Calling All Services


Alex Frey, successful businesswoman, wife and mother to a busy and demanding family, doesn’t find it easy to take a break. So when she’s hospitalised with a mysterious illness, paralysed and afraid of what the future might bring, frustration meets fear and she can’t wait to escape the hospital, get back in control of things and return her family to the normality of salmon paste sandwiches. At home, her husband Grant is determined to manage the kids, Alex’s parents, his sister and anything else life can throw at him while his wife is away recuperating. But what else can possibly go wrong while Alex is in hospital? The Frey family is about to find out.

My opinion: We meet Alex as she is admitted to hospital. A busy businesswoman, she doesn’t expect to be floored by a mystery illness that creeps up on her. Her husband is left to look after the kids and manage his mother in law while Alex is in hospital which can only end badly…

Although the book could be thought to touch on a few slightly depressing subjects (sudden illness, hospitalisation etc), it is far from it. Tara Ford has a talent in being able to turn a bad situation into a funny one, something which often happens in real life but can be difficult to replicate in writing. Tara really hits the nail on the head with this funny, fast paced story that has some great characters. I really liked Alex and could feel her frustration at having to stay in hospital and leave everything to her husband.

I’d like to read more about the Frey family so hope that we get to read more about them in the future, although I’m not sure that there is anything left to go wrong!

A good storyline, great characters and a real laugh out loud book. I’d recommend this for anyone looking for a bit of light relief!

My rating: Four stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exhange for an honest review

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