Friday, 1 March 2019

The Mum Who Got a Her Life Back by Fiona Gibson

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?

It's publication day for really nice rom- com story by Fiona Gibson. Nadia is getting her life back after her teenage twins leave home for university. She has a new man in her life and all is going well until her son lands back on her doorstep again. 
I understood how Nadia felt as when my daughter left home she kept coming back again and again, Usually just as I had redecorated her room to my liking.
Alfie is an annoying teenager. Leaving everything on the floor,not clearing up after himself and being a vegan, to name but a few things. Nadia is feeling annoyed that her space and time with new boyfriend Jack is being invaded so she over compensates by paying a fortune for vegan food for Alfie and running after him like she would a toddler.
Alfie eventually lets her down in a big way and causes a rift between her and Jack. Nadia seems just to accept this and I was surprised that she let Alfie off so easily.
I loved the relationship between Jack and Iain, a volunteer at the charity shop Jack manages. Iain made me think of a young Roy Cropper from Coronation Street.
I enjoyed this book especially as it is set in Glasgow. It's maybe doesn't have as many laugh out loud moments as some of the author's previous books but still has moments to make you smile and some tender ones too.

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