I have known her personally for several years. The advice she gives is anything far from how she behaves and handles her dating relationship world. She is in fact one of the most narcissistic, mirror worshiping, can give advice and criticism but can’t handle it when thrown back in her face, FAKE person I have ever known. She doesn’t live a “Christian” lifestyle as she likes to claim. Quite honestly, save your money. It’s better spent on a pack of cigarettes.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Meagan

    An insightful, encouraging, and at times laugh-out-loud funny read. I appreciated so much of this as a fellow single woman (especially as I continue to, well, age haha!). I honestly also appreciated that it didn't have the "happily ever after" ending ... that in itself was so relatable and powerful. While we may have different views on some theological points, this still made for a very good read with a number of quotes I'll return to in the future. An insightful, encouraging, and at times laugh-out-loud funny read. I appreciated so much of this as a fellow single woman (especially as I continue to, well, age haha!). I honestly also appreciated that it didn't have the "happily ever after" ending ... that in itself was so relatable and powerful. While we may have different views on some theological points, this still made for a very good read with a number of quotes I'll return to in the future.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Keith

    Couldn't finish it Writing was okay, but I guess I misunderstood what I was buying. She might be up front and transparent, but I have a hard time seeing her as Christian. When the author has a sexual relationship with a guy and then lives with him without being married and doesn't want to condemn others who are doing the same she...IMHO she has nothing to share of value. Couldn't finish it Writing was okay, but I guess I misunderstood what I was buying. She might be up front and transparent, but I have a hard time seeing her as Christian. When the author has a sexual relationship with a guy and then lives with him without being married and doesn't want to condemn others who are doing the same she...IMHO she has nothing to share of value.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Raven

    I lost track of the plot and was not expecting this to be a book about someones life, was expecting more of a funny romantic read. Might be good for someone who likes reading about people struggling with relationships or is going through a hard time in their lives. I could relate to some of the things in the book but it just got bland around the end of the book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I love the single woman’s blog and this has been on my TBR shelf for a long time. I’m glad I finally read it. Basically it was a story about Mandy’s life and the trials of dating and her career. It was enjoyable to read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Gill

    I couldn't get through this book. Too much repetition. I couldn't get through this book. Too much repetition.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Aimee

    I was actually able to hear her speak at a woman’s conference that I went to a couple years ago called “Woman of Faith” and I thought FINALLY a woman that was still single and writing about her experience as a single woman. If you are single like me and have read the books for single woman, you have probably realized just like I have that most are written by someone who is now married. Now don’t get me wrong, this is by no means a bad thing and these ladies have wonderful insight and great advic I was actually able to hear her speak at a woman’s conference that I went to a couple years ago called “Woman of Faith” and I thought FINALLY a woman that was still single and writing about her experience as a single woman. If you are single like me and have read the books for single woman, you have probably realized just like I have that most are written by someone who is now married. Now don’t get me wrong, this is by no means a bad thing and these ladies have wonderful insight and great advice that we single ladies should heed. BUT there is something about a women that is writing about her single life and struggles that she is still traveling through that resonates with me a little more. So when I had the chance to receive a free copy of Mandy’s new book I jumped on it. Mandy is the founder of The Single Woman website as well as a very accomplished writer. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook as well as checking out her website. Now to the actual book. The title is a little weird at first but I promise once you dive into the book you will completely understand where she got it from. The book is basically an autobiography of a section of Mandy’s life so far. She talks with a lot of blatant honesty of the struggles she has faced with her friends, family, career, dating, and ultimately her relationship with God. She puts the single life in the perspective of someone who has not had her fairy tale ending (yet) but as someone who has had a not so easy journey but does not regret a minute of it. She explains how every second of joy, heartache, love, and even pain has made her who she is today. Mandy’s stories are filled with all those things and more. She explains her struggles in details and you will laugh and cry with her as she walks through her journey with you. She is VERY funny and has moments that you will laugh out loud. What I think I like most about her though is that her story in many ways is very relatable. There was actually a part of her story that I read to Kristy because we were in the EXACT same situation at one point. You do not have to be a single woman to read her book although I do think ALL single ladies should. Every women at one point was single and can relate with Mandy on some level. Also, your journey does not end when you get married and much of the advice that Mandy gives about journeying through life can apply to any woman’s situation. I loved this book and recommend it to anyone. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not compensated in any other way.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lis Ann - The Indigo Quill

    See full review @ The Indigo Quill: http://theindigoquill.blogspot.com I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This girl is just awesome. She is so open and honest and I felt like I was right there with her in all the trials, humiliation, and even the successes. If you've ever read anything from Melanie Shankle, you would also adore Mandy Hale. Actually, I think the two could totally hit it off as BFFs (if they're not already). This isn't necessarily a "self-help" book. Actually, it See full review @ The Indigo Quill: http://theindigoquill.blogspot.com I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This girl is just awesome. She is so open and honest and I felt like I was right there with her in all the trials, humiliation, and even the successes. If you've ever read anything from Melanie Shankle, you would also adore Mandy Hale. Actually, I think the two could totally hit it off as BFFs (if they're not already). This isn't necessarily a "self-help" book. Actually, it's more like the kind of book you would read just to know that you're not the only one walking through life confused and trying to figure out your place or "destiny." It is also a reminder that if you look back at all the messy pieces of life, chances are you'll see why everything happened the way it did and how it was necessary to achieve where you are right now. Unlike her blog or other books, it wasn't just a book for the single woman. It could easily apply to anyone. I give this 4 stars because although this is an enjoyable read and can inspire the reader to press on and trust that everything holds its place within a grander scheme, there were many moments where I was almost becoming confused right along with her. One moment she wanted to "Kiss Dating Goodbye," then she thought it was important and a vital experience to self-growth. However, it still turned out messy because while single, she can regard God in the journey, but during her dating life it seemed she'd forget that detail. I can't judge her writing entirely on her personality, because I can relate to many aspects of this, however, there wasn't a resolve to this at the end. This causes me to think that perhaps this book would have been more helpful if it was simply about her career choices and the relational experiences were significantly minimized. Fun read. Inspirational. 4 stars.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa

    I had seen Mandy on tv doing an interview around the time this book had just come out. My library didn't have it so I just gave up on ever reading it anytime soon...eventually, it was forgotten. ...Kismet... Not quite a week ago I was browsing the "new books" shelves at my library when I came across that title-THE book! I was insanely excited and could not wait to get home and start reading. I started that night with the first 2 chapters and was hooked. This was going to be a delightful read-huge I had seen Mandy on tv doing an interview around the time this book had just come out. My library didn't have it so I just gave up on ever reading it anytime soon...eventually, it was forgotten. ...Kismet... Not quite a week ago I was browsing the "new books" shelves at my library when I came across that title-THE book! I was insanely excited and could not wait to get home and start reading. I started that night with the first 2 chapters and was hooked. This was going to be a delightful read-huge understatement. Parallels to my own life and the authors were crazy. Even more so with the fact that it happened in the same town, Nashville. This book hit a very personal note for me both topically and spiritually. Yet, even if it hadn't been so similar it still would have been such an inspiring read. It is quite admirable that Mandy was able to be so vulnerable and truthful in this book because at the end of the day it is the human spirit that we all connect to. With humor, drama, and a little bit of mischief filling the book it's hard not to see a bit of yourself somewhere within these very pages. Even if you are not a Christian, aren't sure about what you believe, or an atheist, no one can deny the inspiring memoir that is left when you get down to the bare bones of this story. I recommend " I've Never Been to Vegas..." to anyone, especially female, from all walks of life.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Chrissy

    I've followed "The Single Woman" on Facebook for a while. I've enjoyed and been inspired by the things Mandy Hale writes on her blog, so when I found her book in my library's eBook collection, I jumped at the chance to read it. This is more about her story and her experiences, but I felt like I could relate to many of the things she's gone through - from finding and losing the dream job, to wondering if that guy you think you could love is really The One, to having faith that God has a plan for I've followed "The Single Woman" on Facebook for a while. I've enjoyed and been inspired by the things Mandy Hale writes on her blog, so when I found her book in my library's eBook collection, I jumped at the chance to read it. This is more about her story and her experiences, but I felt like I could relate to many of the things she's gone through - from finding and losing the dream job, to wondering if that guy you think you could love is really The One, to having faith that God has a plan for you but it sure would be nice if He let you in on that plan, even just a little bit (and then trusting Him enough to take care of it in His own time and His own way). This book made me laugh and cry, but it's all good. These lessons are things that I will remember for a long time (hence, why I categorized this as "self help," even though it's technically not - my shelves, my rules). Like Mandy, I haven't given up hope that I'll someday find Mr. Wonderful (maybe I've already met him and one or both of us needs to get our heads screwed on right) - but I don't want to wait around for happiness to fall out of the sky. I'm trying new things and doing things I never thought I'd have the courage to do. I'm relishing the chance for new experiences and new ways to learn and grow and serve others. Which is what this life is for, right?

  27. 5 out of 5

    Gail Welborn

    ***Especially for singles, Mandy's book of faith and humor is a must read*** Author and blogger Mandy Hale, affectionately known as The Single Woman releases her second book, "I've Never Been to Vegas but my Luggage has" March 11th. It's both a serious and humorous account of Mandy's "wrong turns, humiliating flops and painful breakups" that taught her life doesn't always work out as planned because "God has a greater plan at work." She captures her take on the singles life with a dash of humor, ***Especially for singles, Mandy's book of faith and humor is a must read*** Author and blogger Mandy Hale, affectionately known as The Single Woman releases her second book, "I've Never Been to Vegas but my Luggage has" March 11th. It's both a serious and humorous account of Mandy's "wrong turns, humiliating flops and painful breakups" that taught her life doesn't always work out as planned because "God has a greater plan at work." She captures her take on the singles life with a dash of humor, sprinkles of wisdom and inspirational quotes on her blog and in her books. Due to her massive global presence on Facebook and Twitter Mandy has a "built-in" platform for anything she writes, from books to The Single Woman's blog. Not to mention more than a half million Twitter followers. Mandy's Twitter handle @TheSingleWoman was voted one of the top ten Nashville Twitter handles by Nashville Business Journal, who also identified her as a "Woman of Influence." While the Huffington Post considers Mandy a "Twitter Passionista" with a voice of empowerment for women…Full Review: http://www.examiner.com/list/i-ve-nev...

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jen Zun

    Author Mandy Hale’s life and love experiences shared through this book and where did ‘The Single Woman’ started. Her book is very inspiring and encouraging, as you read her life story you will began to know where she is coming from. I love how she overcame the challenges and fought back hard and pursue her dreams. How fallible humans can be, but with the grace of God… we can have the confidence to rise above the tidal waves. ;) That these trials and hardships makes us who we are. It depends on how Author Mandy Hale’s life and love experiences shared through this book and where did ‘The Single Woman’ started. Her book is very inspiring and encouraging, as you read her life story you will began to know where she is coming from. I love how she overcame the challenges and fought back hard and pursue her dreams. How fallible humans can be, but with the grace of God… we can have the confidence to rise above the tidal waves. ;) That these trials and hardships makes us who we are. It depends on how we take it, are we going to just stand there and do nothing? or stand up and be brave to face the future? I just realized that God allows ‘divine order’ to mold us into the person He wants us to be. We may not understand the reason why… but I know as the time goes by, we will come to draw the conclusion. Having faith to God and being confident even though we constantly sin against Him… He will never abandon us. Because simply, GOD LOVES US SO MUCH.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kristin Moye

    Awesome Follow-up I found Mandy's page The Single Woman on Facebook a couple years ago. Her post just reached out to me and her words echoed some thoughts that had been on my heart for a long time. I remember thinking finally here is someone who thinks like I do....I can do relate to this chick. Lol I followed her fb page for a few months before I got her first book. I really enjoyed that book. Her first book kinda almost had a sense that she was talking at you....she told her readers who she was Awesome Follow-up I found Mandy's page The Single Woman on Facebook a couple years ago. Her post just reached out to me and her words echoed some thoughts that had been on my heart for a long time. I remember thinking finally here is someone who thinks like I do....I can do relate to this chick. Lol I followed her fb page for a few months before I got her first book. I really enjoyed that book. Her first book kinda almost had a sense that she was talking at you....she told her readers who she was and what she stood on. This book though. This book was like you were talking to a friend. I felt like she was sitting right beside me giving advice, sharing her insecurities, sharing her struggles, and just laughing at where life has taken us. Even though we have different experiences I could so relate to her. No matter your age this is an awesome book for us single ladies. Thank you Mandy! :)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Yina

    I loved reading about Mandy's liife. It was straight to the point, and it made you want to cheer on for her as the pages progress as her life goes through it's ups and downs. The only downside to the book is that it's quite religious. Mandy relies and trust a lot in God. That's not a bad thing per say. I have my own God to rely on and to trust in too. It just felt a bit weird to read about the religious parts when my religion is different from hers. Nonetheless, it's an easy read. And when Mandy I loved reading about Mandy's liife. It was straight to the point, and it made you want to cheer on for her as the pages progress as her life goes through it's ups and downs. The only downside to the book is that it's quite religious. Mandy relies and trust a lot in God. That's not a bad thing per say. I have my own God to rely on and to trust in too. It just felt a bit weird to read about the religious parts when my religion is different from hers. Nonetheless, it's an easy read. And when Mandy talks about relying on God to direct her to the magical life she's supposed to have, I take it the same way, to rely on my God to do the same for me. For readers without a religion, it might actually be a pretty off-putting book. But her life, with Mr E. was magical, though like most of our life, full of heartaches too. But I'm glad Many got to where she is today, and I hope that I'll have the same kind of magic she has in her life too.

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