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?
What I Thought:
I was lucky enough to take part in a blog tour for The Mum Who Got Her Life Back, in which I shared an extract of the book. Although it does give you a flavour of the book, you definitely need to read it so see what a funny and full-of-heart book it is.
Fiona Gibson writes beautifully – I assume from experience – of a woman whose life of living with and looking after her children ends with a jolt, and then starts again with an even bigger jolt, almost shattering the tentative life the she has begun to build.
As a mum of youngish children, I can see this stage coming, but thankfully not for a while, as this book throws up a lot of questions about how we adapt our lives around others and how, as a mother, you’re suddenly not having to plan your daily life around that of your kids.
The beauty of the book and of Nadia is that she is so normal. Ok, she’s a talented illustrator and her ex-husband happens to be a famous film director, but she is so relatable that it’s not hard to wish the best for her and want to have a stern word with many of the people in her life.
Obviously, this wouldn’t be romantic fiction without Nadia and new partner Jack having ups, downs and various trials, but it’s not a spoiler to say it all comes good – which is exactly what you want on a crappy news day!
The Mum Who Got Her Life Back is published by Avon.
Please note: I was sent this book for review. All opinions are, as ever, my own.