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The Wife Who Got A Life By Tracy Bloom

The Wife Who Got A Life‘The Wife Who Got A Life’ is the latest book by Tracy Bloom.

Cathy Collins is a mum on a mission – to change her life. When her husband drops a midlife-crisis bombshell, Cathy decides it’s time to take control. No more laundry, teenage tantrums or housework. After years of putting herself last, she’s going to be first for a change. Cathy Collins is carving a new path, and nothing is going to get in her way…

I spent last night reading this book and the amount of times, I nearly fell out of bed laughing. This book is the perfect escapism and I urge everyone who needs a laugh to check it out.

The story is written the narrative of Cathy, who starts journaling after her sister from America, Lizzy sends her a motivational journal, she decides that this is the year that she’s going to make a change. The mother of the family, she’s left to everything, the cooking, the cleaning and the general upkeep of the house as well as looking after her parents. Tired of being taken for granted, Cathy decides to take a stand in life, getting a proper job, ignoring the rogue fish finger on the floor, hiring someone to cook, having spent too much of her life burning sausages as well as trying to ignore her husband mid life crisis.

I love Cathy, she’s warm, funny and such a lovely person. I love how she’s putting herself first for a change and the rest of the family are having to adapt to this. I also loved Cathy’s family, particularly her outspoken teenage son called Freddy who always had a wisecrack or witty response.

The story reflects on society, how it’s expected for the mother to run the house, but it also reflects on the power of family and friendship which makes for tender reading as it deals with grief and sickness.

A relatable story that pulls the reader in from the first quip to the first scenario, ‘The Wife That Found A Life’ is a fun and upbeat book about family dramas, upcoming menopause with plenty of entertainment along the way.

You can pre-order ‘The Wife Who Got A Life’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 29th April 2021.

Sinead Moriarty Reveals New Book – About Us

About UsSomething was missing from 2020 and it was a new book from Sinead Moriarty. But great news as she’s returning to our bookshelves in 2021 with a new book called ‘About Us’.

What the back cover says –

Three couples. One therapist’s couch …

Alice and Niall used to be lovers, best friends and parents, in that order. Now they’re no longer on the same page or even reading from the same book.

Ann thought when she and Ken retired, it would be their second spring. Instead, it feels more like an icy winter.

Orla is falling in love with boyfriend Paul, but her complicated past makes her unsure if she can ever be intimate with anyone.

Three couples find themselves telling a stranger about the most private part of their lives – their hopes, their disappointments, their awkward realisations.

Can they learn to be honest with each other? And what life-changing decisions will be made when they do?

Sounds like another though provoking story Sinead that will be bit of an emotional rollercoaster!

You can pre-order ‘About Us’ from Amazon and will be available from good bookshops from 15th July 2021.

Many thanks
Bronagh

Claudia Carroll Reveals New Book Called The Fixer

The FixerThere was wonderful book news during the week when Claudia Carroll revealed her new book for 2021 called ‘The Fixer’.

What the back cover says –

Meet Meg Monroe, the fixer. If you want to get rid of someone you call Meg. (No, not like that – this would be a very different book!)

Using her brilliant intuition, people reading skills and with masterful manipulation Meg befriends her mark and tells them what they want to hear, using it to convince them to see the error of their ways. She’s never once found a case she can’t handle – affairs, clingy former-friends, useless employees and exes that can’t take the hint.

But when a blast from the past turns up on Meg’s doorstep, will she get caught in her own web of lies?

Sounds like another fantastic book from one of my favourite Irish authors.

You can pre-order ‘The Fixer’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 5th August 2021.

What Fresh Hell By Lucy Vine

What Fresh Hell‘What Fresh Hell’ is by Lucy Vine.

Meet Lilah Fox. She’s on the hen do from hell. Then she gets a message (44 of them, actually) from her best friend with big news: she’s getting married in six months. Oh, and Lilah’s her maid of honour. Which means she just got signed up for.

Lucy Vine is a relatively new author for me, I’ve read 2 of her books and have 2 more of her books to look forward to reading.

In this book we meet Lilah, who’s at the age where her life is filled with weddings and hen weekends, her bank account is being drained due to wedding gifts and the constant question being directed at her is when she will she be next? Her once laid back best friend has announced her wedding in 6 months and is determined that Lilah will make it the best wedding ever.

I adore Lucy’s books, her books read like a spokesperson for women of a certain age, where marriage and settling down is expected not trying to get further in their career and enjoying being single and child free.

Her writing is fresh and honest and makes for instantly relatable reading that is easy to sink into and connect with on so many levels.

I loved Lilah, she’s fun, outgoing and packed with wit and finds it impossible to say no hence the debilitating bank account. Her boyfriend is a sweetheart and her divorced parents hate each other and mostly talk to each other with the most inventive insults ever. Lilah is a generous character and she’s easily taken advantage off by, her friends, family and workplace. But as the story progresses, we see Lilah struggle with keeping others happy and putting others before herself.

This book is a riot from start to finish, with boisterous characters, fantastic one liners and scenarios that are instantly relatable and over the top. Lucy’s writing is sharp, quick witted and really connects with her readers.

If you’re looking for perfect escapism story that will lift your spirits and distract from the drama outside, I’d wholeheartedly recommend ‘What Fresh Hell’ and every other book by Lucy Vine.

You can buy ‘What Fresh Hell’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

The Secret Diary of a New Mum (aged 43 1/4) By Cari Rosen

The Secret Diary of a New Mum (aged 43 1/4) ‘The Secret Diary of a New Mum (aged 43 1/4)’ is the latest book by Cari Rosen.

Whatever your age, becoming a mum for the first time brings excitement, anxiety and numerous challenges. But how do you cope when, to top it all off, you discover you are almost old enough to be the mother of everyone else in your birth prep group? As one in five babies is born to a mum over 35, and the number of women over 40 giving birth has doubled, Whether it’s deftly side-stepping questions about your age and baby number two, weeping as younger counterparts ping back into their size ten jeans within thirty seconds of giving birth, or your doctor suddenly referring to you as geriatric Cari approaches the shared experiences of an ever-increasing number of mothers with insight, humour and honesty.

This is a fun and relatable story that highlights the struggles and reality of becoming an older mum.

After years of trying to become a mother, Cari is successful in her 43rd year and in this diary, Cari documents her journey in a deliciously honest and frank manner. From the insulting terminology of being called a geriatric mother to the questions about being an older mother and all the drama surrounding it.

Cari is a fantastic writer and is a breath of fresh air with hilarious and honest writing to being an older first time mother. She tackles breast feeding, car seats and vomiting with lightness and warmth but also writes about the fears of becoming older mothers such as increased chances of sickness and disabilities with open concern and fear.

As a woman who’s conscious of getting older and the loud tick of the biological clock, ‘The Secret Diary of a New Mum (aged 43 1/4)’ counting down, this refreshing, reassuring and wise story is an incredibly enjoyable book.

You can buy ‘The Secret Diary of a New Mum (aged 43 1/4) from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.