Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Mad About You

Title:  Mad About You
Author:  SinĂ©ad Moriarty
Publication Information:  Penguin Books. 2013. 400 pages.
ISBN:  1844882969 / 978-1844882960

Book Source:  I received this book as a publisher's galley through NetGalley free of cost in exchange for an honest review.

Favorite Quote:  "Marriage is like a business, Emma. You only get out of it what you put in ... You've worked very hard to create your little family. Don't throw it all away unless you're absolute sure you can't make it work."

Mad about You by Sinead Moriarty is the fourth book in a series about the character Emma Hamilton. I learned this after reading the book. The book stands on its own and can definitely be read without having read the books that came before.

In this book, Emma, her husband, and two young children move to London for his new job. He is trying to overcome the shadow cast by his last job and trying to prove himself in a new position at the rugby coach for the London Irish. Emma misses home and is trying to figure our where her life and her marriage are going.

Surrounding them are family and friends. Emma's sister Babs is still single and still looking for a mate. Emma's friend Lucy and her husband Donal struggling through marital, career, and parenting issues. Emma meets some new friends in the neighborhood. One is a divorced socialite, and the other is an environmentalist. Claire is the nanny Emma hires to care for her children.

Through these characters, this book tells a story about everyday life and everyday issues:

Finding love
Finding time to focus on marriage with young children in the house
Finding a way to balance career and family
Finding a way to balance whose career takes precedence in a marriage
Finding a way to further your career
Finding a way to enjoy your children while providing the boundaries they need
Finding trustworthy childcare
Finding friendship
Finding the trust and compromise in a relationship

Emma's life is further complicated by the fact that someone is sending incriminating and sometimes threatening text messages to Emma's and James's phone. Is James having an affair or is he being stalked? What does this mean for Emma's marriage?

This book starts off slow. It took me a while to get into the story and to start to identify with some of the characters. After that, some parts of the book are laugh out-loud funny. Some seem just a little long. It balances out to be a very readable book. I look forward to reading more by Sinead Moriarty.

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