Louise Emma Clarke comes to the blog with a story of choices and the unexpected consequences of notoriety in
Mum’s Big Break
The first I’ve read from this author – the premise is simple. Jess started a “Mommy Blog” that went viral, and now with a toddler, pregnant with her second child and some strife at home as the obligations for the now successful blog overwhelm. I believe that this is a second in the series – but not having read the first the problems were clearly laid out and easy to understand. It was the choices and the reliance (or perhaps even over-reliance) on feedback and the pressures of ‘always being on” for each post that struck a chord. Each chapter starts with ‘entries’ from simple facts and figures, to appointments and times pre-scheduled, and even including letters to the as-yet unborn daughter. But not everyone is welcoming the changes.
Jess’ husband isn’t all-in on the blog- and now with the option of spinning everything into a reality show – he’s understandably concerned, particularly when Jess is having a ‘bad’ day, and things are just overwhelming. From the competition with another Mommy Blogger, to support from a solid group of friends, it is up to Jess to realign her priorities, decide what is most important, and, above all, find her happiness and peace in what is soon to be a trying and stressful time with two little ones at home.
There were moments when this story moved forward quickly and enjoyably – but it also hung in places without a solid ‘background’ on events that would be familiar to readers of the first book. Nothing truly surprising to those of us who do blog regularly – there were snippets of the very real competition and keyboard warriors who couldn’t say something nice if they tried, and the worry about numbers, views, etc.. But there was also a ton of heart and at the core a very likable character in Jess, trying to power through the endless reruns of Peppa Pig, tantrums, feeling overwhelmed and overtired, and the never-ending carousel of obligations that one has to a successful blog. Add family pressures and the little voice in the head that adds more stress – the only relief is the support system that she’s developed, and relies on consistently. A quick and easy read that is most probably best picked up after reading the first from this author.
Title: Mum's Big Break
Author: Louise Emma Clarke
Genre: British, Contemporary Elements, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Family Saga, Friendship, Humor elements, Setting: Britain, Sociological Relevancy
Published by: Aria
Published on: 23 April, 2020
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Jess's life was turned upside down when her blog went viral. Now, with hundreds of thousands of followers, Jess is now navigating the trials and tribulations of a world online.
Being a mummy blogger was original an escape, but now it seems to be turning into a career. And after one wrong post on her social media channels, Jess discovers that life in the spotlight isn't always peachy.
With a new baby on the way, the possibility of starring in a reality TV show and a husband who's struggling with his wife's new-found fame, Jess has a lot going on.
Jess needs to decide whether this is everything she wanted it to be or whether this is all a bit too much for her? Can Jess persevere against the haters, rise up above the pettiness and find the perfect balance of life in the real world and life online?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.