Friday, 20 September 2013

Heather's Review for Trust Me by Joan Callahan

Trust Me by Joan Callahan

Heather's Review: 

This is an interesting story. At first it was a little hard to get into the plot line, but I stuck with it and I’m super glad that I did. We follow psychologist Beth Carter as she balances her practice from her in-home office and raising her four sons as a single mother. Her brood offers very interesting humor and extreme frustration. At times you want to just shake them and say “stop being such a smartass” and rolling on the floor laughing so hard that you have tears in your eyes.

Between the daily doses of her sons’ antics, her weekly sessions with three of her patients, an ex-husband who decided he was allergic to their fourth son, and a russian housekeeper, Beth learns a few things about herself, those around her, and life in general.

Trust Me is a well written story with well rounded characters. At times it can be a little trying to get into the plot, but it’s a well rounded tale of facing life’s little idiosyncrasies and those that we meet can change our lives no matter how little their presence may seem at the time.



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.

About the Author:

Joan 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 travelling 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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