I Will Survive: A laugh out loud, feel good romantic comedy about surviving love, life and parenting one gin at a time! by Pippa James #bookreview #contemporary

Title: I Will Survive: A laugh out loud, feel good romantic comedy about surviving love, life and parenting one gin at a time!

Author: Pippa James

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication Date:  September 19, 2018

Page Count: 354

My rating: 3 stars

About the book:

Frankie is a single mother. She’s bold. She’s brave. And she’s winning at life… isn’t she?

Underneath her big smile and daring outfits, Frankie’s hiding a secret. Her five-year-old son Liam is awesome. But life as a solo parent is tough. Her job as a barmaid sucks, her meddlesome mother is taking over and she’s far from living her best life.

She’s lost her way and she’s starting to feel… lonely.

So when Frankie’s overbearing mother breaks her leg and has to go and live with her saintly sister, it’s time for Frankie to shake things up. Because she wants to turn things around for the little boy who holds the keys to her broken heart.

Surrounded by perfect mothers, Frankie quickly realises she needs some real mum friends to get her through repetitive school runs and red-faced dating disasters. The kind of people who don’t judge your shop bought cakes and bring wine to your door, just because.

So Frankie sweeps up anxious Kate and organised Alison in her whirlwind. As the unlikely trio face the trials and tantrums of motherhood, they learn that parenting is about surviving one day at a time.
And together they can wing it through anything, can’t they?

A hilarious, feel-good story for every parent who has ever struggled bleary-eyed through toddler tantrums, school fancy dress fails and found friendship over wine and cake. Perfect for fans of The UnMumsy MumWhy Mummy Drinks and Fiona Gibson.


I Will Survive: A laugh out loud, feel good romantic comedy about surviving love, life and parenting one gin at a time! by Pippa James has probably the longest subtitle out there that to be honest I didn’t even find really fit the book at all. Maybe it was just me but I didn’t actually find this all that funny or romantic and if rating off that I might have ended at 1 star.

However, reading this one I did find myself getting engrossed in the lives of the ladies within I Will Survive. This one seemed to come across more as a contemporary read about three ladies in different stages of their lives and their day to day struggles and I did find that interesting.

First there was Frankie who basically turned parenting over to her mother and was stuck in the poor pitiful me stage of not growing up and taking responsibility in her life. Then there’s Allison who want’s to be the perfect mom doing everything just right on the outside while she crumbles on the inside. And finally Kate who seems to live in fear of being accepted by anyone and everyone.

The book changes the point of view between the characters as they interact with each other and others in their lives. And sure, there were a few funny moments here and there but not a laugh out loud all throughout read at all to me, more a tale of growth, friendship and life in general. So while this was not was I expected to find I did end up thinking it was an OK read in the end.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

Goodreads  /   Amazon



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6 replies

  1. I don’t think I am quite the target audience for this one judging from the synopsis but it still sounds like it could be quite a good book! I’m sorry that you didn’t find it funny at all though. I am glad the characters were able to make you like this one more, and their lives. But a shame because it markets on being funny!

    My recent post: https://www.oliviascatastrophe.com/2018/09/the-last-of-the-firedrakes-book-review/

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    • Thanks, for me there are just some things that can’t be joked away and this one fell into that category. I think they may find more that feel the same unfortunately so might have been better off with just calling it a contemporary.

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