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The Not So Perfect Mother

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  1,853 ratings  ·  140 reviews
From Amazon chart bestseller Kerry Fisher comes a hilarious and straight-talking read for anyone who has ever despaired at the politics of the school playground…

Maia is a cleaner for ladies who lunch. With mops and buckets in tow, she spends her days dashing from house to house clearing up after them, as they rush from one exhausting pilates class to the next.

But an
Kindle Edition, 329 pages
Published June 6th 2018 by Bookouture (first published September 11th 2014)
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Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 “The Struggle IS Real” Stars

This was a fun, laugh out loud, real book with all the feels.... I picked this book up late one night with the intent just to read a couple chapters before bed and I ended up staying up and finishing it... it was just so much fun and I needed to know what was going to happen.... I do live in such a different environment than this book took place in, nobody gets out of the car when they pick up their kids, so no judgment! And if there is, nobody really knows about
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Not So Perfect Mother by Kerry Fisher is a romantic comedy in which a working class mother tries her best to fit into an upper class society to give her children a better life. With day to day struggles and the bills piling on top of her Maia tries to hold her head above the water despite all that pulls her down.

Maia has dreams of becoming something more but if she can't obtain the dream she will do everything she can to make sure her two children can. When Maia loses one of her wealthy
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Oh how I adored this book, it was laugh out loud funny but also had some poignant, emotional moments as well, it really had a little something for everyone and Maia was the perfect heroine for this delightful little read.

We’ve all been down on our luck at some point I imagine, but Maia is having a really difficult time and there’s no end in sight. When one of the women she cleans for passes away and offers her children a scholarship to a posh school that is miles away (social class wise at
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Karen ⊰✿
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maia is 36, lives in a council flat with her useless unemployed partner and 2 kids (9,11). They don't answer the door for fear of the bailiffs being able to get inside to repossess the small number of possessions they have, and Maia's highlight of the week is going next door to her friend Sandy's place where they can drink Malibu, relax and laugh.
Unexpectedly, Maia has the opportunity to send her children to a very prestigious school (fees are 12,000 p.a. per child) for free. Although she wants
Mary Johnson
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't pick this book, it picked me following a Book Club chat about poor reviews from readers. A 1 star reader referred to the unnecessary use of the 'F' word and the synopsis revived distant personal memories and more recently, those of my professional life.... And the F Word abounded in the latter!

More a social commentary than a romance, it is a modern day (I.e. a not quite 'benefits' mum with a slob of a partner and two kids in tow) twist on a Cinderella story. The world of the wealthy
Monica Mac
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have read a couple of books by this author before, and when I got the opportunity to read this book, I grabbed it with both hands.

Maia is a cleaner who is in a relationship with a guy who is quite comfy, thanks very much, to let her do all the running around from one poorly paid job after another, whilst he sits on the couch and pretends to look for work himself. On top of that, he enjoys lording it over her and has a particularly close relationship with their daughter which means that their
Books about heroines that have kids are lately very attractive to me, since I am a parent too and I find it amusing and comforting reading about the troubles similar to mine. That's why I picked up The Not So Perfect Mother. And I needed a book with a whole lollipop on the cover for a challenge. ;) )
In the end, it was not bad but lacked the humor I expected. I think it will be funny only to the select group of people, to those intrigued into the whole scene behind rich private schools.
Still, the
Write Romantics
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bringing humour and emotional buy-in to a story in equal measure takes a real gift, which Kerry Fisher has in bucket loads.

The novel itself tells the story of Maia Etxeleku, a character whose down to earth intelligence and humour shines out from the first page. Maia works hard, in a cleaning job, to keep her family afloat, whilst her partner, Colin, could earn a part in Shameless and does very little at all – apart from blaming Maia for their problems.

Life starts to change in a way that Maia
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This certanly is a fun read. I had my smiling a lot but sometimes my heart broke in one thousand pieces as well.
A mother always tries to do everything for her children but when there is not a lot of money available it's hard. You are forced to make choices and sometimes it is not easy to decide which are the right ones.
I also think that there is no such thing as the perfect mother. If you put your children's needs first and you want the best education to give them a good start in life, that
Kobby Gyampoh
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Imagine This: Your life smells (nothing like Chanel No.5, but) of bleach and Glade as a cleaner of spas, country clubs and ginormous homes of the well-to-do. You do not have an easy life. Not with your children and their constant needs. And a ‘partner’ who hasn’t proposed for nineteen years who’s so much of a lazy slob, all he does for full-time is rant at you.

Life couldn’t get any worse than this when the people around your estate are mostly
A Page of  Fictional Love
If I were to put on my teacher hat that I used to have to wear, and mark this book, it would have been top of the class! I have never found myself so involved with the characters as I have done in this book. My goodreads status updates throughout reading this book make me giggle just to read them, so you can imagine what reading the book did to me!

Maia, is the main character in this book and you quickly grow to love her like you would a sister. I was rooting for her from day one. She is so down
Kathryn Laceby
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally reviewed at Novel Escapes

I love it when a book isn’t what you were expecting. (Or actually sometimes I don’t love that, but this time I did.) I was drawn to the cover because it was nearing the end of the summer and I was trying to get my head around making lunches and labelling clothes and all that other nonsense so I picked this one up on a whim. It turns out that although it was an easy read I was drawn in by the people and situations of the main characters much more than I was
Rachel Lyndhurst
What a great read! Reminds me how glad I am that my kids can walk to school on their own these days - no more hideous school gate. Very funny, brilliant characters and an absolute tonic of a book. Kerry Fisher's next book is on auto-buy for sure!
Jackie Ladbury
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It was funny, down to earth and poignant with a nice touch of romance. Although the set up was obvious I didn't see the ending coming (I couldn't stop reading it, so reached the end in double quick time) A great feel good book. Well done Kerry Fisher.
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just could not stop reading this book and really don't want to give away anything - except to say it's brilliant!
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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brilliant read, funny and thoughtful..
Kelly (purplebookstand)
A thoroughly enjoyable feel-good book!
May 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked the synopsis of this book and found it to be an easy read which kept me wanting to read. A good first novel for Kerry Fisher.
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I’ve had this on my Kindle for I don’t know how long and I figured it was high time I started going through and reading some of my older books. This one was published back in 2014 and to be honest I had no expectations as I literally just picked his at random. However it seems my random choice picked me a winner.

Maia is a cleaner, and not just any cleaner but a Mum of 2 kids and a lazy husband kind of cleaner. She is constantly living day to day struggling to meet her bills let alone have any
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved this book!!! Definitely a fun read. I am a huge fan of Kerry Fisher's books and this one did not disappoint.

Maia fell in love with the rebellious boy with a motorbike and her dreams of college fell to the wayside. Twenty years and two kids later, Maia is a cleaner and Colin has no ambition for finding a job. They live in council housing while dodging calls from bill collectors. A professor Maia cleaned for died and left her money. The only stipulation is the money is to be used for Maia's
Fluff Smut & Murder
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you to for the opportunity to read an Advanced Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

What a cute, quick read! It was such a different side of Ms. Fisher as an author but I think she nailed it – would love to see more things like this from her in the future.

What I loved: I am blanking on Maia’s best friend – Colleen? Colette? She is just awesome and I would love to see a sequel revolving around her and cheating Lawrence and the crazy live at their house.

Mary Thomas
Apr 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley for my copy.

This was quite enjoyable but rather stereotypical characters.

The horsey upper class rich mum with twins Saffron and Sorrel and son Orion.

The mum who has risen in class and thinks she is better than everyone else.

The hard working mum trying to improve her life and wants more for her children.

The rough as heck single mum dragging up her two kids Denim and Gypsy.

Although quite funny in places this book just seemed full of caricatures and implausible plot lines. The
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it
This story is perfect for what I refer to as a “pocket” book. That’s a book that I am reading on my Kindke that takes no concentration, is light hearted and has the occasional laugh out loud factor. I can pick this up and read while waiting for an appt or for a train to pass or at a coffee shop. Each character is a stereotype and we all know someone like them. The English humor and expressions were so enjoyable. I rarely read more than one book at a time but this is an exception. It’s not a ...more
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
"The School Gate Survival Guide" was previously published under the title "The Class Ceiling" but in my personal opinion, the new one is much more catchy. You know, when I only hear "school sate", "school run" I am all ears. It's all still before me but I love books with this topic. I know that I'm only tormenting myself but nevertheless, can't say no to any book with school/kindergarten in it.

Maia Etxeleku works as a cleaner to keep her family's head over the water on so little money while her
Steph Hayward-bailey
Not quiet what I expected but a fun entertaining read.
Sharon Booth
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Maia Etxeleku is living on a run-down estate with her lazy partner, Colin, and her two children, Bronte and Harley. Maia supports her family by holding down several cleaning jobs, and as the story starts she is mourning the death of one of her clients, not just because she has lost one of her jobs, but because the old lady urged her to get an education and was interested in her as a person, taking the time to meet her children, teaching them and encouraging them to read. With a partner like
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book on a giveaway couple of months ago, and recently I finally managed to read it. The very first thing I noticed about the book was the cover. I absolutely love red and the cover is so eye catchy. Compliments for the designer!

The School Gate Survival Guide tell us the story of Maia, a mother of two, who cleans houses in order to provide food on the table. One of the her favourite clients is an old lady professor who adores her and her two children. The old lady dies, and Maia
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review first posted on my blog: http://spoonfulofhappyendings.blogspo...

Maia Etxeleku works hard as a cleaner so she can take care of her two children while her partner Colin spends his time lazing around at home. Out of the blue, one of Maia’s favourite clients passes away and the elderly lady seemed to be quite fond of Maia, leaving her an unexpected inheritance. The money can’t be spend on just anything; it’s so Maia’s two children can attend an exclusive private school and get the best
Maryline M's Bookshelf
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This review was first published at M's Bookshelf -

What a fabulous read. Judging from the cover and a quick glance over the blurb, I was expecting a lighthearted, funny romantic comedy. This novel, however, is much more than that. Maia had a big impact on me. Yes, there were some really funny and romanticly charged moments, but the story went much deeper than that. Kerry Fisher touched on a lot of different subjects and issues. The class difference between "the
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