THE WIFE WHO GOT A LIFE perfectly captures the joyous chaos of family life and is the story of Cathy Collins, who’s come up with a list to help her nail the business of getting older.
After initially feeling annoyed by her sister’s gift of a ‘Motivational Journal’, she develops a list of monthly goals she believes will set her up for tackling the coming of middle age.
JANUARY – Write the list!
FEBRUARY – Ditch Periods
MARCH – Ditch Cooking
APRIL– Get a Life Outside the Family, preferably with ‘Young’ People
MAY – Secure My Son’s Future – i.e. Put a Rocket Up His Arse
JUNE – Teach My Daughter How to Not Get Screwed Over by Relationships
JULY – Reduce My Carbohydrate Footprint
AUGUST – Agree Who Will Clean Mum and Dad’s Toilet
SEPTEMBER – Make the Necessary Announcements about the Menopause
OCTOBER – Have the Really, Really Important Chat with My Husband
NOVEMBER – Fall in Love Again
DECEMBER – Dance with Hugh Jackman
But Cathy isn’t the only one in her family with a midlife bombshell to drop and when her husband throws his grenade into the mix, bossing the list doesn’t look quite so easy… and as everyone knows, a year can seem like a VERY long time…
This is the first book I have read by Tracy Bloom and it certainly won’t be the last!
Cathy is a married mother in her 40’s, and she suddenly finds herself taking a step back and looking at her life and realising that some changes are definitely needed. Luckily Cathy has a rather supportive Husband, who encourages her to take a leap and embark on a new career. Making a year plan to turn her life around, Cathy has her mind set on making these changes happen.
One of the things I loved most about this book is how all of the situations that Cathy faces are so relatable and oh so believable – especially as a mother myself, I could picture a lot of the scenes playing out perfectly. Although some of the changes that Cathy sets out to make are big, there are a fair amount of those every day, minor changes that make one heck of a difference to a persons life too.
Tracy Bloom has such a wonderful writing style that really pulls the reader in to the story and keeps you well and truly invested to the very end. The characters are realistic and well fleshed out, each of them having their own struggles and life choices to make along the way. The entire story flowed beautifully from start to end, with the perfect concoction of humour and wit as the story progresses.
There is so much more I could say about this book, but I refuse to give away any spoilers as this is one of those books that has so much to offer!. It is certainly a story that many will be able to relate to in one way or another, and I know for certain I will be telling others about this marvellous story!.
About the Author
Tracy started writing when her cruel, heartless husband ripped her away from her dream job shopping for rollercoasters for the UK’s leading theme parks, to live in America with a brand-new baby and no mates. In a cunning plan to avoid domestic duties and people who didn’t understand her Derbyshire accent, she wrote her romantic comedy, NO ONE EVER HAS SEX ON A TUESDAY, which has sold three quarters of a million copies to date. @TracyBBloom
*Thank you to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours, Harper Fiction and Tracy Bloom for providing me with an ARC of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*