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A poignant and provocative romance about a remarkable leap of faith from New York Times bestselling author Sally MandelFunny sad tender and triumphant Kristin Hannah author of Fly Away and Summer IslandAnna Bolles is a born athlete whose life was irrevocably changed after a multiple sclerosis diagnosis five years ago Anna fills her days with the vibrancy of life in New York City teaching at a private school but shutting the door on any possible romance Until Joe Malone enters her lifeA businessman pilot and amateur photographer Joe Malone has it all – except happiness He sees far in Anna than just her MS diagnosis and takes Anna on a roller coaster of love hope and hanging onA novel of soaring spirit steadfast love and the willingness to reach for dreamsA wonderful bookfilled with hope and faith Luanne Rice author of The Lemon OrchardTreat yourself to OUT OF THE BLUE a joyful roller coaster of a story about love and hope and hanging on A wonderful read Jennifer Crusie author of Welcome to Temptation


10 thoughts on “Out of the Blue

  1. says:

    When I saw this was about a 29 year old woman who was an avid athlete before being diagnosed 5 years prior with a disabling disease I had to read it After all that’s exactly how you can describe me although I don’t have MS like the heroine I have another neurological disorder one that’s better in some ways and worse in others With that in mind this is an extremely difficult book for me to dissect fairly Because the heroine’s situation is so similar to mine I was infuriated with her behavior since that’s now how I’d have gone about things at all However fair or unfair I will pick it apart anywayAnna Bolles was a gifted athlete and enthusiastic teacher until her life was turned upside down by a diagnosis of relapse remitting multiple sclerosis 5 years ago As the book opens she has settled comfortably if a bit regretfully into the new patterns of her life In the midst of a relapse which has her wheelchair bound she visits a gallery having a photography exhibit While viewing a particularly emotional photo of a fog enshrouded bridge she meets Joe Malone a pilot businessman and amateur photographer Over coffee and a conversation about art an attraction blooms An attraction Anna vows to fight since having MS has prompted her to slam shut the door labeled “normal romantic life” Joe however is not at all interested in taking no for an answerIn some ways I really liked how Anna’s disability was handled Mandel pulls no punches delving into the nitty gritty messy and completely unglamorous effects of MS The first half of the book made a lot of sense to me Anna handles her life without any “why me” tackling her reality matter of factly She gets up does her exercises goes to work and generally just gets on with itI really enjoyed her no nonsense mother with the potty mouth She was the perfect foil to mild mannered Anna She pushes Anna without being overbearing or manipulative Her brash tone cuts through the bullshit Anna weaves about herself I was laughing out loud at their conversations at times However a bit than halfway through I wanted to scream Anna falls in the street can’t get up under her own power and has a revelation – she can have no future with Joe or any other man because she will be an embarrassing burdenI understand books reuire conflict but holy hell can I never see this particular conflict again?I know the able bodied thinks disability is the worst thing ever but guess what – it isn’t Yes you miss skiing and golf and sitting in the bleachers at Fenway but you adjust We do not walk around feeling unworthy of love or that we’re lesser beings I am sick to freaking death of this trope where the disabled person feels unworthy or guilty What are authors trying to say? Should the disabled feel guilty for accepting help? Isn’t it a bit patronizing for the disabled person to decide what the able bodied partner wants? How is watching someone give up supposed to be heroic?Maybe I’m looking at this wrong Perhaps Mandel intended for Anna’s rejection of Joe’s love to be idiotic and irrational I didn’t see it as noble sacrifice if that was the intent I saw it as depressing capitulationIn the end Anna redeems herself a bit in my eyes She stops relying so much on her mother swallows her pride a bit begins to accept that she’s a cripple for life and she has to get on with it I had a bit of a hard time accepting the HEA but Joe is enough of a straight shooter that I can see him putting the kibosh on any attempts at self delusion in Anna’s futureI’m not sure this is strictly a romance It’s told in the first person and the sex is 98% closed door It is women’s fiction with a strong romantic plot Anna’s character growth is the main event not the romanceAs a whole Out of the Blue is a well written exploration of living with MS I only wish Anna were portrayed as less of a wimp I couldn’t help but take it all personally


  2. says:

    A Teacher with multiple schlerosis and her sassy mother live in NYC The girl falls in love with an airline businessman Very good


  3. says:

    This book was so gawd awful I made it one chapter and one page before tossing it aside And that was FORCING myself to read itPage 5 I set my brake in front of the photographknew I was going to be a while looking at itPage 6 He grabbed the handles of my chair and pushed meout the doors WHAT ABOUT THE BRAKE IDIOT??Page 9 I could hear Ma buzzing in my ear 'Whoa there Annie you're in deep doo doo except she wouldn't have said doo doo I suppose it's my form of rebellion I never use what I consider to be vulgar curse words except to uote Ma Only you just uoted Ma and DIDN'T use the curse word now did you? And wouldn't Ma's VOICE be buzzing in your ear not Ma herself?Page 11 It wasn't until we'd left the restaurant for the part that I got him to open up I use the term advisedly since he imparted information in such a detached manner First you didn't use the term advisedly Second what the HELL is 'advisedly' anyhow? And third YOU are imparting information in a detached mannerI hated this pretentious horribly disconnected uninteresting and terribly written book I've never in my LIFE stopped on page 15 completely sure that something was so bad that it didn't deserve of a chance than that But here it is The first deemed worthless within a mere dozen pages bookDo Not Bother


  4. says:

    I can relate to some of this story as I also have MS However I cannot relate to Anna not wanting to take meds out of her denial of the diseasewhat? It’s really the other way around I wanted to be on meds ASAP so as to hide any symptoms I had so no one could guess what was going on with me You can’t denyhide your symptoms if they are out there in plain view so that really did not make sense to me at all One thing the author explained in a new way that I liked was this idea of an “alien” taking over your thoughts and the words that come out of your mouth when you have MS that is really trueI did not appreciate the expletives in the story they were not necessary and really added nothing to the flow of the story so one less star on my vote for that alone The author has great vocabulary so it was a shame she weaves in junk slang waste of time


  5. says:

    A girl with MS falls for a guy and after arguing about whether they should start a relationship they end up getting married The guy's argument was that since he used to change his grandma's soiled diapers when she became incontinent he's ready for any MS relapse his future wife has Yesa romantic proposal Full of cliches and themes that are often repeated in romance novels


  6. says:

    Makes you think and be grateful for good health but also know how truly strong people can be when faced with challenges that are not challenges for most of the world This is definitely a worthy read


  7. says:

    Sweet love story with the main character coming to terms with MS Very good information about MS


  8. says:

    God That was so beautiful reading this book I couldn't stop crying during the last part of it It was just awesome


  9. says:

    Loved this story


  10. says:

    I read this years ago in high school and remember liking it a lot For some reason this second reading was difficult I didn't really understand why Anna and Joe loved each other I suppose they had strong physical chemistry because many of their conversations felt flat Joe's emotionally closed off character was frustrating and I didn't feel like I got to know him Anna also annoyed me with her freuent episodes of I'm thinking something but I'm not going to say it I struggled with the mother going on vacation for over 2 weeks right after her daughter had returned from the hospital Very unlike the caring character Mandel had established Many sub plots were left undeveloped like why Joe and his father no longer spoke why Celeste shut Gus out Frank and Joe's relationship etc Towards the end of the book Joe and Anna go to a sushi restaurant and Anna reminisces about the time she expanded Joe's horizons by encouraging him to try sushi I didn't understand why Mandel withheld this scene from us when the book had thus far been establishing their relationship It's weird to be reading a romance novel and then have the main character reminisce about something you should have read 50 pages back Aren't we following Anna on this journey?But if the book was about MS than anything else Mandel did a great job presenting the disease in all of its ugly glory There's no sugar coating Anna's disability and I thought Mandel did a great job here Overall this is a book you take with you to the beach Not for readers looking for a bit substance