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Sleeping Tigers

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  615 ratings  ·  63 reviews
Jordan O'Malley has everything she ever wanted: a job she loves, a beautiful home, and a dependable boyfriend. When her life unravels after a breast cancer scare, Jordan decides to join her wildest childhood friend in San Francisco and track down her drifter brother, Cam, who harbors secrets of his own. When Cam suddenly flees the country, Jordan follows, determined to bri ...more
Paperback, 258 pages
Published December 28th 2011 by CreateSpace (first published December 23rd 2011)
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Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"Each of us carries a sleeping tiger inside, and we can't predict when that cat will wake, stretch, and sharpen its claws. It is best to see the beast, acknowledge it and let it roam where it might, because only then will you know what you are truly capable of doing."

After thirty-three year old Boston school teacher Jordan O'Malley had a serious health scare, it made her reexamine her life and decide to face the tiger's presence within her, and make changes that would reconnect her with her fam
Jamee Pritchard
Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Sleeping Tigers. Although I would not strictly describe it as a chick-lit novel, it does contain many of the genre's elements. It's the story of a woman starting over. After having a health scare, she decides to move to San Francisco in search of her brother, excitement, and possibly love. She finds not only her brother but an array of problems that are sure to add excitement to her life.

I was gently tugged into this story. There wasn't a specific hook that grabbed me and demand
Jan 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Sleeping Tigers follows Jordan as she builds a new life for herself. After surviving breast cancer and breaking up from her boyfriend, she goes to San Francisco, tracks down her brother and finds things she never expected to find.

When the author contacted me regarding a review I happily accepted. When she sent me the cover in an email I fell in love with it. It's so bright and colourful and definitely stands out.

From the moment I opened Sleeping Tigers I fell in love with the writing and after w
Jun 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
After a terrifying cancer scare, Jordan O'Malley leaves behind everything she has always relied upon for comfort and security (her parents, her boyfriend, her job) to go clear her head in San Francisco for a few months. There, she reconnects with her best friend and her brother. Though she goes there believing that she is going to, for once in her life, be irresponsible and free-wheeling, what she finds instead is what she never knew was a missing: the necessity of letting go of control and joy ...more
Stacey Donaldson
Jan 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Jordan O'Malley survived a cancer scare, but now what? On a whim she decides to travel cross country to visit a childhood friend and reconnect with her estranged brother. Jordan discovers that she's a lot tougher than she ever imagined, finds passion in unexpected places, and travels to a far away land. This unplanned future fulfills her in a way that she never thought possible.

Sleeping Tigers is a beautiful journey of discovery. The characters are three-dimensional, brave, scared, and complex.
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chiclet
Liked it a lot, though not a genre I typically read. What I liked about the book is the squalor is shown as an obstacle to surmount rather than ignored -- too many journeys into the third world, especially Nepal, gloss over the abject poverty and difficulties of living conditions. Nothing is glamorized. Growth is insight born out of caring for others and seeing the real world and not some mystical revelation. I believed the characters were real people.

This book is nothing like Eat Pray Love, by
There was one word that put me off Robinson's Bay Area - 'subway'? Also no one ever seems to worry about parking.

This didn't feel like my Bay Area or my San Francisco even though the neighborhoods are familiar.

But don't let that put you off the story itself - it didn't stop me from enjoying what Robinson knows best and that is the words of women - what they say to each other, how they observe each other, how they can begin to learn to see each other, maybe even help each other.
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My very first Kindle book and a very good choice especially since it was free. Glad I discovered it. I found the book hard to put down. The journey to Nepal was quite an eye-opening experience to a third world country with no sugarcoating the poverty and filth. I was disappointed when I came to the end and wanted more.
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well written and thought provoking. How would I handle the challenges thrown into this young woman's life?
Jan 31, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Really good book

I really enjoyed this book, reading one woman's journey of starting over and learning her place in life and in her family.
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Jordan is in her early 30s and having a bit of a mid-life crisis. Her long term relationship has recently ended. She's had a health scare. She decides to drive across the country from Boston to San Francisco and spend the summer in the city where her best friend and her brother live. There is no neat and tidy ending that resolves the mid-life crisis. By the end of the book, we aren't exactly sure what her long term plan is and neither is she. Perhaps this is one of he ...more
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read!

The only reason this well plotted, well written, well developed story didn't earn a higher rating from me was the totally unnecessary sexual hot spring description between the mc and a char she didn't care much for. I felt that was unlikely, overdescriptive and overreaching--same kind of turning point could have been achieved in a less disgusting way. Otherwise excellent read. I will definitely be seeking this author out in the future.
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy read, great message

I enjoyed this book more and more as it progressed. I wasn’t sure it would interest me at first but it drew me in and I breezed through it quickly. As someone who’s had a health scare, I deeply understood the main character’s inner conflict and appreciated the reminder to resist complacency.
Geri Ahearn
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing


Jordan O'Malley thought she had everything in her safe world, her career as a teacher, her boyfriend, and a lovely home. However, after a breast cancer scare, she begins to realize that in reality, there was a void in her life. What she had was nice, but what she really wanted she longed for, and her picture on life began to change drastically. She realized that her boyfriend wasn't Mr. Right, her parents were smothering her, and she missed her brother and a very close frien
Feb 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-read

It befuddles me why it took me so long to write this review. I think the reason was that I got to know the author through email exchanges and I just couldn’t be that impartial in paper (i.e. the internet). So, after the months brought back my impartiality, I am all good to go.

Jordan has a breast cancer scare and although she gets through it ok, she is quite shaken by the experience. Her tranquil and safe life soon comes unraveling as she leaves her boyfriend and her sedentary life. She travels
Mar 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was the perfect vacation read. Jordan is a little lost in life. She had a major medical scare and now wants to make sure her life means something. Jordan is a very likable character. She's down-to-earth and very easy to relate to. She's responsible and even though she wants to get away from it all and live a little carefree, she still is grounded in reality and willing to except what comes her way.

My favorite thing about this novel is that I felt like I was soul searching right along with J
Diana Shaffner
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adventure
The main and likable character Jordan comes from a relatively predictable and mundane existence seeking more in life and tries to reunite her family after a breast cancer scare. She starts out with a planned extended stay in San Francisco where she hopes to find her estranged brother Cam who is a drifter and drug addict. Jordan encounters a very broad spectrum of personalities some of which have views and lifestyles often judged or disapproved of. Enlightening how the author reveals the basic go ...more
Toby Neal
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is a Sleeping Tiger!
Holly Robinson has written a book that sneaks up on you--starts out as a chick-lit coming of age, with a likeable protagonist prone to wearing flats, chinos, and seasonal earrings (hey, I like her already!) who jumps off the conventional track to reconnect with her estranged brother after a cancer scare. So far, so good, I'm liking her attempts to break out of the rut, her sexual nonadventures ("penis like a male mushroom on a mound of hay" brought me much needed la
Feb 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: drama, for-review
This was a very interesting novel. The novel opens in San Francisco after Jordan's break-up when she first meets up with her friend Karen. Jordan is looking for her brother who we realized she hasn't seen in years, and hasn't heard from in months. We quickly learn that Jordan's family is not a cookie cutter suburban family. They have an interesting set of dynamics. When she finds her brother living with an eclectic group of people and working in a food truck on the streets of San Francisco, she ...more
Dana Burgess
Mar 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
From the blurb, you might expect the majority of the novel and character growth to take place in Nepal. Actually most of the story takes place in San Francisco - and, of the two, I enjoyed the San Francisco leg of the journey better than the Nepal leg.

Jordan's friend, Karin, is a blast. I loved her and totally got Jordan's connection with her. She's a hard partying girl with a huge heart. The two of them together make a great team. On the other hand, brother Cam is an annoying brat. He marginall
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Jordan has a cancer scare and leaves everyone behind to look for her brother who had been taken. She goes to California and to 3rd world countries trying to find him. Her boring finance is a winner I have heard of men ironing their money, but seriously this was rich. I had to laugh and yell for Jordan to run far away from this man. This 4th grade teacher went through a lot in this book and could have turned around at any time and fled. She didn't she stuck it out.

Holly did a wonderful job with
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
*I received this book for free through GoodReads First Reads!*

Jordan O'Malley has always been responsible, hard working, and does all the right things. She even has everything she dreamed of having: a career she is passionate about, a handsome fiancé and the perfect engagement ring, and a beautiful condo. It takes a Heath scare for Jordan to realize that she's not actually happy. She leaves her finance and heads to San Francisco to figure out her life, and to track down her brother. Nothing coul
Ben Campbell
Jun 21, 2012 rated it liked it
One reviewer said that this story isn't believable and tagged it with two **. I say that this story is fiction and meant for reading entertainment. The characters are wll developed, the dialog is crisp and the locations of SF and Nepal are spectacular, opposite ends of the earth and culture. I enjoy reading about family struggles and how they overcome or constrict situations. And I enjoy reading about traveling, how entrusting and/or distrustful situations can be. Then there are the human emotio ...more
Kathleen Kelly
Dec 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
I loved this novel. This is a story about a woman, Jordan O'Malley, who leaves her safe world to venture out to California. She has had a health scare and recently said goodbye to her real winner of a boyfriend. She is a teacher and decides to spend her summer trying to find her elusive brother. She does find him and this is where the story really takes off. She finds herself in a world totally different than she is used to. She finds that her brother has some real issues that he is having a pro ...more
May 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Sleeping Tigers is one of those books that grabs your attention from the first page. It's filled with humor, insight, family values, a bit or romance, and friendships. Jordan has to make a choice which will alter her whole life, right at the time she's recovering from a break up with her fiance. She moves mountains to save her ailing brother, for herself as well as her old fashioned mother. The characters in the book evolve as things happen to them, and no one is more surprised at the change tha ...more
Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book a lot. It was interesting to see how the main character transformed by the end of the book. By going to search for her brother in Nepal, she left all modern conveniences, stepping way outside her comfort zone away from everything she knew to be life and came to appreciate a simpler, more grounded existence. And the idea of a "sleeping tiger" being inside the main character and wanting out really resonated with me and kept me intrigued. I also became eager to read about her lo ...more
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If you want to experience the beauty of the English language, be exposed to refreshing, clever and picturesque similes and metaphors, then Holly Robinson's book, SLEEPING TIGERS, is a must read. She has a magical way of weaving words and phrases together to move the story along and creates an atmosphere that makes it hard to put the book down. Her story telling ability is wonderful, creative and she has a great mastery of the English language that makes the story come alive and makes you feel yo ...more
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
not bad - it was interesting enough and a decent enough story. i kept going a bit crazy with some of the baby stuff - like getting upset on one page 'cause the mom gave the 7 month old a soda...and then turning around and giving the baby an orange popscicle...also the 7 month old was malnurished and not really taken care of...but learning to walk and could crawl upstairs - despite having been homeless and not around stairs...and i forget some of the others. anyway, if you can ignore all that, it ...more
Charlotte Austin
Mystery title...questions answered

I kept trying to figure out where the title came from, finally got my answer about 2/3 through the book. NO, you will have to read it yourself. This book is very well written and kept my interest all the way. There were times I wanted to shake the protagonist/s and tell them to grow up. Then I realized that is what they were doing.. facing life, maturing, and learning to accept. I will definitely keep an eye out for more books by Ms. Robinson.
janie d. leik
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The search and long haul to save my beloved little brother.

I CHOSE this rating because this was a book that had to be devoured before I could put it down. It had the most interesting characters that you don't find in many current reads. Also, I always enjoy traveling to interesting foreign countries and viewing their culture. it is my only way to afford travel. I don't give many five star ratings, but feel that this book was deserving of it. This is such a an interesting read that I will pull it
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Holly Robinson is the author of The Gerbil Farmer's Daughter: a Memoir as well as several novels, including Sleeping Tigers, The Wishing Hill, Beach Plum Island, and Haven Lake.

Her essays, articles and columns have appeared in a variety of national publications. She also works as a ghost writer and book doctor on celebrity memoirs and other nonfiction books.

Holly holds a B.A. in biology from Cla
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