How to Make Your Heart Sing
A tale of midlife chaos and the courage to change
by Gitta Wolf
Pub Date 15 May 2019
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If the life choices you've made don't support your dreams, will you dare to make the radical changes required to create a new life for yourself?
Lucy Granger, 49, knows all about sidelining her dreams, her purpose, herself. The kids used to provide an excellent excuse, but now that they've left home, the make-do existence Lucy has settled for becomes unbearable.
A chance encounter during a routine business trip starts a chain of events that ends with her walking away from her old life. But 'leaving' is the easy part - how do you home in on your own Real & True, how do you figure out what makes your heart sing? When her new life turns out to be even worse than the one she left behind, she begins to realize that just changing location isn't enough because, wherever you go, you always take 'you' with you...
I loved observing the transformation of Lucy on so many planes. I could identify with her character and kept cheering her on to the very last page.--Peggy
I loved this book from the very outset and would have read it in one sitting if 'life' hadn't intervened. Which is what happened to Lucy, the main character, who set out with dreams and goals but life got in the way and ended up walking a different path, until one day something happened which could be life changing, but is it for better or worse...... This book will resonate with those who sometimes wonder 'what if....' and have dreams which remain unfulfilled. A poignant and well written novel which definitely made this readers heart sing.--Susan Evans A well written and engaging novel, a good summer read. It covered menopausal unravelling and romance all in one hit. I enjoyed the Setting and references to many local towns/places. Perhaps a little predictable but nevertheless enjoyable.--Judith Stewart
I did already like the title before starting to read the book.
The story itself is very touching and meaningful. Marriage, job, home, friends - everything can be lost. Nothing can be taken for granted. Reading this book is a stunning journey. Very well written. Gitta Wolf is an artist of language anyway.--Annie M.D.
Excellent storytelling that most everyone and anyone can relate to. male or female. I loved it..look forward to a sequel.--Andrea Deighton
Usually, this isn't my genre I tend to read. But I liked the story very much. It felt real, had sour aftertaste at times and yet was filled with hope and optimism (one way or another). It makes one think about the own life and future. It was very inspiring and the story of Lucy was great to observe. Even though there has been quite a few occasions where I just thought: God, just stop being so whiny. Nevertheless, that is part of life too and it was nice to see her (and all the other characters) develop into a ""stronger"" person.
It was a quick reading too, because of how well written it was. Thank you very much for this.--Muffin
""How to make your heart sing"" tells the heartwarming story of Lucy, who at the age of forty-something notices that her life, her marriage and her job are not as unquestionable as she thought they were. Gitta Wolf lets us plunge right into the mind and the heart of Lucy and allows us to relate to her in a very authentic way. A story to devour - once I started reading, I was barely able to stop.--Sassenach
I usually read books about psycho killers, thrillers and the like..as well as factual fare on Ghosts , The soul and the afterlife etc... so when Gitta told me before I read it that it was a ˋGirly ´ book, I thought ok so what..Now I can say in all honesty that to my mind it is not Girly, its about life, its about chaos and challenges, about fighting the odds. How to make your heart sing is a wonderful book, happy and sad.. and funny..simply put it represents life. A heartwarming book with great characters from a great writer..I hope there will be a follow up.--Dave Deighton"