Today is my stop on the blogtour for Mummy Needs Help by Susan Edmunds, thank you to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for organising it and inviting me to take part. Thank you to One More Chapter and Netgalley for my copy.
Synopsis: Can you go mad from sleep deprivation? Will my mother ever leave? Will the baby sleep through the night before she turns twenty-one?
Renee is struggling to get to grips with having a totally dependent new-born. Luckily for her there is a Facebook group of new mums who welcome her with open arms and assurances that she might sleep again … one day.
Whilst Renee finds a safe space for questions and confessions, all hubby Nick can see is how easily she seems to be adapting to parenthood: a world in which he still feels adrift. Work is beginning to be the place he feels most at home.
As her daughter reaches the age where she can finally have a solo shower, Renee realises it’s been months since she’s had a baby-free discussion with Nick, let alone a date night. The question remains: will their marriage survive the storm?
My Rating: 🐧🐧🐧.5
My thoughts: I will start by saying that as someone who doesn’t have children, I’m not sure I was the target audience for this book, however that being said I still thoroughly enjoyed it I just couldn’t ‘relate’ to the story in the way that parents would be able to. I will say though as I was reading it all I could think was “I have all this to look forward to at some point in the future”
The story’s told from two different perspectives and follows Renee and Nick who have just become parents for the first time & couldn’t have been more excited, they soon learn that it’s nowhere near what they expected it to be & it’s left them feeling separate and like they’re living their own lives.
Renee is going everything for the baby, not letting Nick so anything because she feels it’s her job as the mum which leaves Nick feeling like he’s not wanted/needed. He finds solace and comfort in talking to his work colleagues about how he’s feeling instead of Renee
Nick goes out to work to provide for his family, which leaves Renee feeling like her and her daughter aren’t important too him. She finds comfort and support in a Facebook page for parents that she helps admin instead of talking to her husband.
The whole story is just a load of crossed wires and miscommunication between the two of them and it was brilliant! It had me feeling a whole array of emotions it made me laugh, it made me cringe, it made me shout “why would you do that?!” out loud and some of the silly things the characters did. Some parts even made me sad!
I won’t say much more because I don’t want to give any of the story away! but if this appeals to you please, please go and pick it up!