Book Review: Once Upon a Time, Bitches by Branden LaNette

Book: Once Upon a Time, Bitches
Author:
Branden LaNette
Genre:
Self-Help
Avaliable At:
Amazon

Book Overview

That’s Branden on the cover. Yes, she has a boy’s name, a Mom bod, and her tattoos are not
photo-shopped. She doesn’t look like your typical author and she sure doesn’t look like the next self-help Instagram sweetheart.


However, besides being a wife, mom to six kids (plus others with fur), coach and business
owner, Branden is the author of the new book, Once Upon a Time, Bitches. It’s a fast paced, in your face, expletive laced, nothing held back message to women everywhere: There is no magic fairy tale, but if YOU work at it enough you can come pretty close to creating your version with a happily ever after.


But first, no more whining and no more damsel locked in a tower, bullsh*t. Is it possible to
design a fairy tale life? Control your destiny? Be the hero in your story? Branden thinks there is and she wants to help you.

Book Review

Branden Lanette is open, honest and “has no problem hurting your feelings.”

Once Upon A Time, Bitches is a great read for some, and it will be of immense help to others. Is it written in the mode of all of the perfect rules you learn in writing class?
No, it isn’t. But I don’t think that’s the point here. It’s written clearly, openly, and raw with someone’s true feelings. There are a lot of good lessons here.

As someone who thinks it’s in poor taste to constantly drop the f-bomb in a book, I still found myself enjoying the lessons and candid-nature that Branden delivers her life experiences and lessons learned.

The raw honesty and insightfulness will catch you almost off guard and make you keep turning the pages.

Book Excerpt

By saying adios to the man who’d refused to be a fifty-fifty partner in our relationship and support my goals and dreams as well as his own, I created what science calls a vacuum—not the Hoover-kind, of course, but the science-kind: a space, an emptiness, a void. (Who says you’ll never use the stuff you learned in school?)

Until I’d left, with my life as crazy as it was, engulphed in the plethora of problems I’d created for myself, there was no room for solutions. No room for help. No room for a prince. 

I was like one of those motels you pass on the highway at night, with my neon vacancy light burning brightly like a beacon in darkness. I’d created a vacancy. I’d made room for a Prince Charming to arrive and from my lips to God’s ear, that’s exactly what happened.  That said, I can guarantee you this: The chances of solutions showing up for any problem you might have in your life are greatly reduced if you don’t make room for them. 

But if you do make room for them, you’ll find that my 11th grade science teacher was right: Nature really does abhor a vacuum. It’s important to realize it’s not Prince Charming’s job to come and save you—it’s your job to be worthy of being saved. Someone who doesn’t even need to be saved. 

Ironic, huh?
Becoming a person who doesn’t need saving—being someone capable of saving themselves—is what draws your prince into your life. And not just a prince, but the right prince. Back to Cinderella. If there ever was a strong-ass bitch who didn’t need saving, it was Cinderella. Yes, her circumstances sucked. And if it were me in that situation, I might have tossed that evil-ass stepmother in the f-ing fire (and the whiny-ass sisters, too). But she’s a better person than I am. Better than most of us. 

Cinderella not only took their sh*t, she did it with grace and remained kind to others in spite of the daily cruelty being dished on her. Maybe that’s why she got saved, huh? Because even though she clearly was a victim, she never acted like one. She kept her chiseled little chin held high. She didn’t beg to be saved. She was simply someone who was worthy of being saved.


GIVEAWAY

Branden LaNette will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner during the tour.


About the Author

Branden LaNette doesn’t look like a typical author but she has long ignored what she “should” do, say and look like. On her own at a very young age, Branden eventually found herself with the wrong guy, the wrong job, and a bleak future. The fairytale she was promised as a child never materialized.

Finally, Branden decided that she wanted something different for her life, and realized no one was going to do it for her. Prince charming wasn’t coming to save her—she’d have to save herself.

Step by step, decision by decision, through major trials and tribulations that would stop most people in their tracks, Branden learned how to turn heartbreak into happiness and self-judgement into inner joy.

Today, Branden LaNette is an entrepreneur, coach, speaker, wife, and stay-at-home Mom to six C-section babies (ages 1-16) and way too many f-ing pets. Somehow, however, she manages to juggle all of this effortlessly (a blatant lie) while pushing her way through the kinds of fear and self-doubts that whisper within all of us (totally true) to achieve her goals. Her most recent dream come true is this book, one that is destined to have a major impact on millions of women across the globe (or at least nine people in Michigan.)

Through it all, she has found her happiness, her joy, and more importantly, her voice. 

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon


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