Hello folks, today we have an exclusive extract of Fiona Gibson’s latest novel about the HEN – the Happy Empty Nester and the struggles of getting used to being home alone when your kids have gone to University.
There’s a synopsis at the end, and a review to follow…
A year or so later, Danny started seeing a make-up artist ten years his junior. I was fine with that, truly; Danny and I were managing to get along pretty cordially, and I was enjoying teasing him about his new liaison. ‘So how are things with Kiki Badger?’ I asked during one of our regular chats on the phone.
I heard him exhale. ‘Nads, why d’you always do this?’
‘You know. Use both of her names.’
I smirked. ‘It’s one of those names you have to say in full…’
‘Because it sounds like a sex toy. “The batteries in my Kiki Badger have gone flat!”’
‘You’re ridiculous,’ he exclaimed, laughing. Then, after a pause: ‘It’s nothing serious, y’know? We’re just… hanging out.’ Yeah, sure. ‘How about you?’ he asked. ‘Is there anyone…’
‘You know there isn’t,’ I said quickly.
‘No I don’t. You might have someone squirrelled away-’
‘Hidden in a cupboard?’
‘Maybe,’ he sniggered.
‘Chance’d be a fine thing,’ I retorted, but in truth I wasn’t too interested. It’s not that Alfie and Molly would have kicked off if I’d started seeing someone; at least, I don’t think they would have.
As it turned out, their dad and Kiki have stuck together over the years, and the kids have always seemed fine with that. However, they lived with me, and perhaps that made me more cautious. I wasn’t prepared to endure some teeth-gritting, ‘Alfie, Molly – this is Colin!’ kind of scenario at breakfast with some bloke I wasn’t particularly serious about. There were a couple of brief flings, conducted when Molly and Alfie were at their dad’s, and a significant one, eighteen months ago; well, it was significant to me. But since then? Precisely nothing.
When her 18-year-old twins leave for university, single mum Nadia’s life changes in ways she never expected: her Glasgow flat feels suddenly huge, laundry doesn’t take up half her week, and she no longer has to buy ‘the Big Milk’. After almost two decades of putting everyone else first, Nadia is finally taking care of herself. And with a budding romance with new boyfriend Jack, She’s never felt more alive.
That is, until her son Alfie drops out of university, and Nadia finds her empty nest is empty no more. With a heartbroken teenager to contend with, Nadia has to ask herself: is it ever possible for a mother to get her own life back? And can Jack and Nadia’s relationship survive having a sulky teenager around?
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