Your Second Life Begins When You Realize You Only Have One by Raphaelle Giordano

“I am the only one responsible for my life and happiness.”

At thirty-eight and a quarter years old, Paris native, Camille has everything she needs to be happy, or so it seems: a good job, a loving husband, a wonderful son. Why then does she feel as if happiness has slipped through her fingers? All she wants is to find the path to joy.

When she meets Claude, a French Sean Connery look-alike and routinologist, he tells Camille, she suffers from acute routinitis – disenchantment and world-weariness. He offers his unique advice to help her get out of her rut. It’s a two-prong approach; figuring out who she wants to be and what she wants her relationship to be to the world. First step, spring cleaning her life personally by removing ten things from her personality and home. She seizes the opportunity with both hands. Camille’s journey is full of surprising escapades, creative capers, and deep meaning, as she sets out to transform her life and realize her dreams, one step at a time.

A charming, feel-good, and universal story of one woman’s journey from boredom and dissatisfaction to happiness and fulfillment. YOUR SECOND LIFE BEGINS WHEN YOU REALIZE YOU ONLY HAVE ONE has the same sort of “how to change your life experience theme” as Roland Merullo’s Buddah novels, particularly, BREAKFAST WITH BUDDAH (AlgonquinBooks). I believe reading both will be good for your soul.



Raphaëlle Giordano is an artist and painter who lives in Paris, France. Trained in communication and stress management techniques, she runs Emotone, an events agency that organizes art activities and innovative team building, stress management and creativity/innovation courses. She has previously published (in French) the nonfiction titles Self-assertion, Stress Management, and Relationships for Couples. YOUR SECOND LIFE BEGINS WHEN YOU REALIZE THAT YOU ONLY HAVE ONE is her first novel.

Thank to Penguin Random House, we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us what you’d do with your life it you got a “do over.” We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only, please.

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  1. i would have gone to college after high school & waited til about 25 to start having my 4 kids. that way i would have gotten to know myself better.

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  2. My marriage to my daughters dad . I married young and was working and still going to college and he was just turning 21 and wow alcohol packed a punch and that was it . Although I love my kids and love that i got a chance to marry an Iowan and move to Iowa peggy clayton

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  3. I would have started college with a different major. I wouldn’t really want to do anything else different as that could have affected meeting my husband and having my kids.

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  4. If I could do it all over, i would not have dated the bad boys I dated. I would have tried harder in school, and not so much time spiking my hair up with Aquanet. Believe me, short hair is the way to go.

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  5. I’m not sure I would do a “do over”. I am who I am because of the decisions I made. It may not have been easy at times, but it lead me to my best life!

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  6. I think I would have handled a problem I had at a job differently. I stayed with a job cause I felt stuck and was miserable for so many years. I wish I had switched jobs sooner. Wasted so much time….

    This book sounds great!!! Love the cover too!!

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