I wish to thank Belinda Smart for inviting me to Read and Review REALITY REHAB by Lisa Mary London
Faded soap star Gloria Grayson swaps banoffee pie for humble pie with a stint on reality TV. But her last ditch bid to salvage her celebrity backfires, when the ex-husband from hell is sprung on her in front of 10 million viewers.
Can Gloria win back A-list status, happy ever after and her Rear of the Year title? Reality is stranger than fiction!
Faded TV star Gloria Grayson has hit rock bottom. Sacked from her starring role in a top soap, divorced from hell-raising actor ‘Mad’ Tommy Mack, and obese from binge eating, her days as Britain’s sexiest blonde are well and truly over.
But her luck changes when cruel paparazzi photos relaunch her career, and she and her fat, feisty dog are booked to appear on TV’s Reality Rehab.
Gloria is incarcerated with an American psychotherapist, a rabble of D-list celebrities and umpteen cameras, then put on a starvation diet. But worse is to come, with the shock arrival of her alcoholic ex-husband.
Tears and tantrums ensue as the divorced couple’s therapy sessions take over the show, and ratings soar. The other celebrities are infuriated to be sidelined and Reality Rehab fast becomes The Tommy and Glo Show.
But Gloria and Tommy are hiding explosive secrets from each other and 10 million viewers – Reality is stranger than fiction!
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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Well Reality Rehab has flown to my number one spot for best comedy novel of 2017. This is a little beauty that had me laughing so much that tears were rolling down my cheeks and I had to take breaks from reading to compose myself before starting again. It is such an uplifting read.
The star of the book is Gloria Grayson, a washed up washed out ex soap star whose waist line has seen happier days and although it is still there it is hiding under a few packs of biscuits, gateaux and far too much fast foods fixes. Things haven’t worked out too well for her in the last couple of years after throwing her cheating husband out and losing her TV role in a much-loved soap. The highlight now is collecting her state benefit money and dodging photographers, not that anyone would recognise her now, ok well one did. He took a belter of her at her ‘best’ well best for him to get a good price for it anyway.
It really is her turning point as she is offered a place on the TV show Reality Rehab, where has-been stars stay for 8 weeks to break different habits they have acquired, such as alcohol abuse, over exercising, stealing and constant cleaning, you get the picture. The money is far too good to turn down, they even put Gloria’s very over weight dog, Baby Girl, in the show to lose weight too. When a late arrival to the show is Gloria’s alcoholic ex husband all hell breaks out.
Lisa Mary London, the author, has had personal experience on different TV shows in her own career, so she has brought the best bits of all the things she has seen and heard together into these wonderful characters to make the funniest book that I have read about. I just loved the moment of each new person entering the house, with their own self-importance of who they are, for no-on else to have a clue who they were or what they did.
As time went on the house mates began to relax and forget the cameras. Through picked up conversations and a bit of organised drama the ratings were rising dramatically.
Loved the messages that viewers made throughout the show, who disagreed with each other as much as the contestants. It all makes super full on entertainment to curl up with. Gloria was definitely my star in the show with second place going to Judith Jacobs, psychic. I loved her predictions!
Do take at look at this book, it is on Kindle Unlimited and just pure brilliance!
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lisa Mary London went from Chief Reporter on a sleepy Cotswold newspaper to become Celebrity Producer on some of Britain’s best-loved TV shows. Her TV credits include An Audience with Ken Dodd, A BAFTA Tribute to Julie Walters, The British Comedy Awards and I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! She’s worked with stars from Tony Curtis to Ant and Dec, and her debut novel Reality Rehab features around 200 famous names.
‘There’s never a dull moment when you’re working with the stars’, says Lisa. ‘One minute you’re sipping champagne with Pierce Brosnan, the next you’re standing in the Ladies’ minding Barbara Windsor’s handbag.’
Reality Rehab is based on her real life, behind-the-screen experiences as a Celebrity Producer. ‘I’ve met many old school stars like my book’s protagonist Gloria, who curse reality TV and think the cast of TOWIE should be stacking shelves at Tesco, not walking the red carpet.
‘She’s a cross between Diana Dors, Boadicea and Miss Piggy, a glorious, garrulous anti-heroine with bags of fattitude – Gloria puts the real in reality TV!’
Gloria’s petulant pooch Baby-Girl is closely based on the book’s cover star, Lisa’s beloved Maltese Dolly-Dog (says Lisa – ‘You couldn’t make her up’). Dolly-Dog won fame on ITV’s Loose Women when she married Sherrie Hewson’s Westie Charlie, in a ceremony officiated by John Barrowman (available on YouTube). The couple split acrimoniously and are currently fighting for custody of a chew toy.
A journalist by profession, Lisa has written for the Daily Mail and was briefly a News of the World reporter, but made her excuses and left before anyone was imprisoned for phone hacking.
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