Project Renaissance - S.D. Livingston (2010)

Meet Emma Thomas, a self-proclaimed modern-day Renaissance girl, who after losing her job decides to use the guidance of a self-help book to reinvent herself. After all, she didn't move 3000 miles to Manhattan to give up on her destiny. After a comically tragic cosmetics job and the eccentric pet psychiatrist, she begins to wonder if she'll ever find her purpose. It seems the harder Emma tries to reinvent herself, the worse things turn out. Her seemingly perfect roommate encourages her to not give up but sometimes that's the only thing Emma wants to do. And that's not all - there is the handsome Ben, who sold her the self-help book, and whom she can't get out of her mind. Somehow throughout all the highs and low, Emma keeps her sense of humour, and realises she isn't the only one who's lost their way. This book is filled with snappy dialogue, job angst, quirky supporting characters, and a dash of romance. It's a great read when you're looking for something light and fun. (CF)

Author S.D. Livingston's latest novel, Project Renaissance, follows the light-hearted escapades of a girl trying to find her purpose in life. The summary says: "What's a modern-day Renaissance girl to do? That's exactly what Emma Thomas is about to find out. Moving 3000 miles to Manhattan to discover her destiny hasn't turned out quite like she planned. She's just lost her job, her roommate's impossibly perfect, and she's still plain old Emma, the girl with no direction and no idea how to get there - until she stumbles on a little advice from the Renaissance that is. Cindy Lee Perkins's latest self-help book promises that history can guide Emma to her true purpose in life. It's just the thing to launch Emma on a Renaissance project of her own and she throws herself into following Cindy Lee's bestselling (if slightly dubious) advice. But the more Emma tries to reinvent herself, the more she turns her world, and everyone else's, upside down. From a disastrous cosmetics launch to a pet psychiatrist with quirks of his own (and a few more blunders along the way), Emma begins to suspect she's not the only one who doesn't have things figured out." Project Renaissance is available in eBook format through Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Diesel, iBooks, ReaderStore and coming soon to Amazon. (CF)

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