Carol married young, to philandering Phil – and became a mother young, to highly-strung Jaz. Carol put up with Phil’s infidelities: suffer in silence and keep the family together was her mantra.
Not so Jaz. The moment she discovers her own husband Ian’s errant ways, she throws him out of the house, changes the locks and bans him from seeing their toddler son Matty.
In so many ways independent and strong, where her daughter is concerned Carol is a coward. When Jaz finds out that her mother has enlisted the support of Ian’s father David to try to get her back together with Ian, Jaz is beyond furious and disappears with Matty.
With a deft lightness of touch – and a dash of unexpected romance – Kate Long takes us into the heart of this mixed-up but utterly recognisable family who fight for what they believe in, even if it puts the closest members on opposing sides.
“A storyteller in the Joanna Trollope league, Long writes astutely and comically about the complexities of motherhood and the second chance offered by granny-dom.”
“… a piece of terrific storytelling”
“… intelligent, well-observed and poignant”
“A warmly observed, psychologically acute account of a family in crisis”.
“You can’t beat a good dose of escapism, and Kate Long does it best. Her legion of female fans turn to her when they need some TLC. This latest take, about cheating husbands and how to handle them, is hilarious and moving all at once.”
“Kate Long is one of the authors that I rush out to buy straight away. I find her work challenging, witty, fresh and real. This book is full of terrible and wonderful truths about family life.”
“Another great book from the author who brought us the big selling Bad Mother’s Handbook. One of my favourites”
“In her fifth novel, Long once again proves she has an eye for a topical storyline, a sharp ear for dialogue, and a skill for blending comedy and drama. If you enjoyed 2004’s The Bad Mother’s Handbook, this will not disappoint.”