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A Changed Life

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  142 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Nothing is the same.

A new life, but will it be a better one?

Change is never easy, but it seems that nothing in Nicolette Vanelle's life is like what she once knew.

A new house, but will it ever feel like home?

A new school, but will she ever fit in?

New friends, but can she really trust them?

And an undeniable connection to handsome surfer Simon Paulson that leads to a new ro
Paperback, 2 edition, 526 pages
Published September 2017 by Mary A. Wasowski (first published August 5th 2013)
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Henry Wasowski
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great job by this new Indie Author(Which happens to be my wife). I don't generally read books, especially of this genre. But how could I not read my wife's first book. Started yesterday morning and completed it today. No spoilers allowed, my wife says. But all I can say is that it's a great love story of a couple that goes through it till the end.
Secretly Adorkable Readers
A Changed Life was not what I was expecting at all. This was a gut wrenching tragic story with a HEA.

This book amazed me from beginning to end. I didn't know what to expect especially seeing multiple POV`s through out the whole story. I see why the author did that and it made more sense because at first I was a little confused. Simon Paulson has became one of my #1 book boyfriend. He was there for Nickel and never left her side. I kept some of my book marks out so I wouldn't give away too much s
Chris- Bookaddict
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.

I had a hard time connecting with the characters in this book. I don't know why honestly. It was a great story with love, tragedy, friendships, love and happiness in the end.

Nicolette who is seventeen years old finds her life changing when her parents decide to move from Chicago to California to better their careers. Nicolette is left with starting her senior year in a new school, having to make new friends and starting all over.

Nicolette Meets Michael the son to a mutual friend of h
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-adult, arc, romance
3.5 Stars
There was not a dull moment in the story. It took me awhile to get used to the writing style and some of conversations between the characters felt forced/awkward. This made it hard for me to connect to Nicholette. The story was interesting, but I felt the characters feelings were forced.

I understood where the author was going and trying to show. Nicholette was independent and adjusting to her new home and life in California. Sometimes, I just want to “feel” what the characters’ feeling
Letty  (Cover to Cover Book Blog Reviewer)
After finishing this book, I felt completely exhausted. There are many strong emotions and situations floating around with this book. It is an amazing love story with plenty of moments that pulled at my heartstrings.
Nicolette and Simon experience an instant connection that grows stronger over time, despite all the horrible circumstances they face. Nicolette is a compassionate girl who puts the feelings of others before her own and Simon is sweet, loving, and protective of Nicolette. Their family
Oct 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
Blog tour stop with excerpt and giveaway:

I loved loved this book from the beginning to the very end. It was based off real life and those are the kind of books that I love to read. Sometimes when you read a book and you connect with the character because you feel like you have been through it also. Well with Nicolette the main character in the book I could relate to so much.

Nicholette is a high school girl that just moved from Chicago to California. First
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Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful story very well written by this amazing woman!!! I love the way she write and with this "Forever", sve exceed herself!
This story is very intricate full of the strongest emotions you can experience in your whole life.i 've adored Reese a very strong girl that is forced to do painful things, i love this character but i was scared how the story was going ! My heart was broken , happy , in love , passionate and fearful!!
Walker is my myth i love all of him!! But my heart skip more than on
Hailey Miller
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was sad but inspiring! I can not even imagine what that was like, being raped by someone. It was amazing how Nicolette pushed through her hard times and how she became stronger from this experience. It really shows how hard it can be to experience something like being raped and how with time and love you can get through it. The past may never go away but it will still make you a better person. There is a saying I heard and that is "Forgive and forget what has hurt you in the past, but ...more
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book truly surprised me. I still can't get over the story itself. It is a beautifully written and well told story of love, survival and self discovery. There were so many twist and turns to this story that just keeps you captivated. The emotions that you go through while reading and taking this story in are at times overwhelming but in a good way. The characters fit perfectly together and made the story even more emotional. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Oh yea...Simon, Sim
Life can change in an instant and switch up the path you are on in life. Nicolette's life did just that. How can a girl not love Simon, a guy who wears his heart on his sleeve?

At times I knew where things were going to go making the story predictable, but sometimes I like a read that I don't need to think, is sweet and makes you believe in love.
It was a sweet love story and a decent read.
Susini Barrera
Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
what a great story
i love this kind of stories
i cannot believe i read this book in one day.
i can't wait for your new series
Roni Guzman
Oct 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Changed Life definitely is an amazing story. Nicolette moves to California at the beginning of her senior year which is a very hard change for any teenager. She had to move from a place where she grew up her whole life and leave all her friends she had known her whole life just to leave them and be uprooted to a new place where she knew absolutely nobody. One day at a party her parents forced her to go to she met two guys that are both unique in their own ways. Michael is the first guy she mee ...more
I was intrigued by the synopsis of this book and eager to start reading. Initially, I had some difficulty getting into the story. The writing was somewhat choppy and Nicolette was a bit too wishy-washy for me. It seemed to me on several occasions that she felt or said one thing and then quickly did the opposite or backed down without much prompting. This seemed especially true when it came to Michael, who I immediately disliked. I'm sure that was the point, but I wanted her to be stronger in the ...more
Oct 21, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-tours
Given by the author for an honest review for her Blog Tour

It was not what I expected it to be..
The story had a nice flow and it was written remarkably.So, the writing is very good..I also consider it to be a quality-read..
However, there was too much going on..There were too many POVs that were leaving me confused,especially when the transition from one POV to another wasn't done properly..I just felt like everything was too much..When things were good,they were too good..When things got ugly,the
Maria's Book Blog
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was debating between rating this a 3 or 4 star read, but the over all message & feel of the book pushed it to a solid 4 for me. A Changed Life really is the most appropriate and fitting title for Ms. Wasowski's debut novel. It's a heart-wrenching story of obsession, tragedy, and finding the strength & courage within yourself to change and move on.

I was immediately impressed with this cast of characters. They are definitely much older & wiser than their mere 18 years would lead you
Feisty Girls
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J's Review~

This book was a more than just a story about finding love and getting your happily ever after. This book was a journey.

Nicolette and her family moved to California to pursue her parents dream. At first she was very angry to have been forced away from her home in Chicago so close to her eighteenth birthday and leaving her family and friends behind. Starting a new school at the beginning of her senior year wasn’t something she wanted to do.

While attending a party with her parents she
B.A. Wolfe
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a wonderful 4.5 Star read for me!

You think you understand the title of the story, but until you read it, you can't even begin to realize its more powerful meaning. A Changed Life indeed. I read the sample on amazon and after 2 pages I was hooked and 1 clicked like faster than I can even say 1 click. I had moments where I was ready for some "angst" and when I was, it was like Mary was in my head and boy oh boy does she deliver. You will get into a percentage of the story where she just p
Trudie Campbell
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had this book read in three days! Three days. If it wasn't for work, my son and husband; along with errands, cooking, cleaning, etc. this book would have been finished in two days :-). I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. I honestly didn't know what to expect and was def. surprised and caught off guard in a very good way. A little back ground on me, I typically don't read these young contemporary love stories. But found myself caught up in this book quickly. Right from the start, your pulled int ...more
Kindle Crack Book Reviews Cheri
ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review. Spoiler-free review. HEA which makes me happy :).

Seventeen year old Nicolette’s life is turned upside down when her parents decide to move from Chicago to Californian. She has to start all over again her senior year of high school. New friends, school and a changed life. I want to remain spoiler free so will top line - Nicolette attends her first Hollywood party meets two guys - Michael and Simon. Michael is a “bad boy” dbag. She manages to
Oct 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first thought upon completion of this book was how exhausted my emotions were. This book deals with some harsh things but is also has an exceptional love story. There were definitely plenty of moments that pulled at my heartstrings.
There are lots of fantastic characters in this book. Nicolette and Simon have an instant connection that despite all they go through, only grows stronger over time. They were both wonderful characters to read about. Nicolette is kind and compassionate and always pu
Rumpled Sheets Blog
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
Nicholette has moved with her parents to LA. She wasnt happy about it.
Her parents are song writers. Theyve been invited to the Fourth of July party hosted by Clayton St. Clair.
At that party, she met Simon and Michael. Both Simon and Michael like her and wanted her. They fought for her.
But Michael did something tragic, something that will leave a mark on her forever. Something that changed her life.
Simon is so sweet, caring. He never gave up on her. He was all the way there for her.
Nicholette tri
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly I am not a big fan of books that the characters are high school kids. With that said I did feel like these kids were more mature beyond their year’s maybe it’s because they live in Hollywood and have rich families. This book is about making new friends, finding love dealing with tragedy and how your life can change in a second and that is exactly what happened to Nicolette. Michael is the son of a business partner with her parents and she decides she doesn’t like him from the beginning ...more
Kristie Amann
The beginning was hard to get through, but once you hit 40% it's a quick read, I loved the ending and how everything worked out but some of the stuff in the beginning was harder to believe, I know it's not real but the way some of the characters acted and the way the characters talked at times was awkward. But I wanted to give this book a chance and once I finished it I liked the rest of the book a lot. The kindle edition definitely needs more editing, lots of spelling, grammatical and other err ...more
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book from Love Between The Sheets, and didn't know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised! I loved the story and it didn't take long for me to be hooked. A Changed Life will tug at your heartstrings, taking you for an emotional ride. Tears of hurt/sadness and tears of happiness... what a roller coaster! I'm looking forward to reading Mary A. Wasowski's next book!

I wanted to give this 5 stars, but couldn't. In my opinion, additional editing is needed. The placement of quotation mar
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nicolette and her Patents moved from Chicago to CA. for her patents career. Attending a party her parents want her to make friends she meets the son (Micheal) of a business associate. she gets bored so she goes to the Beach. where she meets Simon they hit it off right away. Micheal and Simon have a history which isn't good. So this is where the story takes off, there is Trauma that Nicolette goes through. Can Simon & Nicolette's love be enough to get them through this. You will enjoy this bo ...more
Joanne Hope
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was recommended this book by a friend... All I can say is "WOW""

This book has you hooked from the start.
You can feel every emotion in it.

I'd love to hear more from "nickel" and simon.

I would recommend everyone read this book x
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Amazing, when a book makes me cry an ugly cry and smile in the end. I know I've been on a journey. Wonderful way to handle a tough subject. Great job!
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the story and message behind this book. I felt like I was invested in this book and their characters. I can't wait to read more by this amazing author!
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing story that touches your heart. To see the struggles people go through daily is a real eye opener. Loved the main characters ...there story touched my heart!
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Mary A. Wasowski is a Best Selling Author who writes adult contemporary romance. Captivating and inspiring readers one book at a time.

Mary loves creating sexy alpha book boyfriends for you to swoon over. When she is not writing her happily ever after stories, she is an avid reader of all romance titles. A romantic at heart, she shares her zest for life with her husband, Henry, and their three son
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“Drinking her away will not bring her back to you, Simon.”
“You could be right, dad, but at least I won’t be able to feel anything.”
“If I was dreaming, I didn’t want to wake up. I slowly opened my eyes, and my beautiful sleeping angel was in my arms, and sleeping so peacefully. Nicolette was real and here with me.” 1 likes
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