Cathy is left open-mouthed when her husband hijacks the family’s New Year resolutions and throws in a midlife bombshell, so after years of school drop-offs and housework, Cathy decides it’s time to take control of life before it takes control of her. She makes a list of monthly goals that she hopes will set her up for the coming of middle age.
Cathy soon realises that nailing the list isn’t quite as easy as it seems, but she’s a mum on a mission and nothing’s going to stop her now…
It these difficult times we all find ourselves in right now I really needed something light-hearted and uplifting to read that would make me smile and Tracy Bloom certainly delivered with ‘The Wife Who Got a Life’. I am not sure I am going to be able to do this book justice but here goes…
The story is based around Cathy’s life and the motivational diary she receives from her sister at Christmas. At first she is against setting her own goals but eventually comes round to the idea and the goals she sets herself are utter genius. Nothing too radical or drastic but small, easily achievable goals she can work towards to improve her life, many of which made me giggle. As Cathy starts to achieve her goals you see her change as a person, she grows in confidence and becomes more independent and comfortable within herself. I like the relationship she has with her children. It was honest and reflected the trials and tribulations parents encounter as they try their best to raise teenagers.
The boys in the story were by far my favourite, particularly Freddie whom I found hilarious and definitely someone I would like to be friends with. Robbie seemed like a good guy and I was surprised when Cathy said at the end that she didn’t think his relationship that was blossoming with her daughter would last. I felt sorry for Robbie and the hand he had been dealt as a child but was also amazed at his journey and his ambition. I loved how he very much became part of the family.
This book made me laugh out loud at several points. The ending was certainly emotional and, not usually one to cry at books, I am not ashamed to admit that I did in fact shed a tear. ‘The Wife Who Got a Life’ is uplifting and emotional and such a poignant reminder of how simple life can be and yet how happy it can make you.
‘The Wife Who Got a Life’ is out on 15th April.
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