There’s a saying that all good things have to come to an end and today I’m sharing my review and bidding farewell to Liz McGivern’s Amy Cole Trilogy. Having already experienced Amy Lose Her Mind and become Zen As F*ck, I was super excited to discover how she eventually realises she Has It All Figured Out! This last instalment was released earlier this year and despite it being one of my most anticipated releases due to other commitments I have had to wait until recently to read it. Many thanks to the wonderful Elizabeth McGivern for sending me a copy of her book to read and I hope you all enjoy my review.
And so the end is near…
In the final chapter of the best-selling book series, we find Amy and Elle facing their toughest challenge together yet: cancer.
After Elle’s shock diagnosis, it’s left to Amy to balance the pregnancy from hell with running their business and supporting her sick best friend with all the grace and fortitude of a drunk bull in a china shop.
As always, chaos is never far behind the pair and with life never making it easy on them, an international move on the cards and all the ups and downs of family life in between, the two women have a lot to contend with before they reach the finish line.
Besides, they’ve come through worse than this and survived…haven’t they?
Amy Cole’s life can NEVER be described as simple and once again she finds herself spinning multiple ‘plates’ just to make it through the day relatively unscathed. Heavily pregnant and growing what looks to be yet another huge baby, Amy is having to deal with the aftermath of best friend Elle’s cancer diagnosis, whist running a business, negotiating with the school bully’s thug Father and keeping her home life on an even keel – not any easy task by anyone’s standards!
But fear not as chaos and unexpected challenges are what Amy thrive on and even if she doesn’t always get things right she is sure to get there in the end with a little help from her friends and family.
Having absolutely loved the first two books in the series I went into the finale with extremely high expectations which I have to admit I wasn’t sure could be easily met. How wrong was I? I had barely read a handful of pages and I was belly laughing which has to be a new reading record for me – I actually ended up spraying myself with rice as I was eating my lunch at the time and highly recommended you aren’t consuming anything whilst reading!
Liz’s easy style of writing is carried through this whole series and once again helped draw me in to it’s wonderfully entertaining story that saw me laughing and crying in equal measure. She has a unique talent for dealing with serious, poignant moments with a wonderful hint of humour, whilst still retaining the real-life emotion of the situation. All three novels offer just the right balance of light-hearted and emotional moments making them ideal for anyone who enjoys an entertaining , engaging read that keeps you continually turning the pages until you’ve devoured every last word.
Her characters are all so relateable, especially Amy, whose blunt, to the point style voices what parents everywhere are thinking and are often loathe to discuss. I’m genuinely sad to wave goodbye to Amy Cole and her crazy life, however Liz has given her trilogy a fantastic conclusion that feels like I’ve been given a beautifully wrapped gift finished off with a perfectly tied ribbon.
Whilst you could probably read each book as a standalone, I would highly recommend reading the three books in the order they are intended to fully grasp each characters back story. The whole Amy Cole Series has honestly been once of my favourite to date and I’m really looking forward to seeing what Liz McGivern has lined up next.
About The Author
Elizabeth McGivern is a former journalist turned hostage-in-her-own-home surrounded by three men and a horrible dog named Dougal.
In an effort to keep her sanity she decided to write a parenting blog after the birth of her first son so she can pinpoint the exact moment she failed as a mother.
In an unexpected turn of events, the blog helped her to find a voice and connect with parents in similar situations; namely those who were struggling with mental health issues and parenting. It was because of this encouragement – and wanting to avoid her children as much as possible – her debut novel, Amy Cole has lost her mind, was born.
Elizabeth lives in Northern Ireland although wishes she could relocate to Iceland on a daily basis.
To witness her regular failings as a parent you can find her visit her on her website Mayhem and Beyond
Amy Cole Has it All Figured Out is available to purchase from Amazon*