Sunday, 26 January 2014

Mums on Strike by Laura Kemp


It was just a squashed grape on the kitchen floor.

Hardly a reason to get upset, right?

But six years of motherhood has left Lisa Stratton feeling like a skivvy.

Every morning before she's opened her eyes, she starts her mental inventory of jobs to do. And just like yesterday, the day before and every day since she became a mum, she's woken up knackered. So when her husband deliberately steps over the grape because it's 'her responsibility' to run the house, it tips her over the edge. He wasn't always like this - they used to share everything. Then the kids came along and he saw it as an excuse to sit back. But this time things are going to change.
Lisa has made a decision. She's going on strike.

So far this year I seem to be reading authors who are new to me, I have read Nicholas Sparks, Louise Mensch, Koren Zailckas and now I have just finished a book by Laura Kemp. I loved the synopsis for Mums on Strike, it sounded like a fun and entertaining read that many women would relate to.

A crushed grape is what finally tips Lisa over the edge. She is fed up of being the only one to do the housework the dinner, taking care of the children as well as holding down a job and yet it seems to be a given that this is her job! Well she has had enough and is now going on strike and so now husband Adam is about to get a shock to the system.

All Lisa wants is for Adam to change his ways and help out with the day to day chores but he is reluctant to agree but soon things begin to get a little out of hand when other women hear what Lisa is doing. Will Lisa get Adam to agree to do half the chores?

There are going to be so many tired and stressful mums who are going to love this book and really relate to Lisa. I don’t have children but even I could relate to her as it is more to do with those pesky lazy husbands who we seem to love but hate! Running alongside Lisa’s story of woes is her best friend Cal and her troubles and also the lovely Mandy and the terrible time she is having with her Italian husband. Adam who is Lisa’s husband was a great character, like a lot of men he took his wife for granted but fair play to him he redeems himself in this book.

The storyline is an easy, light read that has some witty humour ( especially Lisa’s DIY!) but also touches upon some more serious issues.  It took me no time at all to read this as it was an easy writing style and the book flowed well. When you think about it the main storyline is rather basic but yet the author manages to create a great read out of it. It is definitely one of those books that because you relate to it so much you can’t help but stand there whilst you are doing the washing up thinking ummm maybe I should strike too!


I enjoyed this book and wouldn’t hesitate to pick up another book by this author. Although I don’t think this will be a book that will stay on my mind, it was a perfect entertaining read that I literally did not put down.




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1 comment:

  1. I read this when you put it on your fb page beginning of the week. After looking on Amazon downloaded it onto my Nook. As you said a light read and a goid basic if at times far fetched story.

    A turn pager book to get lost in after a pad day.

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