Calling All Services

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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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Author spotlight: Tara Ford

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When Tara Ford contacted me asking if I would review her new book, Calling All Services, I jumped at the chance! I will be reading and reviewing the book in the coming weeks, but wanted to share some of the information about the book with you beforehand as it looks great!

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…

The book is available in paperback and Kindle formats and can be purchased at Amazon.

Me

Tara Ford lives in Hampshire, UK with her husband, children and a naughty husky called Meika. In between writing she enjoys taking care of her numerous Koi fish but occasionally she also has to live with a frustrated heron that frequents the garden fence and peers longingly into the well protected pond.

Tara’s writing career began at the tender age of 15 when she wrote a beautiful love story as part of her English literature homework…

Her writing career came to an abrupt end at the tender age of 15 when the teacher tore up her story, exclaiming that the content of the essay was highly unsuitable material for school. Although it had not been in the realms of 50 Shades of Grey, Tara’s first attempt at a short story had been shunned.

Over 3 decades of child-rearing, fish-fostering and dog walking later, Tara has realised her dream of writing. Her first book, Calling All Services, a women’s fiction/humour story, was released in July 2013. She has always wanted to write in this genre but until a couple of years ago, she could never quite think of a good storyline. Then a sudden and frightening illness and some time spent in hospital gave her the beginnings of a novel which would eventually turn out to be the first book of four in the Calling All… series.

Tara has completed the second book in the series, Calling All Dentists, which she hopes to publish, early 2014. Her third novel, Calling All Customers is currently an early stage, work in progress and her plans are to release this in 2015. Tara has ideas for a further series, again in the women’s fiction/humour genre, to be written in the future. Her ultimate dream would be to write a new book each and every year.

Tara’s debut novel, Calling All Services is a peep into the lives of one family, over the course of one unusually, eventful week. A rollercoaster of emotions will have you laughing, crying and cringing as the week unfolds to reveal one disaster after another. Will the members of the Frey family ever be the same again?

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Book Links

Calling All Services UK: http://amzn.to/11zjwVi  15 – 5* Reviews

Calling All Services US: http://amzn.to/196dCAp