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#BlogTour! #Review – Those Other Women by Nicola Moriarty (@NikkiM3) @MichaelJBooks @Deaco89

Apologies for the delay in this review – technology hasn’t been my friend this week. Better late than never, here is my review of Nicola Moriarty’s ‘Those Other Women’! Huge thanks to Michael Joseph Books for the blog tour invite, as well as the ARC of the book.

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Poppy never thought she wanted to be a mother – until her husband got her best friend pregnant.

Now everywhere she goes, mothers are reminding her of his betrayal . . .

So Poppy creates an innocent Facebook group to vent just a little about ‘smug mummies’.

Except those ‘other women’ are already heartily sick of being judged by non-mums and stay-at-home mums alike. Two can play at Poppy’s game.

Which is when the anger spills into the real world.

Cafés become battlegrounds, playgrounds become warzones and offices have never been so divided between the have children and have lives . . .

A rivalry that was once harmless fun is suddenly spiralling out of Poppy’s control.

She started this – but can she end it?

What does TWG think?

Right – ever since I can remember, becoming friends with females has been rather difficult for me to do. I don’t know why, but many females have always found a problem with me. It’s safe to say now that, as I am friends with multiple females on an online capacity, those women are now genuine friends of mine. But as I say, it’s been very difficult and being friends with women offline doesn’t get easier.

So, when I began reading ‘Those Other Women’, I couldn’t help but think that the storyline was about a bunch of women who weren’t happy with their own lives, became bosom buddies with the ‘green eyed monster’ and, in all honesty, I thought that they just fancied a moan about everything and nothing. Boy, how wrong was I?!

Yes, in m opinion, the storyline did start off like that. Poppy’s life had just been turned upside down and her future was more uncertain than ever. She decided that she didn’t want to become a mum, becoming slightly annoyed with the idea that mummies everywhere get given a ‘green card’ in society and can do as they please. Whether her forum idea was due to her own decision or whether it was because she was bitter about what happened to her, I’m still not sure. Either way, Poppy was determined to get her voice heard, yet she had absolutely no idea how much it was going to blow up. If Poppy and her new group of friends didn’t want to become mums, surely they would have wanted to leave the playground antics to the rightful owners?

Females have got to be the most bitchiest gender – the claws come out, the knives get sharpened, and they go in for the kill, yet, underneath all of that bravado lies women with hearts of gold and enough love to power multiple generators. At first I saw women as the first part of that sentence. But, as the story progressed and the characters personalities took a different turn, I ended up seeing the latter. I ended up resonating with characters on both sides of the ‘playground’ due to the fact I am a mum, and the fact that before I became a mum, my opinion of mummies was similar to Poppy’s. Wrongly or rightly, who knows, but everyone has an opinion. What matters most, however, is the way it’s delivered.

Nicola Moriarty has completely hit the nail on the head with ‘Those Other Women’, keeping the whole mummy VS non-mummy debacle very real and relatable. Moriarty could have made the storyline take sides, but she didn’t. She could have shoved one of those sides under the bus, but she didn’t. Nicola Moriarty chose to write about a topic which is evident in modern day society, whilst keeping the whole theme very neutral without overpowering the reader and making them feel as though they have to choose sides.

I surprised myself with how I reacted to this storyline, especially as near the end I found myself brushing away the tears I never knew had fallen. Watching a group of women, all with completely different outlooks on life, come together and build a wall of solidarity around a woman who needed the strength to go on, empowered me in a way I never knew possible.

‘Those Other Women’ is proof that nothing is ever as it seems. ‘Those Other Women’ is also proof that, regardless of whether you have the same opinion as Jane Doe or Joe Bloggs, you can still build a true friendship with another person. I absolutely loved this book with its honesty, empowerment, hilarious anecdotes and strength.

Nicola Moriarty was a firm favourite of mine before I read this book, yet she has gone up like a rocket in my estimations after reading ‘Those Other Women’, and I urge you all to pick up a copy. This is a fabulous, heart-felt, relatable read which will change your emotions far quicker than the weather.

Buy now!

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