**We were gifted an e- copy of this book in return for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are our own**
When the invite to take part in this blog tour dropped into my inbox I barely took the time to draw breath before readily agreeing. With it’s main character being a Mummy blogger and author Louise being a successful blogger in her own right I was intrigued to see how the story would play out in this brand new release. Thank you to Head of Zeusfor providing me with a digital ARC copy of this title to read and review.
About The Book
Jess’s life was turned upside down when her blog went viral. Now, with hundreds of thousands of followers, Jess is now navigating the trials and tribulations of a world online.
Being a mummy blogger was original an escape, but now it seems to be turning into a career. And after one wrong post on her social media channels, Jess discovers that life in the spotlight isn’t always peachy.
With a new baby on the way, the possibility of starring in a reality TV show and a husband who’s struggling with his wife’s new-found fame, Jess has a lot going on.
Jess needs to decide whether this is everything she wanted it to be or whether this is all a bit too much for her? Can Jess persevere against the haters, rise up above the pettiness and find the perfect balance of life in the real world and life online
Jessica is a relative newbie in the blogging world, but with a coveted award already under her belt she has ruffled some feathers in the community. However, the award wasn’t all she took home that evening, as tucked in her fancy clutch bag Jess had a positive pregnancy test wrapped inside a plastic zipper bag and the knowledge she is to become a Mum for the second time.
After the competitive drama of the awards aftermath and hoping to keep her baby news under wraps for a while Jessica decided to take a short break from blogging, but she’s back and determined to take her passion for writing to a new level, including brand collaborations, bagging herself an agent and even the possibility of a TV show. Sounds like a great plan doesn’t it? But, Jess has a lot on her plate to juggle already; an unruly toddler, pregnancy and family life without the added pressure of a newborn thrown in the mix! Will she be able to balance everything successfully or will it all come crashing down around her ears?
Mum’s Big Break is a wonderfully lighthearted quick read that I found so relateable from both a blogging and parenting perspective. Jess is a likeable character that is portrayed ‘flaws and all’ making her come across as so down to earth and someone I could easily see myself befriending. Her experiences of pregnancy, birth and uncertainty about become a Mum of two were written so beautifully and really struck a chord with me, making me think back to my own experiences and feelings of becoming a Mum. As strange as it may sound it was obvious that these sections were written from the heart and by someone who has actually been through those experiences as I often find them to be inaccurate or glossed over in other books – it’s really refreshing.
I found the world of competitiveness between the big names in bloggers interesting and rather eye opening, especially as I’ve always found fellow bloggers to be so friendly and welcoming and I rather hope that the kinds of behaviour discussed in this book is an exception and not the rule. I’d hate to think the world of higher tier bloggers was so toxic!
The highlight of the book though was the strong friendships Jess had with her fellow Yummy Mummy’s. It was really heartening and lovely to see the bond the group had and the lengths to which they would go to support and help each other; it’s the way all friendships should be!
When I started reading this book I was unaware it is the second in a series and whilst I happily read it as a standalone I did feel in parts that I was missing some information that was only mentioned as an aside. I do feel reading the first book From Mum With Love* would possibly have added a little something extra to my enjoyment of the book and I have already added it to my TBR to ‘catch up’ on the bits I missed! Despite this I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to parents and bloggers alike, it’s a well written realistic and uplifting story perfect to devour with a glass of something bubbly in the sunshine!
About The Author
Louise’s blog, Mum of Boys and Mabel has over 100k followers. Having moved to Dubai with her family she’s now back in the UK and is enjoying writing. From Mum with Love is her debut novel.