How to Make Time for Me by Fiona Perrin
No-one said being a single mum would be easy...
Everyone knows that being a single mother means having no time to yourself. But for Callie Brown, its more exhausting than most. She's juggling the needs of three teenage children, two live-in parents, a raffish ex-husband, and a dog who never stops eating.
The last thing Callie needs is anything more on her plate. So when she bumps (quite literally) into a handsome, age-appropriate cyclist, she's quick to dismiss him from her life. After all, if she doesn't have time to brush her hair in the morning, she certainly doesn't have time to fall in love...
Not so much a book about a mum who's too busy to sort her life out, but more a book about families and what constitutes one. The stars of the show in this story are the kids. The author did a great job of differentiating between the three of them, giving them highly individual voices and characters. She also cleverly shows the personality types - Daisy outgoing couldn't care less attitude fiery passionate; Lily perpetually anxious, lacking resilience, driven, conscientious; and Wilf, rather uncommunicative but this hides intense feelings under deep uncertainty.
To complement the three kids, Callie has three men in her life (I'm not counting her friends here) and each one is also vastly different. To be honest, most of the adult characters are slightly barmy, with the individual quirks and idiosyncrasies. I thought they were all fab, especially Callie's parents.
This is a lovely, uplifting story about modern day family life, interspersed with humour, into which some serious issues were woven.
About the Author
Fiona Perrin was a journalist and copywriter before building a career as a sales and marketing director in industry. Having always written, she completed the Curtis Brown Creative Writing course before writing The Story After Us. Fiona grew up in Cornwall, hung out for a long time in London and then Hertfordshire, and now writes as often as possible from her study overlooking the sea at the end of The Lizard peninsula.