Think good thoughts about a pussycat only has it a lovely that weaves the reader in andut f different problems in life but it is also written properly with words that are rarely used now But in contrast it also has slag where its needed The story unfolds and is pure delight to the reader as the family starts to fall apart but is brought together as the secrets unfold I feel this will not be the last Judy Astley i ll be reading Unlucky in love Viola is a
single mum with a moody daughter Rachel Viola has been married twice before her firstmum with a moody daughter Rachel Viola has been married twice before her first Rachel s Dad ran ff claiming he was gay Her second Husband Rhys The Love Rat diedThey moved in with Viola s Mum after Rhys died 16 months ago he mum and friends say Viola needs looking afterHowever Viola realises it s time to get her life back n track but is it going to be that easy I have two review to write now how to make this shortHeroine Viola a 35 year ld with two marriages behind her Marco is still around and such a good guy Rhys was a complete ahole that cheated Sex and Lust in Tijuana: True Sex Stories of the Tjamigos on her and then he died Do not even think about him She is a klutz and she would like to find love againmaybeHero A man she meets Will they meet again Well duh There is a slow building friendship that takes the entire book to build Which was nice She really does not have the best luck with menRomance Thought about not really thereStory Her starting allver again Her teenage daughter wanting some fun in her life And the secret f who Rhys wanted to leave her for Oh that was so bvi Made me angr Some books you read for please some to educate and some because you feel you should Judy Astley s books are very much a pleasure all be it a guilty Tea for Ruby one Her stylef romantic fiction is just right for those The Life of Saint Philip Neri occasions when you need something that won t tax the mind and can be dipped in andut f easily This is not to say they are not well written because they are This kind f fiction is formulaic and predictable But it s that very predictability that I find so appealing at times Almost from the word go you know how the story will end But it has never been about the destination about the journey Judy Astley takes her readers with her n a journey through almost rdinary lives but I only Like the Fingers of the Guy I Hate, Vol. 1 ones that have just enoughf a twist and turn to make them interestingIn I should be so Lucky the main character Viola fights to some independence for herself and her 14 year The Whistle Pig old daughterne year after the death f her second husband But as is ften the case her biggest problem seems to be her wn brother and sister who for reasons f their Church Planting Is for Wimps: How God Uses Messed-Up People to Plant Ordinary Churches That Do Extraordinary Things own want her to sell her property and continue to live with their mother Viola and her daughter Rachael return to theirld home and begin to rebuild their lives Viola has a new man in her life sort A Stepdaughter In Heat of but he may not be all he seemsThere are family secrets misunderstandings and a midnight visit to AE to contend with in what I found to be a very enjoyable escape from the serious books I have readf lateThis is actually the perfect summer read It is light and frivolous packed with humour The twists and turns f the plot are predictable but no less enjoyable for being so I just love Judy Astley I feel as though I ve been reading her books for ever and looking back through her back catalogue I see that it s almost 20 years ago that her first novel was published We ve all got a little lder and maybe a little wiser Rufus or not but Judy Astley s books have always been there as a comforting friend Amazingly I Should Be So Lucky is her seventeenth novel it was published by Bantam Press Transworldn 3 January this yearNot nly does the title make you hum that tune every time you pick it up and a bit f Kylie is always a good thing but the cover design is beautifully sunshine yellow which in the dead You Are a Miserable Excuse for a Hero!: Book One in the Just Make a Choice! Series of Winter is almost as good as a session underne f those light boxesThis is such a great read Viola the lead character is 35 and recently widowed Her first husband Marco turned gay and her second husband Rhys was a total waste f space Rhys was a minor celebrity with a part in a hospital soap Women and Social Work: Towards a Woman-Centered Practice opera when he and Viola got married just a few months after meeting The marriage was a mistake and a disaster from dayne Rhys was killed in a car accident just ver a year ago just after informing Viola that he was leaving her for the love f his life Viola never found ut who this woman was although Rhys had his fair share f stalkers and Sins of Treachery obsessive fans It was these fans that fo. Viola hasn't had much luck with men Her first husband Marco companionf her youth and father f her nly child left her when he realised he was gay Her second Rhys ended his high ctane fame filled life by driving his Rced Viola and her teenage daughter Rachel from their home Viola has decided that it s time that she and Rachel started again she s going to move back to her cottage and she s going to accept every invitation that is ffered to herThere is a good smattering f grown up romance in this story life is not all plain sailing and Viola seems to make a habit f totally misunderstanding the most Whos Next? Guess Who! obvious signsf interest this adds so much to her story though and there were times when I actually snorted with laughter There are serious issues covered too young Rachel is discovering lder boys and Viola s sister and mother both have some major secrets that have to be dealt with and are going to have a major impact n ViolaJudy Astley really is a master in witty dialogue and creating realistic likeable and uite sparkly characters Never Papi's Gift overdone never cheesy this is a real pleasure to read Helen for wwwbigbooklittlebookcomCopy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest reviewWe were sent this to review and I was than happy to take itn Even though Judy Astley is a well established author I hadn t actually read any f her novels before so it was great to get to read someone new to me and even better to know that if I liked it there are at least another 15 f her books Flash Fiction Forward: 80 Very Short Stories out there to track down and devour I love it when you discover lotsf new books to readThis story is centred around Viola who to say the least has been unlucky in her love life Having married Marco after having become pregnant when they were both very young he has come グライネリエ 1 [Grainerie 1] out and movedn now living happily with James Rhys her next husband was a soap star and womaniser whom she probably should never have married He finally left her for his true love but was then killed in a car crash n that very night Viola has a lot f pieces to pick up and we meet her about 18 months later when she is really beginning to get herself back togetherI liked Viola she has a good sense f humour is a loving daughter to her mother and tries hard to get it right parenting her and Marco s now teenage daughter Rachel She puts up with her friends and siblings interference in her life sometimes with a lot grace than I would and yet has the ability to stand up for herself too But sometimes Viola is a bit ditzy and she is definitely a bit slow to catch n sometimes particularly in The First Socialist Society: A History of the Soviet Union from Within onen going situation I was mentally shouting at her sometimesViola has plenty The Coming Revolution in Youth Ministry on her plate to deal with She has been living at her Mum s after Rhys crazy fans were horrible to her when he died but now feels ready to move home So she has the house to get ready and son But she also has to face File Under: Arson opposition from herlder sister and brother who want her to stay and look after Naomi mum as she is getting Wicked Sense older not to mention use Violas money to upkeep the house they expect to inherit Thankfully Naomi doesn t want to be pushed around and knows her family well This was a great family set up it feels very true to life with all the tensions that can exist in families and I enjoyed willingn Viola and Naomi whilst inwardly booing Kate and RichardRachel also provides her wn area f interest as she grapples with growing up and falling in love for the first time Seeing some Powerless Against You of the story through her eyes was an interesting changeOf course there is a potential love interestr two for Viola although she is adamant that there will not be any husband number 3 Her friends are trying to set her up and considering what some f the friends are like I d steer well clear f any f their ideas too But as Viola sticks to her promise to herself and gets ut she has some interesting I did love the midnight gardening amusing and even uite gross encounters Well this is a story and the path Dobys Lessons (Brats in Training of true love never does run smoothThis novel has a very contemporary feel with references tour current culture that will date this as time goes by but it makes it feel very rooted nowVerdictSo I did enjoy this a lot I will indeed be looking ut for by
Judy Astley now A great light read that includes real life issues that will resonate with many people The storyAstley now A great light read that includes real life issues that will resonate with many people The story around Viola a thirty five year ld mother who according to her family doesn t have a lot f luck in her life Her first husband Marco who she has a fifteen year ld daughter with Rachel revealed he was gay and is now in a relationship with another man Her second husband Rhys was a famous actor who as it turns ut was a womaniser and whilst leaving Viola to run ff with his new lover crashe. Orsche into a wall No wonder her family always believes she needs Looking After and her friends think she really shouldn't be allowed The Heretic's Handbook (Kindle Single) outn her Blue Guide New York ownWhich is why at the agef thirty nine she finds herself shamefully back.
Judy Astley Õ 7 Free readD his Porsche at high speed and was killed So conseuently Viola s family are always pointing ut that Viola needs looking after and pointing in the right directionViola and Rachel moved into Viola s mother Naomi s when Rhys died because his crazy fans bombarded their house with notes through the door and shrines in the street utside But after 16 months Viola is keen to take charge Monsieur de Saint-George: Virtuoso, Swordsman, Revolutionary: A Legendary Life Rediscovered of her life and wants to start by moving herself and Rachel back into theirld house where although there are a few hurtful memories there are even wonderful and lovely Garden of The Gods onesf the house raised Rachel
in pposition from her brother Miles and sister Kate who wantWith pposition from her brother Miles and sister Kate who want control her life and think they know what s best for her will Viola be able to have her happy ending and reclaim her life for herself and her daughterI really enjoyed I Should Be So Lucky and I mean REALLY enjoyed it It was a lovely book to read The Fruits of Graft: Great Depressions Then and Now on an afternoon I breezed though it and when I had to put it down for things like cooking the dinnerr eating I decided I d instead talk about it where I d got up to what was happening what I liked in it so far I must apologise to my fianc for all the book updates I ve given him this week He comes home from a hard day at work and there I am blabbering about how I m really engrossed in Judy Astley s novel when he probably wants to know when his dinner will be readyI really warmed to Viola she is such a likeable character and from the start I could feel her shining ut from the pages I really got behind her in the book she always remained so positive even though people around her were giving her a hard time Viola came across as a positive caring woman who really just needed to be given a chance to glow and be herself I thoroughly enjoyed her character and I would absolutely love to be her friend in real life The supporting characters were also very well written I loved reading about both Rachel and Naomi s relationship with Viola and seeing how the trio interacted with each ther Gregory was simply wonderful I fell in love with him straight away I did however have a problem with the siblings I really wanted to give Kate and Miles a shake but especially Kate and tell them to mind their Musical Mathematics: On the Art and Science of Acoustic Instruments own business about things Well done to Judy for creating such strong characters that the reader will take a bitf a dislike to because it takes some skill to get that right and Judy has done a fantastic job if she is provoking such a range Goig of emotions from her readersI Should Be So Lucky is an easy light hearted read with some funny moments thrown into the mix too A personal favouritef mine is near the beginning when Viola has puncture in her tyre whilst she is driving ending up Where Alligators Sleep on the middlef a roundabout at night As if that wasn t bad enough a man called Gregory springs Saraswati Park outf nowhere wearing what looks like burglar clothes as he is dressed in black and is actually secretly digging a hole in the earth prompting Viola to uickly assume that he must be a serial killer and is now digging a grave in which to hide a corpse I laughed so much that I cried As it turns Ten Weeks with Chinese Bandits out he snly trying to secretly plant a uince tree Reading about his night time adventures did make me want to buy a small tree and sneak ff into the darkness to plant it preferably alongside my very wn Gregory I may even try that Young And Naive, Wasted Years one dayI thoroughly loved I Should Be So Lucky and I was uite sad to finish it I can safely say this book is a firm favouritef mine I won t spoil anything for you but Judy Astley has created a fantastic story with very well written characters and I m certain it will be a big hit A nice easy book to read but I felt the whole focal point Ebekulak of the storyline was rushed into 3r 4 pages Israeli Soldier Girl of the book I had lotsf unanswered uestions at the end and it just didnt seem the right way to end it It felt like the author just didnt know how to end it and so just wrote the ending without truly thinking about it properly Not read a book by this author in years Not a bad read at allMain character Viola is pretty unlucky Understories on the whole two husbands behind her Marco the firstne and father Commissar of daughter Rachel cameut as gay and second Commissary Kitchen: My Infamous Prison Cookbook one Rhys was actually a philanderer who lost his life by crashing his car into a wallThen there is Viola s interfering siblings and mother Viola needs to take back controlf her wn life and fastI sort f guessed part f the ending if I m honest but it didn t take anything away from the story I enjoyed it although it did take a while to get into At home living with MumViola knows she has to take charge; she needs to get a life and fast With a stroppy teenage daughter a demanding mother and siblings who want to control her life for her where is she going to turn.