*I received a free copy of The Mama Diaries from via Author. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *
Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Series: Mamas That Rock #1
on 1 July 2021
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Seeking: the kind of love you can't get from any other but another mother.
Tracey, Anna, Hadley, and Mia are four mamas who come from different walks of life. Their journeys, so far, into parenthood are not mirrored. But these four women are missing something: the companionship of those who exist alongside them in a chaotic child gangster world.
When Tracey—a mother of four boys whose rationality hangs on by only a thin teether—walks through the doors of a Mother's Day meet and greet at her local society club, a journey none of these women could have ever imagined unfolds.
Through the ups and downs, laughter and tears, wrongs and rights, a bond unexpectedly forms and swiftly becomes unbreakable.
From police escorts, and demonic vomiting bugs, these mama's have each other’s backs. And just when they think the insanity of motherhood couldn’t get any crazier, it does. But they'll survive anything now they have their mama posse—their fall-back crew—right by their side.
Told from the perspective of four women, Belle Brooks presents a comical take on parenthood, marriage, divorce and family—a hilarious tale like no other.
The Mama Diaries is the book all mothers need in their life.
Belle Brooks has a fantastic sense of humor, and in The Mama Diaries, she truly shone that humor on all the hard times mamas can have in the day-to-day life of raising their beloved children. Tantrums, puke, poop, love, hugs and more – it’s all part of being a mama, and it was beautifully (and very funnily) depicted in this novel.
I loved that the four women, Tracey, Mia, Anna and Haddie, met and hit it off from the get-go. They all needed some friends, and The Mama Diaries showed that women can be so much stronger together. Building each other up, having each other’s backs, and simply just existing together is just what we all need.
The humorous moments had me howl with laughter, The Mama Diaries still touches on some more serious themes, too, though. Like how hard it can be to live far away from family, and how difficult it can be to make new friends once we’re adults. Or, how about how we can feel so very alone on the days when we feel like we’re simply not enough? Not wife enough, not mother enough, not employee enough, not friend enough…
The Mama Diaries is an ode to mothers everywhere, and it truly is a book I know a lot of mothers will feel like they need in their life. Friendship between women is so very important, and I felt like that’s what I truly got with this story. It’s well written, and the four women are quite different from each other, but they get along from the first time they meet.
This is no different. I’m digging it, because what I’m really seeking is a kind of love you can’t get from any other but another mother.
Thirty minutes later, and Haddie and I have laughed and then laughed some more. We’ve shared rather intimate details of our lives, something I don’t normally do with someone I’ve just met. But it felt natural, comfortable, safe, and I feel like I’ve known her my whole life.
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