17th January 2020
THIS YEAR I WILL:
* 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…
This was a great book to start the year on, it was full of laughs and really removes the tension from a couple with children splitting up. "A warm feeling washes over me. Happiness? Contentment? Incontinence? " I think there still, even now, is a lot of stigma around being a divorced single mum and I love that this tackled it head on and shows readers that sometimes its actually the start of a better life and not a terrible life ending drama! I really liked the character of Annie Beaton and would love to see what else she gets up to in the future. I also enjoyed the writing style as the author has the character speaking directly to you, it made it engaging and fun. Thanks to Sarah/ Book On The Bright Side Publicity, Hera Books and Net Galley for the ARC in exchanges for an honest review.
About the Authot:
Mink Elliott’s always been into writing – mainly about the ups and downs of family life. Her first novel, The Pissed-Off Parents Club chartered the first year in the life of an older new mum and the toll a baby takes – sorry, the joy a baby brings – and her second novel, Just Another Manic Mum-Day, dealt with trying to find yourself again amongst the chaos and clutter created by a wilful toddler when you’ve got another one on the way. Born in Manchester only to be teased mercilessly about ‘jam butties’ when her family moved to Adelaide when she was seven years old, Mink now lives with her daughter, son and bonkers Irish Setter in a small village in Berkshire. Like Annie Beaton, she tries to practise positive thinking and mindfulness, but is more likely to be found mindlessly Hoovering up a packet (or two) of Tunnock’s Tea Cakes than square breathing.