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 is 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 have just read it in one-go (I wanted to know what happened) and really enjoyed it. Congratulations Ericka. It made me cry and it made me laugh out-loud - which never, I mean never, happens as I have absolutely no sense of humour. ("Knock knock" "I'm not in"- you see.)The way Ericka writes about motherhood is entirely beautiful, (I felt so bad for Roo in particular), and I'm seriously thinking about sewing a red felt heart into the blazers of my teen boys (I don't think they'll mind.) The book is genuinely moving in terms of bereavement. Sometimes it's painful to read it which is a tribute to the author. A lovely read - seriously. --Judith O'Reilly, author of Wife in the North
Wasn't sure it would be my cup of tea but thought I would give it a quick peak. Couldn't put the bloody thing down right until the end. Very witty, funny and also pulls some heavy punches to make you keep reading as you get absorbed in the ups and downs of family life for Peta. Highly recommended.
OMG I've just finished this in one sitting; kids have no tea and no housework done today! Absolutely brilliant. I laughed, sympathised and cried. What a book. The best I have read in years. A must have!
Amazing. This book made me laugh out loud, cry and celebrate. You are instantly rooting for Peta and her three beautiful children. This book takes you through a whirlwind of emotions and leaves you wanting more. Literally couldn't put it down. As a mother approaching the terror of school runs and mummy cliques, it put things very much into perspective. Eagerly awaiting Ericka Waller's next masterpiece.
If you have ever questioned your ability as a parent to just make it through til bedtime, then this book is the one to read. I have laughed and I have cried when reading this book. It has made me think about the time I spend with my little one and how much a family needs to communicate to fulfil each others needs! Thank you Ericka for making me truly realise that a family needs love and honesty to make it through everything that gets thrown at it!