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In Need of Therapy [Kindle Edition]

Tracie Banister , Jeff Okerstrom
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Lending a sympathetic ear and dispensing sage words of advice is all part of the job for psychologist Pilar Alvarez, and she’s everything a good therapist should be: warm, compassionate, supportive. She listens, she cares, and she has all the answers, but how’s the woman everyone turns to in their hour of need supposed to cope when her own life starts to fall apart?

While working hard to make a success of her recently-opened practice in trendy South Beach, Pilar must also find time to cater to the demands of her boisterous Cuban family, which includes younger sister Izzy, an unemployed, navel-pierced wild child who can't stay out of trouble, and their mother, a beauty queen turned drama queen who’s equally obsessed with her fading looks and getting Pilar married before it’s “too late.” Although she’d like to oblige her mother and make a permanent love connection, Pilar’s romantic prospects look grim. Her cheating ex, who swears that he’s reformed, is stalking her. A hunky, but strictly off-limits, patient with bad-boy appeal and intimacy issues is making passes. And the sexy shrink in the suite across the hall has a gold band on his left ring finger.

When a series of personal and professional disasters lead Pilar into the arms of one of her unsuitable suitors, she's left shaken, confused, and full of self-doubt. With time running out, she must make sense of her feelings and learn to trust herself again so that she can save her business, her family, and most importantly, her heart.

***FINALIST in the 2013 Shirley You Jest! Book Awards***

About the Author

An avid reader and writer, Tracie Banister has been scribbling stories since she was a child, most of them featuring feisty heroines with complicated love lives like her favorite fictional protagonist Scarlett O'Hara. Her work was first seen on the stage of her elementary school, where her 4th grade class performed an original holiday play that she penned (Like all good divas-in-the-making, she, also, starred in and tried to direct the production.) Her dreams of authorial success were put on the backburner when she reached adulthood and discovered that she needed a "real" job in order to pay her bills. Her career as personal assistant to a local entrepreneur lasted for 12 years. When it ended, Tracie decided to follow her bliss and dedicate herself to writing full-time. Her debut novel, the Hollywood-themed BLAME IT ON THE FAME, was released in January, 2012. And she's following that up with the Miami-set Romantic Comedy, IN NEED OF THERAPY.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 478 KB
  • Print Length: 329 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 148003584X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008N6Z36Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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An avid reader and writer, Tracie Banister has been scribbling stories since she was a child, most of them featuring feisty heroines with complicated love lives like her favorite fictional protagonist Scarlett O'Hara. Her work was first seen on the stage of her elementary school, where her 4th grade class performed an original holiday play that she penned (Like all good divas-in-the-making, she, also, starred in and tried to direct the production.) Her dreams of authorial success were put on the backburner when she reached adulthood and discovered that she needed a "real" job in order to pay her bills. Her career as personal assistant to a local entrepreneur lasted for 12 years. When it ended, Tracie decided to follow her bliss and dedicate herself to writing full-time. Her debut novel, the Hollywood-themed BLAME IT ON THE FAME, was released in January, 2012. And she's following that up with the fun summer read, IN NEED OF THERAPY.

Tracie blogs about books and other fun stuff at http://traciebanister.blogspot.com/

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written and extremely fun! 23 July 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I asked the author if I could write an independent review of this book, and was provided with an Advance Review Copy.

How glad was I! What a superb read. I've been meaning to read the author's first book, Blame It on the Fame (and I will), but I hadn't quite had time yet. So when I found out In Need of Therapy was launching soon, I was keen to be the first to get my mitts on it. There were so many things that appealed to me about this book. First it's set in Miami and South Florida, where I have spent a fair bit of time, even though I'm Scottish. So I could totally envisage the Art Deco buildings of Ocean Drive, plus the Cuban neighbourhoods, as I had visited Calle Ocho and Little Havana. I also speak Spanish, and I like books which are peppered with little bits of other languages. Ms Banister's portrayal of the Latina family dynamic was hysterical and I thought very on-point. Pilar's over the top mother with her histrionics had me in stitches, particularly at her birthday party. I had never read a chick-lit novel about a therapist before, so that was novel for me. I think this is maybe because in the UK, we don't undergo as much therapy as in the US. But I really enjoyed this aspect and I guess the author researched it in great detail, as Pilar really seemed to know what she was talking about. I loved Pilar - she was so ditzy in many ways, but very professional and obviously cared greatly for her clients, sometimes really going above and beyond. Pilar's two love interests were superbly drawn. The smarmy Victor made me want to puke and I totally fell in love with Ford! The sub-plot with the errant male client was also fantastically well described and a little gem of an extra. I could have killed Pilar's sister - she was so selfish and only out for herself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In Need of Laughs? 7 Aug 2014
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After reading her debut novel, Blame It on the Fame, I decided that I would read anything that Ms. Banister had to offer. Her writing style is engaging, her characters are full of life and she will make you laugh until you cry. With her second novel, In Need of Therapy, Ms. Banister delivers once again! Pilar Alvarez is a dutiful daughter, a budding psychologist and a reluctant family mediator with a train wreck of a love life. She has the best interests of her patients at heart and does her best to build her fledgling practice while handling the myriad of conundrums her family throws her way. Throw in several romantic complications - a persistent ex-boyfriend with a flair for the dramatic, a smokin' hot new patient with commitment issues and a gorgeous married psychiatrist down the hall - and you have a juggling act that poor Pilar may not be able to master. In Need of Therapy is witty, charming and highly enjoyable. I can't wait for Ms. Banisters next book!
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The author provided me a copy of her book so its the first time for me to read any of her books.I was so happy when she provided me a copy of this and I will be reading more of her books. I just couldn't wait to chill out on sofa or in bed just so I could read more of it.
I loved all of the characters in this book the story was easygoing I understood the story right from the beginning to the end of the book,I never wanted the book to end.
There was a lot of laughter in the story,her mum was funny she made me laugh til i had tears coming down my face with the things she comes out with.
She had a lot of funny and crazy clients that come to her office that made me laugh especially the story about mitch,this was perfectly written.
In need of therapy is highly recommended with a five star from me i loved tracy banister bookshe brillant love her writingeven my boyfriendis onabout reading it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Kindle read !!! 16 Sep 2012
By Ally
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I just loved the character of Pilar from the start. Shes the person you'd want to be there when your in trouble. I was feeling her pain as her ordered life started crumbing all around her. I also loved how the author makes all the characters come to life and has them in believable situations. This book has lots of comedy elements mixed in with the drama which I loved and the twists to the storyline kept me guessing. A very enjoyable read. I dare anyone not to route for Pilar when they read this book, wanting her to find solutions and the man of her dreams.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spicy & Delicious 10 April 2014
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In Need of Therapy, Tracie Banister's second novel, has been on my TBR list since I finished Blame it on the Fame. I've been so busy reading other books by my new amazing Indie author friends, that I kept putting it off. I wish I hadn't! This story was so much fun to read. I was drawn into Pilar's world and her problems. She is your typical "middle-child" adult: the mediator, the one who gets taken advantage of, the one who just wants peace and love. That's the last thing she gets, though. I could relate to her need to keep the peace, to cover up for her sister - even though having her sister live with her disrupted Pilar's life to the point of frustration.

The angst between Pilar and her ex-boyfriend was really fun to read and I know I kept rolling my eyes like "Is he ever gonna get it?!?!" And the antics from Pilar's mother had me in stitches, so dramatic and lovable. And when one of the nephews caught the couch on fire?? Oh my gosh, tears streaming down my cheeks from laughing! I feel like if I say much more, I'm going to give away the book and I don't want to do that.

Ms. Banister's characters are well-drawn out, the extra bits of setting make the story come alive and the way all of her characters relate to each other - well it makes you wonder if she has a huge whiteboard hanging on the wall with arrows pointing this way and that. This book really does have it all and that's one of the things I love about Ms. Banister's work. There's something for everyone in the stories - that and there are stories within the stories. I love the depth of each novel. You'd be crazy not to buy it and add to your Tracie Banister collection!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a fun read.
Great mix of characters expertly handled by the author makes for a highly entertaining read. Definitely a book I shall recommend to friends.
Published 19 days ago by John Baker
4.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous
The fact that this book is set in beautiful Florida made this book so much more interesting than it already was and the story sounded great. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Simona Elena
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Pilar' a true Pillar of Strength!
The story is based on a nearly 30 year old cuban-chilean therapist, by the name of 'Pilar' who works from her practice in the sunshine state of Florida. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rani Shergill
5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read
Pilar is a young therapist, setting up a new practice in Florida. Her mother is desperate for her to marry the deplorable, love-rat Victor, but Pilar has her eye turned by the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ruth
5.0 out of 5 stars Chick lit at its finest
I loved this book from the start. The characters and plot are belivable. Filled with laugh out loud moments but also moments where you can't help but feel for Pilar. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Kerry B
4.0 out of 5 stars Sizzling!
Books don't normally make me laugh out loud but this one did - several times. In fact, it kept me chuckling for days afterwards, which is why it gets 4 1/2 stars from me! Read more
Published 16 months ago by Shani
5.0 out of 5 stars a book that is full of surprises
Pilar Alvarez is a psychologist who loves her work, but her personal life is starting to fall apart. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Heidi
5.0 out of 5 stars I didn't want this book to end!
Pilar is a psychologist who spends her days trying to help her clients with their problems, however Pilar herself has more than a few issues in her life. Read more
Published 19 months ago by She Loves To Read
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheer up a dull day
We are all great at dishing out advice on other peoples problems, but what happens when its your own life that starts to unravel. Read more
Published on 26 Sep 2012 by Kirsty 'Love of a Good Book'
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