When Sophie Bennett moves from a quiet sleepy suburb of Toronto to glitzy west London, she doesn’t know where she has landed: Venus or Mars. Her three-year-old daughter Kaya attends Cherry Blossoms, the most exclusive nursery in London, where Sophie finds herself adrift in a sea of Alpha Mums. These mothers are glamorous, gorgeous, competitive and super rich, especially Kelly, the blonde, beautiful and bitchy class rep.
Struggling to fit in and feeling increasingly isolated, Sophie starts The Beta Mum, an anonymous blog describing her struggles with the Alpha Mums. But when her blog goes viral, she risks ruining everything for herself and her daughter. How long will it be until they discover her true identity? Is her marriage strong enough to survive one of her follower’s advances? And will she ever fit in with the Alpha Mums?
I really enjoyed the Beta Mum, it was one of those wonderful books that you felt as if you knew the characters personally, in fact, they could have quite easily stepped straight out of my world and into the pages of this book.
Sophie was immediately likeable and I could relate to her. I think most of us have at some time in our life felt like Sophie did, lonely and isolated. The blog was her lifeline and it literally did save her. The Beta Mum shows you a glimpse of how addictive and all consuming blogging can be and also how it can so easily go wrong!
The mystery of the anonymous cyberdad kept me turning the pages, as did the need to know if Sophie’s cover is blown. The Alpha Mum’s are very true to life, I was once, many moons ago a nanny and believe you me the the Cherry Blossom Mums definitely brought back some memories for me!
This book is beautifully written, comfortable, familiar and a joy to read. Isabella creates her characters so they jump off the page and make you want to return…often!
This is a great read and one that needs to be added to your TBR pile!
Thank you to Isabella for allowing me to review The Beta Mum
All about the author
Isabella Davidson is the author of the popular blog, Notting Hill Yummy Mummy, which chronicles the entertaining lives of west London residents. Through the blog, she has written features for the Times, the Saturday Times Magazine, Corner Magazine, efinancial and has been interviewed by the Times, Financial Times, Harper’s Bazaar, Spectator magazine, the Saturday Times Magazine and many more.
She wrote The Beta Mum, Adventures in Alpha Land during a Faber Academy Novel Writing course. Prior to starting her writing career, she worked for a Nobel Prize winning humanitarian organization and as a doctor for the National Health Service in the UK. She grew up living in four different continents before settling down in London fifteen years ago. She currently lives in West London with her husband and her two small children.
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