Sunday, 27 December 2015

The Misadventures of a Playground Mother by Christie Barlow

From Goodreads

New term. New dramas. New friendships. And that’s just the parents…

After a year of country living, Rachel Young is finally getting into the swing of things. Her four kids are happy and content at the village school, and she’s managed to navigate the choppy (shark-infested) waters of the playground mafia.

Or… so she thought.

When playground mum Penelope Kensington moves herself and her kids into Rachel’s home, after discovering husband Rupert has been having an affair, Rachel knows she must ask them politely to leave. The problem is, Penelope never takes no for an answer.

As Rachel tries to deal with Penelope, she also meets new school mum Melanie. Melanie is a breath of fresh air, but her arrival sends ripples of gossip through the playground. Melanie has a few secrets in her closet, and it seems she’s not the only one…

Hilarious and entertaining, with characters you won't forget in a hurry, fans of Fiona Gibson, Kerry Fisher and Tracy Bloom will love this book.

Read what everyone is saying about Christie’s bestselling novel A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother:

'A hilarious observation of playground politics. As funny as it is true…' Sue Watson

‘Well-observed, highly-relatable and wickedly-funny.’ Cathy Bramley

‘A hilarious account, cleverly witty all the way through, a very entertaining read.’ Kim the Book Worm

‘Full of laughs and hilarious one-liners.’ JB Johnston Book Tours

‘A hilarious entertaining read.’ Chicklit Chickadees Book Tour

‘What a tonic, this book should be available on prescription! Witty and incisive.' Matt Franks - comedian

‘The writing flowed beautifully and guided me from one situation to another seamlessly.’ Angela Marsons

My thoughts

My thanks to the Publishers and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this story in exchange for an honest review. I gave this a 4 stars or 8/10.

Most of us will all be able to sympathise with Rachel, as at some point in our lives we will have had to brave the school Playground whilst waiting for our little ones to leave school for the day. Most of us will also have been that Mother who is standing on the outside of the clique. 

Rachel's life seems to be a series of misadventures that lead from one to another. Whilst, they all seem to be quite extreme you have to remember that this is a comedy style novel and the scenarios are all done for laughs. I really enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more by her.  She is that Mother who doesn't always fit in the clique, whilst she knows some of the other Mothers they are not her best friends by any stretch of the imagination.  As Rachel finds her family life hijacked by Penelope one of those  who has a knack of insinuating herself into Rachel's life, by moving in with her and inviting herself and her family on holiday with them. Rachel finds it hard to say no as she had been left with little option than to go along with everything.

This is the second in a series by Christie Barlow, but I haven't read the first and I felt that my enjoyment of the story was in no way impaired by not having read the first. This can easily be read as a standalone. 

To find out how Rachel copes with all that is thrown at her, then grab a copy and settle back to enjoy the rollercoaster ride.

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