Book Review: A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother by Christie Barlow

Title - A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother
Author - Christie Barlow
Publication Date - June 9th 2014
Publisher - Bookouture
Format - Kindle Edition (Provided via publisher)
Pages - 338

Fed up with the playground mafia at her children's school, Rachel Young is desperate for a change.

With her family and various pets in tow, a picture-perfect village in the countryside beckons. There, Rachel's children will be able to keep chickens and skip through fields and she'll bid farewell to the botoxed, fake-Gucci wearing Mumzillas forever.

But at the new school the mums are even worse, and before long, Rachel finds herself contending with a motley crew including Mrs High School Musical, The International Sex God and The Frisky Pensioner.

While the children are practising their sums and perfecting their reading, Rachel is learning some harsh lessons on the other side of the school gates, and ruffling plenty of feathers along the way...

A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother by Christie Barlow was a joyful, funny and entertaining read with a fantastic focus on family, friendships and new beginnings. Written in the wittiest of ways, with side-splitting events and tons of tummy-tumbling situations, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Christie Barlow begins Rachel Young's story with a move to a brand new village. Desperate to escape the 'playground mafia', she packs up the family and sets off to her gorgeous new countryside escape where she plans to live a life of peace and serenity, with a few clucking chickens roaming about the back-garden too just to really set the scene. But, once she's beginning to settle into her new home, Rachel quickly realises that living here isn't going to be as peaceful as she imagined. In fact, she's about to find a whole lot of chaos in her path...

Christie Barlow's descriptions are some of the dreamiest, and I loved lapping them up and putting them to good use as I built up the village of Tattersfield in my mind. Rachel's desperation to get away from her old home was immediately evident and it didn't take long for me to share it once I was brought up to-date with what went on at the playground. It was clear that she'd had enough and I was just as excited as she was for her new beginning, unable to wait for her to arrive and see what fun awaited.

Christie then takes us through the year alongside Rachel and her family, as new friends come and go, enemies are made, and life begins to take an unexpected turn. I adored the new setting of Tattersfield and couldn't help comparing it to that of the previous place Rachel had lived, hoping fiercely that she'd find some solitude and a place of non-judgement. Rachel's character was joyful and bubble, amusing at times, and some of the things that she has to deal with within this novel had me wondering where on earth she managed to find her patience from. Christie did an excellent job of creating her characters who really threw this novel into vividness. There were such a great mix of personalities for me to get to know, and I couldn't wait to see where each of them would lead Rachel's own personal journey. Down tricky tracks, it turned out. Once her brand new neighbours began to show their true colours I felt like groaning with frustration. I mean, what does it take for a woman and her family to be left alone in peace?

It was completely comical, highly amusing and a fun, uplifting read which I thoroughly enjoyed. With such a noisy cast of characters and Rachel trying to live her new and peaceful life, I sniggered and snorted and found myself shaking my head in astonishment.

Becca's Books is awarding A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother with four stars! If you're after a book that will make you grin and laugh in equal measure, then this will definitely do the trick!

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