Annie Beaton’s Year of Positive Thinking by Mink Elliott #BookReview #BlogTour #Hera #NetGalley #BookOnTheBrightSide #4*


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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!


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Funny – With a Ring of Truth!    stars 4


This is such a fun read .. with more than a few strands of truth!

Annie Beaton heads to work on the day of her 50th birthday, only to get fired. Can the day get any worse? Well, actually, yes it can .. when her 5 year old mentions her hairy chin then her husband drops the ‘I want a divorce’ bombshell. When you’re at rock bottom, there’s only one way to go . . but it’s hard, so very hard.

Annie’s story is both heartbreaking and entertaining; I’ve been a single mother although, in my case, it wasn’t that much different as my then husband was absent for six days each week anyway. But for anyone used to two parents raising their children, it’s a big shock to the system to suddenly be solely responsible for absolutely everything! Mink Elliott has her finger on the pulse with this one, and packs so much into this book. Annie, like most of us, isn’t perfect but she does love her kids and does her best for them. Full of humour and crazy situations – which most of us can identify with – and an honesty which few are capable of, Annie kept me entertained, causing me to (yet again) disturb my other half as I shook with laughter in bed whilst he was asleep! Not only funny, but with a good story to boot, this is a novel I’m happy to recommend and give four stars to.

My thanks to publisher Hera for my copy via NetGalley, and to Book on the Bright Side for my spot on this blog tour. As always, this is my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: romantic comedy
  • Format: ebook
  • Size: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Hera
  • Publication Date: 15 January 2020
  • Links: Goodreads
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Author Bio


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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.


Social Media

Twitter: @MinkElliott

Facebook: Mink Elliott Books


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