Roberta Gallbreath is middle aged and menopausal. She dislikes her children, detests her ex-husband and despises her colleagues.
When her mother dies, Roberta is left with a pile of letters and a mystery surrounding her son. The letters reveal Roberta’s heritage is not what it seems and she is soon on a mission to become a better person.
Told with humour and emotion, The M Word is the tale of one woman’s journey to find out where she came from. As she looks to the past for answers, more questions are raised. Will Roberta discover who she really is?
Roberta is a fantastic character. I loved her. She makes my whole family life feel normal. There are a lot of highs and lows going on in her life and I have to say I enjoyed being on the ride with her through it all.
I really enjoyed finding out more about Roberta’s mum’s past. Was really fascinating seeing how children were separated during the world war and how it affected the person that she went on to be and being able to read the letters along with Roberta made for some emotional reading in part.
If anything Roberta’s relationship with her mum, siblings, children, it was almost like reading about any one of us. There is so much to relate to of not feeling good enough, being taken advantage of. For me this made her story really hit home and a lot of it I could empathise with. Thankfully the being single and dating I don’t and if Roberta’s dates are anything to go by, if I ever did find myself single again, I would make sure to stay that way!
The M Word is a story that every woman should read. It is an endearing and humorous read that takes a light hearted look at life, love and getting older. Not sure if there is going to be any more books as how things are left there is certainly lots of room for another one. Everyone certainly needs Roberta in their lives, even if it’s only in small doses 🙂
My thanks to Bombshell Books and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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Eileen Wharton is not the naughty great-grandaughter of Edith Wharton. She is currently employed by MI5 but has had various jobs including: wigmaker to Donald Trump, Megan Fox’s stunt double and Ann Summers ‘toy’ tester. She also tells lies for a living.
She currently has five ‘lively’ offspring ranging from thirty to ten years of age and has no plans to procreate further much to the relief of the local schools and police force.
Her first novel, ‘Shit Happens’ was published in 2011 to worldwide critical acclaim. She’s also won awards for exaggeration. It did top the Amazon humour chart so she’s officially a best-selling author.
Her first children’s picture book, ‘The Shmoogly Boo’ was published in the same year and another is in the pipeline entitled, ‘My Dad’s Better than Your Dad.’
Her first crime novel, ‘Blanket of Blood’ was launched as a paperback on Friday 28th November 2016. She is now working on the sequel ‘Blood’s Thicker.’
She teaches English to teenagers and lives on a council estate in Bishop Auckland. She has never eaten kangaroo testicles, is allergic to cats and has a phobia of tinned tuna.