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The Mum Who Got Her Life Back

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  909 ratings  ·  86 reviews
When her 18-year-old twins leave for university, single mum Nadia’s life changes in ways she never expected: her Glasgow flat feels suddenly huge, laundry doesn’t take up half her week, and she no longer has to buy ‘the Big Milk’. After almost two decades of putting everyone else first, Nadia is finally taking care of herself. And with a budding romance with new boyfriend ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 7th 2019 by Avon (first published February 21st 2019)
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Dash fan
5 A Light Hearted and Fun Read!

The Mum Who Got Her Life Back is a Light hearted, Fun read about being a Mum, letting your children go and then starting your life again, on a journey of self discovery, Romance, new challenges, Drama, Relationships and Ex Partners.

Nadia's life used to be hectic, running around after her Twin Children Alfie and Molly, but they have now grown up and left home to go to Uni and start a new chapter in their life.
Leaving Nadia in a quiet home that feels pretty empty.
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Mark
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it

Nice, not a great descriptive word to use but there you go, this book is nice!!
Nadia’s twins have gone to Uni and she is all ‘empty nested syndromish’ then she meets Jack ( by pretending to be a shop assistant in Lush ) and the book progresses through their courtship, always bringing a smile at their antics and sometimes a genuine lol moment, Jack is the Manager of a charity shop and the staff are described ( and actually take quite main parts ) wonderfully and they brighten up what should be a
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Shalini
The story was exactly what the title said. Nadia's twins left for college, her ex was busy with shooting his movies and girlfriend, now it was her time to live her life. The empty nest syndrome became her freedom where she met Jack a single father, and life started looking up for her in the romance department too. Till one twin Alfie popped home and stayed there, and mum title took over the girlfriend one.

Fiona Gibson's started off fine. It was humorous, gave me a chuckle or two till Alfie
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booksofallkinds
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I voluntarily reviewed this book from the Publisher

Witty, entertaining, and thought-provoking, THE MUM WHO GOT HER LIFE BACK by Fiona Gibson is a fantastic story that kept my eyes glued to the page from start to finish.

Nadia isn't sure what she is going to do with the extra free time she has now that her children have left for University, but she has work and her friends and that should be enough to fill the void. But Nadia didn't expect to meet a handsome and charismatic stranger in the Lush
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Susan Hampson
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
How I love a book that does what it promises to do…….. make me warm inside and laugh out loud, including while I was shopping at the supermarket, walking through town and on public transport, as I listened to the story. This did both perfectly. I have giggled and snorted at the madcap things that happened between middle-aged Nadia and her lovely new man in her life Jack. They want to do what comes natural between any couple in love except Nadia’s 18-year-old twins return from University and back ...more
Joanne Robertson
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
What is this “empty nest” of which you speak Fiona Gibson?! Only kidding! I’m only too aware of what one is because 2 years ago, myself and The Grumpy Scotsman had one for SIX WHOLE MONTHS!!! We thoroughly enjoyed being “Hens” (happy empty nesters) and we use to look at each other sometimes in our clean, tidy and quiet home and just smile smugly at each other!! Hopefully, we will once again be able to take full advantage of the helpful notes that Fiona Gibson provides to advise empty nesters of ...more
Mandy
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I always love Fiona Gibson’s books – they are very well-written, with plenty of humour. You can imagine everything happening in real life, and even put yourself into some of the characters’ shoes.

Nadia and Jack meet while they’re shopping, although Nadia inadvertently gave Jack the impression that she was a member of staff. They are both separated from their partners. Nadia’s twins have gone off to university and Jack’s teenage daughter lives mostly with her mother, so they’re free to date.
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Silke
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019, feel-good
The Mum who got her life back by Fiona Gibson was a hidden gem for me. I requested the arc on netgalley, because the synopsis sounded quite fun. But to be absolutely honest my expectation weren’t very high. But I fell for this story in the first couple of chapters and I devoured it.
I was drawn in by the title at first, because well I am a mom so books about motherhood always seem to speak to me at a certain level. Although Nadia’s world isn’t mine for quite some years to come. Nadia’s twins have
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Alison
After bringing up her twins practically single-handed after separating from their father when they were eleven years old, Nadia is looking forward to getting her life back when the twins go to university. A chance meeting in the Lush shop just before Christmas introduces Nadia to Jack, himself a single father, and they embark on a glorious passionate love affair.

However, just because your children have gone to university doesn't mean they are adults, when Nadia's son Alfie drops out of
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Clair Sharpe
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
When her twins Alfie and Molly go their separate ways to University, Nadia's life changes for the better - instead of suffering with empty nest syndrome, she instead becomes a Happy Empty Nester (HEN). She loves her kids and misses them it but it means she doesn't have to buy The Big Milk anymore, towels remain on the handrail, the washing machine only goes on twice a week and she can eat whatever she wants, whenever she wants to (with no one criticising her lasagne anymore)!
Not long after,
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Mairead Hearne (swirlandthread.com)
An empty nest has never been so much fun!
A fresh start.
A new man.
Could it be too good to be true?'


A thoroughly feel-good book folks, brimming with hope and optimism, with a strong dose of reality within it’s pages.

Nadia is the mother of twins, now eighteen years old, Alfie and Molly. No longer in a relationship with their father, Danny, Nadia is about to embark on a new stage of her life. Alfie and Molly are heading off to college, embracing the student lifestyle away from home, leaving Nadia
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Agi
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it

Nadia is embracing the HEN - Happy Empty Nester - after her twins left for University. And then she meets the fabulous, funny and warm Jack - and they hit it off immediately. Going from full on parenting to a feeling of being a desired woman again is a change that Nadia enjoys very much - and of course uses the situation, the freedom of an empty house and dating again. But then Alfie comes back home earlier as expected and it turns out he's dropped out of uni - and now Nadia has to juggle her
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Karschtl
Without reading the blurb in too much detail, I expected a tale about a woman suffering empty nest syndrome. Since her two kids are twins, they leave for university at the same time. But instead of being lonely and feeling kind of useless all of a sudden, after 18 years of cooking, washing, shopping, cleaning up after everyone and generally caring for her children, Nadia embraces the new situation and is quite happy to finally have her life – and her flat – back to herself. She's a HEN - a Happy ...more
B.R. Maycock
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So I'll start by pointing you to previous gushes about one of my favourite authors. There's As Good As It Gets, which was the first time I came acrossThe Mum Who'd had enough, and then I was lucky enoufh to come across her in a series of Valentines shorts here. From the second I read my first Fiona Gibson book I sat up, revelling in the fact that I'd found someone that wrote rom coms that were about the everyday and yet written in such a way that sparkled, made you smile, laugh and nod along for ...more
Fabulous Book Fiend
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review: I really enjoyed this book right from the word go. The books is split into multiple parts as well as chapters within those parts and each part begins with bullet points of advice for parent who've children have left home to go to university or other reasons. These pieces of advice are absolutely hilarious and yet I could definitely recognise that they were true to life, but they involve and absorb you in the story right away as well as providing a little bit of light change from the main ...more
Rachel
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A book from Fiona Gibson is always a treat. She speaks from the heart, writes cleverly and makes you laugh with her wit and true to life honest observations. Being a HEN is years away for me, but her observations on parenting and identify made me feel comforted, made me giggle and also made me realise that things are just about okay, and maybe every parent feels like this!
This book was again one of her finest, and I sped through it with gusto. I won't say it's a light or easy read because I
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Shyla Colt
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review coming from Romancing the Book
Lainy
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time taken to read - just over a day

Pages - 400

Publisher - Avon Books

Source - ARC Review copy

Blurb from Goodreads

The laugh-out-loud Sunday Times bestseller is back and funnier than ever! Perfect for fans of WHY MUMMY DRINKS.

When her 18-year-old twins leave for university, single mum Nadia’s life changes in ways she never expected: her Glasgow flat feels suddenly huge, laundry doesn’t take up half her week, and she no longer has to buy ‘the Big Milk’. After almost two decades of putting everyone
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Sandra
Feb 18, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the story of Nadia who finds love again, in her fifties, after her children have flown the nest and gone off to university. For a while, she enjoys her freedom and her new relationship with Jack. Then her son comes home, and announces that he is no longer going travelling with his girlfriend for the summer, or going back to university, and everything falls apart. Alfie is a lazy, tiresome and self-obsessed teenager and Nadia panders to him too much (his twin sister doesn’t get nearly as ...more
Anitajt
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it

Loved it, full of humour, love, family, relationships and a main character who juggles all of these things and comes out smiling. Should make all mums feel they’re heading in the right direction even though at times it takes just a little longer than usual. Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Nancyreads
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, 2018
In "The Mum Who Got Her Life Back," single mum Nadia is on her own for the first time in nearly two decades. Soon after sending her twins, Alfie and Molly, off to university, Nadia meets single dad Jack. As their relationship progresses, and she begins to reclaim her time and space, Nadia realizes she's become a "HEN: a Happy Empty Nester." Just as she begins to embrace her new-found freedom and care for herself, however, Alfie makes a decision that threatens both Nadia's empty nest and her ...more
Kelly
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: uno-2019
Hilarious tale that captures your heart from the first page. Life after kids exists and it’s something to look forward too! I really enjoyed this book. The characters are likeable (even loveable!) and the story has a completeness about it that calms my senses. This is everything I want in a book - a high snuggle up with a hot chocolate factor. Read this, you won’t regret it.
Anya Leonard
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fun, quick and un-upsetting romp. This fun novel follows the story of Nadia and Jack who meet in a Lush store right before Christmas. Nadia is a new empty-nester and lives alone. I loved the interaction between the two, and having read some of Fiona Gibson's prior work, I knew that it would be well written, insightful, fun, and sweet. A wonderful chick lit book that went fast, made you feel cozy, and was intelligent as well. A great reprieve from the turmoil a lot of us are currently feeling ...more
Joanne
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5*
Single mum Nadia is getting used to life as a HEN (happy empty nester) after her teenage twins head off to different universities. After an initial period of getting used to the silence and cooking for one, and the inevitable worrying if Alfie and Molly are managing okay, she soon settles into her new way of life. During a very funny encounter in a Lush shop, she meets charity shop manager Jack and they begin a relationship. With no children around to cramp their style, they revel in the
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Grass monster
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Blurb :
When her 18-year-old twins leave for university, single mum Nadia’s life changes in ways she never expected: her Glasgow flat feels suddenly huge, laundry doesn’t take up half her week, and she no longer has to buy ‘the Big Milk’. After almost two decades of putting everyone else first, Nadia is finally taking care of herself. And with a budding romance with new boyfriend Jack, She’s never felt more alive.
That is, until her son Alfie drops out of university, and Nadia finds her empty
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Maryline M's Bookshelf
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This review was first published at M's Bookshelf

Uplifting, colourful and funny. Those were my first impressions when holding this book. And Fiona Gibson did not disappoint on those expectations.
Her delightful sense of humor really shines through. Her characters are easy to love, easy to relate to and hard to forget. Even when your own day to day life doesn't like anything like Nadia's or Jack's, you somehow relate to them from the start. Or I'm now really getting old for feeling more
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Kirsty Oughton
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
‘The Mum Who Got Her Life Back’ is a witty and warm read by Fiona, much like her previous books I’ve read. I am a huge fan of Fiona’s writing so when I seen she was writing a new book I just couldn’t wait to read it! I have my copy on Netgalley thanks to Avon however I also have purchased the paperback as I loved the colours of the cover.

We meet Nadia who has just helped set her twins off to different university’s leaving her in an empty nest which is clearly what she’s not used to, I am not at
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Nicola Clough
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant book the cover made me think it would be funny and I wasn't wrong it was a real laugh out book and very true to a modern mum these days. Made you really think as well and shows how to have to get your life back on track and for you when your children leave home. Worth far more than five stars and didn't want it to finish a real turn pager of a book.
Nadia has raised her twin children on her own for a while but they are both going off to university and she finds it very strange as the
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Natalie M
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
For sheer light-hearted enjoyment this is a five-star read...possibly more so for those of us of a certain age! Set in Glasgow Nadia finds herself a ‘HEN’ (Happy Empty Nester) when she meets Jack. The characters are fantastic, the plot completely engaging and thoroughly enjoyable. This is a smile-a-page novel and I’ll be looking out for more reads by this author.
Sandra
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Mum Who Got Her Life Back by Fiona Gibson is a love story about middle age people.

That is possibly what I most liked about it. It is a pleasure for once to see slightly older and more mature people fall in love and solve potential problems. There are no games, no innuendos, everything is straightforward.

When Nadia's kids go to university she is alone for the first time in ages. Faced with totally different life than she is accustomed to, she needs time to adjust and for the first time since
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Fiona is an author and journalist who has written for many UK publications including The Observer, The Guardian, Marie Claire, Red, New Woman, Top Sante and Elle. She writes a monthly column for Sainsbury’s magazine and is a Contributing Editor at Red magazine.

Fiona lives in Scotland with her husband, their twin sons and daughter. She likes to draw, run 10k races, play her saxophone and lie in
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