Beth Carter is a psychologist to many and a single mother to four unruly boys. Patients might almost be manageable, but her boys aren’t. While the household lurches inevitably from one catastrophe to another, Beth finds herself barely managing to hold onto the vital threads of sanity whilst leading her often complex patients through their own remarkable journeys.
Beth finds it to be a lonely venture, leading her to look for love—but in all the wrong places.
Joan Callahan is a clinical psychologist practicing in Melbourne, Australia. She commenced her career teaching English and history at the prestigious Melbourne High School and later retrained in the field of psychology. Joan set up her own private practice and has a heavy forensic caseload, while providing consultancies to commerce, industry, and government. She also enjoys several mediation contracts. She particularly likes working with anxiety disorders, couples, and the full spectrum of psychological disorders.
Joan is the divorced mother of three boys, has three brothers, and three grandsons—not to mention that she taught only boys at Melbourne High School. By her sheer survival as teacher, mother, and psychologist, she considers herself something of an expert on boys. Joan loves her job, going to the gym, making bread, (boring, boring, boring. Next it will be romantic fireside chats and long walks on the beach at sunset!), socializing widely, and travelling around the world as often as she can with the love of her life. Her vast travels around the USA have provided fodder for the third book in this series as the inimitable Carter clan enjoy the wilds of Yeehaw Junction.
Life remains wonderfully hectic. Any similarity between Joan’s life and Beth’s is not purely coincidental. Beth’s patients are pure fiction; her dogs are not. Her boys? Close!
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Review of Trust Me written by Joan Callahan
I had the pleasure to read “Trust Me” by Joan Callahan this week and what a surprising pleasure it was. I found myself laughing and shaking my head at shared family absurdities throughout this book. I simply couldn’t quit reading for wondering what in the world was going to happen to this family next!
This story is about a psychiatrist, Beth Carter, who just also happens to be a single mom raising 4 boys along with two dogs and various other animals while trying to run a successful business. Her office is located on the bottom floor of her home and the top floor is their living space, affectionately dubbed, ‘the ark’. Her relationship with her sons is so sweet and they take the shared household very seriously and diplomatically. Holding weekly meetings to address issues and make sure the ‘ark’ runs as smoothly as it can. Of course, since all of her boys have very strong, and sometimes odd personalities these meetings take on an unexpected dynamic and you’ll find yourself looking forward to their weekly meetings.
There is never a dull moment in the pages of Trust Me. The book will suck you in and have you reading frantically to see where this hilarious journey takes you. Every character in this book leaps off the page at you and you will fall in love with each and every one as their story unfolds. The characters are colorful and real; surprising you with their antics at every turn. The book is filled with real life situations, some funny and some not. Some situations will have you thinking, “I thought this sort of thing only happened in my family!” and all at once have you relieved that your family isn’t as bad as you thought!
The Carter family will steal your heart and have you rolling with laughter. Beth Carter is amazing in her parenting prowess and equally well equipped to treat her patients. The patients that come through Beth’s office are just as memorable and special as her children are in this book. I just couldn’t get enough of their stories. Some are shocking and some are just downright funny.
There are so many wonderfully written characters in this book that it is impossible for me to describe them all to you, but here is a brief attempt at their descriptions:
· Beth Carter: Single mom in her thirties, psychiatrist, family referee, and wondering if she will ever have or can handle any more men in her life.
· Noah Carter: Ex-husband to Beth and reluctant father of their four boys. I say reluctant because the man can barely get near his family without breaking out in hives and having an anxiety attack so strong that he actually faints.
· Harry Carter: Eldest son in the Carter family and a true thrill seeker that has an overwhelming love of life. The only problem is that he is extremely accident prone and is on a first name basis with the emergency room and radiology department.
· Magnus Carter: Another one of her sons is a self-proclaimed ‘god’s gift’ to woman worldwide. He is beautiful and charming but has a sweet heart when he needs to.
· Sammy Carter: At fifteen years of age it is clear that he has a bright future as a politician. He wears many hats, literally, and could sale a bag of sand in the middle of the desert with his charm and his smile.
· Ned Carter: aka-Baby, aka Barry, aka Edna, aka Neddy; the youngest member of the Carter clan. This sweet little four year old boy bravely weathers the storms that his brothers leave in their wake and patiently awaits for his family to pick a name for him that will stick.
These descriptions barely scratch the surface of these characters but they give you a fairly good example of what Beth Carter is valiantly coping with on a daily basis.
I give this book very high praise and recommend you read it with all haste. Trust Me is uplifting, funny and well written; you won’t be sorry that you rushed out to get this book. It is positively additive!