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I like Mike Gayle s books -his other "the man I think I know" was really excellent . So I was disappointedwith this one, its a bit cheesy . The hero was a drip, quite frankly and its small wonder his wife was OTS (spoiler alert) and when he had to man up he was useless selfish and not a good dad ! I enjoyed it but he didn't half annoy me, had he died you feel the mother would have coped and put the kids first and in this day and age dads should be equal to the job and not have to start learning it only when forced too. Thank heaven for the older characters (who i really liked) who forced him to man up ! ( a better title by the way ) Todays Dad are much more equal to parenting and this was a bit 1960s dad, not having a clue about what his kids do and leaving all that to the Mrs cos hes too busy being a TV lovey !
Here we go again,! How does this writer keep managing to get inside my head ?. There is always an element of my life in each and everyone of his stories.i love his books but he leaves me an emotional wreck .I will read other books until I’ve calmed down
Another excellent read from Mike Gayle. He just seems to understand the dynamics of every family member so well. Grief has torn Tom from his family. He cannot get over his wife's death and happily leaves the care for his daughters to his mother in law. After 12 months she gives him an ultimatum but he doesn't rise to the challenge and so she decides to throw him in at the deep end and goes to Australia for 6 months. Her parting gift is a ca!endar to record all activities just as she and her daughter had done. Tom struggles but then enjoys caring for his children. He makes many mistakes and almost fails at the end of the six months when he discovers that Laura was having an affair. He has to learn how to move on and regain his life and keep his family.
Great book, realistic characters. The story moved on at a good pace and held my interest. Not predictable many twists in the story. All familys will feel empathy with life on the calendar and getting the life work balance right and the importance of family support especially at times of crisis. Excellent read. Thank you.
Loved this book! Each character was well crafted and you really felt the roller coaster of emotions that they go through. I liked that the ending was not quite what you expected. Not really a twist, more like what might actually happen in real life. Thoroughly recommend this book and will buy more from the author.
To be honest, I found this book a little bland. The characters were not particularly likeable and I spent a good portion of the book annoyed by them. Having said that, there were good parts and I will try other books by this author.
Not many books make me cry, but this was one of them. I loved all the characters, they were so likeable. And I loved how it wasnt too predictable. Please say you'll do a sequel. I'd love to know the next chapter goes!
A moving portrayal of a family repairing both themselves and one another after the loss of a much loved family member. The story is told in alternating first person narrative giving the viewpoints of Tom and his mother in law Linda. The characters are well portrayed and just flawed enough and nice enough to engage with and care about.