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  • Highly recommended!

    An entertaining and engrossing read that made me laugh out loud and fall in love with the characters. I loved the style of writing and I hope to read another work by this author soon. Highly recommended! Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.

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  • Laugh out loud drama!

    I’ll tell you now that when you start reading More Than Just Mum, it will seem familiar. You’ve met these characters before, you think. There’s Hannah, the hard working mother, her husband Nick and their three children, dog and hamster. The genre of bored middle aged housewives and their struggles has been overworked, you think. Stop right there. More Than Just Mum, Rebecca Smith’s debut novel, is different. Do not put it down. Please, please, please don’t put it down. Hannah, the before mentioned hard working mother, worries about her relationship with Nick which has devolved into a “whose turn is it to take the trash out” thing and her children, who are discovering social media, sex and drugs, although the youngest boy is still focussed on his pets. Because Hannah thinks she may lose her job teaching English to rowdy 14 year olds, she decides to write a novel. Inspired by a lunch room discussion of Fifty Shades of Grey, she begins… I wish I could describe to you what comes next but I don’t want to spoil one of the funniest books I have ever read. Rebecca Smith has produced a real gem with vivid characters, laugh out loud moments and endearingly touching family scenes. More Than Just Mum is a gift. Enjoy! Thanks to NetGalley, Harper Impulse and Rebecca Smith for this ARC

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  • Missed the mark for me

    Hannah Thompson is a mother of three and a part-time English teacher, due to cuts in the science department budget which led to her job as a Biology teacher being redundant. Her eldest child Dylan is soon off to University, her middle child Scarlet (note the single 't') is asking rather suspicious about specific crimes and her youngest child Benji is the butt of all his older siblings' humour. When Hannah and her husband Nick work out how much money they will need to give Dylan for living expenses when he starts university they know they desperately need more money - but how can Hannah earn some extra cash? This has all the hallmarks of the scummy mummy genre of novels. Humorous insights into real life families where there's no clean washing, Wine Wednesday is a real thing, children are by turns whiney and argumentative, life is a series of forgotten World Book Day costumes, part-time mum serving kids take-aways etc. Normally I quite enjoy those kind of novels but for some reason this didn't resonate with me, and I don't really know why. Maybe it's because I felt that Hannah wasn't really doing much of anything, half-heartedly teaching and half-heartedly parenting - I didn't get the feeling that she was overwhelmed by too much, just disorganised and lazy. Overall, I enjoyed it but there seemed to be too many loose plot ends that never went anywhere: Dylan and Zoe, Scarlet's questions, Zoe's mysterious online boyfriend etc. Maybe I've got holiday brain and missed these stories being resolved but it just felt like this book ran out of steam and just went ... The End. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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