Book Review: The Mummy Bloggers by Holly Wainwright

The Mummy Bloggers by Holly Wainwright
Release Date: 3rd June 2019
Publisher: Legend Press
Buy: Paperback | eBook
Elle Campbell is a glossy, lycra-clad mum with washboard abs, a ten-year plan and a secret past.
Abi Black has quit sugar, moved to the country and is homeschooling her kids.
Leisel Adams slogs away at her office job each day before rushing home, steeped in guilt, to spend precious moments with her kids before bedtime.
All three share a label that they simultaneously relish and loathe: mummy blogger. And when they are nominated for an award with a hefty cash prize, the scene is set for a brutal and often hilarious battle for hearts, minds-and clicks. As the awards night gets closer, their lies get bigger, their stunts get crazier - and some mistakes from the past become harder and harder to hide.

Meet Elle, Abi and Leisel. Three Mums. Three Bloggers. Three very, very different women.
Whilst Elle, Abi and Leisel are all 'Mummy Bloggers' their lifestyles differ somewhat greatly. Elle is all about the image; she thrives when it comes to posting Instagram-perfect pictures of her adorable children's latest clothing hauls and sharing how organised her state of the art kitchen is. Abi however is completely different. She has escaped the jungle of the city, relocated to a simple country house with her partner, Grace, and is all about 'ugly shoes and chunky beads'. Her children are home-schooled and Abi is embracing the natural life and the healthy life. Then there is Leisel. Mum to three children, Leisel has a highly demanding job as a managing editor of a group of women's magazines and blogs about her never ending battle to 'have it all' and be a successful working mum.
All three women are linked together in the most unlikeliest of ways (Elle stole Abi's Husband and Leisel is the sister of Abi's new partner, Grace) but when all three of them are nominated for a prestigious blogging award the gloves are well and truly off. Let the battles, bitchiness and the downright outrageous-ness begin...
I was hugely intrigued by the sound of The Mummy Bloggers. It sounded like a laugh-a-minute page-turner that was right up my street and it certainly didn't disappoint.
I loved and was slightly scared of the three leading ladies in equal measure! These were three women not to be messed with. I found them absolutely hilarious and such fun to read about. Whilst some of their antics shocked me in a 'I-can't-believe-you-did-that' kind of way, they did also have some redeeming qualities and I found myself (reluctantly) liking them all.
Leisel was probably my favourite and the least scary of the three. Whilst I found Elle to be pretty terrifying most of the time, I think she was my favourite character to read about because she was so crazy and outrageous.
Being a book blogger, I really enjoyed the blogging element to the story.Obviously Elle, Abi and Leisel's blogs are their lives and go towards providing their income, but I found it really interesting to see how they each dealt with the pressures of social media, reader engagement and of course - trolls.

I can't praise this novel highly enough - I just enjoyed it so, so, so much. It was well written, fast-paced and hugely relatable to the modern world we're living in, whilst being utterly hilarious at the same time.
I was going to go on to sweetly mention here that I would love to become reacquainted with these characters again and OF COURSE read more from Holly in the future, but after doing some book-browsing on Amazon I have discovered that there IS going to be a second book (Titled How to be Perfect, released November 2019 - Yay!)
If you're looking for a light-hearted, funny and hugely entertaining read then The Mummy Bloggers is the one for you.

A huge thank you to Legend Press for the opportunity to be part of the blog tour for The Mummy Bloggers.

1 comment:

  1. I've just finished reading this! (My stop on the tour is 26th) LOVED it - just so relatable and felt so real. I love how things got really out of hand - especially with one particular blogger. All the many characters were so well developed and well written - I couldn't put the book down :D

    great review!