I remember walking into WHSmith and seeing a pack of two books by Fiona Gibson on the shelf. The covers of these books are exactly the brightly and alluring covers which seem to always catch my eye so I had to pick these ones up. Problem was I was very organised and put them in my drawer as I keep the books I buy separate from the books sent to review but I done a bad thing and forgot about them ( please form a line to smack my wrist!) I thought it was about time I read one of these books so I started with Mum on The Run.
Laura Swan is not happy with her weight but seems to just plod along without doing anything about it until the dreaded children's sports day comes around and her daughter Grace is pleading with her to take part in the mum's race. Finally giving in to her daughter she competes against the very athletic mums and in such a short time during this race her world comes crumbling down in more ways than one.
Laura decides to take drastic action and is going to shift the extra pounds but is this going to be enough to fix everything around her?
This is the first book I have read by Fiona Gibson and I can now say it definitely will not be my last. This book was pure entertainment right from the first chapter which had me laughing away. Laura is such a loveable character it doesn't take long for us to warm to her and we find ourselves routing for her all the way through the book as she tackles situations many of us have found ourselves in.
The book flows at such a fast and easy pace that I finished it in an afternoon in the sun. I loved the way the author tied the ending up as I am sure you all know by now I do not like to be left on a cliff-hanger!
I did find the parts of the storyline very predictable but for me this didn't effect my enjoyment of the book as it was great to see how everything unfolded and the day to day humour which is used in this book more than makes up for the lack of suspense.
If any of you are like me and not read any of Fiona Gibson's previous books then I would definitely pick one up especially thoughts of you who like the writing style of Jane Costello as this book had a similar feel to her books. I cannot wait to start another book by Fiona Gibson lucky for me I brought The Great Escape too so I am sure you know what I will be reading tonight!
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This was my last book that I took away on holiday with me and another author I had saved to do so because I had enjoyed a previous book by her. I actually had a small mishap when I left the book on my lounger and a small thunder storm came by whilst we were at lunch and I panicked that my book would fall apart before I finished it but, thankfully it was ok in the end and I managed to dry it out and enjoy the rest of it!
Fiona has written for many publications including Marie Claire and The Guardian and for several years she also wrote a weekly column for The Sunday Herald newspaper. She lives in Scotland with her husband and children and has written six fiction books so far including this one.
Laura Swan is unfit - she knows it and that's why she would usually avoid the mums race at her children's school on sports day but, her daughter isn't taking no for an answer and so she has no choice but, to race against all the other super fit mums. She just wasn't bargaining on seeing her husband Jed on the side-lines deep in conversation with his delectable colleague Celeste.
When she ends up making a fool of herself, Laura decides it is time for drastic action and after stealing her sons too small trainers , she drags herself around the local park and has soon found a running partner in the form of cute Danny. She soon finds herself feeling things she shouldn't and starts to wonder if it's right for a mum of three to be buying saucy lingerie from supermarkets and be thinking of another man other than her husband..........
Laura is such a great character as she is so real! What mean by this is she is your average mother who feels a bit unloved and generally feels like she is taken for granted by her children. She worries about daft things and constantly feels like she is one big lump compared to all the other very organised and seemingly fit mothers at school. I like how the author has kept her real and still manage to make her humorous in the way she ends up getting into little mishaps, mainly due to her children!
Laura's husband Jed is a character that I wasn't too sure about although I have a feeling that this was entirely the author's intention. He comes across as being a brilliant Dad but, not a very caring husband in how much affection he shows Laura or how he doesn't seem to make as much effort as she does when she tries to make things more exciting between them. It was really interesting to see him like this as I was getting slightly annoyed at him that he didn't seem to try or care but, I do think this was all very intentional on the author's part.
There are a fair few other characters that are involved in the story including Danny and Celeste as well as the children who are part of some humorous bits during the book. Overall the author has done very well as every person within the book plays a part that without; the book just wouldn't be as good.
As per usual for me, I bought this book in Tesco as part of the two books for £8 deal so, the book cost me £4 which for a brand new book is very good value indeed considering the RRP is £6.99. You can still pick this up on various sites for less than the RRP and I do think it is worth what I paid and in fact even if I had paid full price I wouldn't be disappointed.
I did enjoy this book very much and I am glad I saved it for my holiday. The author has really captured the family life of Laura with her three children and her husband. I like that everyone had a purpose in the book and there weren't any characters that the book had unnecessarily. Everything flowed very well and I didn't find myself reading huge bits of text that were boring or not needed.
I think overall, the author has done a very good job indeed and to be honest the book is also humorous in parts, which is what made the book even better. Her first book was also like that and that was why I also enjoyed that one so much. I don't mean laugh out loud, rolling on the floor laughter but, enough to make you giggle and think how true something is in real life and I think that is why the book works so well because it seems more realistic. I give this book a high recommendation and will be keeping my eye out for more books from this author as well picking up her other books that have already been published.
Laura Swan hopes her children won't remember the promise she flippantly made to hurry them along that morning.....but of course they do, so after much pleading she finds herself in the line up for the mothers race at her children's school.
Bad enough she is racing against the other "super fit" mum's, but when she spots her husband Jed, getting friendly with a fellow teacher at his school Celeste, Laura starts to worry.
After thinking hard Laura decides that drastic action is called for, so starts to run, and in so doing gets herself a cute little running partner called Danny, is he an ego boost, or is it more?
I loved this book! The main character of Laura comes across like so many of us mid thirty's Mum's, post baby, pre menopausal and still reasonably wobbly, with her having suddenly realised that the confidence of her pre baby life is well and truly gone, and she hasn't had sex for longer than she can remember....which of course she can't remember!
There I another love interest for both herself and her beloved husband Jed, and I loved how this was written, but always felt so upset for her when she has convinced herself that the ever fragrant and sylph like Celeste would of course be the ideal replacement for her, with her even having got around her kids with an arts and crafts day when she was out for the unheard of "treat day" which also involved her accidentally shoplifting too!
Laura is so likeable I fell in love with her character from the start, though the fact that she could actually be me (though I feel that many of the readers of this book may say that too!), certainly helped, with some of the situations being so funny or sad they affected me very much.
I can't recommend this book highly enough, it has al the perfect components for a chick lit book, funny, weepy, romance and of course lashings of marble cake........
Price wise this has a RRP of £6.99, but is available for less via www.amazon.co.uk.
Thanks for reading x