Here’s one that released at the end of June!
Thanks to William Morrow for the free advanced copies in exchange for our honest reviews.
THOSE OTHER WOMEN – Nicola Moriarty (out now!)
This was one we both found incredibly refreshing when it comes to the topic. Of course, the drama was highly entertaining as well!
Chandra’s Thoughts: 4/5 stars
How refreshing it is to read a book where there are women who don’t want children, never wanted children and don’t feel the need to apologize for it. But also gives you a full circle look at women who do have children and the struggles each side goes through. Yes, each side. Although, we all are women and should be supporting each other (and I hope that we do), I’m never going to fully know what a mother goes through and (some) mothers will never understand that I can be completely fulfilled without having children in my life.
I admit I’ve been irritated at children who run amok, are rude, who kick the back of my chair on a flight and their parents do absolutely nothing about it. Then I have friends who are mothers and I understand that sometimes it’s just all TOO MUCH.
What I found best about this book was not necessarily these issues, but the friendships between women and each one’s struggle to find balance. No one’s life is perfect and we could all take a step back before judging someone based on an isolated incident or something we see out of the corner of our eye. Let’s be real though, we all judge, well all assume.. it’s human nature. It’s how to act on what you think or feel that makes a difference. And dealing with a devastating break up is NEVER easy and we don’t (usually) make the best decisions afterwards. Poppy is a strong character and I love her HUMAN-ness.
Mothers, don’t assume that a woman who doesn’t have children, whether she ever wanted to or not, is less fulfilled, jealous or “missing out”. And non-mothers, don’t assume you know half of what a mother’s life is about.
This book was so cute – MOP/NOP… the intricacies of relationships, friendships… how social media is really taking over our worlds.. but how it also helps to bring together communities. Thoroughly enjoyed this read.
My Thoughts: 5/5 stars
This book is one of those books that seems to span over a couple genres – I’d definitely say that it falls into the women’s literature but it also has some drama and mystery to it as well. THOSE OTHER WOMEN by Nicola Moriarty covers a topic that is very prevalent in society – whether or not women want to have children.
Poppy’s world completely changes when she comes home to find her husband and best friend waiting for her. They ambush her with the news that they are in love and have been seeing each other behind her back for 4 months, the worst part? Karleen insists that Garrett actually wants children. Poppy had been adamant from the beginning of their marriage that she never wanted children and Garrett had always supported that, until now.
After the divorce, Poppy befriends a woman at work, Annalise. Together they create a private Facebook group for all of the women in their area that do not want children. Since there are exclusive groups for mothers only, they figured they could make their own. It started out as a place for women to find support and vent about how all the mothers in their lives seem to get preferential treatment – especially when it came to work and using their kids as excuses to leave early.
The story alternates between three different perspectives: Poppy, Annalise, and an Imposter in the group (a woman that is pretending to be a single woman without children). It was so interesting bouncing back and forth and seeing the struggles that each woman faces and the stigma around not wanting children. It’s always assumed that when a woman doesn’t have kids it’s because she hasn’t found the right man, is having issues conceiving, or is looking into fertility options. It doesn’t even cross someone’s mind that a woman might not want children.
The drama that ensues when women from the Mums of Parra (MOP) hear about the Non-Mums of Parra (NOP) and how they complain about poor parenting, screaming children, and mothers getting out of work because of their kids. You get to see both sides of the argument in this novel. From the point of view of the women that don’t want children and from the point of view of the mothers struggling to balance work and home life.
Overall, if you’re looking for a nice summer read with plenty of drama, then THOSE OTHER WOMEN will be the next book for you!
What did you think of this one? See the perspectives from mothers and non-mothers alike was so interesting and there are definitely things we can take away from both sides.