My review of The A to Z of Normal by Helen Barbour

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This the first book every written by Helen Barbour! Congratulations to her in succeeding and achieving her dream!!!

This book involves Clare, who has OCD, and has accepted a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, Tom. Clare has a type of OCD that involves Symmetry and Orderliness. She has been keeping her OCD a secret from everyone her entire life. Once he proposes, she has to face what the OCD is doing to her life and her relationships with her family and with Tom. Clare tries really hard to acknowledge her condition and takes steps to try to change her behavior by seeking support in a weekly therapy group. This is where she meets Michael, who has a similar form of OCD, and he is ready and willing to help Clare.

Also, going on in the story is Clare’s dysfunctional relationship with her older sister, Fiona, (who has some serious issues of her own going on) and her bizarre relationship with her father. As Clare struggles throughout the book to control her OCD, she encounters triggers that keep forcing her backwards, and possibly ruining her relationship with Tom.

I could totally relate with Clare and her need to have some control by keeping everything in its place. I’m always telling my daughter that everything has its place, so that we can easily find it…. It was nice to read a book that dealt with a mental health issue in a way others can relate. I also was interested in reading this book as my significant other has OCD.

The book’s setting is in the United Kingdom so getting used to the different phrases that they use was also very interesting.

Thank you to Rosie Book Review Team for a free copy of this book for an exchange of an honest review.

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My review of Love Unbroken

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This is a story involving Emma and Trey. Emma previously relocated to Diamond Creek to find her biological sister after finding out she was adopted, and to escape her abusive marriage to Gary. Initially, Emma is closed off about her previous marriage and doesn’t talk about it. Emma blames herself for getting involved and staying with Gary as long as she did, as she is a therapist and in her mind should have known better. Emma is continuing to be victimized by her past marriage with Gary and doesn’t feel she is worthy of love, and has kept herself shut off from the possibility of love.

Trey, is a widowed, single father of a 6-year-old boy, Stuart, and is an attorney and pilot. It is through Stuart as to how Emma and Trey met and they start a relationship. Emma is very worried about her past and feels that she isn’t good enough due to her past. As Emma opens up to her biological sister and her friends, she begins to heal and allow Trey into her world.

Emma has been receiving private phone calls to her cell phone on periodic occasions since she divorced Gary. Finally, Emma opens up to her friends and Trey about these calls, and soon Gary is in Diamond Creek. Gary’s presence shows Emma that her past world of pain with Gary can now lead to a future of love and support through her family, friends, Trey and Stuart.

Love Unbroken (Diamond Creek, Alaska Novels Book 3)

This is the second book that I have read by J.H. Croix in her Diamond Creek, Alaska Novels Book Series. I previously read and reviewed, Follow Love, the second book of the series. The nice thing about this series is each book can be read on its own and you don’t have to read the entire series.
Follow Love (Diamond Creek, Alaska Novels Book 2)

My review of Seven Secrets of Worry-Free Living

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This was a different read for me but as I suffer from GAD I thought I would step out of my comfort zone and review something a little different. This book is about stress and anxiety, its effects on our mind and bodies, and how to manage and reduce stress. It is a relative easy read and contains some medical research but it is written in a way that a layperson can understand it. It is christian based book and does include a lot of reference to scripture. Also, this book has discussion questions at the end for a group study.
Even if you are not a religious person, there are still several benefits to this book. There are tests in the book to determine your level of stress and your child’s level of stress (which I found personally beneficial), ways to reduce stress (not just praying) and helpful ways to handle stress that are also not religious based. Therefore, I think believers and non-believers would benefit from this book.

Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with the opportunity to review this book free of charge.

This book will be available from Amazon on August 1, 2015, but is available for pre order now.

Seven Secrets of Worry-Free Living: Finding Freedom from Fear, Anxiety, and Stress