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…
A hilarious, laugh-out-loud feelgood read – fans of Gill Sims, Sophie Ranald and Tracy Bloom will be hooked!
Poor Annie! Imagine reaching a milestone birthday only to have your whole life come crashing down around your ears. I have to say that Annie’s outlook on life and her attitude in general, I have to salute her. I would certainly have had a melt down and be feeling sorry for myself.
Even though she is finding adjusting to her new life without her ex and financially in dire straits a new learning curve, Annie does her best to try and pick the positives out of each day. Some days she really has to look very hard with the odd day there being nothing at all! What I loved though is how the author show us the humorous side of living as a single parent and all the worries and problems that goes along with it.
Annie does seem to have a habit of getting herself into some right situations. My favourite had to be after a certain awards ceremony. I was cringing on the inside but couldn’t help laughing at her drunken shenanigans. Am sure a few of us can relate with Annie and feel her pain when the morning after comes and events from the night before come to light.
Annie Beaton’s Year of Positive Thinking is a fun and light hearted read of which I’m sure most women will be able to relate to. It’s a good reminder to not take life so seriously and try and focus on what is good in our lives instead of the negatives. If anything, Annie’s life will make your own feel quite sane and normal. Am sure we could all learn something from Annie.
My thanks to Hera Books and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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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.