Review – A Better Man by Leah McLaren
I have been part of the Britmums book club, in the hope that it will encourage me to read more. Reading is one of my favourite hobbies but I just don’t have the time for it that I used to. At the end of last year I was so busy I didn’t have time to get this book review done in time but I managed to sit down over the Christmas break and read it in one day!
The story is essentially very relevant to most modern mothers. It focuses on Maya, a stay at home mother who gave up a high flying career in law when her two children were born. She struggles in many ways and her marriage fails. Parts of the book are told from the point of view of her husband Nick who is looking for a divorce. This provides an alternative perspective but I find that he is hard to relate to, and the general feeling is that the book is told from Maya’s point of view.
When Nick discovers that it would be very financially costly for him to divorce Maya he decides to become a better husband to improve his chances of a good financial settlement. But in the process of pretending to be a better man, he does become one. The only problem is what happens when Maya finds out.
I don’t want to spoil the story for you but I was a little torn by the ending. Maya appears to be a pawn in her own life, and while she may have taken a little bit of control by the end, her character lacks the strength for me to have faith in her, or even be inspired by her at all. I certainly didn’t finish the book and think that she had made all the best life choices.
Nevertheless, it was a really enjoyable book and certainly captured my attention closely enough for me to guzzle read it in a day! I’d definitely recommend it for a bit of interesting light reading, and I found it very relevant to the modern mother!
I’m trying to de-clutter and I hate to get rid of books so I thought I would give my copy of this book away to my lovely readers. It is used, by me so does have a couple of creases in the spine, but hey, for you it is a free book and for me it is the chance to pass it on whilst saying thank you to you all for reading my little blog!
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