Mums on Strike, Laura Kemp

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It was just a squashed grape on the kitchen floor. Hardly a reason to get upset, right?

But six years of motherhood has left Lisa Stratton feeling like a skivvy.

Every morning before she’s opened her eyes, she starts her mental inventory of jobs to do. And just like yesterday, the day before and every day since she became a mum, she’s woken up knackered.

So when her husband deliberately steps over the grape because it’s ‘her responsibility’ to run the house, it tips her over the edge.

He wasn’t always like this – they used to share everything.

Then the kids came along and he saw it as an excuse to sit back.

But this time things are going to change. Lisa has made a decision. She’s going on strike.

Publisher: Arrow Books
Reviewer: Natalie Moreland

‘Every morning before she’s opened her eyes, she starts her mental inventory of jobs to do. And just like yesterday, the day before and every day since she became a mum, she’s woken up knackered.’

Having never read any of Laura Kemp’s work before, I was instantly drawn in by the promise of a ‘revolution’ being sparked by its protagonist, Lisa Stretton. Over Christmas, with a million and one jobs to do, this was a great story to pick up and find some comfort in.

The seemingly innocent incident of her husband stepping over a dropped grape on the kitchen floor provides the last proverbial straw on the camel’s back, driving Lisa over the edge. Fed up with the changing roles in their marriage since the arrival of her children, Lisa decides that enough is enough and that she, as the title would suggest, is going on strike.

It’s a threat that I guess most women have made to their husbands or children, but I’m sure few have actually managed to carry out. Lisa’s husband, Adam, is reluctant at first to take up his half of the housework, but Lisa is persistent, and as other mum’s hear of her antics, word starts to spread.  Her demands put into perspective the roles that our wives and mothers have come to accept without argument and, as Mum on the Run author Fiona Gibson points out, could well spell a revolution within your own household!

This is a perfect light read for a busy mum or wife– it maintains a witty style throughout and gets to the heart of the modern post-baby marriage!

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