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30 April 2021

Book Review: The Single Mum's Book Club by Victoria Cooke *AD gifted

I was provided with a free ebook of The Single Mum's Book Club by Victoria Cooke ahead of the blog tour.

If you're after your next klutzy romantic heroine with a outrageous group of friends and hilarious shenanigans, then you've come to the right place.

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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 gloriously funny and relatable read for anyone who just needs a little more ‘me time’. Fans of Why Mummy Drinks and Has Anyone Seen my Sex Life? will snort with laughter at this utterly hilarious and heart-warming read.

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Source: Blog Tour | Review Copy | NetGalley

5 Word Review: Friendship, responsibility, toxicity, family, love.

This book is like a balm to the soul. It'll make you want to read even more, although it'll probably have you reaching for prosecco and doritos too. And you'll likely want to scoff some fish and chips by a river.

Steph is an excellent mum, although she does have a lot of mummy-guilt that she definitely hasn't earned. She is trying to hard to keep the family together and happy, and has definitely neglected herself. At the beginning of the book, she is so isolated and alone that it's difficult to see how she could meet anyone, let alone start a book club. Her journey as a character is amazing and uplifting, and a little bit heart-breaking. And seeing her find new friends? I loved it.

Basically this book is me proclaiming JANEY, I LOVE YOU every time Janey pops up. She is an absolutely marvellous person, and her kindness and generosity made me want to cry, especially given how she's treated by her husband. Amanda is a delight as well - at first you think she's really refined and a bit uppity but then all is revealed. We meet a blast from the past in Emily, one of Steph's old friends who joins the fold. Even the side characters have phenomenal growth.

I want these ladies as my friends, please. I want them to feed me wine and ice cream when I need it, to be my shoulder to cry on.

I loved the book club shenanigans, and how they admit to watching the film or TV show rather than reading the books - I have done that a few times too when I just can't get in to a book. And I loved how discussions of the books quickly devolved into general discussions about life or feelings. I think this author book clubs because this is exactly my experiences of every book club ever.

When it comes to Mike, I wanted to call in Whole Man Disposal Services so that they can just take the whole man away. He is trash, personified. I hated him instantly, and the more I saw of him, the more my hackles went up. The entitled man child needs a boot up the arse. Then you get to just after a third of the way through and things take a turn, and eh I'm still not sure how I feel. He definitely grows up but he's still a trash person for how he's treated Stephanie.

Then Edward? Well, it's messy and that's exactly how it should be. He's an incredible guy, if a little bit too nice for his own good. I loved his openness and willingness to try, his kindness and generosity. He's almost too good to be true but it works so well and causes some issues in its own right.

Steph does have some PTSD due to an incident in her past and I thought it was explored excellently and the execution was very sensitive. I liked that we saw Steph's coping mechanisms and avoidance, and could feel her panic through the page. It was great to see the other characters help with this too - there is no "miracle cure" there is just care and understanding.

Something I really liked was the wide range of genres of books that were read and brought up by the characters. I do wish that the books had been more diverse, is that a weird thing to wish of a fictional book club? It was just a tiny thing that niggled for me, but they were very much book club picks like The Handmaid's Tale, Jane Eyre, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.

This book has a great epilogue, that left my heart bursting. The main character reminiscing on her past ideals for a family was *chefs kiss*.

This was a laugh out loud read, and empowering to boot. It left me with a smile on my face and had me thinking about my own self-worth and insecurities. I loved that the characters challenged themselves. The Single Mum's Book Club is a pretty emotional read, and I enjoyed every second.

I never thought it possible to resent your own wishes.

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  1. This sounds truly great! I hadn't heard of this book yet but totally sold from this review. It sounds like it has great characters and at the same time funny and exploring life! Thanks for sharing x

  2. Your review of this book - captivating. My eyes raced along the page to take it all in. I didn't want to stop reading. My type of book to read, a bit of romance, laughter, food n wine!

  3. I like the idea of doing a 5 word review first, and I love stories about friendships, love, and family bonds. Thank you for sharing x

  4. I was smiling just reading the synopsis but fantastic review - this sounds like one that definitely needs to be on my list. I love it when the strong friendships are really explored in books. Thanks for the recommendation!

  5. This book sounds wonderful! I am adding this one to my TBR!

    Lois |

  6. Another brilliant review. This one sounds really good. I've only ever been in one book club and there were more cocktails consumed than books


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