The Birthday That Changed Everything
She wanted a birthday surprise, just not the one she got…
The last thing Sally Summers expected from her husband on her special day was that he’d leave her for a Latvian lap dancer half her age. So with her world in tatters, Sally jets off to Turkey for some sun, sea and sanctuary.
The Blue Bay resort brings new friends and the perfect balm for Sally’s broken heart in gorgeo...more
The characters were just a bunch of over-exaggerated stereotypes: the 40 something woman who's been cheated on who then goes and re-invents herself, the hormonal young daughter, the handsome man who falls head over heels etc.
I hated the character of ...more
What did Sally Summers get from her husband for her birthday after seventeen years of marriage? chocolates, flowers, A ring, maybe even a new dress? All wrong.
On Sally Summers special day she gets an email from her husband that he has to take a break and wont be coming home and wants Sally to tell the children. He has a nerve he wants Sally to pack his work shirts.
with all the help in the world about other issues, there are no style guides to help for the wife, like How To ...more
Lately, in a relatively short space of time, I've read two of Debbie Johnson's books, and I truly liked them, so when requesting "The Birthday that Changed Everything" and keeping everything crossed to be accepted, I knew that I can expect an entertaining, funny book. But reality has totally, absolutely exceeded my expectations and this book has just Blown. Me. Away.
"The Birthday that Changed Everything" is written purely for entertaining purposes, and believe me, I don't remember laughing so m ...more
I have to start by saying I absolutely loved The Birthday That Changed Everything. Pure escapism but with a healthy dose of reality :)
You know when a character is just so right? That's Sally. I wanted to be her best friend. I wanted to meet her at the Blue Bay Hotel and laugh and cry with her as she finds out where she belongs. I don't think it will be just me who feels that way either.
In the beginning she's living under Simon's shadow and although unsure ...more
This was one of those books that had me giggling and shaking my head with annoyance in equal measures!!
As a fun, racy Summer read it is perfect and has all the ingredients of pure escapism that we often look for in reading a book. Sally Summer is approaching her 40th birthday, and while she's shopping online for her own birthday present from her Surgeon husband Simon, she gets an email from him telling her he's leavin ...more
The daughter's character, Lucy, is far too unrealistic; foul mouthed and just blatantly disrespectful to all and sundry and the mother, Sally, is just a doormat used by her stupid husband and daughter.
The only characters I really liked were the son, Ollie, and Allie the friend.
The constant references to sex and body parts became tedious and very unfunny. I'm not a ...more
But Coming Home to the Comfort Food Cafe will be out in October.
Yet again, this book made me laugh through tears.
I think hubby is almost ready to have me certified because of the laughter coming from the silent reading corner.
Can't wait for the next one!
This will be a typical chick lit once it's in the market. I didn't really care for the characters in this book or how the author developed them, especially with the daughter in this book, the author must have had a very disturbed idea of what a 16 yr old is like and what a parent should accept as acceptable behavouir from them, this was way over the top and not acceptable in any fiction let alone non-fiction. ...more
However, with the horrible week that I had, reading it put me in a good mood.
I actually had a good laugh from start to finish.
To be frank, it wasn't that funny, but I laughed a lot at the cringy parts, mainly because of how awkward it is. Plus, the characters aren't realistic but then again, it's fiction.
Anything is possible, right?
Can't wait to read more of Debbie Johnson's works!
I'm sure like me you will have made friends with people when you are on holiday. Because you are free-er and more relaxed, and due to knowing you may not see these people again, you will perhaps share more with these holiday friends, and a deep friendship can o ...more
What a fab opening paragraph! A book that can put a smile on my face just a few words into the storyline is definitely going places.
Sally’s life had pretty much crashed down around her. She still had her kids, Lucy and Ollie but they weren’t easy to handle at all, especially Lucy whose words ...more
Sally is 39 years old, buying her own birthday present from her husband, when she gets an email from him saying he needs some space, it's not her it's him, oh and can she iron five work shirts for him? Of course, it's the age old story of middle-aged husband 'falling in love' with a girl half his age!
As revenge/ comfort Sally takes her two teenage children, Lucy the foul-mouthed Goth and Ollie the six foot nerd to Turkey for a two week holiday. I couldn't wo ...more
It is incredibly funny, incredibly sad and keeps you guessing to the very end! I loved the idea of focussing on a group of people who meet once a year on holiday in Turkey. The main storyline follows ...more
Sally recieves an e-mail from her husband Simon saying he is leaving her for a younger woman who just happens to be a lap dancer. Sally then along with daughter Lucy and son Ollie she books a holiday to the Blue Bay Resort in Turkey to take some time out and celebrate her 40th birthday. They soon meet up with a group of people who have been coming to the resort for ye ...more
She books a holiday to Turkey and we get to meet a really rich cast of characters who all join up every year. A mix up with her case provides hilarious moments. She has her two teenage children along with her and her daughter particularly is very c ...more
The daughter was quite obnoxious at the beginning of the book but I suppose the author was showing extremes of characters to make the book entertaining. Needless to say by the finale ,daughter Lucy is a changed person for the better.
Quite a sweet ending and some of it was funny, just a bit too predictable .
I loved this book from the first page. I found the characters so relatable and was cheering sal on from the off set. I loved Lucy's fiery personality and we all want and need a James in our lives.
Perfect to get stuck into while laying on a beach somewhere.....
All I can say is ew, ew, EW!!!!