I never really had a mothers’ group. I used to walk CrashGirl nearly two miles to a session held each week by our health nurse in Edinburgh. Every week I would have my tiny bird weighed and chat to the other mums as they came and went. There were some of the same faces each week, but not always. We left Scotland when CrashGirl was nearly 9 months old. I don’t remember the names of the other mums.
When my second was born here in Australia I wasn’t offered the opportunity to join a group because I wasn’t a first time mum. I wasn’t too bothered and went to Playgroup instead. So, when I was offered the book The Mothers’ Group to read, I was quite curious.
You read a lot about mothers’ groups in the blogosphere. Most recently was a post by Bianca on her blog bigwords in which she resigned from her long term mothers group. This was not without repercussion, and it got me thinking about the dynamics that can occur in a group of women thrown together just because they had a baby.
Well, this is exactly what the book was all about. Six mothers brought together by their babies and almost driven apart by unforeseen developments and events. I joined their group for two days and got the inside scoop on all the stuff we don’t always talk about as mothers. Taboo subjects, controversial debates, differences of opinion. I could not put the book down and mourned the loss of my new found friends when I turned to the last page.
It’s funny because I couldn’t really relate to any one particular character, but I recognised the emotions, the difficulties and their individual losses and triumphs. Even a few days later that maternal urge has me wondering how they and their kids are all getting on.
This is my first book review on the blog. My recommendation is just read it. You will nod along the whole way through. Maybe you’re a Ginnie, or you know a Miranda. Are you raising a child on your own like Suzie? Perhaps you’re Cara’s best friend, or you’ve been pleasantly surprised by how much you have in common with a young mum like Made. Maybe yours was the shoulder someone like Pippa needed to cry on?
This is a book that any mother can relate to, whether she has a mothers’ group or not.
Thanks to Allen & Unwin I have some giveaways for you and your mothers’ group. Because I don’t have a mothers’ group I have a little chocolate party every now and then on my own (only a couple of pieces mind you now that I quit sugar!). However, one of you will win a copy of the book and this decadent morning tea hamper to share with your mothers’ group.
The hamper includes:
- Officers Mess Strawberry Conserve 310g
- Byron Bay Bliss balls 160g
- Chocolate Minton biscuits 155g
- Droste pastils 100g
- Raspberry cream Melting moments 140g
- Madura Tea 75g
- White Chocolate Raspberry bullets 75g
- Pink lady Chocolate bar
- Pink Lady truffles x 3
Talk someone into bringing some scones and you’ve got a cracker of a morning tea!
Four more of you will receive a copy of the book too!
To enter you need to be a member of Crash Test Mummy so:
Then leave a comment below telling me if you think mothers’ groups are a good idea? Why or Why not?
Terms and Conditions
The giveaway is open to residents of Australia only.
Entries close 5pm AEDST on Tuesday 10th April 2012.
Winner(s) will be selected on the strength of their answer(s).
First prize is a copy of the book and a Morning Tea Time hamper from The Complete Basketcase. There are 4 runner up prizes of a copy of the book. The total value of the prize pool is $244.85AUD .
The winner will be contacted via email within 24hrs of giveaway closing. If the winner does not respond within 7 days the giveaway will be re-drawn.
Delivery of prizes will be within 2-9 working days depending on location in Australia.
Your answers may be published on Crash Test Mummy in future posts. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book. My opinions are my own and can’t be bought.
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