Posted in 3 1/2 paws, Australia, fiction, Review on September 11, 2013



Beth Carter is a psychologist to many and a single mother to four unruly boys. Patients might almost be manageable, but her boys aren’t. While the household lurches inevitably from one catastrophe to another, Beth finds herself barely managing to hold onto the vital threads of sanity whilst leading her often complex patients through their own remarkable journeys.

Beth finds it to be a lonely venture, leading her to look for love—but in all the wrong places.



This book is about one dysfunctional family!  Beth runs her psychology practice from her home and is mother to four boys, who can be out of control especially the older ones!  She has some quirky patients, most in denial (but then it wouldn’t be a psychology practice would it?!) but offering interesting perspectives on life.  I’m not sure how Beth didn’t go crazy as much as the boys put her through.  I thought it was funny how the baby of the family (who was called Baby) didn’t have a proper name until he was about 4 and then it was a group decision.  All of the characters lend themselves to rounding out the story from the inane and insane to the somewhat serious moments.  You do find yourself rooting for Beth that she manages to find love but not in the wrong place.

Overall we give it 3 1/2 paws.  It was enjoyable and an interesting read.


About the Author:

jcallahanJoan Callahan is a clinical psychologist practicing in Melbourne, Australia. She commenced her career teaching English and history at the prestigious Melbourne High School and later retrained in the field of psychology. Joan set up her own private practice and has a heavy forensic caseload, while providing consultancies to commerce, industry, and government. She also enjoys several mediation contracts. She particularly likes working with anxiety disorders, couples, and the full spectrum of psychological disorders.

Joan is the divorced mother of three boys, has three brothers, and three grandsons—not to mention that she taught only boys at Melbourne High School. By her sheer survival as teacher, mother, and psychologist, she considers herself something of an expert on boys. Joan loves her job, going to the gym, making bread, (boring, boring, boring. Next it will be romantic fireside chats and long walks on the beach at sunset!), socializing widely, and traveling around the world as often as she can with the love of her life. Her vast travels around the USA have provided fodder for the third book in this series as the inimitable Carter clan enjoy the wilds of Yeehaw Junction.

Life remains wonderfully hectic. Any similarity between Joan’s life and Beth’s is not purely coincidental.  Beth’s patients are pure fiction; her dogs are not. Her boys? Close!

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