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Book Review: The Seven Steps to Closure by Donna Joy Usher

Title: The Seven Steps to Closure
Author: Donna Joy Usher
Paperback: 410 pages
Publisher: Lush Publications(May 12th 2012)
Genre: Fiction, Chick-Lit, Romance, Contemporary
Read: eBook
Stars: ***/5
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Summary: (Goodreads)

Tara Babcock awakes the morning after her 30th birthday with a hangover that could kill an elephant – and the knowledge she is still no closer to achieving closure on her marriage breakup. Things go from bad to worse when she discovers that, not only is her ex-husband engaged to her cousin – Tash, the woman he left her for – but that Jake is also running for Lord Mayor of Sydney.

Desperate to leave the destructive relationship behind and with nothing to lose, she decides- with encouragement from her three best friends – to follow the dubious advice from a magazine article, Closure in Seven Easy Steps.

The Seven Steps to Closure follows Tara on her sometimes disastrous- always hilarious – path to achieve the seemingly impossible.

My Review:

Note: Yay! This is the first book I’ve borrowed through the Kindle Unlimited program. :)

Cover: Cutesy!

Paper and font: Easy on the eyes…

Readability, language: Simple and easy…

Why did I choose this book: The cover and the blurb caught my attention while I was hunting for a light and easy read.

Tara who has been dumped by her husband was taking the dump real hard. After months of mopping her friends jump in to save her with an article from Cosmo – Closure in Seven Easy Steps. And there starts Tara’s journey to attain closure and find herself.

The Seven Steps to Closure is an appropriate title for the tale that follows with a sweet cover that also seems to fit in. However after I finished reading the book I didn’t feel the same way about the cover. The blurb is engaging and got me interested in the book.

The plot isn’t new, it’s similar to other closure stories like P.S. I Love You and such. But it feels different. Tara’s troubles are clear right from the start and the book revolves around her as she works out a way to get over her ex-husband.

Set in present day Sydney and India, the Sydney bits felt real but I can’t really tell since I’ve never been there. The India bits though real were very touristy – the image most foreign tourists paint of India – romantic, thieving, lecherous… That said the image fit in perfectly with the character of Tara. Usher includes Mumbai with it’s 26/11 attack before she moves to Rajasthan with Udaipur being the heart of the action.

The story revolves around Tara but her family and friends are an integral part of the story. There’s Lily Tara’s sister who is delivering her sixth (yes you read me right) baby, her mother Beth who is constantly rescuing and rehoming deranged animals, Nat who falls in love with the office cleaner, Elaine who carries her dog in her purse everywhere she goes, and Dinah who finally find herself to find out she is lesbian. The package of characters make for a good read.

It took me a while to warm up to the story; I read over 30% before I started to feel the interest. But after that I enjoyed it. There were no loose ends and unneeded subplots. It’s a rather straight forward story that gains momentum as it nears the climax. The climax though left me wanting action, it felt too decent (for want of a better word). It would have been nice to have a few punches thrown in. The end though is a sweet surprise and a nice twist to the happily-ever-after ending.

The Seven Steps to Closure is written is first person, which is the reason I think it took quite a while for me to associate the word Tara with the narrator. The language is simple and easy, it makes for fast reading but the pace of the book is slow at the start and starts to pick up only towards mid-point in the book. The book attempts to be humorous but I found very few instances when I laughed.

I enjoyed The Seven Steps to Closure. There were a couple of times in the beginning when I almost gave up, but I am glad read to the end. Usher’s writing has promise and I look forward to her other books. A good read if you can stick it through the first half.
This book has sex in it so – above 16-18 only.
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About the Author:


Donna Joy Usher is a dentist who writes to ‘escape the seriousness of my day job’. She lives in Australia with her husband and two miniature schnauzers, Chloe and Xena. Apart from writing she loves to paddle board, walk on the beach and sip chai lattes at the local cafe. She blogs at

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