Maddie's getting it from all sides. Her bitchy new boss at the radio station humiliates her live on air about her figure, her glamour-puss mum keeps dropping not-so-subtle hints that Maddie should lose weight, and her kids are embarrassed to be seen with her after the disastrous Mums' race at their school sports day. Something's got to change....
Maddie joins the local weight-watching group expecting more humiliation but instead finds two unlikely allies: bitter divorcee Lauren who, despite running a dating agency, has signed off romance forever and shy Jess, the beautician, who's desperate to fit into a size 10 wedding dress for her big day.
©2010 Lucy Diamond (P)2012 Isis Publishing Ltd
This is a heart-warming story about three quite different women who have all struggled for years with failing diets and feeling that their excess weight defined their personalities. They meet up when they go on a weight loss program. We learn about them, their families, relationships and work issues as the months go by and the pounds drop off, experiencing both highs and lows when they realise that becoming slimmer does not necessarily bring the unalloyed joy they had hoped for and they have to make unexpected adjustments in their views of life. Kate Rawson reads beautifully and brings the women to life in a most appealing way.
I picked this up because it sounded light and amusing but didn't expect much more than 'froth'. I was wrong. Yes, it's the despised chick-lit but with some good characterisation that struck real chords at times.
I think I was hooked when I heard poor unfit Maddy go through the ritual humiliation of being last by a mile in the torture that is the school sports day mother's race. Of the 3 main characters I found I could relate to Maddie and Jess, less so to Lauren, but I still wanted to find out what happened next. Ended up even looking forward to the commute to work.
I thought the narration was good, and really liked the variety of accents across the cast. It was definitely a lot more interesting than reading a diet book!
First Lucy Diamond book but I've already added her others to my wishlist! Excellent narration with different accents for the different characters. A very enjoyable listen!
Loved it from the start, great narration made each character very authentic.
Second book from the author I listen to and I definitely will get some more.
enjoyed this story of three women loosing weight encouraged by fat busters the slimming group they belong to.
told in the first person by each woman, maddie whose husband loves her just the way she, Jessica who is engaged and wants to be slim for her wedding day, and lauren who is single and is happy that way.
starts out funny and deals with more serious things as we follow them to reach their goal. friendship, love, loss and becoming a stronger person are all there.
kate rawson performed the book well, doing all the Birmingham accents for the various characters.
Inspiring, funny, down-to-earth
The eagerly anticipated date, which turned out to be a waste of time and the relief on receiving the 'escape phone call'. (A situation most people could relate to!)
Her enthusiasm and different accents which made it easy to identify the different characters.
The dieters guide to life.....
I really enjoyed this book and found it very easy to listen to. The number of characters added to the depth of the story and as the book progressed it became apparent how their lives intertwined. It is a story that most women can relate to, dieting and dating and the difficulties of both!
The narrator was great and really added to the story. She helps to differentiate the characters and this enable the listener to get to know each of the girls individually and as a group.
Love Lucy Dimond's writing and this one was no exception. Fun, witty and heart retching all at the same time, especially as I felt a connection on a variety of levels.
I have following Buddism. I have listen to many books on the subject especially from His Royal Highness the Dali Lama.
The loved this book. It was about everyday real women with everyday problems ! Emotional, Brilliant
"You cant go wrong with Lucy Diamond!"
Straight from the beginning, I really enjoyed this book. It took no effort to get absorbed in the story of the women and it kept me wanting to find out what was to happen, which for me is the sign of a great read/listen too. Highly recommended
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