By Keris Stainton
This is another great mom read; I highly recommend it!
What is the story about?
The Bad Mothers’ Book Club by Keris Stainton is a fictional story about a group of mothers with the primary focus being on the character, Emma Chance. Emma and her husband, Paul, have two young children. They have decided to move their family out of the city and into a smaller town. The story begins in Emma’s kitchen the morning before the first day of school. Emma and the children are nervous for the first day at their new school. They haven’t met any new people in this town and they are hoping to make some friends. The first day of drop off does not go well for Emma, but this gives the reader a glimpse into Emma’s personality. As days progress and drop-offs continue, she begins talking and meeting new moms. She quickly finds out there is one woman named Jools, who seems to run the town. Jools also holds an exclusive book club for only some moms from the neighbourhood. From the outside, Jools seems like a very mean and egotistical woman, but, as the story continues, you see the struggles Jools is experiencing. A few chapters of the book are dedicated to some of the other moms Emma meets. These women and their stories slowly intertwine with Emma’s.
One thing I should also note, the book barely includes any book club meetings. The title is a bit misleading. The Bad Mothers Book Club doesn’t even come up until the last few chapters.
My thoughts on the book…
This book will make you laugh, it will make you cry, and it will remind you that you are not alone in your motherhood journey. Emma’s’ story shows the struggles she is experiencing as a stay at home mom, her absolute love for her children, the highs and lows of her marriage, and so much more. It was interesting reading about her insecurities as a mother, or the insecurities she began to feel as a wife. I am sure these feelings have been experienced by mothers everywhere.
As mentioned above, the book also focuses a few of its chapters on the other moms Emma meets. I think Stainton does this for multiple reasons, one, to show the readers different motherly perspectives and two, to show how much people go through behind closed doors. One of the most important lessons in this book is to remember that how people appear on the outside is often very different from how they feel on the inside.
I enjoyed this book, and if you are looking for an easy, quick, and fun read, this book is for you!
About the Author:
Keris Stainton is a best selling author who has written over 14 books. She is Canadian born but now lives in England with her two boys.
Some other books by Keris Stainton:
The One That Got Away
The One who’s NOT the One
All I want for Christmas