Being the first e-published book I’ve read, I was not disappointed with A Year to Remember by Shelly Bell. I didn’t see one typo and the formatting was perfect, but that’s only the technicalities, the story captivated my interest and I couldn’t wait to find out what happened to the protagonist Sara Friedman.


When her younger brother marries on her twenty-ninth birthday, Sara Friedman vows to the wedding guests to find and marry her soul mate within the year. After her humiliating toast becomes a YouTube sensation, she permits a national morning show to chronicle her search.

Sara Friedman, a 29-year-old Jewish singleton, embarks on a year-long journey to find The One. The YouTube viral video made the story feel modern, but the morning show’s chronicle played only a small role in the book, it could have probably even been cut out, but I preferred Shelly’s focus on the main character anyway. Following Sara experience the thrills and pitfalls that come along with Internet dating and speed dating was entertaining. The story is especially exciting when the potential Mr. Right entered the picture, I didn’t want to put the book down.

The only thing that made me stop for a minute while reading was the moments that there was too much happening with this character. Sara was so multifaceted that it was hard to keep up with all of her issues. For me, she was too flawed at some points in the story: she had anxiety attacks, she is a compulsive overeater, she was depressed, and she is searching for love – preferably Jewish – before her 30th birthday. However, with all these considered, I really liked Sara Friedman and for some reason I wanted to keep reading to know more about her and see what happened to her next. So I was thankful that I stuck with her and I will remember this story for a long time.

Even though there is a bit too much going on with Sara, she is so adorable and likeable that you’ll just have to follow her to see if she finds a man who is marriage material before she turns 30!

Thank you to Amy Sue Nathan at Women’s Fiction Writers and Shelly Bell for the blogiversary prize of A Year to Remember!

6 thoughts on “Book Review: A Year to Remember by Shelly Bell”

    1. Fun is a good word for it Marcia. There is a special destination in this book, which I didn’t mention in my review because I didn’t want to spoil it, but it adds so much excitement to the story!

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