Tuesday, 3 March 2015
Book review - Confessions of a Mother Inferior by Ericka Waller
"Peta has three children under five, a job she hates and a tummy that looks like Jabba-The-Hut. Her (quirky) daughter has just started school and it's not going very well. Her husband comes home less and less since employing his young blonde secretary and the only person she wants to talk about it all with is no longer around to hear her. She tries to keep up with a village full of perfect mothers and happy marriages but quietly her chaotic world is falling apart by the second. Can she save it and herself in time?"
I am in complete awe of anyone that can write a book, and especially people with young children, I just can't imagine finding not only the time to write, but also the thinking space in order get to grips with the complexities of working out the plot to a whole novel. Ericka Waller writes a fantastic blog at Mum in the South, and Confessions of a Mother Inferior is her first novel, published through Britain's Next Bestseller. You can read her inspiring story of how she got published here.
I found the book easy to read, and completely engaging from the outset - given the opportunity I could have easily read it all in one go, I was quickly drawn into Peta's world, and was eager to keep reading to find out what would happen next. I knew that there was a plot twist coming, but it kept me guessing until the end.
The book is full of emotion - at times hilarious as Peta struggles through the reality of everyday life with young children, and at times full of sadness as Peta mourns the loss of her close friend and faces the reality that her family may be falling apart.
If you are a Mum with young children then you will definitely be able to relate to Peta's life, the school run dramas, how life changes when you become the main at home carer to small children and the exhausting and challenging every day reality of life with little ones. And even if this isn't you, it's still an enjoyable read that keeps you interested and wanting to read more.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review.