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Title: Time Out
Author: Emma Murray
Publisher: Boldwood Books
Publication Date: 26th May 2020
The trials and tribulations of being a parent are shared honestly in this hilarious story. It tells the story of Saoirse and David, from when they met to the present day through a series of flashbacks. Saoirse has been working as a ghost writer but her agent has asked her to pitch to write a book about the truth about motherhood. Their precocious daughter, Anna, is now four years old and knows just how to get her own way! Dare Saoirse really write the truth?
Get ready for meeting some other mums to be in the antenatal classes, the ‘perfect’ mums who seem to have such idyllic lives with their little darlings – until you accidentally learn what their husbands reveal about their offspring! The questions the Mum’s ask on Facebook and the ‘perfect’ advice provided by some who seek to impress contrasting with the honest, down to earth. replies from others.
There are some brilliant characters superbly portrayed and the relationship between Saoirse and those around her is central to the story. The strain of being a new parent puts a strain on the relationship between Saoirse and David – as neither really know what they’re doing and lack of sleep is really problematic. It shows the value of supportive friends, avoiding those aspiring to prove themselves and communicating hopes and fears. This is certainly not parenthood looked at through rose coloured glasses, but it is a fun read and a spotlight on the realities compared to the ideals of parenthood and relationships.
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book via NetGalley and this is my honest review after choosing to read it and finding it to be a fun look at life!
‘It’s just a phase,’ they said. ‘These are the happiest years of your life,’ they said…
Mother of one and professional writer Saoirse (pronounced Seersha, not Searcy – thanks a bunch Game of Thrones!) is still adjusting to the demands of motherhood, four years after the birth of her daughter, Anna.
Living in the claustrophobic London suburb of Woodvale, and being surrounded by passive-aggressive mum-wars, isn’t helping. Neither is her increasingly pent-up anger at her once-perfect husband. Her only comrade in arms, best friend Bea, is the one thing keeping her sane.
When Saoirse’s agent asks her to pitch for a book, she is horrified to discover the topic is motherhood. How can she possibly write a ‘warts and all’ account of being a mother without giving away what it’s really like?
Laugh-out-loud funny, painfully well-observed, but with an unmistakable warmth and unforgettable characters, this is the perfect antidote to all those parenting bibles that bear absolutely no relation to real life. The novel may or may not have been inspired by real life…
Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/32hEZH0
Author Bio –
Emma Murray is originally from Co. Dublin and moved to London in her early twenties. After a successful career as a ghostwriter, she felt it was high time she fulfilled her childhood dream to write fiction.
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