Invisible Women

Invisible Women Feature

Invisible Women Blog Tour Banner

We are excited to be featuring Sarah Long’s Invisible Women book today and have a blog post from the author herself!

Invisible Women Summary

(from Goodreads) Isn’t it about time we talked about YOU?

Tessa, Sandra and Harriet have been best friends through first crushes, careers, marriage and the trials of motherhood. After twenty years of taking care of everyone else’s every need, they’ve found themselves hitting the big 5-0 and suddenly asking themselves: ‘what about me?!’

Sandra has a sordid secret, and Harriet is landed with her ailing mother-in-law. Tessa is looking for something to fill the gaping hole left by her youngest daughter’s departure for uni, where it seems she’s now engaged in all sorts of unsavoury activities, if Tessa’s obsessive late-night Facebook stalking is anything to go by.

When Tessa impulsively responds to an online message from an old flame, she soon finds herself waiting at Heathrow Airport for The One That Got Away. 

But what will the plane from New York bring her? The man of her dreams, or a whole heap of trouble? 

And could this be the long-awaited moment for Tessa to seize her life, for herself, with both hands?

 Invisible Women FC

 

Do women invest too much time and worry into bringing up their children?

 Post by Sarah Long

It often seems to me that bringing up children consists of lurching from one crisis to another. There’s always something to worry about. It must have been marvellous in the old days to hand them over to nanny to live in a separate wing if you were rich, or let them look after each other if you were poor. It was enough if they survived childhood, which was an achievement in itself in the pre-antibiotic era.

 

Instead of which, we are encouraged to worry about everything. Polishing their little CVs from infancy to ensure their cognitive and social skills are fully sharpened for the battle ahead. Violin practice, basketball tournaments, Mandarin lessons, the timetable is packed with must-have bolt-ons.

 

This is very annoying for the averagely lazy mother. We have fond memories of making mud pies in the garden and burning  holes in planks of wood – and the occasional ant – with a magnifying glass (how they’d scream about that nowadays). It was enough for us. Read a book if you’re bored. Just don’t expect me to ferry you to mini-Karate and junior chess tournaments.

 

At least if you go out to work you are partially off the hook. The real brunt of all this ‘add-on’ stuff falls on that martyred creature, the Full-Time Mother, whose achievements are measured through the prism of her child’s accomplishments. Getting up at dawn to take little Johnny to a fencing competition, ensuring he has an imaginvative birthday party to raise the bar for other parents, prepping him for his entrance exams. And when he doesn’t get into the school you’d hoped for, it will be you, not him, who feels wretched. You suspect it’s your fault, if you’d been more successful in your career as a full-time mother, then little Johnny would be blithely set on his path to adult fulfilment.

 

The three mothers in my novel INVISIBLE WOMEN all gave up their careers to become full-time mothers and are now wondering what to do with themselves now the children have grown up. They all agree they wouldn’t change anything, they loved their years at home with their families. But they do wonder at how ‘the few years off while they are young’ morphed into two decades. After all that time putting their children first, it’s time to think about themselves. Reinvention comes in different ways for each of them, but one thing’s for sure – this time, it’s all about them.

INVISIBLE WOMEN by Sarah Long is published by Bonnier Zaffre

Author Sarah Long

Sarah+Long+photo

*Images and blog post provided to me as part of the blog tour

Read More

Glitter and Glue Book Review

Glitter and Glue

By Kelly Corrigan

Genre: Memoir

4 out of 5 chickadees singing! This book was “squarely in my wheelhouse.” I found it at a Goodwill and it was only $2, so I thought I’d give it a shot. As a former nanny/babysitter, I was intrigued by the story of Kelly nannying in another country. This book did not disappoint me.

Kelly goes to Australia as a 19 year old as part of her “seeing the world” tour. She gets a job as a nanny for the Tanner family. The Tanners have just lost their mother, Ellen. John is the father and his children are Millie, 7, and Martin, 5. Not until Kelly starts the job does she find out that Ellen’s son (John’s stepson), Evan, and Ellen’s father, Pop, also live in the house. She’s intrigued about the fact that Evan and Pop stay at the house even though their tie to the other family members (Ellen) is gone. She’s also interested in who Ellen was and how the family will move on without her. She becomes a bit of a surrogate mother to the children for a while. Throughout the story of Kelly nannying, she reflects on her relationship with her own mother. We also get to hear some of Kelly and her mother’s connection after she has her own children.

I was very interested in the Tanners’ lives and how Kelly fit into it. I thought she portrayed a lot of hope, positivity, and appreciation throughout this story. I really have no complaints. It was a well-done and sweet memoir.

Read More

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore Review

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

By Robin Sloan

Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Contemporary, Fantasy

3 out of 5 chickadees singing! I can see why so many people liked this book, but it has everything I’m not interested in. Lol. If I were a different person, I would have liked this book a lot more. Clay gets a job at Mr. Penumbra’s 24 hours bookstore. He notices that the back of the store has a bunch of books that seem to be written in a different language, or a code. Mysterious patrons come in showing membership cards to return books and get new ones. Other than that, the business doesn’t get many customers. Clay becomes more and more curious about the bookstore. When Mr. Penumbra disappears, Clay has to call on the help of his technology genius friends to find out what’s really going on.

This book was part fantasy and part sci fi with a lot of talk about Google, coding, software, etc. I like very few fantasy books, rarely read sci fi, and don’t work in technology. There were a lot of aspects of this story I wasn’t interested in and some of them that I couldn’t fully understand. I love bookstores and I love mysteries, so I did want to know what was really going on at the store. I liked the idea of combining the ideas of ancient mysteries with current technologies. The book definitely had a creative plot.

I would recommend this book if you are interested in fantasy and technology. I think this book would be perfect for you. I feel like others could take it or leave it.

Read More

One Plus One Review

One Plus One

By Jojo Moyes

I really liked this book! I read her “Ship of Brides” and wasn’t a huge fan, but I loved “Me Before You.” This was a really sweet and cute story.

Single mom Jess has everything on her shoulders. She’s trying to make life better for her goth stepson, Nicky, and her math geek daughter, Tanzie. She works at a bar and cleans houses, but is barely making it financially. When Tanzie is given the opportunity to attend a private school for advanced students, Jess is heartbroken because she can’t afford it. When she hears about a math Olympics with a cash prize, she takes her ex’s car and decides to drive the kids there. She is quickly pulled over for having an expired license and expired registration. A man she cleans house for, Ed, sees her on the side of the road and offers to drive them to the Olympics. He feels like doing some good in the world after being arrested for insider training. So this wealthy man ends up spending about a week road tripping with a broke young mom, her two odd (in an affectionate way) kids, and their smelly dog.

I loved that these people from such different worlds were kind of thrown together. Every character was so unique and special. Jess is so relatable. She’s a really good person who cares so much about her kids. She wants to do the right thing, but finds it impossible in her circumstances. Ed made a stupid mistake, but we see him grow and change a lot. Nicky thinks he’s a loner in this world, but her learns to find his “tribe.” Tanzie is a sweetheart who finds numbers comforting.

This book was fairly predictable, but that didn’t bother me. I loved reading about these characters. The story moved at a good pace. The author made me care about these characters and their stories. I was rooting for them all the way. An enjoyable story.

Read More

All I Can Handle Book Review

All I Can Handle: I’m no Mother Theresa: A Life Raising Three Girls with Autism

By Kim Stagliano

Genre: Memoir, Parenting

This book is probably a 3.5. Like many other reviewers, I was hoping this book would be more about how Kim manages three girls with autism and what their day to day lives are like. There was a lot of information in this book about various autism controversies. Do vaccines cause autism? Is autism exacerbated by diet? Should we try to “cure” autism or accept neurodiversity? These are a few of the issues that Kim brings up. While I found her discussions somewhat interesting, I wanted a little more memoir to this book.

Kim has a great sense of humor that shines through with her writing. She tells some hilarious stories that parents of children with autism will definitely be able to relate to. The book includes some personal pictures, which was a nice touch. Kim is at her best when telling stories about her life and her girls- I just wish there had been even more of that in the book.

Read More