Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Getting A Grip by M.E. Carter

Title: Getting A Grip
A #MyNewLife Novel
Author: M.E. Carter
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: July 18, 2017


This isn’t my life. Okay, it is my life, but not the way I envisioned it would be.

I wasn’t supposed to be a divorced mother of three when I turned the big 4-0.  Sure, I expected the fine lines, gray hairs and left over baby belly.  What I didn’t expect was expanding our family get-togethers by one… my ex-husband’s new child bride.  Ok, ok, she’s not young.  Maybe.

Did I mention this is not the life I planned?

It could always be worse, I know. I’m lucky to have a mother who loves to babysit, a best friend who loves sarcasm, and a new friend by the name of Greg, who is apparently a child whisperer and tells me my eyes are pretty.

Sigh… Greg.

The perfect, Adonis-like God of a man who keeps flirting with me. At least I think he’s flirting with me. It’s been so long, I don’t really know.

Between birthday parties, a few ill-advised bouts with make-up, and a whole slew of gymnastics classes, it’s finally time to take back some control.

So, while my girls learn all about how to grip the bar, I’m going to learn how to get a grip on my life.  And maybe my heart.

Rating: ☆☆☆☆

I liked the fact that these characters have lived and had to deal with the fall out from this.  Both Greg and Elena have been married with both former partners being critical about elements of the way they look.  Elena's husband left her for a younger model leaving her confidence at an all time low and raising their  3 children.  Greg's wife uses their child as a weapon against Greg to get what she wants.  These are events that many of us 'middle age' readers can relate to.  But it also brings hope as they find their way to each and create a beautiful relationship.  

There were lots of elements of this that made it a read that I could relate to and characters that were likable and real.  It was fun but didn't shy away from the difficult issues involved in co-parenting.  It was great to read a book with characters close in age to my own and wasn't an instalove read that seems to be the rage at the moment.  There plenty of laugh out moments that all parents can relate to as the little angels get themselves into some interesting situations.

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Author Bio

Mother, reader, storytellerME Carter never set out to write books. But when a friend practically forced a copy of Twilight into her hands, the love of the written word she had lost as a child was rekindled. With a story always rolling around in her head, it should come as no surprise that she finally started putting them on paper. She lives in Texas with her four children, Mary, Elizabeth, Carter and Bug, who sadly was born long after her pen name was created, and will probably need extensive therapy because of it.

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