ABOUT THE BOOK
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 wonderfully entertaining read that made me laugh at some of the antics the ‘book club’ members got up to as their confidence grew along with their independence.
When you first meet Stephanie, she is still trying to find her feet a year after divorcing her husband. He loves his children but pushes the boundaries if he wants a boys night out when he should have the kids. After a particularly bad day, Stephanie has a meltdown in the supermarket, and a neighbour comes to the rescue, offers an ear to listen and an excuse for a girly get together. The Single Mums Book Club is born.
The book club is far more than reading books, which doesn’t always happen, and more of a friendship group where they support each other emotionally and at times practically. The group grows to three and becomes entertaining in every sense as they seem to gain courage from each other to do stuff that they missed out on when they were younger and before they became parents themselves.
Each of the women has their unique problems with the story following them as they spread their wings in the workplace and with new relationships. I liked how down to earth the story was with normal parenting challenges that didn’t make me feel at any time of wondering why I couldn’t have been like that. They have off days, children that push too far and worries about how their children will cope with new people in their lives.
The best things about this book are you can relate to it. It felt at times like a tick list of things I had faced. It also made me laugh, and not quietly, I mean proper laugh.
I wish to thank the publisher and Net Galley for a copy of this book which I have read and reviewed honestly.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Victoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester before crossing the Pennines in pursuit of her career in education. She now lives in Huddersfield with her husband and two young daughters. 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 has always had a passion for reading and writing, undertaking several writers’ courses before completing her first novel in 2016.