When I was pregnant, I imagined our new family life as a romantic film montage… the three of us rolling around on the rug together, laughing, or my husband and me pushing a buggy around the park with my perfect hair flowing in the wind.
Spoiler alert: it is not like this. For a start, we never lie on the rug together because it’s covered in crumbs from the slice of toast I have been trying to eat since breakfast…
Jenny has too much on her plate: literally – she’s only expecting one child but she’s eating for at least three. Not to mention trying to juggle her nightmare boss, a know-it-all sister, and an infuriatingly laid-back husband.
She used to be known for her ‘Single Girl About Town’ column. But when her boss gives her job to a younger colleague, Jenny panics and proposes she blogs instead about being a clueless new mum. Surely people will find her new friendship group fascinating? (Even if the only thing they seem to have in common is that they all had sex around the same time 9 months ago...)
And if her readers aren’t quite hooked yet, maybe Jenny will just have to be more liberal with the truth. After all, none of the other mums will read it… will they?
Oh my Days. I loved this book. Every now and then you see a book and you know you just have to read it. As I mainly read crime, thriller books, every so often I like something like this to break up the blood and gore.
As soon as this was put up on Netgalley I had to request it, within an hour it was on my kindle and I was reading it.
The Undercover Mother is certainly in parts a laugh out loud read, it's also a comfort read, sometimes happy, funny and sometimes a little sad, the book has lots of emotion running through it.
Expectant mother, Jen is due to start her maternity leave. Working her 'Girl About Town' column has been great, nights out, dancing until the early hours all to write her column and she's devastated when her boss passes the column to a younger colleague.
Jen has an idea, and it seems a great idea to her. Why doesn't she blog about being a new mum. Not sure how much content she can get for this, I mean what can she write about a baby sleeping, pooing, eating. Jen joins and antenatal class, she makes a couple of friends with some of the other expectant mothers, and her ideas for her blog start coming to her. She is determined to make this work. Weather she can convince her boss that writing a blog about being a new mother will work is another story. Jen needs to go the extra mile to get content to keep it fresh and new.
There are some great laugh out loud moments, some cringeworthy moments.
Jen shares it all, no holding back.
Antenatal classes should stop giving leaflets, pamphlets, brochures out at classes, and give this book out. Told as it is. I could relate to so much of this from when I was a new mum. How can such a tiny little turd change your life so much. Winging it, thinking everyone else has their sh*t together, and there is only you in the world that isn't managing everything, only you in the world that hasn't got the energy to get out of your pj's because you are sooooooooo tired. Wondering why weeks on, everyone else is wearing great fitted clothing, yet you are still only comfortable in big knicks, and pregnancy pants because you'll never ever get back into your old clothes. Being totally tired and worn out, yet all other mums just don't look anything like you feel, why haven't they got leaky boobs, and baby milk on the shoulder of their top.
First Class read, I recommend this book to anyone who wants a fun, yet real read. Friendships, secrets, lies, revelations, laughter, tears, relationships. This book covers it all.
I will certainly be looking out for more books from this author in the future.
About the author:
About the author:
Emma Robinson thinks of herself as one of the ‘Bridget Jones generation’ – who are now grown up and having children – and writes novels for women who feel the same.
She also has a blog, Motherhood for Slackers, which takes a humorous look at parenthood, and includes poems such as ‘Dear Teacher’ about her son starting school which has been shared around the world. Emma is an English teacher and lives in Essex with a patient husband and two children who are an endless source of material.
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