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Breathe: A Novel

by Kate Bishop

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Loooved this book! The characters are nuanced and so likable, there's substance among the humor, and the yoga references certainly do not hurt. ( )
  KimMeyer | May 2, 2016 |
What's a girl to do when a whirlwind romance of five months leads to marriage only to end six months later when her husband leaves her for his yoga instructor?

When twenty-five year old Alex met forty year old Tripp Edwards at an Oregon ski resort, she was swept off her feet by the man of her dreams. But her world got turned upside down six short months later when Tripp walks out on her after finding his "Authentic Self" and true path in life through the practice of yoga. Alex is heartbroken and descends into a month long depression hiding away from life, drinking bottle after bottle of wine from Tripp's wine collection and eating pizza. Displaced and feeling lost, with the help of good friends, her family, and her lovable one eared dog named Billy, Alex embarks on a journey of self-discovery that leads her to give yoga a try, while discovering how to love herself and enjoy what life has to offer.

Breathe was such a fun book to read! The three friends who make up the persona of author Kate Bishop weaves an entertaining tale of one woman's journey of self-discovery after her short-lived marriage ends. Written in the first person narrative and set in Marin County, California, Alex Edwards takes the reader along on her zany adventure as she learns to rebuild her life after her husband Tripp leaves her to follow a new life path he discovered through practicing yoga.

This book has a plethora of interesting yoga information interwoven throughout the story that will peak the interest of the reader, especially those who already practice yoga or may have an interest in learning about it. I found myself considering looking more deeply into the practice of yoga, especially if it will enrich my life!

This is a lighthearted story that is funny and insightful. It's not just a story about moving on and finding a new love, it is also a story about discovering who you are and learning how to love yourself while in the process of living and enjoying your life. I really enjoyed following Alex's journey as she learned to cope with Tripp leaving her, and the transformation that occurred within her through the process of self-discovery and the practice of yoga.

Alex is a sassy woman who the reader reader can relate to, her journey has a mixture of humor, romantic and inspirational moments. So take some calming moments to read Breathe, immerse yourself in Alex's world as she embarks on her journey, it will help you find your center too!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.

http://jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot.com/2013/06/breathe-by-kate-bishop-author-... ( )
  JerseyGirlBookReview | Jun 5, 2013 |
Having got a friend who had a longtime relationship end due to her fiancé getting totally involved in yoga (but not the yoga teacher though), I could totally relate to the scenario. This can really happen folks!! While the art and benefits of yoga is a major component of the story – the actual plot looks at how Alex dealt with the breakup and the steps she took, albeit kicking and screaming, to recovering her life back. When Tripp leaves her Alex has no job; little money thanks to a pre-nup she signed; and a hellion of a mother-in-law who evicts Alex within weeks. But Alex finds she is not as alone as she thought, she does have friends, and soon a new love interest. But the road to recovery is not smooth, especially when Alex discovers that while yoga may have indirectly caused the break up – it will also be the solution to regaining her life.

Author ‘Kate Bishop’ is made up of three friends: Kristin Tone, Talie Kattwinkel and Bridget Evans. Let’s hope they continue to be friends and write some more books together. BREATHE made me laugh and was a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

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  sally906 | Apr 3, 2013 |
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Alex thought she had married the man of her dreams: successful, gorgeous, and delighted by her small-town charm. When he walks out six months later, proclaiming to have "found himself" (with the help of a stunning yoga teacher), she "finds herself" alone in an unfamiliar city, vengefully drinking through his prized wine collection, living on takeout, and refusing to answer the door. When this fails to cure her broken heart and bruised ego, she reluctantly allows her new friends to intervene. Slowly, Alex learns to define success on her own.… (more)

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