A Better Man by Leah McLaren

A surprisingly brilliant, touching and funny read given the dark topic of marital breakdown

The Book focuses on the marriage of Nick and Maya and how it has been struggling since the birth of the twins. 

Nick decides he wants out but once he realises how much that will cost he looks at the alternative offered to him by a lawyer friend to become A Better Man and get Maya to be more self-sufficient which would mean the courts would see the case differently

But as with the best laid plans things start to go squiffy when by being the man he thinks he ought to be he finds himself falling in love with Maya all over again.  It all seems to be going well again until Maya finds out exactly what he’s planning.

There’s a couple of really good twists in this book and a fair amount of light heartedness.  

The book is really easy to get into and difficult to put down.

It’s light hearted even with its more serious undertone and I think a lot of people can relate to parts of the story, especially how relationships change when the kids arrive.

I think it’s a brilliantly written book that takes a good hearted poke at modern marriage and wouldn’t hesitate to read it again! 

A Better Man by Leah McLaren is published by Corvus Books and is available in all good book stores and online. RRP £7.99

Disclaimer: I have been sent this book as part of the Britmums Book Club. The thoughts and opinions written here are my own

The Playground Mafia by Clare Christian and Elisabeth Kent

I received this book from The Britmums book club and it’s been my favourite so far!

This lighthearted read takes a look at the minefield that is the playground at school run time. This pocket sized book with illustrations looks at all the different types of parent that people encounter on the school run.

The thirty short profiles also include a few facts such as….when not in the playground you can find them….. Or what cocktail would they be. In the back of the book are a handy list of recipes for the cocktails they’ve created! 

I saw a bit of some in me and others….definitely not me! It contains great laugh out loud descriptions with a quiz style points system should you be lucky (or unlucky enough) to encounter these individuals

And maybe it provides a bit of a lesson when you catch yourself behaving in these extremes!!

Cleverly written so as not to offend but brilliantly witty and a great quick read! 

If you’ve got a little one in school then you’ll definitely find this book relatable….and if not it’ll give you a smile anyway (and some fab new cocktails!!)

The Playground Mafia is available online and in store with an RRP of £5.99

The Visitors Book and other Ghost stories by Sophie Hannah

I’m hoovering through books lately but I haven’t been putting my reviews up (I know, but I’ve been feeling lazy!)

So here’s this weeks. The Visitors Book by Sophie Hannah

I’ve not read anything by Sophie Hannah before and this book is well written and intelligent

I’m not normally one for ghost stories my house is old and lends itself well to creepy stories!!

But This one is a lovely little quality hardback book. The cover is eye catching and the inside cover is designed to look like a visitor book

The book contains four short stories all with a supernatural slant, but I found the stories a bit hit and miss. I thought two were great while two were a bit predictable but they were well written and easy to follow

I’m not sure I’d class them as scary stories but this makes them more accessible to those that don’t like really scary stories like me!! 

It was easy to read and a quick win on the 50 book challenge!! 

Disclosure: I received this book for free.  All opinions and photographs are my own