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The Big Five-OH!

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  1,698 ratings  ·  182 reviews
Olivia Wallace has a birthday curse . . . or so she thinks. It was a broken heart on her 16th, a car accident on her 21st, pneumonia on her 30th, and a fall down a flight of stairs on her 35th. There were Ohio blizzards on her 38th, 39th, and 40th; and six days before her 45th, she lost the love of her life to a heart attack. Numbing grief stole that birthday and a couple ...more
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Published (first published December 1st 2009)
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Debra Ullrick
Dec 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous! Did I mention, The Big 5-OH was fabulous? *smiling*

The Big 5-OH, is probably Sandra Bricker’s funniest most romantic story yet. Yep. You heard me. I didn’t think she could get any funnier or write a novel with even more romance in it than her other ones. But she’s outdone herself with this one.

Once again, my husband made me stop reading in bed because I laughed so hard I was keeping him awake. I was so bummed since I normally do most of my reading in bed. Then I th
Oh my goodness!!! I burst out laughing at so many things in this book, it was actually quite refreshing! :D

The main character is almost fifty years old, so it's a different kind of read than other books I've read. But I still loved it!!! Liv - the main character - is hilarious! I love all the other characters too ... even grumpy Charles. :D

I'd definitely re-read this sometime!

There were several kisses and hugs, but not detailed.

I recommend it for 16+
Jul 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: THE BIG 5-0H!
Author: Sandra D. Bricker
Publisher: Abingdon Press
February 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4267-0235-8
Genre: Inspirational/contemporary romance

Olivia Wallace is nearing a landmark birthday—the trouble is that all her birthdays have been bad luck. There was the year her boyfriend was caught making out with another girl at Olivia’s birthday party, the year her husband died, the year she had a broken leg, and the list could go on.

This year, Liv’s best friend decides to help Liv escape the dold
Andrea Cox
by Andrea Renee Cox

What a fun adventure! This story kept me laughing from beginning to end. I will definitely be looking for more books by Sandra D. Bricker.

It reminded me of Beth K. Vogt's first book, Wish You Were Here, with its lightheartedness and crazy adventures.
Jun 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Olivia (Liv) Wallace’s 50th birthday is fast approaching and she is getting nervous. Liv is convinced she has a birthday curse. Over the years on her birthday she has had her heart broken, a car accident, blizzards, her husband died and the last disaster was being diagnosed with cancer. What on earth would her 50th bring? Her next-door neighbour and best friend forces Liv to go and house and dog sit in Florida to escape from the winter and the birthday curse and to look at life from a different ...more
This was a sweet story with a lot of middle-aged and over fifty humor that was cute. I enjoyed the way each chapter started with a completely different tale that mirrored the story...about a donkey named Prudence. That was especially fun. I also enjoyed the comedy of mishaps and that the characters weren't perfect. There were a lot of great secondary characters in this story including secondary romances. They were fun, too. SO if you like a sweet, contemporary romance with cute humor and imperfe ...more
Sep 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I fell in love with Sandie's writing when I read Always the Baker Never the Bride so I was eager to read The Big Five-OH! While my preference is literary fiction, there's nothing like a just plain funny book once in a while to lift the spirits. I laughed out loud many times. The characters are totally relatable and enjoyable, and I couldn't wait to see how it would all turn out in the end. I wasn't disappointed! A very fun read! ...more
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
This contemporary Christian romance is filled with love and laughter when a widow and widower meet and fall in love. If you like humor and romance, this delightful novel with each chapter introduced by a parallel children's story will definitely catch your fancy. ...more
Hillari DeSchane
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Sandra Bricker's The Big 5-0' details the challenges standing between about-to-turn-50 Olivia 'Liv' Wallace and a new love and life.

Liv feels stuck and blue and just plain Eeyorish about the future course of her life. Excerpts from a children's book about a woebegone donkey present Liv's rationalizations with a light touch.

During a Florida vacation, Liv dares to open herself to one new experience after another, including the possibility of love with Jared. The headlong rush of Jared's 20-somethi
Jan 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Olivia Wallace, or Liv, as her friends call her, is a widow and she has just won a battle against ovarian cancer. As her fiftieth birthday approaches, she can’t help but think about her “birthday curse”. For as long as she can remember her birthdays have included some sort of tragedy or misfortune. Liv’s best friend suggests that she take a vacation to Florida to get away from the cold Ohio weather and the birthday curse. What Liv finds in Florida will change her outlook and her life forever.
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Sep 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
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TOTALLY FUN READ!!!! Liv is turning 50 and she is dreading it. Well... not the turning 50 part.... just her birthday. Aomehow disaster strikes on every one of her birthdays.

She's been through a rough year when the book begins... just recovered from ovarian cancer/ chemo and is trying to getr psyched back up to go back to work as an OR nurse BUT.... she just cannot. So... like any self respecting woman... she takes the advise of her best friend and takes a holiday in Florida. Liv goes to her bes
Aug 29, 2013 rated it liked it
I am going to ignore the religious vein running through this book, which was for me just a needless distraction and obviously something the author felt desperate to include. Once I got over that there was this need I enjoyed the story.

As the title suggests Olivia is fast approaching 50, she has lost her husband and has survived ovarian cancer. But she has been convinced that every birthday is cursed so she doesn't look forward to this one.

Hallie is Liv's best friend and suggests that while her m
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was ridiculous. Good thing it was a Kindle freebie. Christian fiction generally isn't my bag, and I didn't find this too over the top. But the story and the writing were just... silly. I know it wasn't supposed to be a Pulitzer prize novel or anything, but there were too many coincidences and cliches. How convenient that the heroine meets a handsome man on the plane who turns out to live next door to where she was staying?

And I found myself overly sensitive to the random Cincinnati ref
After tackling a few heavy-duty novels this summer, I decided to opt for a little fluff, and this jumped out at me while browsing in the library (most likely because I am about to turn "The Big 5-OH" myself in less than a month!). The book certainly is fluffy, and I found myself rolling my eyes at some of chance happenings surrounding the heroine, but it has a good message about taking risks to change your life for the better and how it's never too late to find a second chance at love. Duly note ...more
Dec 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Had never read this author before. Came across it on my kindle and thought I would try it. I loved the book and the characters. I will definelty look for more of her work. What a funny light hearted book. The main character goes to Florida to rethink life before she starts work again. She lost her husband and survived cancer and is getting to start her old life again. She goes to Florida and meets new friends and a new man. She comes home to her responsibilites but feels unsure about what to do. ...more
Catherine Richmond
Everyone needs a girlfriend like Hallie, who will send you to Sanibel Island to meet a handsome man. The short passages of a children's book beginning each chapter reminded me of Susan Elizabeth Phillips' This Heart of Mine. Recommended for fun, but includes a deeper lesson about taking chances and breaking out of ruts. ...more
Mar 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Even though I am not even close to fifty I picked this book up for free on my Kindle. Not once did I feel bored with Liv's life and her story. It was very down to earth writing with a little humor. A wonderful love story. ...more
Mar 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Some of the other reviewers mentioned a few problems with the plot (the city is not actually in central Florida as mentioned in the book, one character goes from single to married in two weeks, and everyone is completely at peace with his choice, etc.) All of those are actually valid points--but the bottom line is that the main characters are likeable, the plot is fun and moves along at a nice pace, and the story was enjoyable enough to make me look forward to reading more every day.

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Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this sweet story of a woman trying to find her feet after a couple of tough blows. Liv is a nurse who has been recovering from cancer for several months. She is tired, worn, and cold. After all, it's winter in Ohio. Her best friend suggests she spend some time in Florida's Sanibel Island housesitting while the friend's mom comes to Ohio to visit. Liv finally agrees. What follows is a delightful story of finding love again, enjoying life, and taking chances. It is funny, heartwar ...more
I downloaded the audiobook from a site that did not list as a Christian or religious book, which I was not looking for. I was disappointed as I was happy to see a storyline acknowledging people over the age of 30. If you’re okay with a lot of religion in your story than you’ll enjoy this. I stopped listening after a while as it just was too much for my particular tastes.
Oct 14, 2017 rated it liked it
A cute read and a very appropriate one to read on my 50th birthday.
Claudette Guay
Mar 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Very fast and light reading.
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
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May 28, 2011 rated it liked it

The Big 5-0h by Sandra D. Bricker

This book was a light and funny story about Liv, a cancer survivor who's dreading her 50th birthday. Liv is downtrodden, she's survived cancer and now she needs a spark of...something to rejuvenate her depressive state of mind. Her friend Hallie suggests that Liv do a home swap - use Hallie's mother's Florida home since Hallie's mother will be vacationing with Hallie and her family and her house will be empty
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sappy and contrived...and so full of unlikely circumstances...a Florida hurricane in April? Only if you need one to advance the plot of a silly romance. And that's much of what makes up this story: silly, unlikely coincidences.

But there are other things that make this an unbelievable story. The English professor son who speaks like a teenager? "hashing my mellow" is offered at least three times. The re-telling of the Resurrection of Fluffy the Bunny Rabbit (told for this book with all the same d
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great escape read for me as I approach 50 in the next couple of years. Fun to dream about what I want for my future.
May 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
I wanted a fun, light read. I got light, but not fun. The plot was one-dimensional and predictable from the start.
Liv is approaching her big 50th birthday. She has survived the loss of her husband and she has won the battle with ovarian cancer, but she is not looking forward to her birthday and would just as soon let it pass her by. Past birthdays have been studded with illness and or tragedy and she's not taking any chances with this one. Her neighbor, Hallie, has a plan. Hallie's mother is com
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I read and enjoy lots of Christian fiction. I don't have a problem with "preaching" in books. In fact, I like to read clear presentations of the gospel in Christian fiction. I like when characters pray for God's help, guidance, and strength to get them through problems. So, my low rating for this book has nothing to do with the religious content.

I'm fifty years old, so I thought I'd enjoy this. I didn't realize that I'd be reading a book of fantasy. (view spoiler)
Julie Graves
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Olivia is headed to Florida for a much needed vacation. Surviving the death of her husband, and a bout of cancer Olivia is in need of a change of scenery. On the plane she meets a handsome man named Jared. They hit it off right away and enjoy their flight. When they arrive in Florida they lose sight of each other and think that that was the end of their acquaintance. Imagine their surprise when the house that Liv is staying at is right next door to Jared's!

Liv's big 5-0 birthday is coming up. Sh
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Big 5-OH! Is a pleasant reminder that fifty is not an end to living, laughing and loving but rather it is a time that offers opportunities for a reawakening, a rebirth to living life according to the beat of "our own drum". In The Big 5-OH, Olivia meets Jared at a vulnerable time in her life: a week before her fiftieth birthday. She has survived the death of a husband (five years earlier)and a personal battle against cancer. When she looks in the mirror she doesn't see the woman she
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Sandra D. Bricker was an entertainment publicist in Los Angeles for more than 15 years, where she attended school to learn screenwriting and eventually taught the craft for several semesters. She became a best-selling, award-winning author of Live-Out-Loud Fiction for the inspirational market, authored books such as the Jessie Stanton novels, and was best known for her Emma Rae Creation series. Ov ...more

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