Mummy Needs Help – Susan Edmunds
Publication Date: April 10, 2020
Genre: Chick Lit
Can you go mad from sleep deprivation? Will my mother ever leave? Will the baby sleep through the night before she turns twenty-one?
Renee is struggling to get to grips with having a totally dependent new-born. Luckily for here there is a Facebook group of new mums who welcome her with open arms and assurances that she might sleep again… one day.
Whilst Renee finds a safe space for questions and confessions, all Hubby Nick can see is how easily she seems to be adapting to parenthood: a world in which he still feels adrift. Work is beginning to be the place he feels most at home.
As her daughter reaches the age where she can finally have a solo shower, Renee realises it’s been months since she’s had a baby-free discussion with Nick, let alone a date night. The question remains: will their marriage survive the storm.
As you can probably imagine from the title alone, Mummy Needs Help by Susan Edmunds is a book about a new mother who is in need of some guidance. New parents Renee and Nick are in over their heads. Baby Holly refuses to sleep without mummy by her side, needs feeding every two hours, and does not respond to sleep training. Throw into the mix postpartum depression, a partner who seems unable to complete tasks without step-by-step instructions, a neglectful mother who has now decided to stick around, a slightly judgemental mother-in-law, a surprise new roommate in the form of the teen mum you met in the hospital ward, stress about returning to work, and admin responsibilities for an online forum for mothers, and you could say that Renee’s life is a bit chaotic.
I have a funny feeling that I am not the target audience for this book, as I have not yet had kids, but I still really enjoyed it. Mummy Needs Help is a hilarious, quick, light-hearted read. Although I couldn’t relate to a lot of it, the author writes in such a way that anyone will find amusement with the antics of Renee, Nick, and baby Holly. The scenes with baby Holly are particularly adorable. If you have read the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella and enjoy the scenes between Rebecca Bloomwood and her daughter Minnie, then I think you will enjoy this book.
If you are looking for an enjoyable, light-hearted book that will make you laugh, then Mummy Needs Help is perfect. It was definitely eye-opening for me, as someone who plans to have kids one day. It also gave me a bizarre desire to apologise to my parents for my own antics as a baby and toddler, especially my aversion to sleep and tendency to throw food everywhere. If you have had kids, then I think you will especially enjoy reading about the lives of Renee and Nick and their newborn Holly.
Susan Edmunds is a business journalist by day and fiction scribbler by night. She lives in Whangarei, New Zealand. Most of her non-work writing relates to motherhood and the crazy experience of being left to take care of a child when you have no real idea what you’re doing. When she gets the chance at some time off, she spends time with her children, exercises, and tries to tackle her sleep deficit.
I would like to thank Anne from Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for this hilarious book. The blog tour for Mummy Needs Help is running from April 6 – 15; if you would like to check out the other stops on the tour then please check out the blog tour poster below. Finally, thank you to One More Chapter and HarperCollins UK for providing me with an advance copy of this book, in exchange for my honest review and participation on this blog tour.