Friday 24 April 2020

Blog Tour: Review of Mum's Big Break by Louise Emma Clarke

I'm very excited to be part of the blog tour today for Mum's Big Break by Louise Emma Clarke. I loved part one, you can read my review here. I have a review to share with you today and if you like the sound of that you can click here to order the book which is out now. Don't forget to check out the other stops on the tour for more exclusive content and reviews. 
Here's what it's all about...
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?

Review: I so loved being back with Jess and the gang for the second book in this series. I loved seeing Bella growing up and finding out what has been happening in everyone’s lives. That is a beauty of a sequel so thank you for writing this Louise Emma Clarke!

I love how these books are structured. We get a diary form with some facts and figures at the beginning of each entry including things like social media followers, meetings with publicists and holidays given. It is interesting watching that grow and change. Then we get Jess’s blog post for the day which is in the form of a letter to her daughter and her growing baby bump. It's a delightful way to start each chapter and I think makes the pace of the book nice and quick, you’re anxious to read on. 

One of the reasons I loved the first book in this series is the flaws that we can see in all of the main mummy characters. Social media leads us to believe that people have a baby, come out of hospital, lose the baby weight and then everything is cute and sweet afterwards. You make healthy snacks and live in pastel colors when that is not reality. This book shows the reality. Jess isn’t always happy, things are messy and sometimes you need the babies to binge watch some peppa pig so you can have a glass of wine and a good cry. I love these characters for their raw realness, I really hope we get another book featuring these ladies. 

Speaking of social media. I love any book that shows what having a blog and posting on any kind of social media is really like. This book talks about what happens if you post about something that was gifted for you in exchange for a paid promotion. What happens when people decide to become keyboard warriors in your comments and the competitive nature of blogging and social media in general. Obviously we know that this will date but I spend so much of my time online I want to read about this so thank you to Louise Emma Clarke for showing this in your books and really helping us feel like we are not alone with those Instagram algorithms. 

I loved this book and really recommend it. Make sure you’ve read book one first though!

To order book one, just click here!

About the author

Louise's blog, Mum of Boys and Mabel has over 100k followers. Having moved to Dubai with her family she's now back in the UK and is enjoying writing. From Mum with Love is her debut novel.

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