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Thursday, April 14, 2016

No Ordinary Life by Suzanne Redfearn

Faye is now a single mother - the eldest is at the dangerous age of thinking she knows it all, her mother is old hat and that she is very much a woman of the world (very tricky stage that!), the boy is very sweet, family conscious but with a condition which prevents him talking when he is with outsiders - he is perfectly normal with family members, and then you get the littlest four year old, cute as a button and around whom the story revolves.

Scouted out for a commercial and then going on to greater things, the youngest brings about financial stability for a family which was living hand to mouth but fame also brings a lot of dissension to the family. The sudden reappearance of the father was so disillusioning as he was only wanting to get on the gravy train and to get his paws on whatever his youngest was earning.

The struggles of being a single mother, the what you should and definitely what is out of bounds, how to handle difficult teenagers and growing up children and the frailties of even those whom you love are very descriptively told in this story.

Each character was very specific and very different and this added a lot of interest to the story.

The book was sent to me by Netgalley for an unbiased review courtesy of Grand Central Publishing.


Lindsey said...

I appreciate a realistic family story! Being a mother is wonderful but it certainly has big challenges!

Kathryn T said...

Like the sound of it, I hope she was able to deal with the gravy train Dad. And what of that four year old, what did it do to him? I guess I must read to find out!