The Juggle by Emma Murray

I’m delighted to be part of the tour today for this fabulous book. Thanks so much to Rachel’s Random Resources and Boldwood Books for the copy of the book and invitation to be part of the tour.

‘Clever, wise and achingly funny.’ Cathy Kelly

‘You can have it all,’ they said. ‘Happy children, happy marriage, great career – no problem,’ they said…

Mother-of-one Saoirse is just about holding it all together – combining part time work with the school run, while her husband David gets to focus on his career. But when David loses his job, everything has to change.

With no hesitation, Saoirse suggests she takes on the role of main breadwinner. After all, how hard can it be? And when a new client offers her a life-changing sum of money, Saoirse can look the other over-achieving Woodvale school-run mums in the eye with pride.

But there’s a problem with keeping too many balls in the air – eventually one is bound to drop. And when that happens – well, who knows what the consequences could be…

Laugh-out-loud funny, achingly relatable, but with a heart of gold, and warmth running through every page. This is the perfect read for anyone who has way too many balls in the air! The novel may or may not have been inspired by real life…

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My Review:

Well, what can I say about this absolute gem of a book? I just loved it from the first page to the last. In fact, I loved it so much that when I had read the first few pages and realised that this was the second book in a series, I quickly bought the first book, Time Out, and read it before continuing on with this one. This book is perfectly fine as a standalone, but I just really wanted to see what had gone on before, and I was so glad I did, because I enjoyed both of them so much.

This book is genuinely laugh-out-loud funny. In fact, I’d recommend that you be very careful if you’re reading it in public. Saoirse is a great character, she’s caring and funny. honest and self-deprecating, and a really good laugh. She and her friend Bea are a great pair, though there are some tough times for them in this book. I love the character of Saoirse’s mum too, who is a real Irish Mammy, without being stereotyped. All the characters are so authentic, you feel as if you know them. The dialogue is so real too, as a fellow Dub I really appreciate the sense of humour and the phrases that we use.

As an insight into motherhood, this book is both hilarious, and all too true! The school mums’ WhatsApp group is just brilliant, with the barely concealed competitiveness and sniping.

When I turned the last page I was so sorry that it was finished, and we are left with a bit of a cliffhanger too! I only hope that Emma Murray is a fast writer, because I can’t wait for the next one.

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.


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