Review: All My Restless Life to Live by Dee DeTarsio

All My Restless Life to Live 
by Dee DeTarsio

Genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance

Life is a soap opera, especially for Elle Miller, who
writes for one. (Ellen dropped the “n” in her name in hopes of finding a better ending for herself.) When her laptop crashes, she borrows her recently deceased dad’s computer and gets way more than she bargained for.

Elle unravels mysterious communications from his computer, while her mom decides to give Internet dating a try. As Elle tries to save her career at I’d Rather Be Loved with a storyline featuring a trip through Atlantis, she takes a trip to the Emmys, and finds herself in the middle of a romance between a real doctor and a hunk who just plays one on TV.

Friends, family, and clues from “the other side” all help Elle figure out the difference between living the good life and living a good life.

Filled with friendship, love, loss, betrayal, and challenges that force her characters to find their place in the universe, Dee’s novels give us that hopefully-ever-after we're searching for.
 The Good:
  • Plenty of comedic relief
  • Witty characters that I loved
The Bad:
  • Slow start
The Gif:
  After reading All My Restless Life to Live, I'm sure the cat thinks I'm crazy. I went from laughing hysterically and tearing up all while reading this lovely story. Dee DeTarsio is a wonderful writer and injects so much humor into her book. The personalities of the characters really shine. At the beginning, I had a hard time getting into the story. Once I got over that starting hurdle, I found myself engaged and invested.

  Elle was a character that I connected with and rooted for throughout the book. What made me like her so well was that she felt real. She had plenty of flaws just like the rest of us. I find myself enjoying characters that I could have a laugh and a glass of wine with more than the ones that are too put together and perfect. There is no shortage of great secondary characters, either!

  As someone who is close to their father, I found the scenes with Elle and her father to be touching. Some of the afterlife rambling may have been overdone, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. The lighthearted romance and humor gave the perfect reprieve from the heavier parts of this book.

  Overall, I'd recommend this to chick lit fans. If the mention and speculation of an afterlife offend you, you'd be better off to skip this one. If not, you'll find a touching, humorous read with All My Restless Life to Live!

**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to Xpresso Book Tours and Dee DeTarsio.


  1. Sound like a solid book and I love the cover art :) Adding it to my (ever growing) TBR list!

    1. Yay! I hope you enjoy it. And I thought the cover art was gorgeous, too!

  2. I love love love books with amazing wit - this is going on my TBR for sure! Awesome review!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

    1. I think you'll enjoy it, Missie! At least, my fingers are crossed that you do! :)


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