Wednesday 1 November 2017
Apologies in Advance....
I've pondered a lot about whether or not to write this post as it all feels a bit Boasty McBoast Face, and I'm a bit British about not showing off in any way, so I'm really sorry about this one...
....but I'm just SO EXCITED, because I just got my FIRST EVER Amazon Review and I just HAD TO TELL SOMEONE.
My book isn't out until December 28th, but Amazon have this network of approved reviewers called 'The Vine', and they were sent advance copies.
One of their (apparently completely unbiased - I checked!) reviewers then posted this one:
This book is at once immensely serious, very funny and extremely well-written, describing the struggles of a mother of 3 young children as she tries to give up a serious alcohol habit.
What I really enjoyed was the disarming honesty, in all aspects of life - not just the fight to stay on the wagon. Clare writes about marriage, parenthood, friendships and everyday life in a way that cracked me up.
However, her descriptions of hangovers, drunkenness and the cravings she experiences as she tries to kick the habit are sometimes truly heart-rending. You really feel for her, even though the alcoholism is ultimately a problem of her own making.
Clare is a likeable guide through the travails of ethanol withdrawal. She spurns the usual routes like Alcoholics Anonymous, for reasons that she explains with great lucidity, but doesn't uncover a magic bullet in their place. You read on, constantly wondering if she is going to keep her resolve (although, like a 'whodunnit', you could skip to the end to check, of course!).
In conclusion, then, this is rather different to some "mis lit" addiction stories, in that the narrator is a genuinely grounded, likeable individual. You warm to them, and that makes your involvement in their struggle to stay off the booze all the more compelling.
And he gave me FIVE STARS (out of 5).
I was so excited that I told the children while I was getting breakfast ready.
"Wow," said #1, "now if it all goes wrong, you'll know that at least one person really liked your book."
Back down to earth with a bump, as always.
(If you'd like to pre-order a copy of the book click here).
In other news, if you haven't seen it already, check out the world's most sexy teetotal men on my Facebook page, it'll make your day...
(Click here to go to the SoberMummy Facebook page, and - if you'd like to stay updated - click 'like.')
Have a great day everyone, and apologies again for the boasting. Please forgive me. I will try not to do it again.