Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.
Today, we're picking up a stop along the Rachel's Random Resources tour for author Victoria Cooke's latest release, The Single Mums' Book Club...which just so happens to be celebrating its BOOK BIRTHDAY TODAY! From the sound of things, it's gonna be a riot...in the BEST way possible! So, let's take a quick look behind the cover, and then READ ON as the author gives us what we all want to know...the INSPIRATION for the book! Ladies and gents, our title in the spotlight...
The Single Mum's Book Club
About the book...
Three friends, three single mums, one quest to find love…
It’s 8:30am and I’m already utterly exhausted. My son has lost his football boots, my daughter is ready for school dressed only in her vest and knickers, and of course, my 1-year-old has filled his nappy for what feels like the tenth time this morning.
As for my husband? He’s decided marriage doesn’t suit him, and well… buggered off.
All hope of ‘me time’ has but dwindled to sipping half a glass of wine whilst shouting after the kids. But everything is about to change.
I’m taking control of my life! I’ve joined… a book club.
Yes, I know what you’re thinking. ‘Wow… live a little.’ But my fellow book clubbers, Amanda and Janey, are my lifelines. They understand the daily struggle because they’re mothers too.
And in between the prosecco, Doritos and googling everything about Mr Darcy on SparkNotes, they’ve convinced me to go on a date with my boss.
A single mum of three looking for romance… what could possibly go wrong?
A gloriously funny and relatable read for anyone who just needs a little more ‘me time’. Fans of Why Mummy Drinks and Has Anyone Seen my Sex Life? will snort with laughter at this utterly hilarious and heart-warming read.
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~~~ GUEST POST ~~~
The Inspiration for The Single Mums' Book Club
by Author Victoria Cooke
A while ago, I was chatting to a few mums I know about books and one of them suggested we start a book club. A few bottles of prosecco down and this seemed like a great idea. We all loved reading and it would give us a chance to get together and chat about books and whatever else — some scheduled fun. Fast-forward a couple of years and all we have to show for it is a WhatsApp group with nothing more than a few messages along the lines of ‘can you tell X to come home because dinner is ready’. But, it did give me an idea. We are a group of busy mums who tried and failed to make a regular meeting a thing but the women in the book needed it more than we did. Divorce, losing a spouse and trying to manage the daily grind alone can take its toll so the book club was formed. If you’ve read it, you’ll know they’re not the best at staying on-topic but the book club is so much more than that. It’s a support network, a cure for loneliness and a chance for these women to feel like individuals again and not just ‘mums’. We all know that reading is a form of escapism; it’s a way to feel something whether that’s joy, fear, sadness or hope. For the women in the book, reading is also a way to identify with a character or theme that helps them open up and move on from something that’s holding them back.
First and foremost, this is a romantic comedy so there is a romantic element with all the ups and downs as you’d expect but I wanted the theme of friendship to have a strong presence too. I also wanted to explore the idea of family and what family means in today’s society Vs some people’s idealistic notions.
I’ve set the book in a fictional village in Cheshire because I wanted to create my own world and really loved the idea of a physical river connecting Stephanie and Edward. The Cheshire countryside is beautiful and I wanted to make sure I included some descriptive scenes as a backdrop but being a Manchester girl, couldn’t resist a trip or two into my favourite city for some contrast.
Hopefully, I haven’t given too much away here but if you’ve read the book and want to ask something specific — you can find me on Twitter / Instagram / Facebook and ask away.
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About the author...
Victoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester before crossing the Pennines in pursuit of a career in education. She now lives in Huddersfield with her husband and two young daughters and when she's not at home writing by the fire with a cup of coffee in hand, she loves working out in the gym and travelling. Victoria was first published at the tender age of eight by her classroom teacher who saw potential in a six-page story about an invisible man. Since then she's always had a passion for reading and writing, undertaking several writers' courses before completing her first novel, 'The Secret to Falling in Love,' in 2016.
Her third novel, Who Needs Men Anyway? became a digital bestseller in 2018 and her debut, The Secret fo Falling in Love was optioned in 2020.
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Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you and to author Victoria Cooke for the great guest post. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, this promotion, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today and be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun!
Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!