I am super chuffed to be part of the Blog Tour for the latest read by Fiona Gibson. I find that her stories tend to hit home a little bit, not in a depressing way, but more of a reassess and prioritise your life, sort of way. In The Mum Who’d Had Enough, Fiona takes a rather classic case of a seemingly happy family but throws a bit of a spanner in the works with a wife who is fed up of being ‘undervalued’ and leaves home.
‘After sixteen years of marriage, Nate and Sinead Turner have a nice life. They like their jobs, they like their house and they love their son Flynn. Yes, it’s a very nice life.
Or, at least Nate thinks so. Until, one morning, he wakes to find Sinead gone and a note lying on the kitchen table listing all the things he does wrong or doesn’t do at all.
Nate needs to show Sinead he can be a better husband – fast. But as he works through Sinead’s list, his life changes in unexpected ways. And he starts to wonder whether he wants them to go back to normal after all. Could there be more to life than nice?’
Although each chapter is told from a character’s point of view, either being Nate, Sinead, Tanzie or Flynn, we in fact spend most of our time as the reader following Nate. And I have got to say that my heart was with him one hundred percent. Whilst I can understand the logic and reasons behind Sinead walking out, it sounds like she had had a few too many to drink and everything just completely blew out of proportion. And in my opinion, she was too afraid to admit she was wrong.
I loved how Tanzie gave Nate a new lease of life, helping him to come to terms with things and also persuade him to go out and have a bit of fun. Nate struggles with this aspect of things though as his mind is concentrating on the dreaded list that Sinead left him, which more or less told him that he is useless. I was cross with Sinead as she didn’t even do the whole task that her ‘shrink’ set her, by writing down the good and bad things about her marriage. Sinead focused wholly on the bad and didn’t even mention any good… surely Nate isn’t that bad, and we all know that sometimes the grass isn’t always greener.
The Mum Who’d Had Enough did scream out ‘midlife crisis’ to me throughout the majority of it. We have a bunch of forty year olds that don’t know what they want out of life but Fiona really adds a sprig of humour, a touch of reality – as I can only imagine how many couples this happens to – and a whole load of empathy for some pretty awesome characters.
You have to work hard at a marriage, keep things in common with each other, spice it up in the bed and have plenty of laughs together. Because before you know it, the kids have fled the nest and you wake up one day realising that you have just been co-existing. I for one certainly wouldn’t want that to happen to my marriage so thank you to Fiona for reminding me of these things in this engrossing, full of laughs and tears aplenty, read.
What I loved most about The Mum Who’d Had Enough is that all of us have or will face similar problems that Fiona tackles within the characters. I really would recommend it. You will not be let down as you follow Nate and Sinead on their path of figuring out where they are heading – will it be together, or will they separate for good? There is only one way for you to find out… buy the book! It did make me feel all warm and fuzzy with how things panned out in the end.
Thank you to Sabah at Avon for sending me a copy of The Mum Who’d Had Enough, which is available to buy now from all good bookshops.