Written by Julie Houston
Cassie Beresford has recently landed her dream job as deputy head at her local, idyllic village primary school, Little Acorns.
So, the last thing she needs is her husband of twenty years being ‘outed’ at a village charity auction – he has been having an affair with one of her closest friends.
As if that weren’t enough to cope with, Cassie suddenly finds herself catapulted into the head teacher position, and at the forefront of a fight to ward off developers determined to concrete over the beautiful landscape.
But through it all, the irresistible joy of her pupils, the reality of keeping her teenage children on the straight and narrow, her irrepressible family and friends, and the possibility of new love, mean what could have been the worst year ever, actually might be the best yet…
Cassie Beresford is looking forward to a night out with her husband, her friends and their partners. About to begin her new job as deputy head teacher, the last thing she needs is her life imploding .. but hey, this is just the beginning!
This is the first I’ve read this author, and her writing is so very funny! I have shaken with laughter in bed, spluttered various cups of coffee and even had a coughing fit from inhaling toast whilst enjoying this book. With the basis of a good story and engaging characters, this is a very enjoyable read but it’s the humour which turns it into something special. Well written and superbly funny, this is one I’m not only happy to recommend but I intend to check out the rest of this author’s novels. The thought struck me about half way through that tv sit coms have a Julie Houston shaped gap . . .
My thanks to publisher Aria for my copy via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.
- Formats: eBook, paperback
- Size: 288 pages
- Publisher: Aria
- Publication Date: 6 November 2018
- Purchase Links: Google Play
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Meet the Author
Julie lives in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire where her novels are set, and her only claims to fame are that she teaches part-time at ‘Bridget Jones’ author Helen Fielding’s old junior school and her neighbour is ‘Chocolat’ author, Joanne Harris. After University, where she studied Education and English Literature, she taught for many years as a junior school teacher. As a newly qualified teacher, broke and paying off her first mortgage, she would spend every long summer holiday working on different Kibbutzim in Israel. After teaching for a few years she decided to go to New Zealand to work and taught in Auckland for a year before coming back to this country. She now teaches just two days a week, and still loves the buzz of teaching junior-aged children. She has been a magistrate for the past nineteen years, and, when not distracted by Ebay, Twitter and Ancestry, spends much of her time writing. Julie is married, has a twenty-four-year-old son and twenty-one-year-old daughter and a ridiculous Cockerpoo called Lincoln. She runs and swims because she’s been told it’s good for her, but would really prefer a glass of wine, a sun lounger and a jolly good book – preferably with Matthew Mcconaughay in attendance.
She hates skiing, gets sick on boats and wouldn’t go pot-holing or paddy diving if her life depended on it.
She is published by HeadOfZeus/Aria and represented by Anne Williams at KHLA Literary agency.
You can contact Julie via the contact page, on Twitter or on Facebook.