August 25, 2011

Review "Mini Skirts and Laughter Lines" by Carol Wyer



MINI SKIRTS AND LAUGHTER LINES by Carol Wyer
Published by Carol E Wyer at Smashwords
ISBN: (borrowed from B&N)
ISBN-13: 9781908481818
ISBN: 1908481811
At the request of the author, an ARC PDF edition was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion.
  Synopsis (borrowed from B&N):  Amanda Wilson can't decide between murder, insanity and another glass of red wine. Facing 50 and all that it entails is problematic enough. What's the point in minking your eyes, when your husband would rather watch 'Russia Today' than admire you, strutting in front of the television in only thigh boots and a thong?
 
Her son has managed to perform yet another magical disappearing act. Could he actually be buried under the mountain of festering washing which is strewn on his bedroom floor? He'll certainly be buried somewhere when she next gets her hands on him.
At least her mother knows how to enjoy herself. She's partying her twilight years away in Cyprus. Queen of the Twister mat, she now has a toy boy in tow.
 
She really shouldn't have pressed that send button. The past always catches up with you sooner or later. Still, her colourful past is a welcome relief to her monochrome present; especially when it comes in the shape of provocative Todd Bradshaw, her first true love.
Soon Mandy has a difficult decision to make; one that will require more than a few glasses of Chianti.
  My Thoughts and Opinion:  During a blog hop that I participated in, I stumbled upon a blog that was not the kind that I usually follow, which are book related, however, the theme was based more on real life and I found it to be quite funny and became a follower.  Then approximately a month ago I received an email, knowing it was for a request to review a book because of the form I use on my site.  The difference being is that the email began as follows:
"Hello from 'Facing 50 with Humour'!
You very kindly gave me my very first award when I started my blog months ago and now I have a favour to request.
My debut novel, Mini Skirts and Laughter Lines, humorous of course, has been published as an eBook and will be out in print in 4-6 weeks.
I am hosting a huge book launch party on September 16th at my blog and would be so grateful if you could review my work for it."
From visiting her blog and already knowing her writing style and sense of humor from her blog, I said yes.  I needed something light and fun to read.
The book is set up to read as if you are actually reading a typical blog along with comments that have been posted.  I could relate to "the postings" as they pertained to the daily life of a 50 year old woman and dealing with relationships of her husband, son, mother, and/or aquaintances.   In my opinion, the author has a dry sense of humor and finds amusement in everyday events.  Her writing style allows you to visualize the scene, which becomes even funnier.  Without giving away spoilers, events such as her goal to get fit and taking up jogging and other exercise regimes, her husband's grocery shopping trips and her's, her son's room, her Mum's weekly phone calls, her husband's escapade with the smoke detector and so many more.  Again, without giving away spoilers, the last 100 pages or so, were even funnier but also held many surprises.  Surprises that reminded the reader that there is truly a human being sitting behind the screen of that blog.  A woman who is now an author of a light and funny book but who also faces life's ups and downs but with a great attitude and humor.  A good read when you need to add some more laugh lines.

DISCLAIMER
I received a copy of this book, at no charge to me,
in exchange for my honest review.
No items that I receive
are ever sold...they are kept by me,
or given to family and/or friends.


7 comments:

jackie b central texas said...

I swear you find the best fun reads Cheryl. Timely just like the Amazon free for Kindle read when I found it "Hot Flash" by author Kathy Carmichael whose 40+ character was self deprecating and still managed to come across with a sense of humor. I will have to look Carol's book up now and see what I think.

Dizzy C said...

Great review, Cheryl.

I am reading this one too. I am a big fan of Carol's site Facing 50 and will be at the party on the 16th.

carol

Gigi Ann said...

I will have to add this one to my ever growing TBR list.

Diana (Book of Secrets) said...

This sounds like a fun read! Nice review. :)

Diana @ Book of Secrets

Cristina said...

Good review. I thought this book looked funny. Happy to hear it didn't disappoint.
I have a review of Ghost on Black Mountain up now.
http://www.alaskanbookcafe.com

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Calling by from the judges room at the party to check out your review. This book certainly added a few more laugh lines!

EmptyNester said...

No doubt Carol's book is a must read!