Happy publication day to Emma Murray! And happy Day 1 of the Blog Tour for Time Out!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It’s a brutally honest book about motherhood, told through the eyes of Saoirse (that’s Seersha, not Searcy, if you don’t mind!), mother to horrendous toddler Anna, and wife to increasingly distant David.
She does enjoy her job as a ghostwriter, although she’s reached the stage where she’d like to be an author in her own right, wanting to see her own name credited for her work. Truth is though, she isn’t too sure what she’d write about, or if she actually has to confidence to do it. She’s barely managing to be a mother! How on earth can she be a writer? And then … there’s dealing with the absolute worst thing about being a mother: other mothers! Specifically the ones who are all judge-y and who always seem to know what they’re doing, and who do it so much better than everyone else … i.e. you!
Thank goodness Saoirse has her best friend Bea to rely on. Gorgeous, Amazonian, no-nonsense Bea, who just happens to be a single mom, doesn’t put up with the preach-y nonsense the other moms are spouting, and who doesn’t give a damn if she tells them what she thinks of them!
But then Saoirse suddenly gets the opportunity she’s been waiting for – the chance to pitch for her very own book … only it’s a tell-all book about the reality of motherhood! Not quite what she’d envisaged. As she finds herself surrounded by the perfection of Insta-Mommies and their spotless, shiny, smiley offspring, she wonders if she’s the right person for the job. She can’t help comparing their bright pics of happy families with her own reality of harassed mom, monster child and barely-there dad! If she thinks she’s going to get any support or encouragement from the other mothers at the school-gate, or from those on her local Facebook Mommy group, she can think again! All that’s on offer there is criticism and competition.
The strange thing is that Saoirse finds she’s able to vent her feelings in the draft of her pitch for the motherhood book that she claims she doesn’t think she can write! And when Bea offers her an opportunity to take some time out in Ireland she decides it might be just what she needs to write this pitch that she never thought she could write. Her time away opens her eyes to some real home-truths about motherhood in all its harsh realities and makes her realise that writing about the topic honestly instead of sugar coating it as is done far too often, is something that she’s perfectly suited to do!
This is such a gorgeous book about friendship, relationships and motherhood (surprise, surprise!), but it’s also a loud shout about how we should be standing up for each other and supporting each other instead of constantly trying to pull each other down. We should be admitting to our flaws more, we should be reaching out to others more, especially when we can see that they’re struggling. Emma Murray has written a 5-star ‘how-to’ book on being part of the village … ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ but it also takes that village to raise up a mom!
Thanks so much to Rachel’s Random Resources and Boldwood Books for inviting me on this fabulous blog tour. Take a look at what other bloggers are saying about Time Out …
Emma Murray is originally from Co. Dublin and moved to London in her early twenties. After a successful career as a ghostwriter, she felt it was high time she fulfilled her childhood dream to write fiction.
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