With the first week of September done I am pleased to say that I have read my first sequel of the month. I am hoping to pick up the pace a little bit and read as many as possible with the remaining three weeks. Anyway here is my review of Gill Sims – Why Mummy Swears.
The hilarious second novel, and Sunday Times No 1 Bestseller, from author of the smash hit Why Mummy Drinks.
Welcome to Mummy’s world…
The Boy Child Peter is connected to his iPad by an umbilical cord, The Girl Child Jane is desperate to make her fortune as an Instagram lifestyle influencer, while Daddy is constantly off on exotic business trips…
Mummy’s marriage is feeling the strain, her kids are running wild and the house is steadily developing a forest of mould. Only Judgy, the Proud and Noble Terrier, remains loyal as always.
Mummy has also found herself a new challenge, working for a hot new tech start-up. But not only is she worrying if, at forty-two, she could actually get up off a bean bag with dignity, she’s also somehow (accidentally) rebranded herself as a single party girl who works hard, plays hard and doesn’t have to run out when the nanny calls in sick.
Can Mummy keep up the facade while keeping her family afloat? Can she really get away with wearing ‘comfy trousers’ to work? And, more importantly, can she find the time to pour herself a large G+T?
Probably effing not.
Where do I begin? Firstly if you haven’t read the first of these books, Why Mummy Drinks, then go and get yourself a copy now. You can read this as a stand alone but you are seriously missing out if you don’t read them both.
My husband actually came down the stairs and asked if I was okay because the tears were falling! When I was finally able to catch my breath I said ‘This book is hilarious!” Obviously I then proceeded to try and read the excerpt that had me in fits of giggles out loud but I don’t think he quite saw why it was so funny. It must be a woman thing?
From her husband obsessing over man flu to delivering a baby or her sister in law prancing around naked, Ellen has so much to deal with and the story is told in a lighthearted and humorous way. It isn’t very often that an author can make me laugh out loud but this author just seems to have the knack and although sequels can sometimes be disappointing I have actually been left wanting more.
Despite being filled with humour this book also includes some serious and touching moments which balance the book out nicely. Gill Sims paints a picture of a typical married life with two children and she doesn’t brush over the nasty bits. Instead she shows how imperfect family life can be and how to survive those days that aren’t so great. Whether it’s grabbing a large G+T, locking yourself in a cupboard or having heart to heart with your husband Gill Sim’s shows there’s more than one way to cope being a mum in this world.
This is definitely a 5* book for me and I really hope that there will be a third, fourth, fifth etc. I feel like I am watching Peter and Jane grow up and Ellen is showing me what is yet to come with my own children.
Have you read this one? What were your thoughts?
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