The Beta Mum, Adventures in Alpha-Land – Isabella Davidson

Book 57 of 100

I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve never reviewed a book pre-release before.  I’ve always picked my own books based on what was available to me and what I felt like reading.  I was contacted by Isabella asking if I would be interested in reviewing her new book.  I took a look at her blog, http://www.nottinghillmummy.com and decided I’d give it a shot.

It is war of who has the cleverest children, the biggest house, who is the slimmest, most successful and has the most picture-perfect life.”

When Sophie and her family relocate to London for her husband’s job, things don’t exactly go smoothly.  They manage to land a coveted spot for their 3-year-old daughter at Cherry Blossoms nursery school, which also happens to serve the children of the London elite.  Sophie is quickly made to feel inferior to the other moms at the school, and her daughter, Kaya, has trouble fitting in with the other children.  When unsuccessful in finding a job, Sophie finds herself with too much time on her hands and no one to talk to. So she does what many of us might do, she turns to the internet for support, and starts a blog about her interactions with the alpha-mums of Cherry Blossoms.  What harm could possibly come from that? No one reads blogs anyway, right?

I really enjoyed this book.  It was funny and observant, and I really empathized with Sophie and her plight. I think this book serves as a good reminder that while it’s easy to judge others, you just never know what they are going through.  Oftentimes, the people who put on the biggest show of having the perfect life have the most turmoil going on behind the scenes; be happy with what you have and try not to worry about everyone else.

Davidson has some really good insights into marriage after children and the effect that virtual life has on one’s real life.  Hopefully, this is just the first of many books for her.

Buy it here.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary from Goodreads:

Here, it isn’t the battle of who has the Rolls-Royce of strollers…these children actuThe Beta Mum_100 RGB (1)ally roll in Rolls-Royces!

When 33-year-old Sophie Bennett moves from a sleepy suburb of Toronto to glitzy West London, she doesn’t know where she has landed, Venus or Mars. By a stroke of good luck, her three-year-old daughter Kaya attends Cherry Blossoms Nursery, the most exclusive nursery in London – hence the world – where she meets a sea of Alpha mums: Super Successful, Super Skinny and Super Rich. There, not is all as it seems, and she has to fight against the lure of a cult, a two headed dragon and Mumsolini’s dictatorship.

When Sophie struggles to fit in and starts to feel deeply lonely, she starts an anonymous blog, The Beta Mum, dissecting the lives of the Alpha Mums, especially Kelly’s, the blonde, beautiful and bitchy class rep who constantly makes her feel like a second class citizen. When Sophie’s marriage starts to falter, she engages in an email relationship with one of her readers. But then, one of her blogs goes viral and her blog becomes more and more successful; how long will it be until they discover her true identity? Is her marriage strong enough to survive her reader’s advances? And will she ever fit in with the Alpha Mums?

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Three Dark Crowns or Days of Blood & Starlight

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