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I like the author Kate Lawson very much and always find her books to be light and enjoyable. I have recently read her novel 'Mum's the Word' which has proved to be an equally good read!
The main character in the story is Susie - a forty something divorcee with two grown up children. At the start of the story, Susie's future is looking good as she waits for her long term but slightly boring boyfriend, Robert, to come over for dinner. She is particularly looking forward to the evening because Robert has told her that he has something very important to discuss and that can surely only mean one thing - can't it? However there is a lesson here because if you start to plan the wedding before the proposal you could be heading for a fall! This of course is what happens with Susie when Robert announces that as much as he loves her he wants to settle down with someone younger who can give him children - something that Susie has no inclination to do again! So instead of planning a wedding, Susie instead faces a lonely future on her own! This all happens in the first few pages so I have not given away anything major in the plot!
Luckily (or not) lots of other people start popping up to call on Kate's time. Her son Jack comes home as he has split with his girlfriend, and her daughter Alice announces that she is pregnant. She also comes home to get away from her partner Adam who does not seem sympathetic enough about all she is going through with the pregnancy. Susie's seventy year old father gets a new and much younger girlfriend and Jack's ex girlfriend's father suddenly takes a shine to Susie. On top of all this Susie has an art exhibition to organise at the college where she teaches. Confused? It does sound a bit confusing but all of these different strands work together very well within the story.
And then there's always Matt. He is Jack's friend and colleague and the most caring and considerate man that Susie could hope to meet. He would be just the sort of man to sweep Susie off her feet - except for one problem that is! Unfortunately Matt is not interested in woman but of course that does not stop them becoming good friends.
This is a thoroughly entertaining book that is possible to read in a matter of days. It is light and easy reading but sometimes that is exactly what you want. There is a bit of a twist at the end but I have to say that I could easily see it coming but maybe that's just the way my mind works. All of the characters are very good and Susie, especially makes a very good main character that I feel sure that many women will be able to identify with.
There is also lots going on but the stories merge together very well and there is often a lot of humour particularly with a number of misunderstandings. Overall it is a very enjoyable read particularly if you are a fan of Kate Lawson.
The paperback is currently available from Amazon for £6.29 (October 2010).