#bookreview: Out of Practice by Phoebe Fox

When your relationship is on life support, the Breakup Doctor is on call.

About the book…

Out of Practice Book CoverFormat: E-book (Kindle)
Publisher: Henery Press
Published: 18th October 2016
Pages: 274 Pages
Series: Breakup Doctor 4

The Blurb
There’s no shortage of broken hearts in Breakup Doctor Brook Ogden’s successful breakup counseling practice—if love is a battlefield, then Brook is the cavalry. Luckily her own love life is in full recovery: after a long, tortuous road, she and Ben Garrett are finally headed down the aisle.

But when a local TV personality—and former frenemy—invites Brook onto her show, she’s blindsided live on the air when the interview turns into an act of long-delayed revenge meant to publicly humiliate her. Brook’s an expert at getting back on your feet when life knocks you down, but as the blows keep piling on—with a betrayal she never saw coming and a family crisis that threatens to pull the foundation out from under her—her confidence starts slinking away. With her clients dropping her faster than a one-night stand, suddenly the Breakup Doctor’s career is in critical care.

Brimming with both the sublime and ridiculous aspects of love—romantic and otherwise—Out of Practice is a funny and heartwarming tale about loss, grief, and failure that will resonate with all who have loved, lost…and dared to love again.

Purchase the book: Amazon UK

The Review

Out of Practice is the fourth in the Breakup Doctor series, and you can read my reviews of the first three installments, below:

The Breakup Doctor #1
Beside Manners #2
Heart Conditions #3

Out of Practice, like the previous three books, follows Brook Ogden and her  breakup counselling practice, with the added element of her family life, as well as her relationship with soon-to-be husband, Ben. We start by learning about Brook’s time on a panel show, where an old school friend is out to humiliate her, not promote the Breakup Doctor Practice. Wow, wasn’t the host a bitch? You knew there was some unsaid things from High School, but I didn’t think she should have grilled Brook on her personal life. As they say, jealously is an ugly thing and probably should be left well alone.

This is going to sound a little mean, but it was refreshing to see Brook vulnerable because it meant that she could get some help for herself, rather than always helping other people. It was evident that she was struggling a little and losing her confidence, sometimes you need something to bring you down to make you 10 x stronger.

I have to admit that out of all four of the book, the last installment has to be my favourite. I’d probably suggest it’s the more emotional one, but that’s definitely not a bad thing. Brook’s mother is undergoing some life changing things and requires the love and support of her family to get through. Brook’s experience with heart-break counselling aids with this and because she’s not made of stone is able to help her mother and family involved. I always love a novel that has a close-knit family because that’s what I have and it’s always nice to read other people experiencing the same feeling I do.

Throughout the series, I was half expecting it to be laced with overly dramatic and clichéd chick-lit scenarios, but in fact, it was truthful  and showcased just how easy it can be to overcome such heartbreak and become happy again, if you put your mind to it.

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