So excited today to be on the blog tour for Pippa James’ debut, I Will Survive! Thank you to Bookouture for the invitation.
This is a book about friendship and family and motherhood and finding your “mom friends.” I especially enjoyed the family dynamics and the motherhood issues, and found myself growing quite attached to these characters by the end of the book.
There are three very distinctly different women – Alison, Kaye, and Frankie – who have different styles of parenting. Kate is a wallflower with a bit of social anxiety. Alison is the perfect PTA mom who has it all together. And Frankie is the young, rebellious mom who prides herself on doing things against the grain.
As a mom of young children myself, I found this book to be super identifiable – and it is so reassuring to know that no matter where you are in the world, most moms feel the same! There’s the mom who feels left out at pick up and drop off – we’ve all been there – I remember those days well. I’m lucky to have found my “crew” now, as the ladies strive to do in this book. There’s being pressured into school activities because you feel like you have something to prove. And there’s the social dynamics of the children and birthday party politics.
There is also a bit of family drama, some that was deeply moving and had me feeling tremendously for the characters. Add a smidge of romance and you have a well-balanced book.
I was excited to learn that there will be a second book, I am definitely looking forward to seeing what antics these three get up to next!
Frankie is a single mother. She’s bold. She’s brave. And she’s winning at life… isn’t she?
Underneath her big smile and daring outfits, Frankie’s hiding a secret. Her five-year-old son Liam is awesome. But life as a solo parent is tough. Her job as a barmaid sucks, her meddlesome mother is taking over and she’s far from living her best life.
She’s lost her way and she’s starting to feel… lonely.
So when Frankie’s overbearing mother breaks her leg and has to go and live with her saintly sister, it’s time for Frankie to shake things up. Because she wants to turn things around for the little boy who holds the keys to her broken heart.
Surrounded by perfect mothers, Frankie quickly realises she needs some real mum friends to get her through repetitive school runs and red-faced dating disasters. The kind of people who don’t judge your shop bought cakes and bring wine to your door, just because.
So Frankie sweeps up anxious Kate and organised Alison in her whirlwind. As the unlikely trio face the trials and tantrums of motherhood, they learn that parenting is about surviving one day at a time.
And together they can wing it through anything, can’t they?
about the author:
Growing up in Birmingham, Pippa James was never without at least one book on the go and therefore lived several different lives concurrently. As an adult, she would like to spend much of her time the same way, but she now lives a chaotic life in a small Derbyshire town with her husband and two children. Her writing is frequently interrupted by parenting duties and her day job as a teacher and the only way she can find a quiet space to think, is by taking her laptop to the pub to drink tea and write, which she does at every opportunity.