The Seven Steps to Closure

The Seven Steps to Closure

by Donna Joy Usher


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The Seven Steps to Closure by Donna Joy Usher

Winner of the 2012 eLit Publishing Awards Humor Category
Shortlisted for the 2012 Shirley You Jest Awards
Shortlisted for the 2013 Indie Excellence Awards

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.
A credible and amazingly touching debut novel from Donna Joy Usher, this is a solid, light-hearted and honest read with plenty of laughs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780987320704
Publisher: Lush Publications
Publication date: 05/12/2012
Pages: 422
Sales rank: 812,536
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.94(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Born in Brisbane, I started my working life as a dentist. After 15 years of drilling and filling I discovered there was more to life, and put pen to paper. Now I drill by day and write by night.

When not doing either of those things I like spending time with my husband and two little dogs, fishing and camping, motorbike riding, traveling, drinking wine on my deck and eating chocolate. Last year I ran my first half marathon and took up paddle boarding.

I have lived in a myriad of places: Melbourne, Perth, England, Rockhampton, Roxby Downs, Sydney, Cairns and am now situated on the New South Wales Central Coast.

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The Seven Steps to Closure 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do not understand why this book got so many good reviews. It was slow and so so boring. The details were endless and so unimportant, it was frustrating to read every page. I found myself skipping pages just to get to the end. You know that annoying person that goes on and on but never really has a point or anything interesting to say? Well that was how bad this book was. Do i recommend it? Only if you want to be put to sleep. Trust me, it was indeed that boring. Going to sleep now, thanks to this book. Zzzzzzzzzz GTx
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When you are reading in a public place and cannot laugh out loud, holding it in nearly made me wet myself. I dare anyone to read the 5th step all the way thru and not understand what I'm saying. Well written, great character development and I enjoyed this book!
WLRagan 4 months ago
This was my first read by this author. Somewhere along the line I downloaded it as a freebie and what a fun surprise it was to read. Tara is still not over the end of her lousy marriage. Her ex belittled her, told her she was ugly and cheated on her with her cousin. As miserable as she was she still seems to think that she wants him back. A drunk night out with her friends and she wakes up with a massive hangover. Her 3 best friends give her a Cosmo with The 7 Steps to Closure and tell her she has to complete all the steps. Over the coarse of the next few months she follows through on the articles suggestions. The book takes us on Tara's adventures. The author does a great job of getting the reader invested in Tara and need to get over her divorce. The characters are fun. I laughed my way through this easy read. If you are looking for a light, fun romance then The Seven Steps is for you.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Completely different. Totally didn’t see any of that coming. Which was wonderful. Loved all the different characters and relationships between them. A fabulous book.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Omg! I absolutely loved this book! At first I wasn't sure what to expect from the title. A self help book maybe? Well I yell you what it is a page turner. From someone who has been for 3 years trying to get pass a relationship where now my heart and mind fought about my feelings toward this man; with these seven steps I may actually be able to get over him. Thanks! Again great read! I love it!
Anonymous 10 months ago
Really great read. Hilarious situations. Loved this book
Anonymous 11 months ago
Loved this book! A light-hearted, funny, enjoyable, unpredictable read. I look forward to reading more from this author
Anonymous 11 months ago
Could not get passed the first couple pages...I don't find animal abuse funny in the least...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the storyline, the heroine and the relationship with her family and friends. Entertaining and very clever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book, I even laughed a little. The main character's love of Twilight was relatable. I read this in one day and it just made me happy. I would recommend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fun, enjoyable book to read! Can't wait for your next one, Donna!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't think I will ever get over the description of Bad Bunny and his teddy bear! I loved the humor in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a crazy story ... and I loved it! Some parts were a little slow or dull, but I finshed the book with lots of laugh out loud moments and a smile on my face.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story. Funny and wrote about real situations
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic & funny!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading this book. Found myself laughing out loud.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Light read with a few laugh out loud parts. Sometimes drawn out but an OK read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun, light read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I laughed out loud so many times! Wonderful story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very funny...was a great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
necrodog More than 1 year ago
Ms. Usher writes a terrific story. Believable characters you can relate to navigating events full of comedy, romance and drama in equal parts. Tara and her friends all embark on a journey of self discovery, finding who they really are and the courage to pursue their dreams. Good characters, intriguing plot and excellent writing with a good pace.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A make you laugh out loud book
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite The Seven Steps to Closure is a chick-lit contemporary novel written by Donna Joy Usher. Tara's still getting over her breakup with her ex, Jake, and she's just survived hitting the big 30. Her mom keeps bringing her psychologically damaged pets from the animal shelter, and her friends are determined to help Tara get over Jake and back into a relationship. One of them has a back issue of Cosmo with an article designed to do just that called Closure in Seven Easy Steps. Tara, dreading the upcoming marriage of Jake and her cousin, agrees to accept the challenge. The first few steps are easy: her friend Elaine's brother is a gifted hairdresser and gives Tara a whole new look, and a shopping expedition for a new wardrobe is a piece of cake. Lower down on that list are the harder steps. Donna Joy Usher's contemporary humorous novel, The Seven Steps to Closure, is a fast-paced and very entertaining novel. I knew I was in for a different type of chick-lit story from the opening pages where Tara has an argument with Cocky, her pet bird with a filthy vocabulary. Tara and her friends are fresh and funny, and their adventures are inspired. Usher peoples The Seven Steps to Closure with original and, for the most part, sympathetic characters in whom the reader is quickly emotionally invested. I especially enjoyed vicariously sightseeing in India as Matt and Tara take in the sights and do an awful lot of shopping. The Seven Steps to Closure is a lot of fun, even for readers who wouldn't ordinarily read something in the chick-lit category, and it's highly recommended.