This book brought back my smile after a tough week of day job hell and teenage children. This book saved my sanity.
I think books which encourage smiles to return should be shouted about. After reading this story about friendship, a book club support system and a good helping of romance I felt like my old self again.
Here’s the blurb:
Three friends, three single mums, one quest to find love…
It’s 8:30am and I’m already utterly exhausted. My son has lost his football boots, my daughter is ready for school dressed only in her vest and knickers, and of course, my 1-year-old has filled his nappy for what feels like the tenth time this morning.
As for my husband? He’s decided marriage doesn’t suit him, and well… buggered off.
All hope of ‘me time’ has but dwindled to sipping half a glass of wine whilst shouting after the kids. But everything is about to change.
I’m taking control of my life! I’ve joined… a book club.
Yes, I know what you’re thinking. ‘Wow… live a little.’ But my fellow book clubbers, Amanda and Janey, are my lifelines. They understand the daily struggle because they’re mothers too.
And in between the prosecco, Doritos and googling everything about Mr Darcy on SparkNotes, they’ve convinced me to go on a date with my boss.
A single mum of three looking for romance… what could possibly go wrong?
A gloriously funny and relatable read for anyone who just needs a little more ‘me time’. Fans of Why Mummy Drinks and Has Anyone Seen my Sex Life? will snort with laughter at this utterly hilarious and heart-warming read.
Here’s my review:
Sometimes in life we all need a funny and uplifting book and this is just what you get with this from Victoria Cooke.
The standout is the way Victoria Cooke creates a book club lifeline for her character, Steph, who is in need of some friendship and moral support. Steph is deep in the childcare trenches with her three kids, has a ‘challenging’ ex-husband and is trying to find her way in the world again after becoming single. The friendship between the women in the book club is great and I loved the support and encouragement they give each other. They also had good reading tastes.
The humour in this book is great. Victoria’s take on mum life is brilliant, she really captures the comedy of chaos which comes with looking after what often feels like a small army of children. She knows about how going to the toilet is a break for some of us and how every day there is a family hunt for a missing trainers or clothing items.
There is a lovely slow burn romance in this book which is nice and well crafted, but for me the enjoyment from this story came from good friends helping each other sort out their lives in between talking about books. This is my idea of heaven.
Great read – especially if you are in need of a smile and a giggle.
Victoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester before crossing the Pennines in pursuit of a career in education. She now lives in Huddersfield with her husband and two young daughters and when she’s not at home writing by the fire with a cup of coffee in hand, she loves working out in the gym and travelling. Victoria was first published at the tender age of eight by her classroom teacher who saw potential in a six-page story about an invisible man. Since then she’s always had a passion for reading and writing, undertaking several writers’ courses before completing her first novel, ‘The Secret to Falling in Love,’ in 2016.
Her third novel, Who Needs Men Anyway? became a digital bestseller in 2018 and her debut, The Secret fo Falling in Love was optioned in 2020.
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