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Playgroups and Prosecco by Jo Middleton
Everyone knows I love reading, right? And of the 23 years I have spent as a mother (wait, what? 23 years?! How is that even possible?), more than half have been as a single parent. So when I was offered the chance to read and review “Playgroups & Prosecco. The Misadventures of a Single Mum”, of course I leapt at the chance.
I wasn’t disappointed. Reading this book written by Jo Middleton of Slummy Single Mummy was almost like reading my diary or that of a close friend, fifteen years ago when my kids were younger. That feeling of not quite fitting in. The eternal struggle of the working single parent – not being able to give 100% to your family, or your employer or even your friends. Being pulled in all directions, with everyone wanting a piece of you and seemingly, there not being enough to go round.
Jo Middleton tackles all of these problems and more, in this upbeat novel, with wry humour and dry honesty. The secret is to find the people going through the same things. Once you realise that we’re all actually winging it and not one of us has our stuff together, then life gets a little easier, knowing you’re not alone. Who among us hasn’t put G & T into a sippy cup? Not to give to a child, to sneak into a cinema, of course!
WhatsApp Chat Groups.
Find your tribe and then get a WhatsApp group chat created – it’s the way forward. In this case – WIB – Women in Business, if anyone asks, but to those in the know – Woefully Inactive Beavers… get your minds out of the gutter, the playgroup mentioned in the title is called Busy Beavers!
Follow the main character Frankie as she juggles modern parenthood while holding down a part time job. She navigates through the minefields and pitfalls of adulthood with her trusted girl gang at her side. If you liked Bridget Jones (and Jaffa Cakes – and again, who among us doesn’t?), you will love “Playgroups and Prosecco”. Funny, touching and in places gritty – add this to your TBR pile immediately. Ideal Mother’s Day gift if your mum loves to read.