Monday, 6 February 2012

My review of Amanda Egan's 'Diary of a Mummy Misfit'.

When I first started out on this journey as an Indie author, I often wondered how many talented writers were going to slip through the net due to agents and publishers' fear of taking chances on new writers.  And once I started reading British indie author Amanda Egan's debut novel, Diary of a Mummy Misfit, I realised that, yes, talented authors certainly were being overlooked, because this book has to have been one of the best chick lit books I have read in a long time!

Diary of a Mummy Misfit is a well written, beautifully put together story that hooks you in right from the start, and keeps you wanting more as it continues.

Libby Marchant and her husband Ned have decided to sacrifice everything in order for their son Max to have the best private education possible.  But what Libby hadn't banked on - apart from the fact there'd be no holidays or luxuries of any kind for the forseeable future - was the amount of truly unlikeable people she was going to meet along the way.

And when the simple job of taking your child to school involves worrying about what you're going to wear and how you're going to be perceived, Libby wonders if she can actually handle the ridiculous amount of pressure it seems to be creating.

But she soon finds that not every mother at the school gate is a self-obsessed, pompous snob, and when she strikes up a friendship with the wonderfully funny and straight-talking (not to mention extremely affluent) Fenella, Libby slowly starts to realise that maybe she can get through this after all, and still maintain her sanity because, when you're suddenly thrust into a world of designer handbags, nannies, and houses bigger than Buckingham Palace, an ally can only be a good thing.

Libby's journey into this new and sometimes baffling world is both hilarious and touching, and I loved the relationship she and Ned struck up with Fenella and her husband Josh - it felt real.  But the characters that Amanda Egan has created in this book all felt real - from the incredibly funny next-door-neighbour Mrs Sengupta, who is desperate to pair Libby off with her slightly infatuated son, to her gay best friends, and even the truly hateful "Meemies" - they all spring to life from the pages of this book to give us a wonderfully humorous story that any lover of great British chick lit will adore!

Amanda Egan has a natural flair for comedy writing, and this book certainly made me laugh out loud in parts, and smile my way through others, but it's also a very poignant and touching story.  And all I can say is, thank God she wrote a sequel, because I can't wait to find out what happens to Libby, Ned and Fenella in the next installment!

A fantastic read, from a fantastic new author, and if you love a good slice of well written chick lit, then please check out Diary of a Mummy Misfit for yourself. 

You can purchase Diary of a Mummy Misfit as an ebook from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com and it can also be purchased in paperback from Lulu.com

And you can also buy the sequel, The Darker Side of Mummy Misfit, from  Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com and in paperback from Lulu.com

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