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Ah, life!! And it got to Annie on her 50th birthday, fired from work and husband wanting a divorce… Sheesh, not a good way to start the new decade, was it? She moved out to the country to her aunt’s home to start anew. Along came her resolution to start positive thinking.

My first book by author Mink Elliott, and a fun read it was. One of those lighter ones that worked to soothe the mind. The writing had a bit of humorous self-deprecation in it which made me smile. Annie’s actions had me warning her, but she quite never heard me. A few of them made me feel – been there, done that.

The writing was quite different, it felt I was having a live conversation with her, without me needing to give my opinion…like ever… 😂 The only niggle I had was the daughter got away with calling her mom – fat cow – and other names without being reprimanded or taking to task. Which 9 year old kid ought to be allowed to say that?

The rest of the book, mainly Annie’s antics had me smiling and groaning at times. The book was a fun light read which I could finish in a couple of hours.

I received a free ARC from NetGalley and publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.

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Get a new job. Get a new man. Get a new LIFE!

It’s Annie Beaton’s 50th birthday! But instead of getting roses and perfume, she gets sacked, her son, Ben, tells her she’s growing a beard and her husband Joe tells her he wants a divorce.

Moving to the countryside to stay in her eccentric aunt’s house, Annie must find her mojo again – and fast. So when she discovers a stack of self-help books, Annie vows to use their advice – from Chicken Soup for the Soul to The Secret – to get her life back on track. Never mind that her 9-going-on-19-year-old daughter, Izzy, is currently engaging Annie in psychological warfare and her adorable 6-year-old son, Ben, spends more time wetting the bed than making friends at his new school…

But now, armed with a load of affirmations/inspirational quotes/positive vibes, Annie’s determined to kick her Crappy Old Year to the kerb and have a brilliantly Happy New Year. Just as soon as she’s had her chin waxed…

Publication Date: January 2020

12 Responses

  1. This sounds fun! My mother would have beaten me black and blue for calling her anything less than complementary.

  2. I think I would like this book, but I would have to be extra understanding of what her kids are going through along with her. They are definitely troubled kids and the girl sound like trouble herself. If mom doesn’t get that under control soon, what will she be like when she actually becomes a teenager? The positivity and humor are appealing. Great review, Shalini!

  3. I don’t know where my daughter would be right now if she called me a fat cow!! Sadly, I think some parents let their kids disrespect them by calling them names and using profanity. That was unheard of in my household so I can relate, Shalini.
    Nevertheless, I laugh at self deprecating humor and might find this one funny.
    Great review!!

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