Happy publication day to Pippa James and ‘I Will Survive’! Many thanks to Bookouture for inviting me to take part in the blog blitz, and of course for the ARC. Here is my review:
Frankie is a single mother. She’s bold. She’s brave. And she’s winning at life… isn’t she?
Underneath her big smile and daring outfits, Frankie’s hiding a secret. Her five-year-old son Liam is awesome. But life as a solo parent is tough. Her job as a barmaid sucks, her meddlesome mother is taking over and she’s far from living her best life.
She’s lost her way and she’s starting to feel… lonely.
So when Frankie’s overbearing mother breaks her leg and has to go and live with her saintly sister, it’s time for Frankie to shake things up. Because she wants to turn things around for the little boy who holds the keys to her broken heart.
Surrounded by perfect mothers, Frankie quickly realises she needs some real mum friends to get her through repetitive school runs and red-faced dating disasters. The kind of people who don’t judge your shop bought cakes and bring wine to your door, just because.
So Frankie sweeps up anxious Kate and organised Alison in her whirlwind. As the unlikely trio face the trials and tantrums of motherhood, they learn that parenting is about surviving one day at a time.
And together they can wing it through anything, can’t they?
What does TWG think?
If you ever have days where you feel like you’re totally failing at this ‘motherhood’ lark, I suggest you reach for Amazon and go and purchase this book. No, I’m not saying that you need to but it so that you can ignore your children (although if that floats your boat….!). I’m just saying that you need to buy it because it covers many of the ‘failings’ us mothers (sorry dads, this is predominantly for the mums but you might like Ben!) rack up on a day to day basis. Now, before having my daughter I thought that being a mum would be this blissful, organic, multi-tiered gypsy skirt, perfect sleeper type affair, due to how media portrayed it. I was wrong. So very wrong. Is that a bad thing? No, not really as I wasn’t pretending to be something I wasn’t. A bit like Frankie.
A first Frankie’s laziness attitude to motherhood irked me because on one hand she wanted to be there for her child, yet on the other hand she was more than willing to let her mother take over parental duties so that she could moan about it afterwards. That said, Frankie’s strength when it counted, was incredibly inspiring and I felt that her low self-confidence was an endearing trait because, contrary to the popular belief of her mother and sister, Frankie actually did good. Plus, she showed that she was human which is more than can be said for several other characters in this book. Naming no names….
I thought the outlook on parental duties was very humorous and light hearted, with the author being very careful not to make any of the deeper situations come across as unimportant or irrelevant. ‘I Will Survive’ focuses on three main characters; Alison, Frankie, and Kate. Three different mums with three completely different outlooks on their own individual lifestyles. I shan’t go into too much detail where their lives are concerned as one character’s life in particular, plays a big part in the overall storyline and I don’t wish to get into trouble by spoiling that for anyone else.
If I had to pick a favourite, I would say that Kate was blossoming by the very end of the book. She may have started out as the underdog, afraid to say boo to a goose, yet when it mattered, Kate was right in there.
Of course no ‘motherhood’ inspired novel wouldn’t be ‘it’ if it didn’t have a group of….hmmm….let’s call them ‘mean girls’. Yes, I eye-rolled, and yes, I have a feeling you might too. I mean c’mon, really? I thought they were a good addition to the storyline, but whether I liked that group of mums remains to be seen (COUGH – I didn’t).
I must admit that there were times where I felt as though parts of the storyline were just meandering along at its own pace, distancing itself from the overall vibe. Whilst I appreciated the light-hearted nature of the book, I did feel as though there was just a teeny something missing.
That said, ‘I Will Survive’ made me laugh out loud with a big beamer of a smile on my face. Most importantly though, Pippa James’ novel gave me the kick up the backside to not be so hard on myself as a parent because, as we all know, that is one of the easiest things to do. I thoroughly enjoyed Pippa James’ fun outlook on motherhood, and I am looking forward to catching up with the ladies once again.
A fabulous, fun-filled, gentle read which will make you laugh…and wake up your children.
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