The Single Mum’s Wish List
by Charlene Allcott
Meet Martha Ross. She’s thirty-five. She dreams of being a singer, but she’s been working in a call centre for far too long. She’s separating from her husband, the father of her eighteen-month-old son. And she’s moving back home to her parents, toddler in tow.
Life has thrown her a few lemons . . . but Martha intends to make a gin and tonic.
It’s time to become the woman she’s always wanted to be. And at least her mum’s on hand to provide free childcare – along with ample motherly judgment, of course.
But Martha’s attempts at reinvention – from writing a definitive, non-negotiable list of everything she’s looking for in a new man, to half-marathons, business plans, and meditation retreats – tend to go awry in the most surprising of ways. And soon she comes to realise that in order to find lasting love, happiness, and fulfilment, she needs to find herself first . . .
Who said starting over was easy?
A warm, vibrant and painfully funny novel that will strike a chord with anyone who’s ever had their heart broken, hasn’t quite got their sh*t together yet, or who finds themselves wide awake at 3am thinking, ‘How did I get here?’
*Also published as The Reinvention of Martha Ross*
I’ve finally got around to reading another book from the big stack of wonderful books I won in a Twitter competition run by Hannah Bright at Penguin Random House.
When we meet Martha she is about to end her relationship with her husband of six years and with that become a single Mum to a toddler. Luckily her own Mum is there to help out with the childcare and give her a place to stay, she’s got supportive friends and despite being in a job with little prospects, it’s better than nothing. So in an attempt to move on from her past and better herself, Martha discovers that she needs to take care of herself, her body and her well-being.
With the help of her tech-savvy friends, Martha finds herself swiping left and right on Linger, the fictional Tinder. She starts chatting to a man called George and soon starts to think that this mystery man could be the one.
“‘Ok, tell me more,’ says Leanne. ‘What’s he like?’
I sit up so she can see my face. ‘He’s perfect.'”
Some of this book was great and there was plenty of comedy to put a smile on my face, but I’m afraid to say that I didn’t really like Martha that much. To me she seemed a little selfish and at times irresponsible, especially when it comes to drinking. She was also rude to and ungrateful towards her own Mum, which I just didn’t like. I understand that picking up the pieces after a break up is going to be tough on anyone, but I feel that I would have enjoyed this one a little more had Martha been a little more likable.
Overall rating: “The Single Mum’s Wish List” is a story of one woman trying to find herself after a separation. It’s a light-hearted read that is funny in parts but the leading lady wasn’t likable enough for me to fall in love with this story – 3 stars from me.