Sunday, 17 July 2011

Review - Mum on the Run by Fiona Gibson

Mum on the Run by Fiona Gibson is a very honest, enjoyable and easy to read story about Laura, an incredibly busy working Mom of three and wife of Jed who can’t stop mentioning his new colleague Celeste! 

Laura is asked to take part in a race at the school sports day and after much protesting finally gets roped into it, gets distracted and lands on her backside in front of everyone including the stunning Celeste!  Feeling very much the laughing stock, she decides that she is going embark on a get fit campaign as she feels that her dwindling marriage and relationship with her hubby, might get back on track if she loses weight and makes herself more attractive to Jed.    

Having a well deserved and rare “day off” from being a Mom, she has a shopping trip and a chance meeting with a man makes her feel like a woman again, and inspires her to do something positive about the things that have been bothering her.  She joins a slimming club and lo and behold, her new friend turns up there, and they decide that it’s not for them and choose to start running instead.  After a rocky start, this does actually give her a new lease of life, something to look forward to and makes her feel and look great. 

I’m sure there isn’t a Mom in the country who can’t relate to parts of this book.   It’s quite a serious subject which is written in a laugh out loud, amusing way but very emotional in all sorts of ways.  It’s a lesson to lots of men out there, to still see the mother of their children as a woman and not just a Mom.  Don’t take her for granted, because at some point, someone else will come along and try to whisk her away! Being a Mom doesn’t mean that you don’t still want to be loved and shown lots of affection and attention.  Not talking from experience in any way, whatsoever!!!!

I have to say, that this book has also made me think about taking up running as a way of losing weight.  It highlights that fact that it’s free, you can do it whenever you get the chance, and it makes you look and feel energised.  Not starting today though, it’s chucking it down!

Fiona Gibson is an author and journalist who has written for many UK publications.   Her books include Lucky Girl, The Fish Finger Years, Mummy said the F Word & Babyface.  She lives in Scotland with her husband and their 3 children.  She likes to draw, run 10k races, play her saxophone and lie in the bath with a big glass of wine!   Although she does say, not all at once!    You can find out more about Fiona and her books by checking out her website


shazjera said...

I can identify with falling on your butt in a parents race on Sports Day (years ago mind) ........

Sounds fab. One for the wish list!

Jules said...

I've been thinking about taking up running again, so maybe this is a good book for me to read before all the motivation completely ebbs away again!

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