Hi guys, and happy Friday! Today is my turn on Anoushka Beazley’s blog tour for her novel “The Good Enough Mother” and guys, believe me, I am incredibly happy that I’ve got across this book and had a chance to read it – if you’re looking for a read with a difference, don’t hesitate and give this novel a go! You won’t regret it!
The Good Enough Mother by Anoushka Beazley
Publisher: Larchwood Press
Publishing Date: 9th July 2016
Source: Received in return for an honest review!
Number of pages: 330
Genre: Women’s Fiction, General Fiction (Adults)
Gatlin – a leafy, affluent town: Chelsea tractors and ladies who lunch. However all is not as it seems. Drea, a most unnatural mother, struggles to find private school fees for her step-daughter Ava after her boyfriend leaves her for another woman. Watching the yummy mummies she becomes inspired, hatching a daring and criminal plan…unleashing all hell in the quiet town of Gatlin. Can Drea survive the fallout and the wrath of the PTA? A satirical and hilarious black comedy about love, motherhood and the human condition.
“The Good Mother” is not necessarily a book that I’d choose to read, it was brought to my attention by the lovely Jenny when she was looking for bloggers to take part in the blog tour, and boy, am I glad for this chance! I had some initial problems with this story, I admit, but I can also tell you that in the end I genuinely enjoyed this complex and humorous novel that totally has taken me by surprise, full of dark humour and more twisty than a winding way.
So. This book. Guys, really. It felt like a ride on the biggest rollercoaster in the world. I’ve been either on top or deep, deep down with my feelings about this story. It started at the very beginning – I couldn’t stop thinking that the main character Drea is full of negativity, sadness, anger and I was already thinking what it is this pile of hate she’s trying to pass on to us through the pages, and really, what kept me reading was the fact that I have the book as a part of a blog tour. But then there came a moment that I started to understand her and to see that it’s the way she is, and that, in fact, she may be full of hatred but she’s also incredibly sharp, clever and has the best sense of humour, and she’s also incredibly unselfish. I’m not sure if she’d thank me for saying this about her but I think that under this hard shell there was a brilliant, intelligent, sarcastic woman. She turned out to be an absolute breath of fresh air – she was genuine, honest and she had an attitude – what she sees is what she gets. She couldn’t give a shit and finally, eventually I got it and I adored this attitude! Such a difference to all those yummy mummies – and the biggest difference was that while those women were only talking, Drea was doing. There was not a thing that she wouldn’t do for Ava.
In theory the story is about mother – daughter relationship but the check there is that Drea isn’t even Ava’s mother! How did this happen? Well. Drea’s boyfriend and Ava’s father, Alex, has left – not only Drea, but also his daughter. Drea is desperate to provide Ava the same life comfort which means she’s desperate that her daughter stays in the private school that Drea has no money to pay for. She sets her mind on raising the money – no matter how. And here the story actually gains it speed. The fact that the things Drea does are not too legal – well, it made me roll my eyes a little but also I think it was the moment that I thought, you go girl! And so I just went and overlook this fact.
The author has incredible way with words and she’s full of sharp observations that are incredibly straight to the point. She effortlessly brings to life not only characters and the way they tick but also the setting, starting with the descriptions of the school, all the yummy mummies, shops and even the local GP surgery. Some of the moments were hilarious but also sad, because guys, the author has written how it really is, and the reality bites.
Altogether it was a little too far – fetched for my liking, too grotesque – like and I think you need to read this book with a pinch of salt, but nevertheless, it was a great read. The writing style was raw, which only made it honest and genuine and it was like a breath of fresh air. I truly adored how Anoushka Beazley was able to write not only in a humorous way but also to show the more vulnerable side to Drea and make it feel real. She, in a very clever and gentle way, deals with some more serious issues in this story but really well balances them with this dark, sarcastic humour. She has mixed so many things in her book: crime, murder, love, the politics of school – gates runs, older men obsessed with porn, relationships and still it all makes sense and made for a compelling read with a difference.