Tough Love by Kerry Katona (Book Summary)

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Leanne Crompton had it all as a glamour model until her agency dropped her off because she was already 25 years old. She got no savings as she spent all of her earnings while she was modeling. She has a daughter named Kia, and they got nowhere else to go after she lost her job.

She decided to go back home and live with her mom, Tracy. She now had to face the drama at home, and her family also had to face the drama she brought along with her.

Leanne got two brothers and two sisters. One of these brothers, Markie, is finally getting married after two years in prison. However, during his wedding night, he found out that his bride (named Mandy) slept with his best friend (Swing). He dumped Mandy and then beat up Swing. On that wedding night, Leanne saw Tony, her ex-boyfriend. He is already married, but he assured me that his wife only married him for the visa.

Leanne worked for Markie as his PA. However, things fell apart when Leanne was photographed with Tony. Tony is friends with Markie. Markie is still mad at Tony for not telling him about the Mandy and Swing affair.

Another news broke off and made headlines. A family member told the press the truth about Leanne’s affair with a married man, who turned out to be Kia’s father. Leanne accused her siblings, but none of them admitted anything.

Kia’s father is Jay Leighton, married to Lisa Leighton. They’re a famous couple, known for their perfect life and perfect marriage. Leanne decided to make a statement – to tell everyone that Tony is Kia’s father and not Jay’s. But she chose not to go with it because she’s afraid the lie would hurt Kia in the long run. The rumor died down because another talk surrounded Jay Leighton. There was a video of him with a rent boy. Lisa eventually decided to leave him.

Meanwhile, Leanne discovered who leaked the truth to the press. It was her mother, Tracy. She heard her confess while Paul accused her of stealing from him. Paul is Tracy’s ex-husband, Leanne, and his sibling’s father.

Leanne finally came across some money when she discovered that her agency hadn’t paid her royalties for her carwash photo – they settled by paying her a large amount and a promise to pay her any future royalties of that photo. Aside from that, Leanne also established ‘Leanne’s Angels’ that consists of a group of girls she represents, including her younger sister, Jodie.

On the launching of Leanne’s Angels, everyone in her family attended and showed support except for her mom, who was in jail for an argument at the airport. She was on a holiday trip using the money she got from telling the press who Kia’s real father was.

The End of Tough Love by Kerry Katona.

List of Characters: 

  • Leanne Crompton – former model
  • Kia – Leanne’s daughter
  • Tracy – Leanne’s mother
  • Markie – Leanne’s brother / getting married after being jailed
  • Mandy – Markie’s soon to be wife
  • Swing – Markie’s friend that Mandy cheated with
  • Tony – Leanne’s ex-boyfriend
  • Jay Leighton – Kia’s father / Leanne’s ex-lover / husband of Lisa Leighton
  • Lisa Leighton – wife of Jay Leighton
  • Paul – Leanne’s father / Tracy’s ex-husband
  • Jodie – Leanne’s younger sister



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Forever Winter

Just reading and writing my way out of this messy adult life! I have transitioned from having piles of notebooks stacked underneath my bed from writing on the internet and allowing people worldwide to read.

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