Minivans, Meltdowns & Merlot Book is Outstanding

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When I was approached to read Carolyn Coppola’s first book, the first thing I asked her “people” was, “Is that also the name of her blog? Because the title is brilliant!”

I got the response of, “Uh…No. Who are YOU again?” This tends to happen to me a lot when I speak, text or email.

Apparently, Ms. Coppola doesn’t have a blog, which I didn’t even know there were such people out there; but it’s true, so she actually has adequate time to focus on being a mom and a published author. What a novel idea. This “book writing” thing must be a new thing.

People I am here to tell you her book Minivans, Meltdowns & Merlot; which she wrote after having children – and I’m assuming were living in her house and distracting her and all – hopefully, is the first of many to come because this mothah can pen a funny story.

Not only does she seem to be a magnet for hilarious people (friends and critics), but she is has mastered the craft of silly mom antics as well. One of my favorite things about her writing is how she shares her relationships with her friends. From her best friend Chrissie who makes Lucy and Ethel look boring, to her trendy and neat-freak “gay friend Dave,” who hasn’t a clue what it takes to raise kids; these stories will make you shriek out at the absurdity of her life with them in it.

Another reason why I found myself drawn to her book is it’s so relatable to all women:

My favorite quote is “I’ve often found myself thinking about how useful a catheter and an IV drip of coffee would be.” I thought this gal must be a nurse! But no she just knows what it takes to get through the day with a gaggle of kids and no time for herself.

Carolyn has a refreshing writing style which is… she writes like a story teller. So many writers today have not either been taught this or just choose not to use this critical style. She has a beginning, middle and end, and she heightens the drama through each chapter so you NEED to know what happens.


She also does not throw around profanity for gratuitous reasons. Yes, there are a few words here and there but you don’t hardly notice them because they are appropriate for the story and not just put there to get a rise out of the reader. I personally enjoy this style and know many other moms will too.

Nurse Mommy gives Minivans, Meltdowns and Merlot 4 suckers and 2 stickers for this great book!!!

It would be a fabulous summer read for any mom.

You can order yours here:

Minivans, Meltdowns and Merlot at Amazon

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8 thoughts on “Minivans, Meltdowns & Merlot Book is Outstanding

  1. It is refreshing to see someone write a book, Terri. I would like to get to know this gal and after reading it would like to say she would be a good mom friend too.

  2. This was a great review Stacy and it sounds like a super good book. I’m with you on the storytelling. It’s becoming a lost art. Lots of self-absorbing rants out there. I’ll definitely read this book!

  3. Take a deep breath, girl! You can do it. “No meltdowns for you…I’m sending that vibe across to you now. You are going to have a marvelous evening!!!!” Let me know if that works. 🙂

  4. I’m getting heart palpitations at the word “meltdown”. It’s almost quitting time here at work, which means back to the kids (who torture me), which means extra-potential for meltdown. GAH!

  5. I am just about to read this book!! I can’t wait. I also can’t believe she doesn’t have a blog! Hahahaha. I’m with you…there are people who don’t have a blog?! Hahahahaha. –Lisa

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