Publishing Date: 1st April 2021
Source: Received from the publisher, thank you!
Number of pages: 468
Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Women’s Fiction
This is motherhood.
Emily is raising two tiny feminists, building her freelance career and navigating life as a newly single mum – and feels like she’s failing horribly.
Tania just wants her other half to do his fair share – as long as it’s done her way. But being right isn’t nearly as much as fun as being in it together…
Helen has almost got family life sorted: a routine that suits them all, most days. Until her own mum turns up and turns calm into chaos.
Sometimes being a mum is the hardest job in the world. So can these three friends fake it till they make it?
„Nailing It“ tells us a story of three friends: Emily, Tania and Helen, all three of them mums, and all three of them facing different problems. Emily is trying to come to terms with being a single parent, which, as it turns out, is not as easy, especially as you and your ex forget which day you’re supposed to pick the kids up from school. Tania feels like being a single parent, what with organizing everything by herself and Helen has just experienced shock of her life when her mother suddenly and unexpectedly arrived back from Spain, turning Helen’s orderly and neat world on its head. Will they all manage to stay sane and make it through? To nail it?
There are two previous books about Emily and her adventures in motherhood, nevertheless I think you don’t have to read them before. Sure, you will miss on some fun but here I’ve been thrown direct into the heart of this story, without problems, and immediately befriended myself with the characters again. They were written in such a way that, from the very first page, I had a feeling that I know them for a long time already.
The story is told from Emily’s point of view in the first person narration, and third person narration from Tania and Helen, and at the beginning it was a bit confusing, when suddenly the third person changed into the first, but I quickly got used to this. Not sure why it was done this way, as it didn’t help me feel closer to Emily. Nevertheless, she was the main person here and I fell for her immediately. She was relatable and likeable and funny and I could imagine her to be my friend, really.
I loved the friendship between Emily, Tania and Helen and I felt a part of their circle, of their struggles and troubles. The way those three support each other and can lean on each other in every situation is absolutely brilliant. Each of them had their own story to tell, interesting and not always easy, but they also wonderfully work as a team, and it was really great in this book. They met some time ago (I guess in the first book 😀 ) and their friendship is blossoming, I love to see such relationships, especially as they seem to be so true and genuine. Anna Jefferson has written it truly well, as well as the characters that jump off the pages.
I adored the sharp and realistic look at motherhood, or rather parenthood altogether, at being a single parent or sometimes feeling like a single parent. The events in this book, as well as dialogues and the characters’ reactions, are written in a way that you can so easily imagine and that feel absolutely possible to happen to all of us. It’s mostly fun, but also there are moments that you can feel the frustration and desperation of the three main heroines. The author, however, also touches upon some more heavier and serious issues, especially when it comes to Helen’s subplot – there were moments I wanted to shake her, tell her to open her eyes and to see what I’ve been seeing, but it’s probably easy to say when you’re not in the same situation – and I hope I’ll never find myself in this situation. It wasn’t written with gentleness – I think the author has showed the things like they really are, brutally honest, bringing us on our limits, and I appreciated it wholeheartedly.
It is a bitter – sweet and realistic picture of a family, with all the ups and downs. Yes, there are many books with this topic, but „Nailing It“ is one of the best in this genre , funniest and down – to – earth. Often I have a feeling that I’ve been there, I’ve seen this, the books feel like a copy of each other, but this one was like a real breath of fresh air. It’s close to life, relatable and with a human touch, not overdone, not too far – fetched and shows how it really is.
But as much as this book is funny, it’s also realistic and thoughtful, showing a real picture of different kinds of families. It’s this kind of book that you read nodding your head and rolling your eyes, understanding all of the turmoils and emotions of the characters.
If you are in need of a funny, witty, clever and also poignant story, try „Nailing It“. It’s not only for parents, I am sure you’ll find many things in this book that will resonate with you. Now I’m going to treat myself to „Winging It“, can’t wait to see the beginnings of Emily, Tania and Helen’s friendship. Highly recommended!
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