The Bad Mother's Diary by Suzy K Quinn
Juliette Duffy has had a baby. But motherhood isn’t quite how she imagined it.
She doesn’t live in a cottage with roses around the door.
She doesn’t know how to get Daisy to sleep.
She doesn’t own a rolling pin.
And then there’s Daisy’s father.......
Juliette is a typical new mum, not sure if she's doing things right. She can't get her baby Daisy to sleep no matter who's advice she follows so she is physically and mentally exhausted. Nick, her partner is not helping matters, in fact he is like an overgrown schoolboy. They live in an apartment owned by Nick's mum Helen who is always popping in while being no help at all while making it clear that she doesn't think Juliette is good enough for her darling son.
Juliette would like to be the perfect mum, have a perfect Ikea home and only cook organic food but at the moment it's hard enough getting out of the apartment without her clothes being covered in baby stains.
I've been having problems getting in to some books recently and when this came in the post for review I started reading it and I couldn't stop. It is really funny and if you've had a baby you will relate to most of Juliete's problems. New mums will realise that everyone goes through the same trials as Juliette and maybe won't feel so alone.
Hopefully you won't have a partner like Nick. Oh how I would love to give him a good slap.
Juliette's parents run and live in a pub. Her mum doesn't believe in dressing appropriately for her age and size and this gives us some of the funniest moments in the book. Juliette's mum is also warm and kind and great with her granddaughter unlike the horrible Helen.
Alex is a knight in shining armour who has worshipped Juliette from afar for years and...he's rich.
Juliette will take some convincing as she doesn't want to be the one to break up her baby daughter's family as she thinks a father like Nick is better than no father at all.
Juliette is a lovely character and you just want everything to go right for her. I wanted to give her a hug and tell her it does get better. I loved her determination with her running even although she hated it.
I also loved the supporting cast of Juliette's sisters Laura and Brandi and her friend Althea and her wayward son who are hysterical.
This book is ideal if you need a good laugh and don't we all need that from time to time. As it says in the title it is written in diary form but it flows so well that I almost forgot it was.
It is peppered with the "f" word and if that offends then maybe it's not a read for you. It does usually annoy me especially if it's used aggressively but in this story it's just the way they speak and it didn't stop me from enjoying the book.
I loved the little paragraph from the author at the beginning and end of the book,nice touch.
Thank you to Suzy for sending me a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review.
You can find it on this link for kindle or on paperback.