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Mums@Home
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
I finished this book in just a few hours and they were hours well spent. It's not a masterpiece but the characters are engaging and well written. I'm currently waiting for my first baby and I'm reading any novel with kids and parents i can find. Overall it's a nice little book for light readind but with a heart nevertheless. It gets four stars for successfully representing its genre.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 20 July 2008
I received this book as part as a book ring. I have never read Sophie King before and I was not let down by Mums@Home. I would describe this is as chick-lit, very good chick-lit.

Here is the Amazon synopsis:

Love, laughter, and logging on...Calling all mums! What would you do if your husband had a fling? Have you ever had to keep a terrible secret from your kids? Do you sometimes wish you had a life outside being a mum? Are you pregnant and alone? Caroline, Mark, Susan and Lisa are as different as the parenting problems they face and each has their own reasons for logging on to the Mums@Home website for the very first time. At first they are cynical about the site - how can faceless people possibly help or understand what they are going through? But as the weeks pass and their family problems escalate, each of them begins to realise that Mums@Home has become a lifeline - somewhere to go for advice, to be heard, to escape, or to belong...Sophie King captures the zeitgeist once again with this warm, moving and engaging look at modern parenting and finding friends.

This was very well written, I managed to read 200 pages in one sitting. I wanted to get to the end to see how everything would turn out, but when the book ended I wanted there to be more so I could see what was happening in their lives. King put in twists which I did not see coming, which added to the enjoyment of the read.

My favourite characters were in fact the children. Although I loved all the characters and engaged with them all, I found myself forming a soft spot for the children as they had to face difficulties in their adolescent as well as baring the problems their parents were facing.

The site seemed cool, just like this one! I like the idea of making new friends and coming for advice, a chat and friendship, which is why I'm on here, and one of the things I just loved about the book.

My only complaint was at the end of every chapter there were extracts from emails to people which were fragmented and sometimes unclear who they were aimed at and from.

A really enjoyable, fun, quick read.

9/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Mums@Home is a book which tells the tale of four different people who are all united by one common theme - a website called Mums@Home. One mum has a disabled child and just wants to feel 'normal,' one is single and pregnant, one a woman who was cheated on by her husband and doesn't know whether she can ever forgive him, and the final one is... a man! All four characters turn increasingly to the site as their home lives become more hectic and hard to deal with. It's an outlet for their frustrations without the danger of it encroaching on their everyday lives. Or is it...?

With a few choice twists in the tale, it would appear that everything is not as it seems. Just when you thought the action couldn't get any hotter... it does! There are so many themes covered in this book that it's virtually impossible not to identify with at least one of the characters. It sensitively handles topics such as caring for a disabled child, adultery, new spouses, sexual harrassment, learning to drive, bullying, all the problems that people may face at some time in their lives.

The characters are very well-rounded, particularly since the book focuses on four. I did find it a little difficult to get into the book as it was jumping from one viewpoint to the other, but if you take your time and remember whose story you're following at the time, you'll be fine.

Overall, this is an entertaining romp. It had moments which left a tear in my eye, and others where I was laughing out loud. Every time I put it down it was a wrench as I was desperate to find out what happens next. There are a couple of fabulous twists in the tale, some which you'll have guessed, others you won't. Regardless, this is a great read and I'd recommend it. I can't wait to get my hands on another of Sophie's books!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Only chose this in the end due to there not really being much else of any interest on offer in the book shop that day. Did end up quite enjoying it, I liked the story and the characters. It was a very light and easy read perfect for by the pool on holiday. Don't expect a groundbreaking literary triumph as you wont find that here, instead you will find a nice well written story about ordinary people leading ordinary lives. I'm not a mum @ home, and I still enjoyed it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 July 2008
Ok fair enough this book isnt a page turning masterpiece but its an enjoyable read. I read it in 2/3 hours on a rainy saturday afternoon and really enjoyed it. Its a good sun lounger read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 July 2010
My second helping of Sophie King and she hasn't disappointed. This novel is very much an insiders look' into the daily lives of a number of characters and it works well. Its topical in the character types which is good and overall a very enjoyable and pleasing read. If you are a fast reader like me, you'll finished before you know it.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 15 August 2006
If you like the kind of fictional short stories that are usually found in women's magazines then you'll like this. Similar style, but I thought slightly better than Alexander McCall Smith's novels.

Basically it's about ordinary people with ordinary lives and whose characters I found a bit depressing as they all seemed so unhappy with their lot. I prefer books that delve a bit deeper into people and give me more of an emotional rollercoaster ride, food for thought or a more exciting plot. With this you could see where it was going all along. There were a couple of surprises but not on any major level.
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4 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 21 June 2006
I just cant bring myself to care about any of the characters or what happens to them. The writing is lazy and awful too.
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