Out of Practice by Phoebe Fox

I don’t want to write this review. If I write this review, I have to both acknowledge and accept the end of one of my favorite series, and I’m not ready or willing to do that. I have laughed with Brook and I have cried with her. I have sympathized with her well-intentioned missteps and I have empathized with her resulting heartaches and heartbreaks. I have learned from her insights and I am going to miss her relationship wisdom and heartfelt advice.

31543120Out of Practice was an emotional read. Brook has found the man to spend her life with and is engaged, though wedding planning seems daunting and impossible. She’s an aunt and a mom to two dogs with boundless energy. Her personal life may be looking up in many ways, but some seriously disheartening professional blows reveal the cracks in her happiness.

While dealing with the aftermath of a disastrous ambush on live TV, an unflattering newspaper expose, and a challenging (to say the least) panel event, Broke and her family are slogging through a swamp of grief after the death of her father. As we all know, grief is a tricky monster. Every person reacts and responds in his or her own way and in his or her own time. As Brook learns, grief is draining and can be all-encompassing. Before she knows it, Brook (with Ben’s help) is forced to admit that she is add-to-goodreads-buttonrunning on empty; she has given all she can give . . . and then some. Faced with a task that seems insurmountable (repairing her business and getting her practice back on stable footing), Brook makes decisions that will not only change her future, but that might cost her the happiness she has finally found, too.

As I have with the other books in the Breakup Doctor series, I laughed and cried and wished for just one more chapter. Phoebe Fox is an engrossing storyteller with the enviable ability to tap into the hearts of her readers. In Out of Practice, she has brought a heartfelt and satisfying conclusion to one of my favorite book series. I will miss this series and these characters – but I’m a forever fan of Phoebe Fox and I can’t wait to see what she brings us next.

About the Author
8041366Phoebe Fox has been a contributor and regular columnist for a number of national, regional, and local publications–currently for the Huffington Post as a relationship writer. She’s been a movie, theater, and book reviewer; a screenwriter; and has even been known to help with homework revisions for nieces and nephews. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two excellent dogs.

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