Wednesday, 18 February 2015

A light chick lit rom com - perfect for the beach

A broke leg requires an orthopedist.  A broken car required a mechanic;  And a broken heart requires a specialist too.  The Breakup Doctor is now in.

Call Brook Ogden a matchmaker-in-reverse.  Let others bring people together; Brook, licensed mental health counsellor, picks up the pieces after things come apart.  When her own therapy practice collapses, she maintains perfect control: landing on her feet with a weekly advice-to-the-lovelorn column and a successful consulting service as the Breakup Doctor: on call to help you shape up after your breakup.

But when her own relationship suddenly crumbles, Book finds herself engaging in almost every bad-breakup behaviour she preached against.  And worse, she starts a rebound relationship with the most inappropriate of men: a dangerously sexy bartender with anger-management issues - who also happens to be a former patient.

As her increasingly out-of-control behaviour lands her at rock-bottom, Brook realises you can't always handle a messy breakup neatly - and that sometimes you can't putt yourself together until you let yourself fall apart.

A novel from the chick lit category which makes for a nice easy read.  This one is ideal for taking on holiday.  There is nothing overly complicated with the plot which is witty, funny and well-paced, if a bit predictable. 

Good character development which does make the start of the book a bit slow.  At times it was painful to read about the doctor’s antics and in a few places I wanted to slap some sense into the good doctor.    It was often the case of do as I say, not as I do.

Essentially the book exemplified the idea that when one area of your life fails another succeeds.  Finally, the doctor realises that it is ok to fall apart at the seams.  She finds herself alone at the end of the novel (which does not really give anything away).  Through her trials and tribulations the doctor confronts the notion that a person’s idea of the ‘ideal’ man may not be what is best for you.  She also discovers that one can find love in the most extraordinary places.

The moral of the story is that life give’s you what you can deal with; nothing more and nothing less.

Full Disclosure: ARC received from Netgalley for an honest review.

I gave this a 4 star rating of on Netgalley and an 'I Liked it' on Amazon (4 Stars) and Goodreads (3 stars).

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