Monday, 29 February 2016

The Woman who Upped and Left by Fiona Gibson

Today I am thrilled to be a part of the blog tour for The Woman who Upped and Left by Fiona Gibson who is one of my favourite Laugh out Loud authors.

Forget about having it all. Sometimes you just want to leave it all behind. 
 Audrey is often seized by the urge to walk out of her house without looking back – but she can’t possibly do that. She is a single parent. 
She is needed. 
She has a job, a home, responsibilities…and a slothful teenage son’s pants to pick up. 
 But no one likes being taken for granted – Audrey least of all – so the time has come for drastic action. 
And no one’s going to stand in her way…

From the opening chapter of The Woman Who Upped and Left there will be many mums with teenage boys who will be nodding their heads along with Audrey thinking they know exactly what she is going through! Personally I don’t have children but each of Fiona’s books still have me laughing away at the humour she creates from day to day relateable situations that families face and this book was no exception.

Audrey is a single parent and her son Morgan has reached the age of 18 and takes his mum for granted as he lazes around the house with his girlfriend being waited on hand and foot. Audrey is at her wits send with pants thrown around the house and no matter how much she has tried to encourage and help Morgan to get a job it falls on death ears. When an opportunity arises for Audrey to have a break in a swanky hotel and learn to cook French cuisine she decides it is about time she does something for herself but can Morgan cope with out his mum?

I have read every one of Fiona Gibson’s books and for anyone who loves Jane Costello you will love Fiona’s books too as they both have such a natural humour to their storylines. Morgan and his disastrous attempts at the laundry had me chuckling away! As much as I found myself laughing at Morgan I was also so infuriated by him and just wanted to grab him by the scruff of his neck and give him a good old shake because he was such a useless layabout and it is scary to think how many teenagers are like this now with no ambition or get up and go and although the author makes fun of this at first, she does also shed light on the effect it has on the family and that this is a problem that needs to be addressed.

The storyline has a rollercoaster romance too and all the way through I wasn’t quite sure who Audrey was going to end up with if anyone at all which really helped to keep my interest piqued all the way through. There are four male interests in the line-up but there was only one that I was routing for and he definitely wasn’t the disgraceful Stevie!

This was an enjoyable witty read that was uplifting and current. Mum on the Run still remains my favourite by this author but this was still a wonderful read that I would definitely recommend.

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