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The Mother Load by [Bates, Keeley]
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Length: 261 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 479 KB
  • Print Length: 261 pages
  • Publication Date: June 21, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008DYPEFQ
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Quick read but not the best book I have ever read. Not much of a story line. Doubt I will read more by this author.
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By KTB on April 6, 2013
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Had potential but so many inconsistencies and you just don't connect with the characters. Good for what I needed it for, a light read!
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Following the family of Sophie Ellison this book is a nice look at a "normal" family. It follows Sophie, her sister Emma, and her sister in law Bridget. Sophie is a former lawyer now stay at home mom with two little rambunctious children Owen 7 and Molly 5. Molly is just starting out school and getting her 5th birthday out of the way. Sophie is trying to get her household to run smoothly but finds it quite difficult with a 5 year old hanging from your leg and a mother in law who is anything but supportive.

Emma is a 40 year old single mom just trying to raise her soon to be teenage son. It stays pretty busy being a school teacher, mom, trying to keep her younger sister out of trouble and away from their rather gruff and grumpy father who also lives with her. Dating is almost always a disaster and she couldn't remember the last time anyone was even remotely interested. She compensates by spending most of her free time with her sister and her family, while her sister tries desperately to help her get her love life back on track.

Bridget is a pediatrician who is recently married and trying very hard to cut back her hours so she can start her own family. She and her husband have had quite a bit of trouble conceiving, so they start fertility treatments. Treatments and crazy work schedule just seem to be adding more stress to the situation instead of the other way around.

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I really enjoy these types of books with just a light look about how a family runs. It's a nice change of pace from a lot of more serious stuff that I read, so I like to throw these in sometimes just to mix things up. This one was really good and I liked it for the most part except for a couple of minor details when the book was a little crude for my taste and didn't really keep up with the rest of the dialog. I would give this book 3 out of 5 stars and would recommend to most anyone looking for something a bit more relaxed to read.
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There was nothing special about this read. It was about women and their trials and tribulations. Their joys were kept to a minimum. I suggest you read this if you are interested in everyday run of the mill issues that could arise in a woman's life. I didn't find it particularly upbeat, humorous or joyous. It lacks, well it just lacks. Emotions are well written but plainly written. I honestly wish I could suggest you read it but I can't.
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Yes, there are some humorous incidents (being soaked on a water ride at Disney while wearing see-through clothes, for instance) but there are a few too many cringe-worthy moments (is having pubic lice really supposed to be funny?) for my taste. This snarky, smart-mouthed look at life with family and in-laws is a quick read, but not one I would really recommend. The female characters are either unrealistically mean-spirited or far too self-deprecating, while the male characters are mostly oblivious or just overly self-involved. The only semi-realistic character, perhaps, is pediatrician Bridget, yet she too has moments of going off the deep end. I was looking for a light-hearted, funny novel and this one mostly missed the mark for me.
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I loved this book, and all of the characters were real and believable. I stayed up until 2:40 am to read the first 39 chapters before I reluctantly put it down to get some sleep.

I am only giving it 3 stars because of a couple of major errors in it by the author. In chapter 17,Bridget finds out that her sister-in-law, Pamela, is pregnant. Pamela has 3 girls, and Bridget wonders if she wants a boy to have an heir. In chapter 39, Pamela has a girl, and Bridget and her husband has to keep Pamelas three boys. Seriously? Pamela had 3 girls in chapter 17, but in chapter 39, she had 3 boys. Nobody caught this error?? Also, in chapter 21, Mrs. De Lessep referred to Bridget as Dr. Reilly, and when I turned the page (or rather swiped it because I was on my Kindle), Mrs.De lessep referred to Bridget as Dr. Harmon, which was her name.

Other than that, I enjoyed this book. I just hate when simple mistakes are made because no one bothered to proofread.
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The punny title drew me in. As a mother who has carried the load, I looked forward to the fun in this book. It was there, but perhaps not in the abundance I hoped for. I recommend this book with some reservations.

I'm a tough audience for humor. My husband writes a humor column and struggles to find lines that will cause me to do more than smile. I smiled occasionally as I read this book, but didn't find it laugh-aloud funny. I was also troubled by some problems that seemed new-author amateurish. One non-spoiler example: Part-way into the story, there is a segment a couple of pages long about one major character looking through Internet ads for large homes, what her husband calls her "house porn." The description is interesting and lengthy, but never referred to again. It doesn't seem to have purpose. Other shorter tangents seemed irrelevant or not worth the time and space they required.

The book also contains some rare valuable insights. One example: A woman with a difficult mother-in-law has a moment when she identifies woman-to-woman and comes to understand the source of the older woman's attitude, increasing her own patience.

Overall I call this a diverting, 3-star "okay" book. A careful edit (and reducing it by 10-15%?) would likely make it stronger.
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