Blurb: "What do you need a boyfriend for? You're a mum." Fiona Gibson's eagerly awaited new novel is full of dating disasters. Sharply observed and laugh-out-loud funny, its perfect for fans of Tracy Bloom, Kate Long and Tess Stimson. Three blind dates Two teenage boys messing up her plans And one man who'll melt Alice's heart. 'You need to get back in the saddle...' Alice despises that phrase. She's fine being single - with two slothful teenage boys and a meringue business to run, she has enough on her plate without negotiating the troublesome world of modern dating. However, Alice's three best friends have other ideas. Each one will present her with an utterly delicious, eligible man - all Alice has to do is pick her favorite. Perfect for fans of Tracy Bloom, Kate Long and Tess Stimson.
Imagine This: You are a mum of two. A single mum of two after ditching your so irresponsible husband who’d lazy around the house all day having no aspirations. Things have been hard, but you’ve still managed to bring up two very, um, responsible boys very, um, different from their father, I guess. So now you are two-timing a job as a school-secretary and a meringue business which you just had a permit to operate.
So maybe you’ve forgotten about love, or dating, or men, or sex. But you would if you have two hormonal teenage boys to raise who always roll their eyes at your every command. Fuck Tom, your husband who’s now all over Stylish Living with his new wife and a huge business empire with a lovely daughter. Looking very responsible (like he never was) and still fresh-faced.
You don’t envy Tom, you wish him all the best, you’ve moved on and you’ve proved that to yourself and your sons so many times. But your friends think you are stuck up on him because you’ve not actually dated, dated since you gave him the boot. And your mum thinks you are too fat to find a new guy. Your friends think you look fab, despite whatever your mum says and intend to get you back in the game (if ever you were after marrying your childhood sweetheart).
So now here you are juggling three guys with different personalities (some awful, some not-too-awesome) and you are wondering why you ever agreed to dating again. After so long, just how exactly do you get back into the dating scene where everything has changed? And how do you come back home unscathed without your sons teasing you about just kissing Fat-Tongue Man… right after using your cleansing cloth for a little cleansing (of their anus) of their own?
I simple ah-dored this book! So you know in my review I would be screaming at you to get this.
I loved the story-line. Mum hasn’t been in dating for a while, mum running a meringue business, mum single, mum dealing with two hormonal teenage boys who love you one minute when you get them that hot chocolate sticks and hate you when you try to tidy up their room, mum’s friends forcing her back into dating game and actually get to pick one guy each for her (so new). Totally brilliant how Fiona executed it. So mature, yet very, very interesting.── ★
I am nuts for the plot of this book. Again, the execution. It struck me that the whole thing didn’t seem choreographed as with other books I’ve read. It seemed so true-to-life, from one action to the other. Like mom is in the kitchen chatting with friends, then there's a blast of laughter from the TV room or a whoosh from the shower from one of your boys who likes to take long baths.── ★
I loved Alice Sweet! So relatable, so mature. Every mother would love to be Alice, worry too much when her boys even keep telling her she worries too much, does everything for her boys from laundry to making them scramble eggs in the exact texture each of them want them in. You would so, so love her. As much as I did.── ★★
Not only Alice, but the other characters in this book made it worth reading. There’s Alice’s mum who’s so criticizing of everything Alice does (much like every mother). There’s Viv, the raunchy all-over the place friend who would remind you of Samantha (Sex And The City). There’s Ingrid who’s very sophisticated she’d remind you of Miranda in Sex And The City but with a little more uptightness and class. There’s Kritsy, the other friend who’d bare so much resemblance to Charlotte, very motherly and sweet (enough to have her husband dictate to her for long). Oh, you would love Clemmie, the next-door-neighbor, who loves to show off her property and give Alice the Stylish Living mags so she learns tips on how to decorate her very small flat. I loved each of them!── ★★★
I love the humor in this title. Very funny, lots of chuckling moments. And it’s just so amazing when Fiona likens things to motherhood duties you would so giggle at.── ★★★★
One feature about this book that you would so love is the ending. Very unexpected, very heart-warming. One of those chick-flicks where after watching you get this big chest expansion and makes you want to resurrect the characters afterwards even after the ending.── ★★★★★
You can get Fiona Gibson’s latest Take Mom Out on amazon.
You can also stand the chance of winning Take Mom Out if you enter this rafflecopter.
I recommend this book to every mom. Every woman who plans on being a mum of boys so they actually know they have a huge job cut out for them. Every woman who loves her chick-lit amazing, and heartwarming to pick this up.
My work not done here. Off to post my review on Goodreads.