Book Review: The Woman Who Upped and Left by Fiona Gibson

Title - The Woman Who Upped and Left
Author - Fiona Gibson
Publication Date - February 25th 2016
Publisher - Avon
Format - Kindle Edition (Provided via publisher via NetGalley)
Pages - 400

Forget about having it all. Sometimes you just want to leave it all behind.

Audrey is often seized by the urge to walk out of her house without looking back - but she can't possibly do that.

She is a single parent. She is needed. She has a job, a home, responsibilities... and a slothful teenage son's pants to pick up.

But no one likes being taken for granted - Audrey least of all - so the time has come for drastic action. And no one's going to stand in her way...

What an utter joy this was!

It's been such a long time since I last delved into a Fiona Gibson novel, and so I'd forgotten how absolutely wonderfully uplifting, funny and easy-to-slip-into Gibson's books are. I had a feeling, once I'd read the blurb and seen the fantastic cover of The Woman Who Upped and Left, that I'd enjoy this book. Talk of single mother Audrey, who feels she's being taken for granted despite the monumental amount of work she does , is something I'm sure the majority of women can relate to. Picking up her teenage son Morgan's pants, tidying up after him, and trying to keep out of his way as he and girlfriend Jenna lay about the house wrapped around each other made this one entertaining read. It was humorous, witty and ultimately, one of those feel-good novels that leaves you grinning as you turn the final page.

In The Woman Who Upped and Left, we're introduced to Audrey, single mother and utterly devoted to her teenage son Morgan, despite his laziness and refusal to clean up after himself. Fiona Gibson ensured that Audrey's love for her son radiated through her day-to-day grumbles. I adored the relationship between mother and son that was explored throughout this novel, the invisible thread that, no matter how far apart they were, seemed to bind them together. So, when Audrey wins an award for dinner lady of the year, she's given two choices as her price. The first is a cash prize, and the second is a French cookery course at the ridiculously luxurious hotel Wilton Grange. At first diving straight in for the cash prize, Audrey realises that what she deserves more than anything is a break, so she goes for the cookery course instead, and who can blame her?! From Fiona's incredible descriptions, I wanted to skip away to Wilton Grange myself. I could imagine it all so clearly in my mind and couldn't wait for the moment when Audrey would arrive.

What follows on from the cookery course at Wilton Grange are a number of hilarious shenanigans, brand new friendships, and not forgetting the fretting of her son Morgan. This book had me giggling away through the night, squealing in frustration at Stevie, and swooning over Hugo. The food was delicious and set my taste-buds tingling, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching Audrey take to the cookery tasks alongside her new friends. Not only this, but Fiona also includes the fabulous character who is Mrs B, adding a wonderful feel of home and heart to the story. There was so much for me to get excited about, to look forward to and wait to be revealed. Fiona's books never fail to deliver in the way that they make me feel cosy and comforted all at once. From joyful smiles to exasperated head shakes, I went through it all and couldn't have finished this book with a bigger grin on my face. It was an utter, utter treat, and already I'm hankering after the next fabulously feel-good novel from Fiona Gibson.

Becca's Books is awarding The Woman Who Upped and Left by Fiona Gibson with five of my bookish stars! I always know that with Fiona I'll be left realising that life is a roller-coaster. Everyone has their bad days and their good days, it's just how we choose to perceive them that changes everything. Hugest thanks to Avon and Fiona Gibson for providing me with a review copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.



  1. Nice review, I am so glad to hear you enjoyed it.
    This book has an amazing cover too. I can't help, pretty covers are my weakness...
    I will gladely check this book out myself. :)

  2. Oh this book is straight up my alley...and not just because the main character has the most wonderful name, hahaha :)

    If I had a nickel for every time I tried to slug off my responsibilities and take up "hilarious shenanigans, brand new friendships" I'd be as rich as I am impatient! Great review, I love the sound of this one.

  3. Sounds so fun! I will look it up. Thanks!

  4. I've got this one on my kindle. It looks very funny.