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Blank Slate Kate (Toronto Collection #7)

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Waking up with a strange man is scary. Realizing you lost fifteen years of your life overnight? That's terrifying. With her memories from seventeen to thirty-two gone, Kate has no idea who she is and where she belongs. As she begins to fall for the man who found her, she wonders if she forgot those years for a reason. Should she keep trying to retrieve her original self, o ...more
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Published November 24th 2011 by Heather Wardell
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Sylvain Reynard
Feb 22, 2012 Sylvain Reynard rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this story. It's the first of Heather Wardell's novels that I've read and I found it by reading an excerpt on Autumn Review's book blog. Chapter One hooked me.

A young woman wakes up naked in a strange man's bed, having no idea how she got there. More disturbingly, she believes she's a high school student. (She isn't) She has no memory of the past fifteen years.

So the story begins and it's an interesting one. The author explores the complexities of memory and identity, but she does so i
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Jenny Winters
Jan 30, 2012 Jenny Winters rated it liked it
Ok, Heather, we GET that each character in EVERY SINGLE BOOK you write is trying to re-invent herself. But girl, you gotta end these novels tight, because in the 3 books I read, I was completely absorbed--until the endings, where I went WTF???

You had SUCH a good chance with Blank Slate Kate. What an awesome premise and you pulled it off so well. Maybe you could have written an intense 10-page ending instead of the Deus Ex Machina you threw in there? Kate was confused throughout the novel, and I
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Ananda
Jan 21, 2012 Ananda rated it it was amazing
"I don't know who I am.
I'm in a strange man's bedroom,with no idea who I am."


Kate sure is having the worst day of her life. She wakes up next to a stranger, no clothes on and no memory of how she ended up there! But to make things worse, she thinks she is 17 years old, while the mirror shows a mature woman in her 30's. She has no idea what's going on, why is she naked next to a stranger and how the hell did she age over night!

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Jake, the guy she wakes up next to, tries to explain to her how he f
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Nenette
Jan 18, 2013 Nenette rated it really liked it
Can't imagine this happening to me - being a blank slate. It has its appeal, forgetting portions of your past, but never mind, The story is all about a woman waking up knowing she was still 17, when in fact she's already 32, after a medical procedure wiped away the last 15 years of her life from her memory.

The way this was written, it made me not want to stop until I find out what happened. The writing was very light, and yet the subject matter was not.

What happened to Donna/Kate evoked a lot o
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Irene
Feb 09, 2016 Irene rated it liked it
I would like to give this book 3 1/2 stars. Kate/Donna wakes up one morning in a strange bed with a strange man, thinking she is 15 years younger than what she really is. She finds it hard to come to terms with how different life is now and it's also a struggle to sort out who she is. Jake, the rescuer and Ryan, her husband try to help her remember. I did like this story, even though it was far fetched! Sadly you didn't really get to know any of the characters properly and the ending was unsatis ...more
Anneliese -
Feb 02, 2016 Anneliese - rated it really liked it
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This was an intriguing self discovery story I couldn't put down. I really felt for Kate and was routing for her the whole time. What we think was Kate's former life is filled with twists and turns until the very end. To give away any of the plot would be to ruin the book in my opinion and I hate spoilers. You need to go into this one a blank slate ;)

The only reminder I had to continue to give myself through part of the book is that Kate has the mentality of a 17 year old (due to her amnesia), wh
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Nicole
Sep 29, 2015 Nicole rated it really liked it
Received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review... thanks to the publisher and netgalley.

You know, I thought this novel was a thriller until the last few chapters. It has all the makings of one: memory loss, mysterious husband showing up and clearly hiding things, and the lack of a family. But it work as a romance, too, which is what it was. My only complaint was that a few of the things that happened seemed a little far-fetched (view spoiler)
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Tiffany
Nov 26, 2015 Tiffany rated it liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I didn't dislike this book but I definitely wasn't wowed by it either. While the book was an easy and entertaining read I guess I just feel as if the whole waking up with amnesia thing is getting a little played out, think What Alice Forgot and Remember Me. While each story has its own ending and plot twists there's always the basic woman waking up with amnesia love triangle angle going on. I would have liked to have learned more about wheth ...more
Ann
Oct 14, 2015 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great concept for a book. What would you do if you lost the last 15 years of your life? Kate finds herself in this situation and is nervous that there's something terrible she's forgetting or running from. With the help of Jake and Hannah, Kate (Donna) finds she is a business tycoon and a wife. As she reconciles her new life with her old one she finds that picking parts from each works for her. I enjoyed this story and even though I've never read any of Heather Wardell's previous books ...more
Suzy
Jun 21, 2012 Suzy rated it really liked it
loved this book..dont we all sometimes wish we could just start over =)
Anne Martin
Oct 26, 2015 Anne Martin rated it liked it
I liked this book until the middle of it, or a little more. I wanted to know where the amnesia came from and why, as well as who was going to be her mate between Jake and Ryan.
Sadly, when the story becomes a bit clearer, it just gets filled with so many plot holes (can it be full of holes?) that it loses its interest.
It is hard to write much more without giving the answers you are only meant to get at the end of the book, but I was very disappointed about the whole story. According to the style
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Andrea Guy
Dec 17, 2013 Andrea Guy rated it it was amazing
Amnesia is a scary thing. It is even scarier when you wake up in bed naked with a stranger! (It isn't so bad when that stranger is a hottie!)

First let me say, I have read several of Heather's books and I've been impressed by them all. This book was no different. Heather's books all have strong heroines. Kate could have been a weepy, emotional wreck. If you loose 15 years of your life, I think you are entitled to a few meltdowns, but Kate really handles things well, even if she is going through a
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Kelli
Dec 17, 2011 Kelli rated it really liked it
I simply love Heather Wardell's work and just sigh in contentment every time I finish one of her books. Her writing is so fresh, so emotional without being heavy, that I live in a state of excited anticipation waiting for her next release.

Blank Slate Kate was no different from my other favorite Wardell reads---I started reading and was immediately drawn in to the story, and found myself unable to put the book down. To read an entire book in one or two sittings as a working mother of a 9-month ol
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Jun 22, 2012 Jencey/ rated it really liked it
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Kate suddenly wakes up in a stranger's
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Jenn (Booksessed)
Heather Wardell may be the master of book dealing with serious issues. I was hooked by first couple pages. It is so intense. I cannot imagine going through this. The scenes with Kate learning about technology and the internet very early on were quite humorous. But there were some very sad scenes as she caught herself up on the world tragedies that had happened during the time she had forgotten. Those were very hard scenes for me to get through.

I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but I wish
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Sarah (Workaday Reads)
This was the first book I read by Heather, but it definitely won't be the last. It was fun and exciting and very light hearted. It was also a clean romance with a very casual Canadian setting.

I love how casually it was set in Canada. Canadian settings still seem to be fairly rare, and quite often they are pointed out with big flaming arrows. But this book was very smooth about it and let the setting stay in the background with the story front and centre.

I thought Kate was an interesting characte
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Samantha Janning
Jan 26, 2012 Samantha Janning rated it it was amazing
I have been a fan of Heather Wardell’s since her first book, and have happily read and reviewed each and every one on Chick Lit Plus. When she contacted me about doing a tour for Blank Slate Kate, I was thrilled. Mainly because I got to read another book. I was super curious about this one, where the main character wakes up in her thirties – but her last memories are from when she is seventeen. Kate – or is her real name Kate? – has lost all her memories from the past fifteen years. She has to t ...more
Lisa (Lost in Literature)
Feb 02, 2012 Lisa (Lost in Literature) rated it it was amazing
Okay, so imagine this... you wake up (naked too, I might add) in a strange man's bed. You look in the mirror, and what do you see? Yourself... looking MANY years older than you did before. Well, this is what poor Kate is facing. Her last memory is when she was 17, and she comes to find out she is now 32 and has absolutely no recollection of the last 15 years of her life. Devastating, right?!

Blank Slate Kate kicks amnesia butt!! In my opinion, amnesia novels can be hard to relate to, appearing un
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Dani
Oct 16, 2015 Dani rated it really liked it
For some reason I have a weakness for amnesia-themed chick lit. I don't pretend to understand it, but there you go. So read this with a grain of salt, knowing I'm predisposed to like books like Blank Slate Kate from the outset.

This is the first book by Heather Wardell that I ever picked up, and it wasn't until I reached the end that I realized it was part of a series of linked books. I think it says something that I was motivated to go back and read all of the Toronto Series books based on this
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Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
Have you seen the movie 13 Going on 30, well this book starts quite close to the main theme - missing out on a few years and now trying to live in a whole 'nother world. The comedy of someone waking up and missing out on 15 years and going from a world with very little technology to our world of tweeting, iphones and internet was very fun to read. This is where the story begins, but it ends in a different spot - and I am all the more glad for it!

With twists and turns, this book ended up being mu
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Jennie
The premise of this story is fascinating – a woman wakes up to find out she doesn’t remember who she is. I loved investigating along side Kate as she discovers who she…or at least who she isn’t. I couldn't trust anyone at first, including Jake. The circumstances were too vague for me to be 100% cool with him. As the story progressed I was won over a bit on his side though. For me the really interesting part started the moment we knew Kate’s actual name, Donna. And then came a husband, a witchy m ...more
Nikki Barrett
Sep 04, 2013 Nikki Barrett rated it it was amazing
Forgetting is a part of our lives. Sometimes we're so busy that we forget to call someone back, or you wake up with a foggy memory of the events from the night before. Some lead to disastrous events, some don't. We don't mean to forget, or at times we do. Imagine waking up in a strange place, next to a strange person and realizing you're not in the life you once remembered. How about losing fifteen years of your life and can't seem to figure out how this could have happened?

This is the situation
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Anja Mizner
Dec 02, 2011 Anja Mizner rated it it was amazing
WOW! I have read every one of Heather Wardells books by now and this one just toped them all. To me, Heather manages with each book to top the one before.Ater reading the first 20% , I thought I had it figured out how it would end but I was so wrong. There is such a nice twist in the story. I love the characters in all of her books because Heather has a way to bring them alive and when I put down a book to take care of other things, the characters stay with my and I wonder about them.

My experien
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Emily
Jul 01, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, reviewed
Kate wakes up one morning in a stranger bed, hungover and the last thing she remembers is being 17 and in high school. At least she might be Kate, that is what she told Jacob, who's bed she woke up in, her name was. She spends the net few weeks trying to piece together her life and the past 15 years together.
Not only does she learn about how the world changed, 9-11, iPhone, twitter, it is all new to her now. But, what kind of life has she lived, who is her husband, and what are the secrets that
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Rebecca Foxworth
Apr 07, 2013 Rebecca Foxworth rated it really liked it
This is the second Heather Wardell book I have read. It won't be the last. Ms. Wardell has the gift of creating an intriguing plot that sucks you into the story and moves along nicely.

The plot is both silly (amnesia, a 17 year old suddenly feeling comfortable as a 32 year old), serious (depression, family secrets), and at times a bit unbelievable (what WERE the police THINKING???). The author, fairly new on the scene, appears to be still developing her craft. This actual writing in this book is
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Jessa
I am a huge fan of books that involve memory loss or amnesia, so when I saw this book for Kindle for only $0.99 I bought it and began reading it immediately. While this memory loss chick-lit book was engaging and interesting at times, it was really just okay for me. I found too much of the book completely ridiculous and absurd to truly get into it and enjoy it (view spoiler) ...more
Misty Baker
Jan 23, 2012 Misty Baker rated it really liked it
*** A 3.5 Review ***

So, I’m just going to go ahead and dub this week “I don’t know who the hell I am!” week, seeing as how all but 1 book I’ll be talking about this week is riddled with amnesia, (yeah…weird)

Anyways, I am a super huge goober fan of Heather’s and have been for a while now, (especially since she named a character after me!) so when she emailed me over the holidays and practically begged, (ok…maybe it wasn’t quite that dramatic) to read her next novel “Blank Slate Kate” I couldn’t r
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Tara
Mar 09, 2012 Tara rated it did not like it
Kate wakes to find herself 15 years older and with no memory. What happens throughout the next few hundred pages is she does her best to find herself with the help of a random male stranger (whose character is unbelievable - he takes her to his place, buys her all her clothing, feeds her, houses her - as he sleeps on the couch for 6 weeks - and he expects nothing in return and states that she can continue to live there indefinitely, regardless if she gets her memory back or not) and a husband th ...more
Ashley
Feb 19, 2012 Ashley rated it really liked it
The plot of Blank Slate Kate - a thirty-something woman wakes up naked in a strange bed and can’t remember the last fifteen years- could have been filled with predictability and cliches. Could have been. But wasn’t.

Of course there’s the husband that Kate doesn’t remember. But Heather Wardell gives “Kate” a number of options. She doesn’t send Kate immediately back into the arms of her husband, nor into the arms of a potential lover.

Instead, she lets Kate find herself naturally, revealing the stre
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Christina
Jun 14, 2012 Christina rated it really liked it
This was a pretty good read, considering it was only .99! The cover was plain and simple, so I was scared the writing was a reflection of that. It had a very good plot to it though, very "The Vow" - iquse. I really enjoyed "Kate" as the main character because she was so driven and opposite of who she actually was. The only thing that bothered me were the male roles in her life. Being in their late 20's, early 30's, I'd expect Jake and Ryan to be a bit more masculine? We were first introduced to ...more
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