Title: The Not So Perfect Mother
Author: Kerry Fisher
Publication Date: June 6, 2018
Page Count: 329
My rating: 3 1/2 stars
About the book:
From Amazon chart bestseller Kerry Fisher comes a hilarious and straight-talking read for anyone who has ever despaired at the politics of the school playground…
Maia is a cleaner for ladies who lunch. With mops and buckets in tow, she spends her days dashing from house to house clearing up after them, as they rush from one exhausting pilates class to the next.
But an unusual inheritance changes the lives of Maia and her children, as they join the highly exclusive world of Stirling Hall School – a place where no child can survive without organic apricots and no woman goes a week without a manicure.
As Maia and her children try to settle into their new life, Maia is gradually drawn to the one man who can help her family fit in: Mr. Peters, a teacher at Stirling Hall School. But is his interest in her purely professional? And will it win her any favors at the school gate?
The Not So Perfect Mother is a laugh-out-loud-funny and romantic Cinderella story with a twist. Perfect for fans of Emily Giffin, Jennifer Weiner and Sophie Kinsella.
The Not So Perfect Mother by Kerry Fisher is a romantic comedy in which a working class mother tries her best to fit into an upper class society to give her children a better life. With day to day struggles and the bills piling on top of her Maia tries to hold her head above the water despite all that pulls her down.
Maia has dreams of becoming something more but if she can’t obtain the dream she will do everything she can to make sure her two children can. When Maia loses one of her wealthy clients she had been cleaning for she knows she will yet again have to put her dreams of college classes on hold but she never expected to make it into the will.
Maia’s employer left a clear cut option for Maia to have her children’s school tuition paid for them to attend the private Stirling Hall School that there was no way Maia could ever afford on her on. Maia agrees to the deal hoping to give her kids more in life but the money struggles are real even with tuition paid but the charming Mr. Peters, a teacher at Stirling Hall School, does his best to help the family along.
Having read another book by Kerry Fisher from another genre I knew going in that I had enjoyed her writing. With The Not So Perfect Mother I was happy to see another side but still the same solid writing. The story was a rather fun one as you take a mother from the lower class and toss her into upper class snobbery. The one thing that held me back and gained a rating of 3.5 stars for this one was Maia still living with her children’s father as she begins a new relationship, I personally prefer the old/bad relationship end before moving forward no matter how rocky it was. But otherwise this one was a good time that I’m sure others will love.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Born in Peterborough, UK, Kerry Fisher studied French and Italian at Bath University, followed by several years working as an English teacher in Corsica and Spain before topping the dizzying heights of holiday rep and grape picker in Tuscany. She eventually succumbed to ‘getting a proper job’ and returned to England to study Periodical Journalism at City University. After two years working at Essentials magazine in London, love carried her off to the wilds of the West Pennine moors near Bolton. She now lives in Surrey with her husband (of whisking off to Bolton fame) and two teenagers. She has a very naughty lab/schnauzer called Poppy, which leads to many mortifying moments of whistling and waving pieces of chicken while the dog practises her ‘talk to the tail’.
Kerry spent half her life talking about writing a novel, then several years at Candis magazine reviewing other people’s but it wasn’t until she took some online courses with the UCLA that the dream started to morph into reality when her debut, The School Gate Survival Guide, was picked up by HarperCollins. She is now writing her fifth novel.
Best advice ever received: ‘This is fiction, we can skip the boring bits.’ Lynn Hightower, UCLA Writers’ Program.