I ended up reading the series starring the main character, Saoirse, back to back to back. So far there are 3 books. I don’t know if I will read a fourth. Probably because she started getting on my nerves in book #3 and I was over her by then. The first book sets things up fairly nicely though.
Saoirse is a married mom of one. Her daughter, Alice, is like Damien reborn. Her husband David practically gets hives though if their house is out of order and when she loads the dishwasher the wrong way. When Saoirse is approached to write a book pitch about “real motherhood” she initially balks. She doesn’t know if readers will want to read about that. But when she starts writing, she realizes that there are things she wished she had been told. And then when it looks like her husband may be having an affair, she realizes some time away from him staying in her friend’s mom’s home in Ireland, may be what she needs.
So I am not a mother (happily), but there were times I was like good God you picked well. It sounds exhausting. I loved reading about Saoirse and her best friend Bea, and the terrible Woodvale moms. And I can see why she loved her husband and was also getting frustrated with him. At times you are on her side, and at other times you are not.
I thought the ending was a bit off though. There’s something that happens and I just shook my head about it. Probably because Saoirse acts as if what happened was the biggest thing ever and pretty much ignores the other people it impacts.