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Review: Life and Other Near Death Experiences by Camille Pagán


About Life and Other Near Death Experiences

When Libby Miller learns that she has a rare form of cancer, she naturally assumes it is the worst news she could possibly get that day—or ever. So when she arrives home and her husband blurts out a startling confession that makes their long and (she thought) happy marriage a sham, Libby is pushed to her breaking point. On an uncharacteristic impulse, she quits her job and heads to a small island in Puerto Rico. Just when Libby thinks nothing else could go wrong, a near-fatal plane crash triggers a new adventure, and she begins to fall in love with Shiloh, a pilot who has his own philosophy on life—and how Libby can best cope with her disease. But that’s only the beginning.

A poignant, uplifting novel that examines just what it is that makes life worth living.

My Review

Pagán did a wonderful job with the main protagonist Libby. Libby carries herself with such grace as her world crumbles. Her reaction is plausible, even more so as her history is revealed. Despite her decisiveness I was happy she was receptive and embraced what she originally dismissed. The secondary characters were colorful and charming in their own way adding to the story and to Libby.

Perfect amount of humor and romance balancing the hard-handed subject matter. Witty and snarky repartee left me smiling quite a bit.

Libby as well as her story is compelling, I quickly turned the pages to find out what would happen next, easy to do with such a rapid pace plot. The ending was pleasant, more or less what I was expecting, not disappointed by any means.

Pagán recreated a plot that has been written time and time again, however Libby and her stellar attitude and personality more than compensated. Will definitely seek more from Pagán. Would welcome a check in on Libby down the road, she’s memorable and endearing.

A wonderful story serving as a reminder to enjoy every moment of life, hope, love and family.

About Camille Pagánheadshot_books_190

Camille Pagán’s work has appeared in dozens of publications and on websites including Forbes,Glamour, Men’s Health, Parade, O: The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, WebMD.com, andWomen’s Health. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children.

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