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M is for Mummy

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Hopeful, hilarious and wonderful, M Is For Mummy is a lovely read that will tug at the heartstrings and bring a smile to everyone’s face. Generally, Lucy and Ed have a good relationship, even if Stanley and baby Jack mean that romance has waned a little. With her husband often being away from home for work Lucy is often left to deal with all of this alone whilst trying to start up her career again.

Stanley is extraordinarily gifted when it comes to his love of letters, numbers and body parts and yet he finds many other aspects of life tricky.Lucy wants to get her career back and resume playing the cello behind some of the world’s superstars whilst fighting for what she truly wants out of her marriage.

This isn’t my usual genre but I seen it recommended by the stories about autism blog and have an autistic son myself I thought I’d give it a go and I’m so glad I did. Within a couple of pages, I was rooting for Lucy and invested in what was going on in her familiarly hectic life. From the first chapter Cox has captured your attention with a fast-paced comedy that will have you laughing out loud, just like I was. Everything needs 100% attention and effort but it’s not possible to maintain everything at that rate. After both of my daughters were born I immediately lost the weight, but I know a few mothers don’t, this one of the reasons why this story is so relatable.For those who don't have family members on the spectrum, it's a good way of communicating those challenges in an entertaining but sensitive way. Dealing with the last of the pregnancy pounds that just won't shift, and slimming world is held next to a fast food place. Lucy makes you feel less alone in any parenting struggles and inspires you to keep going as she often focuses on the good days over the bad. I found the moments leading up to the doctor's confirmation to be the brutal honest depth of the book, where a last-minute appointment is offered had my heartache. Lucy doesn’t feel sexy or desired as she feels she has piled the weight on and looks more like a hippo then a sultry fox next to her vixen friends.

I’d love to follow Lucy’s family as they deal with the diagnosis of autism, as baby Jack grows and how Lucy and her husband rekindle their flagging marriage. Lucy’s feelings and thoughts were so real to me and I felt as though I was sharing a private moment with a close friend.It was so damn relatable that at some points I actually felt like screaming and telling Lucy that yea I can feel you, we all have been there. Her love for her son and husband is evident as she tries to find answers that will help the family navigate daily life. I find all of this made them very relatable too, and something that parents will especially enjoy reading, as I suspect they will see elements of their own experiences reflected in this. M Is for Mummy is a frank and funny story about a unique family who don't quite fit in to any mould in society, and about a mother doing everything she can to help her extraordinary son find his place in an ordinary world. I admit, this may be a little crude for some people but I didn’t mind it and almost felt that I became part of the family.

There were a couple of moments of toilet humour that felt a little unnecessary, but otherwise I laughed and grinned my way through the whole thing. There's no denying she had a lot on her plate, but she gave off the vibe that she hated her life and moaned about EVERYTHING, so wasn't a pleasant or escapist read. A brilliant portrayal of a child with autism, the struggle to obtain a diagnosis and the judgy mum club. The end of the book was done well I thought, no spoilers here, but it wasn't too saccharine and neat, and as a reader I felt satisfied with the ending.This book will resonate with all mums of young children desperately trying to parent, maintain a career, keep on top of the housework and sustain a healthy marriage! The frustration that Lucy constantly feels is palpable and I'm sure every reader will be shouting in their heads that it isn't too hard to see where her son's autism has originated! I enjoyed all the insights into Lucy’s world as a musician, a career whose inner workings I’m not familiar with.

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