“Phoebe Fox makes us fall in love with an entire family, a whole cast of characters, and love itself. Painfully, hilariously relatable.” – Dr. Duana C. Welch, Author of Love Factually: 10 Proven Steps from I Wish to I Do
“Out of Practice, carrying on the great tradition of the Breakup Doctor series, is the kind of book that will have you dialing your girlfriends so you can read sections out loud. Vivid, true, and frequently comedic. Goes down as a favorite finale.” – MM Finck, Women Writers, Women’s Books
“Fresh, funny, and real—I adored it!” – Beth Kendrick, author of The Cure for the Common Breakup
“As heartwarming as they are humorous—Fox’s books offer more than the usual chick lit fare, with a lot of heart and a smart, relatable heroine in Breakup Doctor Brook Ogden.” — Sarah Bird, Author of The Boyfriend School
“Phoebe Fox’s books are like a box of fine chocolates. Not to be eaten quickly but to be savored and enjoyed.” – Fresh Fiction
“Fox has given us characters that are lovably fallible, funny, and frazzled, and has proven that when it comes to love and relationships of any kind, even the sanest of us get a little crazy.” — Elisa Lorello, Bestselling Author of Why I Love Singlehood
“Therapist Brook Ogden is a genius when it comes to helping people push past the crazy stage and mend their broken hearts, but when Brook suffers her own heartbreak, will she take her own advice? (Answer: no, which is why this book is so funny.)” – Glamour (on The Breakup Doctor)
When your relationship is on life support, the Breakup Doctor is on call.
There’s no shortage of broken hearts in Breakup Doctor Brook Ogden’s successful breakup counseling practice—if love is a battlefield, then Brook is the cavalry. Luckily her own love life is in full recovery: after a long, tortuous road, she and Ben Garrett are finally headed down the aisle.
But when a local TV personality—and former frenemy—invites Brook onto her show, she’s blindsided live on the air when the interview turns into an act of long-delayed revenge meant to publicly humiliate her. Brook’s an expert at getting back on your feet when life knocks you down, but as the blows keep piling on—with a betrayal she never saw coming and a family crisis that threatens to pull the foundation out from under her—her confidence starts slinking away. With her clients dropping her faster than a one-night stand, suddenly the Breakup Doctor’s career is in critical care.
Brimming with both the sublime and ridiculous aspects of love—romantic and otherwise—Out of Practice is a funny and heartwarming tale about loss, grief, and failure that will resonate with all who have loved, lost…and dared to love again.
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Books in The Breakup Doctor Chick Lit Series:
- THE BREAKUP DOCTOR (#1)
- BEDSIDE MANNERS (#2)
- HEART CONDITIONS (#3)
- OUT OF PRACTICE (#4)
Part of the Henery Press Chick Lit Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all...
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Phoebe Fox is just an awesome author....there's no other way to state it! I've read the whole series, because not only do you continually need to know what happens, but the characters come to life and become your friends, your family and yes, your therapy! These books have done more for me than the therapist I pay! I would like to give a heartfelt "thank you" to Phoebe Fox for bringing Brook Lyn Ogden to life! She just may have given me the tools needed to go on with mine! Thank you so very very much!
Brook was nervous about going on t v. Melissa was the host of Wake Up, South west Florida and she had asked Brook for an interview. Melissa asked Brook if she was ready and told her she would do fine. Melissa and Brook had history they were both Fort Myers natives and had been homeroom classmates all through school. In tenth grade Melissa had slept with brook’s boy friend while was deciding whether she should or not. He dumped Melissa the next day and there were nasty rumors that followed Melissa through her junior and senior year. So Melissa actually did Brook a favor. Melissa had called brook to do a feature on her Breakup Doctor practice. Brook had a column in The Tropic Times and she had a call in program on Friday on the radio station KXAR. Brook became a specialist in advice to the lovelorn and broken hearted people. Brook told Melissa she was a licensed mental health therapist. Brook told Melissa it was a counseling practice. Brook specialized in relationships. Brook had been engaged four years ago to Michael and Michael ended the engagement a month before the wedding. Melissa admitted she loved a big bowl of revenge as brook was leaving and all Brook said back to her is prepared for a lonely life. Ben was Brook’s fiance and he had changed how she had felt about being engaged after the first time. Ben called Brook right after she left the television studio. Ben had a construction company. Brook’s father had died and her mom seemed so lost. Brook’s dad had been her mother’s roots that had anchored her. Sasha was brook’s lifelong best friend and now was her sister in law. Ben wonders if Brook really wants to get married. Or maybe they should wait a bit but Brook says no everything is fine and she wants to get married. Then Madison who was an ex client let a editor have her notes and a tape and an article was printed and that article tears Brooks confidence apart. Brook is also losing clients and is ready to quit. But Ben talks her into taking some time off to reevaluate everything. I loved this story. I was so mad what Melissa pulled everyone knew it Wasn’t Brook that spread the rumors. Then to hold a grudge so long was really childish she needs to grow up and maybe get some mental health help. I felt really bad for Brook i don’t think she had really dealt with her dad's death and hen worried about her mom, trying to plan a wedding she just couldn’t get excited about and the her career falling apart. I was so glad she had someone like Ben in her life who truly loved her and worried about her no matter what it meant to him. I was interested in this story from the beginning and never lost any interest in this story. Ben was smart to tell Brook to take some time for her. This was a great story with a great plot. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this story. I highly recommend.
4.5 Stars I really, really like this series. This time, Brook has some serious issues of her own. She's burnt out. She's even yelled at a few of her clients. She's even had a fight with her fiance and she can't even think about a wedding date. She knows she wants to be married, but she doesn't want the wedding. And to top it off, she thinks her mother is having early on-set dementia. It's just all to much for her. She wants to quit, but her fiance talks her into taking some time off instead. That's when the real problems begin to unfold. This series started out a little different for me, but it has certainly grown on me. The author has really grown the characters and the story line just keeps getting better. I feel like they are like my new best friends. Now, I just have to sit back and wait for the next one! Thanks to Henery Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review. One that is my words, I was not paid or prodded to write these words. They are my own.
SUCH A GOOD READ!! This is my first time reading one of The Breakup Doctor Series Books. Man, did I pick a winner! From beginning to end I enjoyed every single page! Fox manages to create her characters with such love that they seem as real as you and me. Her characters are far from perfect, quite flawed in fact, and that makes them all the more relatable. The Breakup Doctor, Brook Ogden, who has always made it her personal goal to help those whose hearts are breaking or broken, finds herself in a state of loss. She has to stop everything and reevaluate all aspects of her life to begin to go forward again. Fortunately, she has been blessed with a very good man who supports her, the love, support and newfound understanding of her family and new best friends to join her in life and work. This is one of the best books I've read in a while as it actually makes you think about the people we all encounter. Brook always wants to help everyone she encounters, client or not. She truly listens with her heart. We should all be more of a friend like Brook Ogden! I was provided an ARC by Henery Press and NetGalley. This is my own personal review of Out of Practice.