First up this evening is my review of ‘The M Word’ by Eileen Wharton. Big thank you to BombshellPub for both the blog blitz invite, and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:
Roberta Gallbreath is middle aged and menopausal. She dislikes her children, detests her ex-husband and despises her colleagues.
When her mother dies, Roberta is left with a pile of letters and a mystery surrounding her son. The letters reveal Roberta’s heritage is not what it seems and she is soon on a mission to become a better person.
Told with humour and emotion, The M Word is the tale of one woman’s journey to find out where she came from. As she looks to the past for answers, more questions are raised. Will Roberta discover who she really is?
What does TWG think?
You are in for an absolute treat if you enjoy spending a lot of time laughing whilst reading a book! Eileen Wharton has humour down to a fine art where this novel is concerned, throwing out some one liners that you probably shouldn’t be sitting laughing at but you can’t help yourself – trust me on that, there is a lot of them in ‘The M Word’!
I adored the breath of fresh air style of writing, the ‘I don’t give a….’ humour, and the fact that the main character was 100% bonkers. Seriously, how can anyone not like that?
However (sorry!), the storyline for me, didn’t flow as well as I would have liked. Don’t get me wrong, the contents was incredibly fun, but I felt that the way it all came together a little bit patchy and didn’t really make me feel as though I was reading a story. Sometimes, aside from the letters that were mentioned in the novel, I felt as though I was reading diary entries instead. Like I said before, the contents was there, so I didn’t have an issue with that.
I laughed out loud more than once, and I’ll admit that I even covered my face in shock at some of the jokes that came out of Roberta’s mouth. Hilarious, but very, very daring and quite cut throat. Just be prepared to leave your serious head outside of the book before you start reading, especially as the author is toying with the ‘make them laugh/offend them’ line. I really did laugh, even if I did feel slightly guilty afterwards haha.
If I’m basing my opinion on everything else in the book, I have to say that I am torn because I did enjoy what I read, and I did enjoy reading a book where the author was incredibly daring, brave, and a whole lot of ‘YOU GO GIRL!’. Personally, I just feel that the way all of it was put together, made it quite a staggered novel to read which frustrated me.
However, if I’m basing my opinion on humour alone, then I would say that the author has smashed it. The overall vibe of the book was incredibly fun and kept me thoroughly entertained.
About the author.
Eileen Wharton is not the naughty great-grandaughter of Edith Wharton. She is currently employed by MI5 but has had various jobs including: wigmaker to Donald Trump, Megan Fox’s stunt double and Ann Summers ‘toy’ tester. She also tells lies for a living.
She currently has five ‘lively’ offspring ranging from thirty to ten years of age and has no plans to procreate further much to the relief of the local schools and police force.
Her first novel, ‘Shit Happens’ was published in 2011 to worldwide critical acclaim. She’s also won awards for exaggeration. It did top the Amazon humour chart so she’s officially a best-selling author.
Her first children’s picture book, ‘The Shmoogly Boo’ was published in the same year and another is in the pipeline entitled, ‘My Dad’s Better than Your Dad.’
Her first crime novel, ‘Blanket of Blood’ was launched as a paperback on Friday 28th November 2016. She is now working on the sequel ‘Blood’s Thicker.’
She teaches English to teenagers and lives on a council estate in Bishop Auckland. She has never eaten kangaroo testicles, is allergic to cats and has a phobia of tinned tuna.