Raising four boys alone is not an easy task. Widower Joe Slagel tries, he really does. He works hard, provides a stable home with lots of love and just the right amount of discipline. But Joe Slagel also provides his sons with something else: disposable stepmothers. He never intends for them to be disposable, however, the mischievous doings of his four children make it impossible for him to keep a wife, and them a stepmother, for very long.
Boys will be boys. But when the final straw is snapped and the fifth stepmother packs up and leaves without notice, Joe realizes it is time to bring in a professional.
Tough, strong, tender, not afraid to run a tight ship, and equipped with the ability to not easily be frightened. Those were the qualifications Joe sought. In comes Sergeant Ethel Pletcher. Not only does she tower over the boys in size, but her huge heart takes over the house and their lives, as well. Sgt. Pletcher proves that the Slagel boys aren't really all that bad, they just need someone that understands them and, at times, a peacekeeper.
A story for ages nine through adult to enjoy.
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who needs kids!!!
- bec/audiothing "I review books, mostly audiobooks, mostly mystery. That's about it!"
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I enjoyed narrator David Dietz. He really makes the book with his differentiated voices for all the characters. I loved his voice for the "sergeant".
I was very early put off by the characterization of the 4 boys, and that soured the rest of the story for me. Their antics were over the top, and pretty unrealistic.
Sure! It was a fun read after skimming over the first 1/3 with the boys' antics.
In general, I enjoy David Dietz's performances. This one was not as enjoyable as I did not like the boy characters.
It did give me a few parenting tips!