The Not So Perfect Mum by Kerry Fisher

Previously published as ‘The School Gate Survival Guide’.

Maia is a cleaner for ladies who lunch. With mops and buckets in tow, she spends her days dashing from house to house cleaning up after them, as they rush from one exhausting Pilates class to the next.

But an unusual inheritance catapults her and her children into the very exclusive world of Stirling Hall School – a place where no child can survive without organic apricots and no woman goes a week without a manicure.

As Maia and her children, Bronte and Harley, try to settle into their new life, Maia is inadvertently drawn to the one man who can help her family fit in. But is his interest in her purely professional? And will it win her any favours at the school gate?

Kat’s Rating: 4/5

Kat’s Review: I’ve had this on my Kindle for I don’t know how long and I figured it was high time I started going through and reading some of my older books. This one was published back in 2014 and to be honest I had no expectations as I literally just picked his at random. However it seems my random choice picked me a winner.

Maia is a cleaner, and not just any cleaner but a Mum of 2 kids and a lazy husband kind of cleaner. She is constantly living day to day struggling to meet her bills let alone have any of life’s luxuries. I immediately loathed her arse of a husband and hoped that he would be removed from the picture before long. However, the opener sees Maia finding out that one of her customers, an elderly lady had left her a sizeable chunk of money. However, this was no ordinary situation.

The deal is that Maia has to enrol her children into Stirling Hall a rather grand private school and their fees will be paid.  It’s an opportunity that Maia cannot pass up and grabs it with both hands but like anything it’s never that simple. Maia comes up against all sorts of obstacles and as such it makes for a very entertaining and funny read.

I loved the addition of characters like Clover who became just the friend Maia needed at just the right time. However, it’s an entertaining journey the reader is taken on as Maia battles against all sorts of problems. Overall this was an easy and very enjoyable read. I know that Kerry Fisher writes thrillers now but she can certainly write in this genre too because I certainly loved it.

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