Ending the week with another good book puts me in a great mood for the weekend.
Mother: a woman considered in relation to her child or children.
Wife: a woman considered in relation to her spouse.
Shouldn’t there be more?
Alison has built her life around her family. Every day she packs lunches, rushes to work, and breaks up her daughter’s squabbles. She’s bored, restless and hungry for some excitement.
Perhaps the charismatic Frank could be what she’s missing. But is Frank all he makes out to be? And what if a new, glamorous life isn’t quite what she needs?
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More Than A Mum will be published on the 20th February 2020.
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book, the blurb definitely caught my interest but admittedly for the first chapter I wasn’t actually sure if it was going to be a read that I could get along with. Something about Alison didn’t quite gel for me at the start, but I pushed through because I always try to give a book a few chapters before deciding and I’m very glad that I did.
More Than A Mum took me by surprise and I adore that when I’m reading, it is at the same time a book that will entertain you but that also makes you asks questions about relationships and assumptions that people fall into every single day. I liked that it was more than just a book about romantic relationships, it explored family relationships, there is some work rivalry, and dealing with the fallout of lies and secrets, not just within the family but with friends.
It is written in such a genuine way, it’s messy, it’s complicated and even though it took me a while to warm up to Alison I did empathise with her and found that I could relate to a lot of her choices and reactions. She isn’t perfect but she is the perfect character for this kind of story. I could see myself in some of the situations that Alison finds herself in and I felt like that kept me gripped to the pages wondering what position she would find herself in next.
Particularly with the mysterious Frank, I was very curious about him right from the beginning. A man that knows his limitations but seems to be able to get what he wants without being very pushy about it. I felt like I was right there with Alison wondering if it was all too good to be true. He is a character that jumped off the page even if it was just through Alison’s thoughts.
I liked that I felt a mild suspense building throughout the book; especially because I wasn’t expecting to have that kind of feeling; as I started to wonder what the outcome would be on all of her relationships. This book really was an unexpected treat and if you like stories that are both captivating and realistic then I think this will be one for you.
Born and raised in London and now living in Brighton with her five-year-old son, Charlene Allcott works part-time with young people in a residential care home. MORE THAN A MUM is her second novel.
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