Tara Babcock awakes the morning after her 30th birthday with a hangover that could kill an elephant – and the knowledge she is still no closer to achieving closure on her marriage breakup. Things go from bad to worse when she discovers that, not only is her ex-husband engaged to her cousin – Tash, the woman he left her for – but that Jake is also running for Lord Mayor of Sydney.
Desperate to leave the destructive relationship behind and with nothing to lose, she decides – with encouragement from her three best friends – to follow the dubious advice from a magazine article, Closure in Seven Easy Steps….
Donna Joy Usher writes in two distinct genres: cozy, female-sleuth humorous mysteries PLUS paranormal, faery fantasy. The Seven Steps to Closure is her first novel and is pure chick lit – but for such a downgraded genre this read was truly something special. I found myself LOL’ing – no, really – and won over by the side characters – in the form of psychotic pets and best girlfriends – our heroine Tara Babcock is funny and quite unco and totally endearing.
Usually in chick lit I kind of grit my teeth at how the female characters spin their world around the men – or hopeful men – in their lives. Not here. Tara may be heartbroken but we love her all the more for it.
I also loved that it was set in Sydney, Australia – we get all the bar life and feeling of nature in the city and especially how brutal it can be to find a decent guy in such a city. Donna Joy Usher is clearly happy writing about her home country and I loved that about this read. The only low to this book is that the psychotic pets do get a rough ride so if you are super sensitive about animals avert your eyes in the crazy kitty chapter.
Surprising, funny, and an all-round 5-star read. No wonder this chick lit novel has won awards and acclaim!! I’ll definitely try Donna Joy Usher’s cozy, female-sleuth mysteries after this.