I was asked to review this by Kathyrn herself, so thank you Kathryn for sending me the copy.
This review was done by Maggie who really liked the look of it. Here is what she had to say. Thank you Maggie.
‘Emma is a newly-wed looking forward to some blissful years with her new husband, but everyone else expects her to have children. They think that because she is a teacher, she MUST want children. However, Emma has never wanted children and has to convince her husband, her family and her friends that she’s not cut out for motherhood.
Emma would much rather pursue her career in teaching and work with children with Special Educational Needs, but then her plans are thwarted and she has to make a choice which will affect her and her husband, Mike, forever.’
This is the chick-lit that comes after the ‘happily ever after’. Emma is a married woman by the time we meet her, so this isn’t about her quest to find a man. Instead we join Emma and Mike fresh from their honeymoon, and ready to face life together. If only they could agree on whether they are ready to have kids. Because Emma is sure she doesn’t – she has a hard enough time trying to win the trust of the troubled kids she teaches. Yet everyone else is so sure she should have kids.
I found Emma a bit infuriating as a character, as she often made silly mistakes, or tried to avoid problems rather than face them. But hey, that’s quite realistic too, as who doesn’t do that? I did like the way the relationship between Emma and Mike played out, as it felt very realistic – they bolstered each other up, defended and encouraged each other, and had those moments of unspoken understanding that comes with a strong marriage.
Emma’s friends are a whole other kettle of fish. We’ve got Laura – on the hunt for the perfect man (and making a bit of a hash of it), and Shaun, a bit of a ‘lad’ – slightly sexist, a bit rough around the edges, and in spite of his redeeming qualities, I just didn’t warm to him.
In fact – Emma and Mike seem to be surrounded by dysfunctional people. There is Mike’s mum and her poor relationship choices, Emma’s mum and her drinking, the indifferent head teacher at Emma’s school, who smokes in his office and smirks when she accidentally flashes him, and the students who swear and fight and bring knives to school. No wonder Emma feels like she can’t cope.
I really enjoyed this story, and found myself getting more in to it as it went on. There’s some great comic moments like Emma, Shaun and Laura trying to work out the answers for a pub quiz, or how Mike’s mum exacts revenge on her partner. The only thing I would say is which is I was slightly taken aback by its sudden ending. I can see why we didn’t need to follow Emma’s adventures any further, but I did feel slightly like I’d been left hanging – wanting more. Maybe that’s the point!
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