As Good As It Gets.

I began this book a little while back and dismissed it as it felt like it was so predictable.  Then I went back to it last week and found I couldn’t put it down.  I think I must have been in the wrong headspace to begin with and when I went back to it I was better!

Charlotte Bristow is our heroine in this novel and we follow her through the ups and downs of her life.  She has a husband and two kids and a great job.  Her husband, Will, has no job as he was made redundant a while back.  Will is causing her concern as they have not had sex since Mother’s Day – and it’s now the summer!!!  Her daughter Rosie has just been signed up to a modelling agency and has the attitude to rival any supermodel.  Her son Ollie is a mine of information when it comes to geeky things and I really loved his character.  Rosie on the other hand annoyed the hell out of me – probably because she reminded me of my eldest when she was that age!

I have to admit I laughed out loud so much at this book.  Fiona Gibson really grasped motherhood and what we all go through at some point.  Her observations were spot on and hilarious.  I felt I knew where the story was heading but then was thrown of course by a brilliant plot twist – which I loved!!!

A very enjoyable book and I would highly recommend it.

5 stars *****

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The Signature Of All Things.

The Signature Of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert.

I think the first I need to say about this book is that it is very well written, which is not too surprising given Elizabeth Gilbert is the author.  I expected something along the lines of Eat, Pray, Love,  but got something entirely different.  I suppose I assumed that this author was typecast and I never really thought of her writing anything remotely different to that book.  But this book, The Signature Of All Things is so different and I believe different in a very good way.

The book follows the life of Alma Whittaker and it is very heavy on botanical terminology.  When I first realised this I did wonder if I would see the book through, it is very long and not particularly gripping.  I do believe, however, that the author’s creativity draws us in and we cannot help but read on, wanting to know what happens next.

I would not go as far as to say this is a riveting read, although it is an enjoyable tale nevertheless.  It certainly is no hearts-and-flowers-love-story, which is very much my cup of tea, but it is an enjoyable read that you will want to see through to the end.  I don’t think it is big on drama, although there are fascinating tales within this book that I found enjoyable – tales from other characters that Alma encounters.

If you enjoy the work of this author then you absolutely have to read this book.  If you are looking for something similar to Gilbert’s best-selling novel you certainly won’t find it here in this book.  The book is very different form her most popular book and that in itself is a good thing.

Recommended.

**** 4 stars.

The Inner Goddess Revolution by Lyn Thurman.

I was approached to review this book by the lovely Lyn Thurman and having worked with Lyn for a little while was only too glad to review her book.

The Inner Goddess Revolution: A practical and Spiritual guide for women who want more from life will be available in paperback from March 27th.  I love Lyn’s writing style, I always feel like I am listening to a good friend, she comes across as warm and enthusiastic about everything she does.  Lyn is passionate about helping other women unlock their true potential and once you pick up your copy of this book you soon get caught up in Lyn’s enthusiasm and this makes reading the book an absolute joy.

The book is full of ideas and suggestions on how to unlock the Goddess within you.  There aren’t really many rules or complicated rituals to follow so the reader can easily begin to unlock her true potential immediately.  Throughout the book Lyn shares with us plenty of personal experiences that lead her to unlock her own inner goddess, changing her from the unhappy person she was to the vibrantly, warm, loving woman we see today.

The tips and suggestions in this book really are so easy to follow, you really do not feel like you have to make too much of an effort to let the real you shine through.  This book is such a joy to read –  I have read plenty of self-help books and quite often I feel like I am being preached at, with Lyn’s easygoing style this certainly is not the case here.

Let Lyn guide you on a journey of self discovery.  The book is packed with plenty of personal anecdotes and information on Goddesses who we can all turn to for inspiration and support whenever we need to.  Lyn has included plenty of facts about Goddesses and plenty of practical tips for you to try.  Lyn tells us that the Inner Goddess may just be our intuition speaking but that is our real, authentic self communicating with us, which is fantastic once you begin to take note of what your true self is trying to say to you and where she is trying to guide you.

What I really loved about Lyn’s book is that it really isn’t pretentious at all.  You really feel as though you are listening to a friend speaking, guiding you to listen to your inner self.  Lyn cares about helping other women unlock their true potential and this is evident in her writing.  You really feel that she wants to help you succeed and that passion for helping others shines through in this book.

The book is big on helping the self, unlike some books from this genre Lyn encourages you to actually take care of yourself and not to feel ashamed or guilty about helping yourself.  Helping yourself to realise your full potential is not a selfish act but rather an act of self-love; as Lyn says, “if you don’t feel the need to save the world, that’s OK, saving your world is just as noble a cause and can benefit the world in the long run.”

I highly recommend that you go out and buy this book, pre-order it NOW, it really is worth the money.  I will be buying my own copy   – I have actually pre-ordered it!  This is one book you will want to keep for yourself and can easily dip back into it time and again on your quest for realising your true potential.

Go out and pre-order it NOW, you won’t be disappointed.