- Author: Margaret K Johnson
- Published: July 2017 by Earthy Works
- Category: Contemporary, Supernatural, Book Review, Books, Reading
Three women are about to face the biggest challenges of their lives.
Janet has been mistaken for a sex tourist after being abandoned by her fiancé in Africa. Debbie is hell-bent on a hopeless affair with Adam, her married boss. Pregnant Kate has just married the love of her life only for him to turn into a distant stranger overnight.
Janet, Debbie and Kate – three women whose responses to the events in their lives will determine the fate of Corrinne Walker. Corrinne, a self-help writer, who failed to live by her own life plan advice, is being judged in the afterlife. Janet, Debbie and Kate have been chosen as guinea pigs to put Corrinne’s book to the test. If it works within thirty days the charges of not following her own advice will be dropped and she can pass on. If not, Corrinne will be confined to Limbo forever.
Your thoughts are everything. You can choose to feel good at every single moment. At any time, you have the power to reach for your highest-feeling thought.
Corrinne didn’t reach for her highest-feeling thought, or view it as a neutral event as she recommends in her book, when her husband left her for another woman. Instead, she took her revenge by, among other things, cutting out the crotch of every pair of his trousers and arranging for daily deliveries of incontinence pads, enemas and halitosis cures to the flat he was now sharing with his new girlfriend. So now she’s at the mercy of the reactions of three random women and the choices they make.
Nessa smiled. ‘Don’t worry,’ she said. ‘These days I don’t need to use public transport to get around. But you’re right; it does make the logistics more complicated. Obviously, I can’t decide on my best strategies until I’ve met them all, but my initial plan is to introduce the two UK-based women to your book, and to leave it to do its work on them for a few weeks while I concentrate my efforts on Janet, in Africa.’
Janet, Debbie and Kate are likeable characters, very relatable and realistic, I enjoyed following their stories. The chapters flip between Debbie and Kate in Skelthorpe-on-Sea and Janet in the Gambia, with the odd extract from Corrinne’s book. In one way or another they have difficult choices to make and situations to deal with and how they coped was feasible and although being abandoned in the Gambia wouldn’t be my idea of fun, Janet made the right decision for her.
Initially the story seems light-hearted but there are pertinent issues which are dealt with sympathetically. I loved the supernatural touch, Nessa was an excellent character and it was fun to see the ways she manoeuvred each of the women into reading Corrinne’s book. The scenes set in the Gambia were vividly descriptive. A very enjoyable read.
I chose to read and review Perfect Responses based on a copy of the book supplied by the author/publisher.
About the author
Margaret K Johnson began writing after finishing at Art College to support her career as an artist. Writing quickly replaced painting as her major passion, and these days her canvasses lay neglected in her studio.
She is the author of both non-fiction and women’s fiction published by Omnific Publishing and Earthy Works Publishing. She also writes award-winning original fiction readers in various genres for people learning to speak English, published by Cambridge University Press and Cengage Learning.
An experienced adult education tutor, Margaret founded WriteUP Courses in early 2015, and works with those who want to use writing as therapy as well as those who want to become published authors. Margaret has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and lives in Norwich, UK with her partner and their bouncy son and dog.