The Misadventures of a Playground Mother By Christie Barlow


Book Description:

New term. New dramas. New friendships. And that’s just the parents…

After a year of country living, Rachel Young is finally getting into the swing of things. Her four kids are happy and content at the village school, and she’s managed to navigate the choppy (shark-infested) waters of the playground mafia.

Or… so she thought.

When playground mum Penelope Kensington moves herself and her kids into Rachel’s home, after discovering husband Rupert has been having an affair, Rachel knows she must ask them politely to leave. The problem is, Penelope never takes no for an answer.

As Rachel tries to deal with Penelope, she also meets new school mum Melanie. Melanie is a breath of fresh air, but her arrival sends ripples of gossip through the playground. Melanie has a few secrets in her closet, and it seems she’s not the only one…

Hilarious and entertaining, with characters you won’t forget in a hurry, fans of Fiona Gibson, Kerry Fisher and Tracy Bloom will love this book.

My Thoughts:

After reading A Year In The Life of a Playground Mother which is the first in the series I was very much looking forward to reading this one.

The Misadventures of a Playground Mother basically starts off from where the first book ends. The author does well to give you enough background if you haven’t read A Year In The Life of a Playground Mother but as its a great book I would recommend reading them both.

I really enjoyed the first book and it got a big 5 stars from me, the only problem I had to face after reading this one was how many stars do I give a book which more than excelled the first one? The Misadventures of a Playground Mother absolutely blew me away! It is funny, jaw droppingly shocking in parts and also had me in floods of tears. I would give a 100 stars if I could as this book is that outstanding.

Rachel is back and unfortunately is still very much stuck with her BF Penelope. I have to say what poor Rachel and her husband Matt have to go through with Penelope around is at times unbelievable. My god I wanted to give that women a really good slap on behalf of Rachel and Matt. She truly cares about no one else but herself and I thought she was bad enough in the first book but boy does she even stoop lower in this one.

Thankfully though Rachel meets two new friends in this book, Melanie and Sue. The friendship between these three women especially after Penelope is just wonderful to read.

I can’t really say anymore about this book as it would spoil it for other readers but I will say that if you loved the first book and even if you have not read the first, you really need to read The Misadventures of a Playground Mother. It truly is an outstanding read that will have you going through a whole array of emotions.

A truly wonderful book that I was very sad to finish.

Many thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for an Advanced Readers Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


The Misadventures of a Playground Mother is due to be published on the 11th of September, you can pre order a copy on Amazon

About Sarah Hardyhttps://bytheletterbookreviews.wordpress.comI'm Sarah, I'm self employed and in my spare time I love to read. Due to my love of reading I thought I would set up a blog to share with people my thoughts on the books i've read.

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