Home Recommended Reading Workshops About RSS

THE DIVORCE DIET: A Novel ~Ellen Hawley

“I watch the last few minutes of the special on the diet industry.  A show on maximum-security prisons follows.  I’m struck by the parallels and wonder if anyone else notices them.” (location 33% on e-reader of an unproofed, uncorrected, advanced readers file)

THE DIVORCE DIET is a savory tale that turns life sweet, with all the greens and grains tossed into the mix then topped with a lovely dollop of humor and a saucy spirit.   This read is all about making personal change and is a creative self-help book based on Abigail’s life and her steps for making change and finding an authentic center.

Abigail thinks it is time to loose the baby weight and get back to some more intimacy in the bedroom.  She is sure this will perk up her marriage and make her husband happier.   The book begins with the baking of a birthday cake, which will make your mouth water, the preparing candles in the bedroom, and starting to read her new Natural Diet tome.   Thad comes home late, dinner is nearly ruined and he just plays and mushes the cake.

The diet book is full of tasteless uninviting recipes; it also contains the steps which are involved in all change and Abigail follows the rules. The amazing thing is that she develops her own Diet guru in her head. It reminds me of “Bridget Jones Diary”.  Her choice of personal exercises just kept me laughing all the way through.

While still weeping the pain of separation, Abigail begins the next step on the diet journey by making a list of her strengths and weaknesses; the wheels of her mind begin creating the list and this propels a brainstorming list she can study and refine into her best future.
Revenge has great promise and yet reinventing the self may just provide a yummy success, which is sweeter. In THE DIVORCE DIET the change is expressed deliciously with humor and just the right spices of sorrow and joy.  At the end, Abigail has lost 170 pounds (of husband) and found a satisfying life for herself and baby Rosie.

I highly recommend this book to any reader who wishes to make a change in their life, including losing weight!, or to find success in Resolutions of the New Year, and of course  that someone who likes to laugh at sadness, enjoy good story telling, and celebrate change and the experiences of life.

I send thanks to TLC Book Tours for adding me to the list for this great and fun read. And I extend thanks to Ellen Hawley for the wonderful read to start off the 2015 schedule.  How lucky am I!

Don’t forget to read the acknowledgements because the recipes are included!!

From Amazon:  About the Author
Ellen Hawley is the author of the novels Open Line and Trip Sheets. Her short fiction and essays have been published in a variety of magazines and anthologies. She has worked as an editor and copy-editor, a talk show host, a cab driver, a waitress, a janitor, an assembler, a file clerk, and for four fun-filled hours, a receptionist. She has also taught creative writing. Hawley is a native New Yorker who lived in Minnesota for two decades but now resides in Cornwall.

Ellen Hawley Facebook

ellen hawley

Fog Island Mountain
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry 
Walter’s Muse 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

6 Responses to “THE DIVORCE DIET: A Novel ~Ellen Hawley”

  1. Sara Says:

    I know someone perfect for this book, but I think I’d buy the book just because of the picture the author put up of herself. At least, I assume that’s the author. It made me laugh out loud and I love to laugh.

    I also liked your words, ” In THE DIVORCE DIET the change is expressed deliciously with humor and just the right spices of sorrow and joy.” That’s a great intro to this book:~)

    Happy New Year, Patricia!
    Sara recently posted..The Talking ShoesMy Profile

    Patricia Reply:

    I just so enjoyed this book – and I am re-reading it again during my lunch time on a week long job of Analyzing completed grants for the State. Just lightens my spirit.

    Thank you for your kind words

    Lots of food in this story – loved the animal crackers

    Happy New Year to you also
    Patricia recently posted..THE DIVORCE DIET: A Novel ~Ellen HawleyMy Profile

  2. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    Patricia — FANTASTIC review. Hence, I. Am. Going. To. Read. This. Book. — Period. End of story!

    Patricia Reply:

    Yes that is the author
    Author is very fun on Facebook also She is figuring out Cockney Rhyming Slang today..

    I know you will enjoy this study in change
    Patricia recently posted..THE DIVORCE DIET: A Novel ~Ellen HawleyMy Profile

  3. Heather J @ TLC Book Tours Says:

    Saucy and spirited are excellent descriptions for this book. I’m excited to read it and find out how she put her life back together.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!
    Heather J @ TLC Book Tours recently posted..Dora Levy Mossanen, author of Scent of Butterflies, on tour February/March 2015My Profile

    patricia Reply:

    Heather J

    Happy to be on this tour – just read the book again as I needed the funnies and a look at making changes