The Changing Room

The Changing Room

by Jane Turley

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"Today, I am in the changing room of my life and tomorrow, win or lose, I'll move forward a stronger and wiser woman."

Sandy Lovett's confused mother and chaotic life are having an effect on her waistline. She knows she needs to change her life but doesn't know how until she buys a risqué dress which sets in motion a sequence of life-changing events.

After years as a mother, carer and full-time employee, Sandy quits her job and places her mother in a care home, and life seems on the up. But disaster is never far away for the hapless Sandy as her mother's obsessions continue to wreak havoc and her husband's business begins to fail. Short of cash and needing a flexible job, Sandy joins a sex-chat service. At The Beaver Club Sandy discovers a talent for selling telephone sex - a skill she later regrets when she meets unscrupulous local politician and prospective MP, Trewin Thackeray.

The Changing Room is a comedy-drama for all those whose glass is half-full. Preferably with gin and a big fat cherry.

The Changing Room contains an additional book club section featuring discussion points and a Q & A with the author.

Jane Turley lives in the UK. She is a wife, mother and very bad cook. She has written for the BBC and for the literary ezine The View From Here. She also writes the long-standing humour blog The Witty Ways of a Wayward Wife.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150468931
Publisher: Sweet and Salty Books
Publication date: 10/27/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Jane was born in a remote village in the Malvern Hills in England a long, long time ago. So long ago, that Jane sometimes now forgets where she lives and where she has parked her car. She is, however, very friendly with her local police officer.

Whilst still a baby, Jane moved to the seaside resort of Weston Super Mare, on the borders of Somerset, where she spent years gazing forlornly out of her Silver Cross Pram. Her excessive exposure to salty air and seagull poop left her deeply traumatized and possessing a bizarre sense of humour. She now inflicts her dubious wit on everyone, including passing strangers, scarecrows and stray dogs. She hasn't been invited to dinner since 1982.

When Jane was young and ambitious she aspired to be an actress but, one day, her life changed forever when she met a tall handsome stranger. Unfortunately, the stranger walked off and Jane married someone else in a fit of pique. Luckily, he turned out to fairly normal and Jane did the family thing and gave birth to three annoying sons. Since then Jane has been scrubbing saucepans and toilet bowls and gazing out her kitchen window fantasying about writing novels.

After many years and even more chocolate-chip cookies, Jane finally completed her first book, A Modern Life. Jane's husband was delighted he would no longer have to hear her waffling on about it and threw his hands up with relief. Jane cried with happiness. After they'd celebrated, Jane told her husband even better news; she didn't have writer's block and had an idea for a full-length novel. At which point, Jane threw up her hands with relief and he cried. Somehow they are still married.

There is a lot more to tell about Jane. You can find her at The Witty Ways of a Wayward Wife. A place where she talks. A lot.

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The Changing Room 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars This is one of the funniest books I've read in a long time. I was laughing out loud many times during the first part of this book. That is before her mother died. There were a few more times after that, but it began to get a little more serious after that, which was fine with me. It was still a good book. The jobs this woman had and the way she did them were hilarious. I especially liked the way she treated revenge. No one was going to get one up on her. I think the Mister Poopy scene was pretty much the best. Or maybe it was Justin the turkey. Ha! There were just so many! This was a hilarious, sad, compassionate and fist pumping book that I thoroughly enjoyed. It was entertainment and more. I definitely recommend this book. Thanks to Sweet and Salty Books (I like that name) and Net Galley for the free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
AngieGoodson9597 More than 1 year ago
In exchange with an honest review, I received a copy of this book from the author.  I promise to try to leave out the main points to not spoil the story. This book is by far one of the funniest books I have ever read.  It was definitely a roller coaster of a read, but one that was completely relatable.  At a day where Alzheimers is prevalent in more homes than not, it is hard to find someone who is not affected either directly or indirectly, in one way or another.   This story is about Sandy, who is not only a mother of 3 and a wife, she is also taking care of her mother who has Alzheimers.  While taking care of her family, volunteering on the PTA, working several jobs including occasionally helping her husband with his construction company, she fights her inner battles and overcomes obstacles by seeing the brighter side.  Not once does she lose her nerve, even when facing loss.  It is hard, no.. impossible to not love and admire Sandy.  Ms. Turley has put the reader in the story.  Everything Sandy faces, we face or have faced. Even when she chooses to honor the wishes of a dying friend, she does so with the same gusto and vigor that she faced everything else.  Once I turned the last page, I found myself wishing for more.  I hope there will be another story about Sandy and the next phase of her life.  Way to go, Ms. Turley!  
swtdrmsnluv4u More than 1 year ago
This was a good read. I would definitely recommend it for people who want a humorous read. Sometimes the author would get off topic, but she came back around to what she was talking about. Was a wonderful book about being a full-time mom and full-time daughter. I got this book for free for an honest review. Thank you Jane!