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Confessions of a Mother Inferior by Ericka Waller Book Review

Confessions of a Mother Inferior is a great read and written by my lovely pal, Ericka from Mum in The South blog. This is my honest opinion of the book:

Here’s the blurb:

Peta has three children under five, a job she hates and a tummy that looks like Jabba-The-Hut. Her (quirky) daughter has just started school and it’s not going very well. Her husband comes home less and less since employing his young blonde secretary and the only person she wants to talk about it all with is no longer around to hear her. She tries to keep up with a village full of perfect mothers and happy marriages but quietly her chaotic world is falling apart by the second. Can she save it and herself in time?

This book goes straight into the action, and much like real life, we have to catch up with the pace! Ericka’s writing is witty; a few times I laughed out loud and I think many mums can sympathise with Peta’s troubles and stresses concerning her daughters. There is sadness and poignancy too; I think for me this was especially heart pulling because I know that Ericka has had a lot of crap to deal with in her personal life and I felt that this was reflected a little in her writing. There were moments when I felt my eyes prick with tears, it’s sad, bittersweet and funny. The stories and anecdotes related to the school run, are really witty, and I really did just keep wanting to read more.

To start with the book can feel like a run down of someone’s inner thoughts which are intriguing but you’re not sure where it’s going to go. I must admit there were a few times I was a little confused about what was happening but it was easy to pick up the thread. Ericka weaves these thoughts into a story and soon you are wondering, guessing and trying to predict what will happen next. I really admire how someone can weave a plot and story together, it is something I don’t think I’ll ever manage to do myself.

The ending was a surprise in many ways, I wasn’t expecting the book to end this way. The ending is good, it’s positive and it leaves you wanting more. However a part of me wondered if the ending was too ‘perfect’ but that’s nothing to complain about. There were times when Peta irritated me a bit; I wanted her to take the bull by the horns and actually say something to her husband, Jimmy. I was willing her to see how other people viewed her and I also wanted her to take control of her life. The scene where she gets a makeover for her birthday made me laugh out loud, but also made me feel a bit sad too. I was glad when she got there in the end and started to do things for herself.

Overall I really enjoyed this book, and not only because I know Ericka and enjoy her writing. The book felt like I was talking to a friend, it has a conversational style which is easy to read. It was relaxing to take a glimpse into Peta’s world. I would really love to read more from Ericka so I hope she gets writing again soon.

Confessions of a Mother Inferior is on sale via amazon and kindle, out now.

I paid for my own copy of Confessions of a Mother Inferior. All thoughts and opinions are my own


6 thoughts on “Confessions of a Mother Inferior by Ericka Waller Book Review”

  • Em, I love this review of the book. I found it hard to keep Peta in her box, but I did not want to give the game away too early in the book and the more I developed her character the more I felt she was lurching from one crisis to another with no idea how to get out of it. I love that she irritated you because that means you found her real, and flawed. I wanted her to be flawed.

    As for the happy ever after, I think I was trying to write a happy ending in a story hoping it would correlate into my real life. Peta had been through so much, I wanted to her to be happy. I wanted her to have new life. Slightly “and they all rode off into the sunset” but as I say, my personal life was in pieces. I might write a spin off ending where she runs off with the doctor and they raise their girls in a commune… that might be fun 😉

    Your review means a loads to me, not just because you rock, but because you love books like I do and treated this one like it was a proper novel and I LOVE you for it.

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