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5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written and extremely fun!,
This review is from: In Need of Therapy (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. Pilar herself would do anything for anyone, as was seen in the lengths she went to to be a good friend, sister and daughter and was taken advantage by many as a result. There were many twists and turns in this excellent chick-lit tale and plenty of laughs. The bunny boiler female client would have had me running for cover if I were a bloke. The little romantic twist near the end had me laughing out loud.
I don't read so much pure chick-lit any more, but if the author writes another like this, I will happily do so. A laugh a minute read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Kindle read !!!,
This review is from: In Need of Therapy (Kindle Edition)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.
5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read,
This review is from: In Need of Therapy (Kindle Edition)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 charming but married, Ford. While she works hard to help a mish-mash of hopeless patients with their problems, she struggles to control her own feelings and manage her demanding mother and her tearaway younger sister. When financial problems add to her list of woes, she doesn't know who to turn to...
"In Need of Therapy" is a fast-paced romantic read, with some laugh out loud moments. Once I started this book, I couldn't put it down. Pilar was a likeable lead character, and I was rooting for her all the way through.
5.0 out of 5 stars Chick lit at its finest,
This review is from: In Need of Therapy (Kindle Edition)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. With a wayward sister, a mother and a besotted ex to deal with it's a wonder she has time for the day job, dealing with other peoples lives. Perfect holiday reading.
4.0 out of 5 stars Sizzling!,
This review is from: In Need of Therapy (Kindle Edition)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! Set in sizzling Miami with a strong Latin American theme running through it, our heroine is Pilar Alvarez, a Psychologist. Her occupation alone makes for some comic moments as we meet the various people she is 'counselling' - some of them, such as Lori Bryant, hilarious. But then there's the supporting cast, Victor, the self-obsessed and self-deluded ex-boyfriend, he's nonetheless a great character. The star of the show though has to be Pilar's even more self-obsessed mother and it's from her we enjoy the greatest comic moments. Pilar is lovely, sensible, down-to-earth and with a great work ethic, a heroine to be proud of. Ford is the love interest, he works just across the hall from her and it's something of a slow-burn between them. Whether that burn sizzles or fizzles we are kept guessing until the end. A very enjoyable read with all the ingredients needed to be a first-rate chicklit - it's light it's funny and the location is hot. I also loved the Cuban food references throughout, so that adds educational to the list too!
5.0 out of 5 stars a book that is full of surprises,
This review is from: In Need of Therapy (Paperback)Pilar Alvarez is a psychologist who loves her work, but her personal life is starting to fall apart. How will she be able to cope with the demands of her Cuban family and the problems some of her patients present her with? To make matters worse, she needs to figure out her feelings for Jonathan Fordham (a married psychiatrist who moved to the office next door).
I loved everything about this book. Tracie managed to capture me from the first page onwards. Her writing style is extremely fluent and very easy to follow. I really enjoyed the way Tracie threw Spanish words into the mix. Due to her Cuban heritage, Pilar and especially her neurotic mother use some Spanish words when they talk to each other. For me, this is one of the reasons the story felt so "real" and alive.
Reading about Pilar's patients felt so intimate and interesting! I especially enjoyed Mitch's (one of her patient's) story. He has got such an intriguing and exciting aura about him. There is so much more than I initially thought. I would have never guessed where his character development takes us. I love a book that is full of surprises!!
Sara (Pilar's best friend) was probably my most favourite character! She is a chocoholic - I could completely identify with her :-)
5.0 out of 5 stars I didn't want this book to end!,
This review is from: In Need of Therapy (Kindle Edition)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. Pilar has an overbearing mother who is forcing her to get married before she turns 30, an ex boyfriend who doesn't seem to understand the meaning of the word `ex' and a sister who doesn't always stay on the right side of the law. Mix that with a dishy doctor who works across the hall from her and a hunky client who seems to take a shining to her and that just about sums up Pilar's life. Can Pilar make her mother happy, get her ex to back off for good and keep her sister on track? Also, Pilar must stop herself from becoming too involved with a patient and learn that it is wrong to like a doctor who has a wedding ring on his finger...
I absolutely adored this book from start to finish; I genuinely couldn't put it down! I found myself laughing out loud so much throughout the story and I really fell in love with the characters. Pilar was a fantastic protagonist who I formed an affinity with straight away and Dr Fordham and his son Nate were just perfectly formed; Nate was such a sweet character. I was gutted when I turned the last page as I wanted the story to carry on and on and on! I wasn't ready to say bye to these characters.
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheer up a dull day,
This review is from: In Need of Therapy (Kindle Edition)We are all great at dishing out advice on other peoples problems, but what happens when its your own life that starts to unravel.
Meet Pilar, a therapist who is used to helping others until one day she finds that her life isn't going as she had planned.
And with a mother who is desperate to see her middle daughter married and settled, the pressure is on!
But when your dating life is a disaster and you have an ex who won't leave you alone, what's a girl to do, fall for the therapist across the hallway perhaps!
You find yourself rooting for Pilar from the beginning and although the story had elements of drama I defy anyone to pick this book up and not laugh.
The whole family dynamic will have you in hysterics although at points I did find myself screaming at her little sister Izzy who along with Victor (the ex) was an annoying character.
What I enjoyed most about this story was that on top of Pilar dealing with her problems, we were also privy to some of her therapy sessions, which made for some fantastic reading.
I've never read a book about a therapist before and it was a very refreshing read that left me smiling!
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In Need of Therapy by Tracie Banister