• Publisher: Harper Paperbacks (April 30, 2013)
When Jennifer Gilbert was twenty-two years old, someone tried to cut her life short in the most violent way. Not wanting this traumatic encounter to define her life, she buried it within and bravely launched a fabulous career in New York as an event planner. Always the calm in the storm—from fixing a ripped dress to relocating a lavish party on two days’ notice—she was convinced she’d never again feel joy herself.
Yet these weddings, anniversaries, and holiday parties slowly brought her back to life. No one’s entitled to an easy road, Gilbert learned, but instead of anticipating our present in a goodie bag, it’s our presence that is the real gift.
As I spent the evening reading Jennifer Gilbert's story, I was amazed at the range of emotions this mesmerizing memoir evoked. I was filled with anger for the horrible incident that nearly destroyed Jennifer's life, I chuckled at some of her experiences as a party-planner, and I felt a great deal of admiration for this brave, strong young woman. Jennifer overcame the odds that would have left her as a victim and proved to herself and the world that she could be the person she was meant to be, despite the overwhelming obstacles thrown in her way.
Written in her own voice, Jennifer's storytelling skills shine in this book as she shares her life experiences. It was a honor to read her story.
An in-demand speaker, she has appeared at numerous schools and industry events, and her work has been featured in People magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, and InStyle Weddings, as well as on Fox and CNN. She lives in New York City with her husband and their three children.
Visit her website at www.savethedate.com, connect with her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.
Jennifer’s Tour StopsWednesday, May 1st: Book Hooked Blog
Monday, May 6th: A Patchwork of Books
Wednesday, May 8th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Thursday, May 9th: From LA. to LA
Tuesday, May 14th: A Musing Reviews
Wednesday, May 15th: Sophisticated Dorkiness
Thursday, May 16th: Tiffany’s Bookshelf
Monday, May 20th: The Well-Read Redhead
Tuesday, June 4th: guiltless reading
Thursday, June 13th: Patricia’s Wisdom
My thanks to TLC Book Tours for including me on this tour and for providing the review copy of the book. I was not compensated for my opinion.