Just before I went on holiday I was contacted by another blogger, Isabella Davidson, and asked if I’d like to review her debut novel. Isabella has blogged at Notting Hill Yummy Mummy for the past three years and has just published The Beta Mum, Adventures in Alpha Land. I’m always one to help out a fellow blogger. And after a brief read of the plot, I thought it’d make a good read. So I said yes, and I didn’t regret it!
The Beta Mum: Adventures in Alpha Land
The story is about a mum called Sophie who moves with her husband and three year old daughter to London from Canada for her husband’s work. His work will pay for their daughter’s nursery (nice!) and even appoints a nursery consultant to find the very best one. They choose the most exclusive nursery in a glitzy well to do part of West London. Sophie is desperate to make new mum friends but finds herself completely alone. She doesn’t fit in. The mums aren’t like her. In fact they are a different breed of mum altogether. She discovers a new type of mum – the Alpha Mum.
The nursery mums are extreme. They are glamorous, super thin, super competitive and super rich. They wear fur coats, 4 inch heels, have nannies and go to gyms which cost £30,000 a year! Sophie is well and truly an outsider – just a normal mum who struggles with her daughter’s tantrums. With no job, no friends and a husband who’s too busy with work, she turns to the internet to vent her frustrations about these new mums on an anonymous blog, The Beta Mum.
This, for me, is when the book really got going. Reading the funny blog posts and how Sophie’s blog makes her feel put a smile on my face. She can’t stand one mum in particular, Alpha Mum, and after accidentally writing whilst drunk (note to self, never do this Suze!) she reveals the location of her daughter’s nursery. It’s then not too long until the blog goes viral and her identity is blown. And without giving too much away, it’s more than her daughter’s childcare that’s at stake.
Honestly, I really enjoyed it. My husband can vouch for that – I kept telling him what was happening! It’s a funny, easy read, perfect for your summer holiday. The book is well written and I read it within a few days. The main character Sophie is very relatable. And as the book goes on we learn things about some of the other characters that show everyone faces challenges in motherhood. From the pressure of being a working mum, to trying to have the perfect life.
I wondered if I maybe enjoyed this because the character Sophie starts a blog, and I could relate so much to how having a blog gave her a bit of her own life again. Though it did made me laugh how people just found her first post without any social media promotion mentioned… I wish that was the case for me!
If you’re an ordinary mum you’ll definitely enjoy it. If you’re an ordinarily mum who either reads a few blogs or has started a blog, you’ll love it.
You can order The Beta Mum: Adventures in Alpha Land at Amazon*.
Thanks very much to Isabella for gifting me a copy of the book in exchange for this review.
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