Annie Beaton’s Year of Positive Thinking
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
Today I am thrilled to join the Blog Tour for Annie Beaton’s Year of Positive Thinking by Mink Elliott.
Many thanks to Sarah Hardy from Book On The Bright Side Publicity for the tour invite and a copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly.
My Thoughts on Annie Beaton’s Year Of Positive Thinking
I really enjoyed this feel-good read featuring Annie Beaton who finds her life changes dramatically on her fiftieth birthday.
Not only does she lose her job because she has fallen behind the times, her husband suddenly announces that he wants a divorce. She finds herself and her two young children living in a run-down country cottage owned by her aunt. Although the cottage is in need of some tender loving care, Annie finds that it does have one redeeming feature, and that is a plethora of self-help books!
As Annie begins to rebuild her life, she uses the content from the books to move forward in a positive way. For someone in Annie’s position, a jobless single parent with aching knees and a craving for tea cakes, this is easier said than done! However, Annie is such a warm and endearing character who sees the funny side of everything and soon things look much better.
Annie’s voice comes over really strongly in this humourous, warm and charming story. Many women will relate to her and the problems she faces, making the most of things and muddling through, doing the best she can!
This is the perfect time of year to settle down and become inspired by Annie’s journey.
About The Author
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.