How to Change a Life by Stacey Ballis

How to Change a Life

A dare between friends leads to startling revelations and simmering tensions in the latest novel from the author of Wedding Girl.Eloise is happy with her life as a successful private chef. She has her clients, her corgi, and a recipe for the world's most perfect chocolate cream pie. What more could she need? But when her long-lost trio of high school friends reunites, Eloi...

Title:How to Change a Life
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ISBN:0425276627
Number of Pages:370 pages

How to Change a Life Reviews

  • Sandy

    I thought this was a fun, light read and I enjoyed the friendship aspect of this novel. They were close friends in high school and soon they grew apart. Now they are back in their hometown for the funeral of the high school teacher who brought them together. Each of the three young ladies feels content with their life but after conversing with one another, they each decide that there are a few things they would like to change. The friends also have suggestions for each other, on how they can imp

    I thought this was a fun, light read and I enjoyed the friendship aspect of this novel. They were close friends in high school and soon they grew apart. Now they are back in their hometown for the funeral of the high school teacher who brought them together. Each of the three young ladies feels content with their life but after conversing with one another, they each decide that there are a few things they would like to change. The friends also have suggestions for each other, on how they can improve their lives. With forty just around the corner, the three friends make a pact to try to change or improve their lives using their own ideas and their friend’s suggestions. I liked how these ladies pushed each other and encouraged each other as they tried to make these changes in their lives. They tried to be supportive to each other yet there were some ill feelings that were being harbored inside about each other which eventually had to come out. They had always been honest with one another and they wanted to keep it that way. Not one of them is perfect, they all had issues they wanted to change to improve their life yet for them to change who they had been for almost forty years, it takes initiative and hard work. I liked listening to them and reading how they went about this pact although the novel soon grew to be centered around Eli. Some friendships are priceless and I like how these three tried to regain the friendship they had back in high school as they wanted that closeness again. It was an enjoyable read and I recommend it. 4.5 stars

    I received a copy of this novel from NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.

  • Danielle ❤️ Pretty Mess Reading ❤️

    I wish I could say something positive or negative about the book but I really have nothing, which is so unlike me.

    For starters, I don’t know if this was a romance book, cookbook, or a story about friends. I felt confused from the beginning until the end wondering what type of book I was reading. Don’t get me wrong, it could have made a decent book for either of those types of books.

    Eloise is a 39 y/o personal chef for a family of 6 and an older friend of hers. She is still trying to

    I wish I could say something positive or negative about the book but I really have nothing, which is so unlike me.

    For starters, I don’t know if this was a romance book, cookbook, or a story about friends. I felt confused from the beginning until the end wondering what type of book I was reading. Don’t get me wrong, it could have made a decent book for either of those types of books.

    Eloise is a 39 y/o personal chef for a family of 6 and an older friend of hers. She is still trying to find herself in the world. When she finds her way back into the fold with her 2 high school best friends, they make a pact to complete a bucket list of things they wanted to do as teenagers but have yet to accomplish.

    Within the first 5% of the book I felt as though it was dragging out with a lot of useless descriptions of unimportant information that brought nothing to the story. To be honest, it made me want to put the book down. I hoped the story would get better as the book went along but I was disappointed because the useless information kept going and going. It was just very. . .wordy – Is wordy a word? 🙂

    I believe with additional editing, the book would have been loads better.

    I think the overly detailed descriptions of everything prevented me from connecting to any of the characters. I never found myself invested in a happily ever after. There was just so much information that didn’t add to the story, that it made me tune out.

    It was slightly predictable for me, but it may not be for everyone else. I read loads and loads so it’s not difficult to figure out stories that don’t have an angst aspect to it.

    I would put the book in a category women in the late 30’s and early 40’s and not anyone looking for a new adult story. I’m in my 30’s so I could relate to it but those in their 20’s might not.

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    At the end of the book there is a

    of questions that I’m guessing is there for bookclubs or something. I’ve never seen that before but I thought it was a cute idea.

    As a beautiful, chocolate, African American woman I wanted to answer one of the questions.

    Discuss how the book handles race. Why do you think the author chose to feature an interracial couple? How did it affect your reading of the novel?

    The fact that the question is even asked is a prime example of what is wrong with America. It shows that some people feel so uncomfortable about interracial relationships that they feel the need to question it’s existence at all.

    I’ll be honest with you guys like I alway am. The last part of the question irritated me.

    It’s a

    with two people in a relationship who happen to not share the same skin tone. The fact that the question is even asked is silly. It’s not like this book is ground breaking and doing something that’s never been done. I’m black and my husband is a straight off the boat, white Scottish man who moved to America for me – because I’m fucking awesome, not because I’m black. We are not something new and foreign to people. We just are.

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  • Chris  Carroll

    What a sweet read!

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    How to Change a Life is a great look at a typical woman of today. Hard-working but gun shy of guys because of a bad experience. Stuck in a rut but content. A few great friends, including two high school friends that we get to connect with after many years apart, and some family friends round up the cast.

    I love the way the story is laid out and how it’s written. You get a firsthand look at Eloise and her life as a private chef. Don’t be hungry when you’re reading t

    What a sweet read!

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    How to Change a Life is a great look at a typical woman of today. Hard-working but gun shy of guys because of a bad experience. Stuck in a rut but content. A few great friends, including two high school friends that we get to connect with after many years apart, and some family friends round up the cast.

    I love the way the story is laid out and how it’s written. You get a firsthand look at Eloise and her life as a private chef. Don’t be hungry when you’re reading this book because there is plenty of talk about food and recipes are included.

    The author finally finds Eloise a wonderful, sweet man who you just want to meet and take home to Mama yourself. Plus we get a great twist that you will not expect!

    With plenty of fun times, clean romance, and just a general heartwarming story, How to Change a Life is a great novel for women of any age.

    Stacy Ballis knows how to craft a wonderful story that is entertaining, a little sexy, and makes you just feel good.

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