The Undercover Mother by Emma Robinson

My review

This is the story of a naive woman on the verge of giving birth in 5 weeks who thinks life would remain pretty much the same, after the baby arrives. Uh-huh!! And boy, is she proved wrong!!

Jenny who writes a column on Single Woman About Town suddenly finds herself writing a blog The Undercover Mother. To make it more interesting, she uses the anecdotes from the mothers she meets at the ante-natal class, who become her Spice Mum crew with Posh, Scary, Sporty, Ginger and Jenny.

My first book by Emma Robinson, and it was hilarious. From the naiveté of life not changing to being a slave working for a 7 pound baby, Jenny’s life is streamrolled, where exhaustion seems to the norm for the day.

Each chapter starts with a blog, and each blog is written in such a humorous manner, that I couldn’t help but laugh and smile all the way. It takes a village to bring up a child, especially to look after the needs of a newborn. And to see Jenny with her husband Dan, muddle their way through this process, in a tongue-in-cheek manner is cute and funny. (P.S. I loved Dan, he was fabulous as a husband and as a father)

But in the midst of this chaos, these new mums find a way to be in touch, initially because Jenny wanted fodder for her blog, but later the women start sharing, showing their vulnerabilities, their sorrows, joys, their fear. And a bond which started due to just being thrown together in a class soon becomes a bond for life. There are twists and emotions and secrets which kept me riveted to the book, till I finished it.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Bookouture, and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

My rating : 4 stars

About the Author

Emma Robinson thinks of herself as one of the ‘Bridget Jones generation’ – who are now grown up and having children – and writes novels for women who feel the same.

She also has a blog, Motherhood for Slackers, which takes a humorous look at parenthood, and includes poems such as ‘Dear Teacher’ about her son starting school which has been shared around the world. Emma is an English teacher and lives in Essex with a patient husband and two children who are an endless source of material.

Book blurb

Jenny has too much on her plate: literally – she’s only expecting one child but she’s eating for at least three. Not to mention trying to juggle her nightmare boss, a know-it-all sister, and an infuriatingly laid-back husband.

She used to be known for her ‘Single Girl About Town’ column. But when her boss gives her job to a younger colleague, Jenny panics and proposes she blogs instead about being a clueless new mum.

And if her readers aren’t quite hooked yet, maybe Jenny will just have to be more liberal with the truth. After all, none of the other mums will read it… will they??

Product Details

Publication date : 20th March, 2018

Publisher : Bookouture

Language : English

Available on Amazon

A hilarious take on Motherhood and friendship

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