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Life, Love, and a Polar Bear Tattoo

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Author: Heather Wardell
Published: 2009
Language: English
Wordcount: 94,672 / 260 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 91.5
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 2,558
Added to site: 2010.07.17 28473
License: ©

When Candice's in-laws were killed eight months ago buying a huge faux polar bear rug for her Christmas present, she lost more than just two of her favorite people: she lost her husband Ian as well. After only two years of marriage, their guilt and pain have left them living together but apart, unable to really talk for fear of what they'll say to each other.

Ian leaves for a month-long contract overseas, and Candice plans to use the time apart to decide whether her marriage can be saved. When her ex walks back into her life as the new client at work, ten years more attractive yet saddened by his own recent loss, she's left wondering what she really wants from life and love.

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going to survive working with Kegan? I lifted the pile of cards from her hand, divided it into two stacks, and put the bottom stack onto the top one. I thought my question one more time and returned the cards.

"I just read about this one online," Larissa said, cradling the cards in her palm. "You pick out one card, and it answers the question all by itself."

She spread the cards into a fan and waited. I looked at the cards, willing myself to choose a good one. Something with sweetness and light. Something about getting a job done and then never being heard from again. I picked a card. Larissa turned it over.


"I've never had that one before. Kegan's going to kill me? Maybe he'll make me an entrée. Roast Candice." I giggled.

Larissa wasn't laughing. "The card doesn't mean physical death. It means huge changes."

"Like what?" I said, unnerved by her solemn face.

"The end of an era, a totally new start, the loss of a long-term friendship or rela

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 5 from 3 reviews: *****
A. Marshall

A fabulous read - well worth it. Nicely characterised and kept me glued to it until I'd finished the whole book!


I read this book and enjoyed it, worth reading.


Very well written. Heartbreaking and humerous and real.



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