Mum in the Middle
‘Fresh, funny and wise’ Katie Fforde
Tess has downsized to a lively new town and is ready for “me” time. But her Zen-like calm is tested by her boomerang offspring, who keep fluttering back to the nest (usually with a full bag of dirty washing) and by her elderly mother’s...more
Her new neighbour is transforming her house into a b&b but meeting opposition. She is a quirky character and loved reading about her.
There is a hint of romance with 2 possible suitors and you are keen for Tess to start allowing herself a bit of 'me time'.
Her house is ...more
What she finds is rather different to the idyll she imagined. First, a former TV star lives next door and is renovating a glorious old house in order to run it as a B&B. Second, her mother appe ...more
Mum in the middle is a book about Tess. She has three adult children,an aging mother, ex-husband
and an interesting assortment of friends.Tess has just moved from London to Northstone since the last one of her children has moved out. Nortstone is a cozy place and Tess immediately gets new friends. There are some locals who don't like the DFL's, Down From Londoners, because they fear pro ...more
Until I got to 5% where the mother has been diagnosed with dementia.
That bloody, vile, horrific illness is NOT FUNNY or 'feel good'
but it bloody well is unforgettable and nightmarish and hideous.
And I DON'T want to keep being reminded.
(and mentioning an elderly mother's struggle to hold onto her independence is NOT a 'tag' about dementia)
For god's sake PUT PROPER WARNINGS IN YOUR BLURBS. PLEASE
I had to stop reading and I will ...more
Tess has moved to a new town and downsized as is ready for time for herself with her kids all grown up. Sadly though she is tested as her children keep coming back home after leaving and she's sti ...more
Tess has relocated after her divorce to a small village close enough to London and her kids but far enough to rethink her life and start fresh. Her kids are soon descending on her and ruining her peace. Her neighbour is convinced that she is the conspiracy centre for the local troublemakers and Tess has her eye on the local scoundrel!
Ah i loved this read, like Jane's previous books it's full of charm , humour ...more
I absolutely loved the British atmosphere of the whole book, and the whole close-knit society kind of suburbia. Some of the characters were brilliantly depicted and funny. At the same time, the author managed to highlight the emotional struggles of a mom whos ...more
I just absolutely loved this book. As a mum in her forties with children (although not quite as grown up) I could totally relate to Tess. She has moved to a new town, has a new house, is working from home and is wondering how she will manage now that all her children have left home. Turns out she can’t get rid of them, and add to that some sinister goings on and you have a great read.
It is a story that most women of a certain age will be able to empathise with and I certainly saw massive parts ...more
My children aren’t this old but I found myself remembering how I and my siblings tr ...more
Divorced, escaping the London suburbs and her three allegedly-grown-up children, this is a tale of a woman who has been a slave to her kids, dominated by her ex and is now ready to begin again. As she starts developing new relationships, her dysfunctional offspring turn up or move in, her mother shows early signs of dementia and she experiences a roller-coaster ride of attraction, rej ...more
Tess moved to a new town now that her kids have moved out and her husband is now an ex. Instead her kids and ex keep popping back into her house and she gets caught up in local drama when her house gets targeted with vandalism that could be for her, or related to ...more
I loved this story. It's well-written with just the right amount of humour, romance and family drama and I can empathise with the main protagonist.
Tess's move from London isn't working out well. She misses her family and friends and wonders whether she's made a mistake. Very soon, she is inundated with family including a very irritating ex and has more friends and admirers than she can cope with.
This contemporary comment on motherhood when the children are grown up and supposed to have left home ...more
It is a book that doesn't seem to have a clear theme (romance, mystery etc) but is so much the better for that. Reading it feels like one of those long phone calls with a dear but distant friend where you cram a years worth of news into a 2 hour chat...a bit of family news, a bit of "you'll never guess" gossip swapping and bit of woman meets man/men alongside a big dollop of humour.
I particularly liked the portrayal of the boomerang kids, grown but forever returning and al ...more
The book is wonderfully written and I could not put it down - funny, emotional and a definite must read for all us ladies!
Because of the writing style I did on occasion get lost on a page, trying to work out if there had been a time or location jump, but it didn't take long to find myself again.
The whole 'whodunit mystery was a bit anticlimactic for me, but the story still kept my interest to the last page. Not sure about the weird social guidance at the ...more