I’ve enjoyed Fiona Gibson books historically – and as I was about to start her previous one, The Mum Who’d Had Enough, I noticed this new one was available on NetGalley to download as an advanced review copy – so I jumped at the chance. However, I then didn’t love The Mum Who’d Had Enough as much as I’d hoped, so wondered if I would regret my decision……
Here’s the blurb:
“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?”
I am DELIGHTED to say, I enjoyed this book immediately. My sister has just waved my eldest niece off to Uni – and so the first bit of this reminded me of when they did the whole dropping off at halls thing. I LOLled. (I have a couple of years before this becomes my reality – but as it will be the first of 4, I’m not too worried about the whole empty nest thing as yet!!)
There are many different settings throughout the book. Glasgow – obviously, but also the Ayrshire coast and Barcelona – so it was good to reminisce about various trips we’ve been on (although Nadia didn’t get to see a naked bloke strolling along the beach in Barcelona, so I do feel she missed out a bit! #holidayflashbacks #notjustthesangriahonestly)
It was a really ‘nice’ book. Sometimes the characters were a bit annoying – but no one was particularly unpleasant. There were some crossed wires (and I wanted to give people a good shake!) but overall it was a lovely read.
This is a fun, easy read – which is sometimes exactly what you want / need. Nothing too taxing – but enjoyable.
Thanks to Netgalley for my advanced review copy in exchange for a fair review.