Published: 28/09/2015
eISBN: 9781785894350
Format: eBook

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Eva Jordan is a published short story writer with a degree in English and History. She lives in Cambridgeshire with her partner Steve and three of their four children whom, she says, are a constant so... read more

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183 Times a Year
by Eva Jordan

Mothers and daughters alike will never look at each other in quite the same way after reading this book—a brilliantly funny observation of contemporary family life.

Lizzie—exasperated Mother of Cassie, Connor and Stepdaughter Maisy—is the frustrated voice of reason to her daughters’ teenage angst. She gets by with good friends, cheap wine and talking to herself—out loud.

16-year-old Cassie—the Facebook-Tweeting, Selfie-Taking, Music and Mobile Phone obsessed teen—hates everything about her life. She longs for the perfect world of Chelsea Divine and her 'undivorced' parents—and Joe, of course.

However, the discovery of a terrible betrayal and a brutal attack throws the whole household into disarray. Lizzie and Cassie are forced to reassess the important things in life as they embark upon separate journeys of self-discovery—accepting some less than flattering home truths along the way.

Although tragic at times this is a delightfully funny exploration of domestic love, hate, strength and ultimately friendship. A poignant, heartfelt look at that complex and diverse relationship between a Mother and daughter set amongst the thorny realities of today’s divided and extended families.

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Recent Reviews of 183 TIMES A YEAR

“From the opening pages of this wonderful book I knew I was about to read something special…To be able to write from such different perspectives is an amazing feat and I urge you to head over to Amazon to read 183 Times a Year for yourself, then tell your Mam/Mum/Mom/Mother that you love and appreciate her. Thank you Eva, this wonderful debut novel is such a candid account of family life that we can all relate to. Be prepared to laugh and to cry, this book is so full of surprises that it’s worth reading all over again. An absolutely astonishing, thought provoking, hilarious and life affirming debut novel.”

By Michelle Ryles at The Book Magnet

“This is a novel that every adult and teen should read. I think it would give both age groups a better understanding of each other. More than anything though the author has captured 100% the whole family life as it is in the modern day. It truly is a wonderful book that really is a must read.”

By Sarah Hardy at bytheletterbookreviews







183 times a year is reportedly the number of times a teenage girl will argue with her mother. For Lizzie – mother of Cassie and Connor and stepmother to Maisy aka Mania – it seems to be far more frequently than that. Told from the viewpoints of both Lizzie and sixteen-year-old Cassie, this novel explores the fraught world of a blended family. Cassie’s dealing with peer pressure, boyfriend issues and an absent father, while her librarian mother is wondering how her life has come down to this. Funny, moving and bittersweet, this debut novel is a real treat.

by Stephanie Pegler

I really liked this one. It had so many funny things and I recognized many of them. On the other hand a lot of sad things happened as well and I have to say the author truely knows how to describe feelings. She pulls the reader into her story.
Add to this mixture some love, the revealing of a few secrets and a bit of heartbreak and a fluent writing style and you end up a most enjoyable book.

by Els Ebraert


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