Pedigree Mum by Fiona Gibson
--- Book Blurb (taken from Goodreads/back of the book) ---
Laugh-out-loud funny from the author that bought you Mum On The Run.
Fiona's writing deals with the real life cringe-worthy moments we all know so well...
A straying husband. A broken heart. And a crazy rescue dog in a town of posh pooches...
When Kerry Tambini upped sticks with her family to a new home on the coast, she couldn't have been happier. Then husband Rob made the biggest mistake of his life...
Stranded with her children in snooty Shorling, Kerry has plenty on her plate. So how can she say no to the kids' pleas for a dog when they're missing their father dreadfully? Will adopting a wayward hound lead Kerry to a new love - or has she bitten off more than she can chew?
As she steps back into the dating world Kerry must juggle her family, her neurotic dog and try to fit in with the local pedigree mums, making her a true heroine for our time.
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Pedigree mum surprised me, but for all the right reasons. When I first picked up the book I was expecting a light read, filled with doggy blunders and many laugh out moments about K9 capers all the while being swept up in a very typical love romance. Well Pedigree Mum just wasn't at all like that, yes it did have a few laugh out loud moments but really it was a heart warming and at times upsetting read as Kerry struggled to deal with a betraying husband, a drastically changing life and making new connections in a town where she knows no-one, all the while trying to keep everything together for her two beautiful children. Pedigree mum had me hooked and I was mistaken to think it would be a book that I could dip into when and if I got the time, instead I was seeking out five minutes here and there just to follow Kerry's path.
Fiona Gibson did a great job at creating believable characters and I really warmed to Kerry from the very start, but it wasn't just Kerry that I liked, as with all my favourite books Fiona Gibson has successfully managed to create a well rounded and filled out supporting cast. Even Rob's character (the husband) who royally screws up was believable, Fiona Gibson didn't vilify him but also didn't shy away and make his screw ups seem less heartbreaking, at times I sympathised with him but still felt that the author followed the story through and didn't cave with a necessary storybook ending.
Usually within the chick lit genre the story lines are mostly predictable, which I don't think is necessarily a problem but it does make it that much more interesting when a book manages to surprise you and I didn't guess the ending of Pedigree Mum. Yes, there was the inevitable romantic leads but even those didn't feel overly done and really I thought the book was quite fresh.
In my opinion, if anything the title actually works against the book, I doubt that if the book wasn't available for the kindle for 99p (currently £1.99) I would not have bothered with it, which would have beena real shame. Especially, after I turned out to thoroughly enjoy it and I would have missed out on discovering an author who I intend to read their back catalogue - it does just go to show that it isn't always just the cover that you shouldn't judge a book by but also the name.
From me Pedigree Mum by Fiona Gibson gets the full five out of five stars, I loved it and I would completely recommend it to anyone interested in reading about a strong women struggling at a difficult time in her life. Pedigree Mum was a charming and entertaining read and perfect for some summer reading.