I’ve gone from a Book Worm to a Book Addict this year (you only need to check out my 50 Book Challenge page to see that) so getting the offer of being sent another book to review… well it was an inevitability! When I saw the description of ‘Confessions of a Mother Inferior’ by Ericka Waller I was really interested because it’s the type of genre that’s still quite new to me, but that I’ve been really enjoying – Parenting, comedy, romance, contemporary women’s fiction… the promise of giggles but with a real story in there too.
Peta is a Mum of three daughters; one who is having problems with friends at school, one poops in some pretty inappropriate places and there’s the baby who the doctor says is overweight. Peta isn’t perfect, she forgets things, she’s late, she’s flustered and her life isn’t as perfect as she’d like – She’s real. I instantly felt like I could relate to this character and I knew that that’s what the intentions were; she doesn’t feel good enough, and my goodness I think most of us are exactly the same.
Where this story differs from your standard, though, is that Peta’s life isn’t as simple as being stressed by too much washing up – In this story we have to deal with loss, and grief. Peta’s best friend has died and she’s, in no way, coping with it. This element of grief is a really grounding aspect to the story but it, in no way, detracts from the rest of the plot. In truth, it elevates it – I still laughed, a lot, I still felt enveloped by the other aspects of the story, but this just made it feel more real, it gave it more gravity and added a beautiful element to the main character as you got to know her through her grief.
There’s a lot more to the story than I’ve said, but I don’t want to go in to it too much because, well that’s your job when you read it. I really did enjoy this book, though, I started it after breakfast one morning and read it solidly until the end – It’s a story that you can loose yourself in, it makes you laugh and it makes you cry. I’m definitely going to read it again, it’s a story that really stays with you.
And, of course, Peta isn’t inferior, none of us are – We might all make ourselves believe it but that’s one of the reasons this story is so good. We are wanting to tell Peta that her little flaws don’t make her inferior… and maybe, just maybe, that gives us the chance to realise the same in ourselves.
If you want to give this book a read, which I really recommend doing, you can pick it up from Amazon – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Confessions-Mother-Inferior-Ericka-Waller/dp/1910565067/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1425897343&sr=8-1 – It’s available in both Kindle and paper format.
I was sent this book for my consideration for review purposes – All opinions are honest and are my own