I Will Survive by Pippa James
Today I am over the moon to be part of the Blog Blitz for I Will Survive by Pippa James. Thank you to Kim at Bookouture for giving me the chance to take part and for supplying me with a copy, in exchange for an honest review.
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?
A hilarious, feel-good story for every parent who has ever struggled bleary-eyed through toddler tantrums, school fancy dress fails and found friendship over wine and cake. Perfect for fans of The UnMumsy Mum, Why Mummy Drinks and Fiona Gibson.
Frankie, Kate, and Alison are three women with one thing in common, they all have children at the same school. Apart from that, they are very different people, from different walks of life. Frankie is a young single parent, Alison is striving to be the perfect wife and mother and Kate is introverted and self-conscious.
I saw a little of myself in each character which is the reason the book held my attention. As mothers, we all have different perceptions of how to be ‘perfect’ and we all strive to achieve it. Actually, there is no parenting handbook and even with the greatest will in the world…..we still get things wrong! With that in mind, anxiety and lack of self-confidence is present in every mum, regardless of personal circumstances and background.
I found the different mum’s stories compelling and the dynamic of the unlikely group of friends was depicted beautifully. I also liked how the minor characters had stories of their own and although the novel has a heavy female cast, the male characters were extremely likeable and added a romantic interest. Sorry to say that I didn’t find this book to be the laugh out loud story that was portrayed on the cover. However, I really enjoyed I Will Survive and look forward to a sequel.
A light-hearted, intriguing book that will resonate with every mum who has ever stood at the school gates.
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