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The 6pm Frazzled Mums' Club by Nina Manning #Review

I am delighted to be part of the celebrations for the publication of Nina Manning's The 6pm Frazzled Mums' Club . It was published by Boldwood Books on September 26th.     Whatever the question, the answer is wine! They’ve swapped the dark and lonely baby days for school gate chaos, but Aisha, Sophy and Mel are discovering that there are new parenting pitfalls just waiting for them… Influencer Sophy, is trying to keep on top of home and work life but is finding it all a bit tough! Everyone thinks she’s living her best life, but the pressure to maintain perfection at the school gates when all she wants to do is cry, is taking its toll on Sophy. Aisha doesn’t know what to do with all her spare time now her twins are at school. Maybe it’s time to focus on herself and the dreams she’s put on hold? But when her mum suddenly begins to feel unwell, Aisha has to rethink everything. And when Mel is offered a chance to live her dream, she grabs it with both hands. But there’

Oh! What a Pavlova by Isabella May ** Birthday Blog Blitz & Giveaway**

It is great to be taking part in the 1st Birthday Blitz celebrations for Isabella May's Oh! What a Pavlova. There is also the chance to win a signed copy of Isabella's The Cocktail Hour. Details on how to enter are at the foot of this post.

Kate Clothier is leading a double life: a successful jet-setting businesswoman to the outside world, but behind closed doors, life with Daniel and his volcanic temper is anything but rosy.

Some days – heck, make that EVERY day – cake is her only salvation.

Slowly but surely, the cities she visits – and the men she meets – help her to realise there IS a better future.

And the ley lines of Glastonbury are certainly doing their best to impart their mystical wisdom…

But will she escape before it’s too late?

                                                                                  My Thoughts
 This was a surprising book for me due to the serious and unpleasant plot of domestic abuse. Just as the main character, Kate lives a double life, so the story seems to have two contrasting aspects: one is toxic and the other is bright and cheerful, with allusions to friends and cake. I found some of the scenes to be very difficult to read and you have to applaud Isabella May for not dealing with stereotypes but showing that the urge to hurt is a complex one. Coercion and gas-lighting are slow and paralyzing techniques. Nevertheless, you feel for Kate and at times feel impatient with her. 

    There is lots of humour in the interludes when Kate can escape into her working life and travel the world. There is such a variety of characters and I am sure that those in the publishing world will have had a smile. Kate is shown to have such a complex character. Impulsive at times, yet seemingly unable to act at others, it would be interesting to find out what happens to her next.

In short: a witty and well observed novel with disturbing undertones.


                                                                              About the Author

 Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her husband, daughter and
son, creatively inspired by the sea and the mountains. When she isn’t having her cake and eating it, sampling a new cocktail on the beach, or ferrying her children to and from after school activities, she can usually be found writing. As a co-founder and a former contributing writer for the popular online women’s magazine, The Glass House Girls – – she has also been lucky enough to subject the digital world to her other favourite pastimes, travel, the Law of Attraction, and Prince (The Purple One). She has recently become a Book Fairy, and is having lots of fun with her imaginative ‘drops’! 
Costa del Churros is her third novel with Crooked Cat Books, following on from the hit sensations, Oh! What a Pavlova and The Cocktail Bar
You can read my review of Costa del Churros here
You can follow Isabella here: Website| Twitter| Facebook 
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Book link: Amazon UK
Thanks to Isabella May, Crooked Cats Books and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.
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