Mums@Home – Sophie King
Mums@Home is the first of Sophie King’s books that I’ve read and this is quite an old one. Nevertheless, the subject matter interested me and I do love a bit of chick-lit every now and again, so I dove in.
Mums@Home is a book which tells the tale of four different people who are all united by one common theme – a website called Mums@Home. One mum has a disabled child and just wants to feel ‘normal,’ one is single and pregnant, one a woman who was cheated on by her husband and doesn’t know whether she can ever forgive him, and the final one is… a man! All four characters turn increasingly to the site as their home lives become more hectic and hard to deal with. It’s an outlet for their frustrations without the danger of it encroaching on their everyday lives. Or is it…?
With a few choice twists in the tale, it would appear that everything is not as it seems. Just when you thought the action couldn’t get any hotter… it does! There are so many themes covered in this book that it’s virtually impossible not to identify with at least one of the characters. It sensitively handles topics such as caring for a disabled child, adultery, new spouses, sexual harrassment, learning to drive, bullying, all the problems that people may face at some time in their lives.
The characters are very well-rounded, particularly since the book focuses on four. I did find it a little difficult to get into the book as it was jumping from one viewpoint to the other, but if you take your time and remember whose story you’re following at the time, you’ll be fine.
Overall, this is an entertaining romp. It had moments which left a tear in my eye, and others where I was laughing out loud. Every time I put it down it was a wrench as I was desperate to find out what happened next. There are a couple of fabulous twists in the tale, some which you’ll have guessed, others you won’t. Regardless, this is a great read and I’d recommend it. I can’t wait to get my hands on another of Sophie’s books!