Published by Black & White Publishing on 6th March 2014
Surviving motherhood? It’s all about having the right support network.
Lawyer and new mum Cassie has a husband who converses mainly through jokes, a best friend on the other side of the world, and a taskforce of Babycraft mothers who make her feel she has about as much maternal aptitude as a jellyfish.
Husband Jonathan dismisses Cassie’s maternal anxieties, but is he really paying attention to his struggling wife? He’s started sleep talking and it seems there’s more on his mind than he’s letting on. Then sexy, swaggering ex-boyfriend Malkie saunters into Cassie’s life again.
Unlike Jonathan, he ‘gets’ her. He’d like to get her into bed again, too…
And on top of all her emotional turmoil, she also finds herself advising a funeral director on ghost protocol and becomes involved in an act of hotel spa fraud, never mind hiding cans of wasp spray all over the house to deal with the stalker who seems to be lurking everywhere she looks. Marriage and motherhood isn’t the fairytale Cassie thought it would be. Will her strange new world fall apart around her or will tiny acts of love be enough to get her through?
Funny, perceptive and real, Tiny Acts of Love portrays the rawness of motherhood, the flipside of love and the powerful lure of paths not taken.
*Copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*
This is the book everyone on twitter has been talking about lately. Everyone was so excited to read it, of course including me. When I was given a review copy and a chance to be part of Lucy’s blog tour I couldn’t be happier. But I must admit, at the same time I was a bit worried about what I would feel like if this book didn’t live up to all the hype.
Well, now that I’ve read it, I can say it’s an excellent debut. Lucy is obviously very talented and great in creating interesting, well devolved characters.
The opening is simply hilarious! I could help but laugh out loud in the middle of the night. Cassie’s just become a mother to a lovely baby girl, and though when it comes to law and business she’s simply a shark, she’s so scared of her new mother role. A year and a half ago I had my second child, and though I didn’t experience that much anxiety as Cassie has, I could understand her and all her fears. That feeling every new mother has, will she be a good mother, will she provide everything her baby needs..gosh, that’s so overwhelming, yet quite normal and what everyone woman goes through.
To be honest, maybe Cassie was overreacting, but that brings so much humor in this book. She’s over analyzing everything, her baby’s behavior, her relationship to her husband, her boss’ demands..everything! Couple of times I wanted to give her a shake, telling her to stop being a drama queen. But as I said, there were so many times when I could connect to her, I guess every mother will.
I must admit I had a bit of a problem with the pacing, I’d enjoy it more if it was faster and there were more things happening. But that’s just my opinion, it doesn’t necessarily mean this is a slow book.
I’d hate to spoil and say more about the ending, but I loved the prologue. I found it so touchy and beautifully written, and that’s the main reason why I settled for a solid 4 star rating. Otherwise it would be still rounded to 4 but actually between 3.5-4/5. I really enjoyed it, it’s an interesting story not just about motherhood and parenting, but also about believing in yourself and fighting your worse fears.
My rating: 4/5
About Lucy Lawrie
Lucy Lawrie was born in Edinburgh, and gained an honours degree in English Literature from Durham University before going on to study law. She worked as a lawyer in Edinburgh for several years, specialising in Employment and Pensions law. When Lucy was on maternity leave with her first baby, she unearthed a primary two homework book in which she’d stated, in very wobbly handwriting: ‘I want to be an AUTHOR when I grow up.’ To appease her six-year old self, she began writing her first novel.
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