Publication Date: March 16, 2018
Genres: Chick Lit
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Single mum Nancy will do anything for her little boy. Jack’s autism makes life difficult at times, but she’s determined to ensure he lives the best life possible. So, when her best friend Harriet suggests a holiday to Ibiza, Nancy is torn: will Jack cope with the change in routine…will she?
Workaholic mum Harriet convinces Nancy it’s the break they all need. A chance to have some fun with the kids, away from the stresses of normal life. And she’s determined to switch off her laptop, ignore her inbox, and just have fun with her kids for seven whole days…
Cocktails and kids’ club – what could go wrong?
Ibiza is beautiful, but Jack struggles with everything, Harriet refuses to put her laptop away, and Nancy begins to think she’s made a huge mistake. And then Nancy meets Cameron and his young son, Aiden and discovers that sometimes the best fun happens when you least expect it…
Can these two single-mum’s swap their mummy guilt for sunglasses and sangria?
Lucie Wheeler is quickly becoming one of my all time favorite chick lit authors. Her books are down to earth, 100% relatable (especially to moms out there) and clearly well studied when it comes to subject matter. In this one, Lucie touches upon the harder aspects of being a single parent as well as issues like postpartum depression and raising a child with autism. Now, I am not sure if she had researched autism or if she knows about it based on experience but I will tell to you this- she knows her stuff! It’s so nice to read up on a subject like this when it is portrayed CORRECTLY. I loved Jack, but I could certainly appreciate the struggles that his mom has when it came to raising him and just being there for him in times of need. <- What a breath of fresh air! Kudos to Lucie Wheeler for doing such a fantastic job with this.
Now on to the story. This book revolves around the lives of two mothers and their children. Nancy (she main character of the book) is a newbie single mom raising her little boy Jack (7) who has autism. Being a single mum is hard in itself (I know, I did it for the first few years of my own sons life) but imagine this on top of raising a child with severe social issues? It’s hard! Then we meet Harriet who also happens to be a single mum. Her “issues” include having a hard time juggling working and being the perfect mother to her two children (along with possible issues of postpartum). The two women KNOW that raising children is hard, but also realize that THEY need to live a little, so they go away on a girls/family trip with their children to Ibiza. There, the women come to turns with their feelings on their parenting flaws, raising children in a world where everyone has an opinion, and possibly even finding love..
All in all, I truly LOVED this book. I think the author handled the subject matter PERFECTLY and did a wonderful job at portraying the characters as the plot suggests. Had my son (and then myself) not been sick all week I know I would have read this beautiful novel in one sitting. It’s that good!
If you enjoy lighthearted chick lit novels, this would be a GREAT book for you. If you like books that portray real issues (especially in terms of parenting) then this would also be PERFECT for you. The author does a wonderful job at making this book both lighthearted AND important based on the issues at hand. I loved it!