Thursday, July 30, 2015

Making Ends Meet by Anna Clifton My Review

Making Ends Meet
by Anna Clifton

My Review

From Anna Clifton comes a sweet, emotional, beautiful romance about a man whose life has been derailed and the unexpected woman who can help him get it back on track.
‘It’s for other reasons that I won’t need a nanny beyond a month.’

Twenty-three year old nanny Somer Sullivan has never had a job quite like this one: fix the messed-up, out-of-control life of high-profile artist and thirty-something dad Harry Halligan. But Somer is organised, efficient and not afraid of a challenge. She will do everything Harry needs her to do, including bringing his ex-wife home for good.

‘One month, Harry, and I’ll be out of here.

Harry Halligan doesn’t want a nanny, but he needs one—he needs Somer. She’s the only one who can reach his troubled daughter, who can bring some measure of peace to his home. But as Somer advances her mission to fix his life, a few things become clear: his ex-wife might not be the answer, and Somer just might be. But Somer is running like hell from something in her own life and hiding in his.

Only one thing is for sure. Harry now has less than a month to make the hardest decision he’ll ever have to make—a decision that will change all of their lives forever.

Harry is a gentle and loving man.  His children are his life, no doubt about it.  Yet his life has been in flux since his divorce a year ago.  Recent health problems have reminded him of his mortality and the necessity for his children's mother to once and for all step up to the job she has abandoned.  So he is working to recuperate from his recent brain surgery so he can convince Freya to come back to him and the children.

Needing help while he recuperates, his friends help him find a nanny to help him with the children and the house.   Raising a precocious 7 year old and a similar 4 year old is not an easy task.  Add to that a rebellious Labrador and his crazy disorganized life is complete.

This is where Somer comes in to save the day.  She is reluctant at first, but since the job is only for one month, and it pays well, she is willing to give it a go.  Little did Somer and Harry realize their arrangement would become much more complicated.

This is an endearing, romantic and honest romance of the burdens we carry and the secrets we keep even from ourselves.  Sometimes we are so scared of life, we run from happiness scared to face the insecurities that shape us.  Like all of Anna Clifton books, this is a journey you will enjoy and hold close to your hearts.

About the Author
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In order to write this bio I began to think back on how I came to be writing romance novels. I soon worked out that I've held down in excess of fifty jobs in my life so far. They've ranged from scooping ice-creams, to selling glow sticks, to stumbling around in a container ship on absurdly impractical 3-inch heels, trying to work out who's legally responsible for contaminating an entire cargo of Swiss chocolate. If nothing else, my ‘interesting’ working life and the wonderful characters I've met along the way have been great 'copy'; it was probably inevitable they'd demand creative exposure in some shape or form eventually. 

My fascination with the romance novel itself first unfolded when I was staying on a friend’s outback cattle station; I just happened to pick one up from her big sister's bookshelf. As a fourteen-year-old reader, I instantly fell in love with its passion, its just-for-the-hell-of-it fun and its unbridled HEA optimism. Many years later, as a writer, I would come to love the scope that the genre offers for exploring the endless mystery around why we feel, think and behave as we do – a special focus in my stories about love, friendship and family.

In addition to writing, I also love reading and reviewing. But as I now know the sweat and tears that goes into creating any finished book I only review if I want to recommend.

I currently live in Sydney in an often too-small house with my husband and three children and our two spoilt-rotten cats. Our ‘adopted’ pets, a shamelessly randy alpha-male Brush Turkey and several roof-dancing possums, share our bush gully backdrop.

Anna x

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