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Is This All There Is?

(Is This All There Is? #1)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  444 ratings  ·  170 reviews
Beth Thomas’ seemingly perfect life is about to take a detour. At thirty-five, she’s married to her college sweetheart, has two adorable kids, and finds fulfillment teaching part time at the local university.

But when a friend persuades her to go dancing on a rare night out, a chance meeting with a handsome former student changes the course of her life. Loud music, too muc
Kindle Edition, 190 pages
Published March 21st 2014 by Booktrope Publishing (first published December 22nd 2012)
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Sep 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I think this is a first book ever where I did not particularly like the main characters, but I still really enjoyed the book. I guess, because I could understand their choices and decisions, it was easy to relate and connect with them. However, I really hope somebody will slap me if my life ever becomes similar to Beth's!


"Do other women fantasize about living a different life? Do they passionately love and loathe their families at the same time?"

Beth Thomas is a mother of two boys and a wife of
Duchess Nicole
I'm very torn about my rating for this book. On one hand, it brings to light some issues that few women feel free enough to talk about. On the other hand, the execution made it less insightful and meaningful than it could have been. I suppose I feel that it missed it's potential.

We all know that marriage is hard. Many of my friends that got married in their twenties are divorced now. I pride myself on my eleven year marriage, and I'm happy to say that our marriage is currently the happiest it's
Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
Before I begin, I was given a copy of this book for an honest review.

"Do other women fantasize about living a different life? Do they passionately love and loathe their families at the same time?"

Patricia Mann definitely hit the mark with this heartwarming and utterly poignant story. This book will suck you in from the very first page and you just can't help but feel for Beth. The cover and the blurb really captivated me, and I really wanted to read what Beth's choices were when she entered into
First thing I did after reading this book, I went and kissed my husband. Not just a peck but a full on tongue twirling make love to his mouth kinda kiss. I wanted him to know that I desired him above all else.

I honestly can’t say I liked this book. My heart still hurts from it. There were so many real emotions that I went through and the process of what happened breaks me up inside. I silently begged Beth not to do the things she was doing and when she didnt listen to me, I was really upset wit
My Review – warning - a lot of personal feelings mixed with the summery of this book –

I gave this 2 stars, because I thought it was ok

I was not expecting this type of book. There was a lot of personal feelings in this book for me, so I was struggling with rather I should finish reading it or not.

Everyone struggles in their marriage. And anyone who says they haven't had a couple of weeks or months where their marriage was put behind other things is probably going through that phase right now
"Is This All There Is?" feels like something of a punchline after reading because the title had me thinking much the same about the quality of the book, not the content. I have read quite many romance books that deal with the issue of cheating spouses well, but this wasn't done very well, I think. Sure, it was realistic in turns, and one could say the portrayal of family and the stress associated with the female protagonist being directionless and not having her needs met in her current life wer ...more
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: copy-from-author

We never get to read a book of what happens after marriage. One can think that after that everyone gets his happily ever after but married couples have to work ten times harder to make their relationship last, to make their love grow and not lessen.

This story felt so real . At the beginning, I was so sorry for Beth. She had to be there for her family but no one was there for her. She is a Professor so she had to work, watch over her two kids and take care of the house.

"Do other women fanta
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) by: author
Shelves: reviewed
Quick review:

Cover: Okay
Rating: NC-17
Steaminess: Steamy
Thumbs Up: 4.5
Overall: Close to home, but a solid read
Characters: Well Done
Plot: Realization that your life has somehow gotten away from you
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? N/A
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Dave & Rick

SUMMARY (50 words or less)

The cover may not grab you, but the story is worth the read. Always with contemporary romance, it might be a little too realistic for comfort. Still, I have no regrets reading. I think the ending w
Amy J RAREtte4Life
Is This All There Is floored me with the similarities between the book and real life. 30-40 year old moms find themselves where Beth was in this book. The story is very well written and the author develops the characters well. From the best friend, Beth's thoughts on her friends weight loss, Beth never taking time for herself, her husband reminding her to pick up the dry cleaning, her nursing, and the secret eating the story is too real. I was so empathetic to Beth and where she was and kept thi ...more
Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This is a story that I think any married woman with kids can relate to. The author did an excellent job of getting into her character's head and making her real. Of course, the author is married with kids, so I am sure she understands.

Beth's dilemmas and temptations stem from one thing – lack of communication with her husband. When you have busy lives, communication is not a hard thing to lose. I really enjoyed the story and how the author chose to portray Beth's life with her family. She obvio
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 or 4 "Is This All There Is?" Stars

First of all I want to thank the Author Patricia Mann for giving me the opportunity to read your beautiful work.

I gotta be honest that its kinda hard for me to rate this book. Put me through roller coaster emotion. I gotta say that I really like the story and Mann's writing is amazing, capturing the reality and realness of the story.

I guess not all Marriage are perfect. All marriage has been in the ups and downs battle of life but the only thing is you kn
Nickel D
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Do other women fantasize about living a different life? Do they passionately love and loathe their families at the same time?”

I read 80% of this book last night. After tossing and turning for a while, I knew I’d be waking up early to finish it before work. And that’s exactly what I did. Why?? What is it about this book that had me so edgy? Was it insanely erotic and steamy? No. Was it over-the-top, can’t-stop-laughing hysterical? No. It was real, honest, raw, unrelenting. It is the story of
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is not my typical read but as a 35 year old woman in a 12 year relationship and a 6 year old son I could relate to Beth more then I wanted to. This book just pulled at me to read as I much too often wonder, is this all there is? I often have wondered if the grass is greener on the other side. And apparently it is not .

I tend to read books with lots of steamy situations and if you are looking for that in this book then you would be disappointed . But this book is much deeper then that,
Shaz X
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sharon's Book Nook - Review

Wow, this book completely floored me as to how true to life this story is. I'm a woman close in age to Beth so I could really relate to her. Which I'm sure many other women in a similar age bracket and situation will at some point if not, now.

Patricia Mann has written this story beautifully and with so much emotion that you feel for all the characters on either side of the equation. Whether it be Sam, the eldest child, Rick, the
Hazel *Craves the Angst Reviews*
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Is This All There Is is a Woman’s Fiction/Chick Lit written by Patricia Mann. I read this as a R2R with Fifty Shades Support Group. As always, a special thank you to the mods and author for allowing me to participate.

★★★★ Big Realistic Stars!

The Review:
This book was so realistic it was painful to read. And I think that’s what I liked most about it…

When I first started reading Is This All There Is I wanted to put it down because the main charact
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone in a marriage or the victim of infidelity on either side
Recommended to Erica by: 50 Shades support group
This book, quite simply, was stunning. The author really had something to say and it comes through in her writing. I can't believe that this is the author's first book and I can't wait to read more. This book quite potently illustrates the dangers and consequences of what can happen when a person in a marriage lets their guard down, doesn't communicate with their partner and forgets to take care of his or her needs, wants and desires. Coming from the perspective of a working mother who has been ...more
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With this extremely well written novel, Mann manages to very succinctly show how the lines within relationships can be blurred by changing circumstances. She approaches a very loaded subject with abandon showing a great deal of tact as well as insight. She also managed to portray love, lust, marriage, and relationships in a manner that defies literary stereotypes. This is not your stereotypical storybook whirlwind romance, but rather real life.

Mann’s writing style is very conducive to the type o
Aug 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
***Copy received through Netgalley***

Okay, let's be clear about one thing: most people at some point in their life is asking themselves questions about life, about the purpose in living and "Is this all there is?" is one of them, so I was curious about reading this book. I first thought that it would be about a change in the heroine's life and maybe she became bored and wanted something more. Something exciting, like an affair.


Some readers can't stand a book when there is one of the character
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
"I need excitement. I need new experiences. I need to be creative. I need intensity. I need passion."

Beth's life is centered around being a mom, wife and part-time professor. She puts everyone else's needs ahead of her own and ends up losing her sense of self along the way. She feels invisible to her husband. Their relationship has taken a backseat to the kids and other things they have going on in their lives. He isn't giving her the attention she yearns for. Isn't that what we all crave, t
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I normally find that books where a married person has an affair, the author makes sure we don't feel much for the other half so as to make the affair more acceptable but in this book that is not the case. I actually felt sorry for Rick, the husband.

Beth and Rick have been married ten years or so and have two young sons. Beth is still breastfeeding her youngest when the story starts. I actually found some of what Beth is feeling relatable. When Beth's friend encourages her to come on a night out,
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone,
Recommended to Corie by: the publisher
I know when a book makes me squirm and re-read certain parts that I am reading a fantastic book. The story inside these pages is one I heard many many times as a marriage counselor and family therapist. Mann tells it with adroit compassion for a "young mommy" who, though a flawed character, and certainly an imperfect heroine, makes you understand (even identify with) the feelings of ennui that she feels in a life that is supposed to be "enough" even enviable. There is a lot of truth telling in t ...more
Here is a book that is difficult for me to review because, A) this is a well written story, and B) the subject matter really bothers me. I'm going to put my troubles with the theme aside saying only that it was well executed and done so in a manner that left no holes for confusion or questions to thrive in.

Is This All There Is? is a tale with essential truths told in a way that I'm sure many people will recognize in themselves or in friends and loved ones. It's a sadly common story, told in an
Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stand-alones
This is a tough review for me. I totally realte to this character and can understand how you can loose yourself once you become a mother and wife. I know that I have personally had thoughts that resemble some of the characters, although I have never made the choices that she did. This is a very well written book...and although it is not necessarily a traditional love story, it was a very interesting read. I had hoped to get more at the ending of this book, but I understand that the point of the ...more
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in one sitting and wished it had 100 more pages to go! I rarely have an opportunity to do so, but the story and characters captured my attention and I'm looking forward to learning more about Beth, hopefully, in a coming sequel. The author had a very realistic take on what it is to be a married couple with children. I didn't agree with all of Beth's choices, but more often than not, I found myself thinking how much I could relate. I really enjoyed the mix of a romance book with ...more
Sandy S
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
IS THIS ALL THERE IS? By Patricia Mann

ABOUT THE BOOK: Released January 3, 2013

Beth Thomas has the perfect life. At thirty-five, she’s married to her college sweetheart, has two adorable kids, and teaches part time at the local university. But when a friend persuades Beth to go dancing on a rare night out, a chance meeting with twenty one year old Dave, one of her former students, changes the course of her life. Loud music, too much to drink, and the thrill of feeling young again lead to an unfor
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May 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
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"This book was kindly given to me in exchange for an honest review."

This story is one of those where I think many women will be able to easily relate to Beth, the main character. Not only is the focus surrounding her decisions to meet up with a former student for a secret affair, she also addresses everyday struggles like constantly binge eating to try and improve her mood and feeling a loss of
Reading is my Time Out
When I first started reading the book Is This All There Is by Patricia Mann, I thought I would not be able to make a connection to this story. The plot is about a 35 year old married mommy of 2 little boys whose marriage is hitting a plateau. The main character Beth is hungry for attention, affection, and an overall need to feel wanted. Once I really got into the first couple of chapters I realized, isn't that what all women yearn for? A man to look at them the way they did when the "courting ph ...more
Jan 27, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Overall, I really wanted to like this book. I was intrigued when I read the book description when the ARC opportunity came out as premise of the book is one many can relate to, myself included-married, mom of 2 little ones, thirtysomething. But I just could not get into it. Some parts were relatable, but I found myself very frustrated with Beth. What is relatable (at least for me: feelings of being overwhelmed, under-appreciated, unattractive, wanting to raise well balanced, happy, healthy child ...more
Wendy Janes
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beth appears to have a perfect life. She’s married to a kind man, they have two lovely young children, she works part-time as a teacher at the university. Why would she want anything more than this? On a rare evening out with a friend she bumps into Dave, one of her former students. The chemistry between them is strong. Will Beth be able to resist? Does she want to resist?

I think the title of this book is perfect. I’d wager that everyone has thought ‘Is this all there is?’ at some point in their
*Received this ARC from the author, in return for a fair & honest review

Being a persnickety reader, I've developed the bad habit of starting one book, getting bored, and then moving onto one of several titles that are loaded onto my Nook or Kindle.

Fortunately, I didn't experience that type of boredom with this book. The book was so good, that I purposely left my home to find a quiet place to read, drove 25 miles to a suburban park (in a nearby city, lol), and devoured the remaining 1/2 in 2 hour
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Patricia Mann is a university professor. She lives in California with her husband, their two kids, and a sweet, silly old dog.

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