Friday, May 26, 2017

Confessions of a domestic failure by Bunmi Laditan

4 Star

There are good moms and bad moms—and then there are hot-mess moms. Introducing Ashley Keller, career girl turned stay-at-home mom who's trying to navigate the world of Pinterest-perfect, Facebook-fantastic and Instagram-impressive mommies but failing miserably. 

When Ashley gets the opportunity to participate in the Motherhood Better boot camp run by the mommy-blog-empire maven she idolizes, she jumps at the chance to become the perfect mom she's always wanted to be. But will she fly high or flop? 

With her razor-sharp wit and knack for finding the funny in everything, Bunmi Laditan creates a character as flawed and lovable as Bridget Jones or Becky Bloomwood while hilariously lambasting the societal pressures placed upon every new mother. At its heart, Ashley's story reminds moms that there's no way to be perfect, but many ways to be great.

Kathryn - 4 Star

I wish this book had been written a few years earlier so I would not have felt so crazy at home with my kiddies. Also I'd like to point out that my lack of putting on proper clothes would have been justified, or at least less accepted perhaps by my mother. Not that she judged of course...but my reasoning that there was no point in putting on nice clothes just to get spit up on may just have been conceded as a valid point had this book been available as my evidence.

I was sure this novel was going to be a meandering trip through Ashley’s musings and I settled in happily to agree with her, laugh with her and cringe with her.  I loved her confusion, I loved her reality checks, I loved her love for her daughter and I appreciated her utter chaos.

Then Ashley decided it would be a good idea to join a group of women who were trying to do motherhood “better”. The group was cleverly named “Motherhood Better” and was run by a holier-than-thou mommy that Ashley seemed to idolise.  I couldn’t get on board with the plan. I was lost and wanted to pull Ashley back to the real world and explain that this TV persona did not really have it all- no one did!  I felt her getting sucked in and I just couldn’t follow her.  

I still liked her and laughed a lot but the Ashley she wanted to become was not the one I wanted to be my friend towards the middle of the story.  However, I'm looking forward to reading another novel by this author- her writing is wonderful and her humour incomporable.  I laughed all the way through despite losing faith in Ashley's mom'spirations.

Thank you to Harlequin MIRA for our review copy.  All opinions are our own.

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