Fiona Lloyd – The Diary of a (Trying to be Holy) Mum

Fiona Lloyd - The Diary of a (Trying to be Holy) Mum

I picked this book up on our church book stall a little while ago – the cover caught my eye – I’ve always liked diary style books.

At first, I thought it was a biography style book, but some of the characters in the book were such caricatures of characters you see in a church that I thought either it can’t be real, or the author is brave to be naming them in her book!

Having no children, I can’t really identify with the troubles of having kids as such, although knowing plenty of people with kids, I can see the familiar troubles. But what really resonated with me were the adult characters within the church that Becky attends.

As I mentioned before, some of the characters were exaggerated, but I could definitely recognise elements of the characters from people that I know. Also the situations that Becky ends up finding herself in were quite familiar too. From not feeling good enough, to finding herself being volunteered for things that are way outside her normal comfort zone, I felt like I could relate.

In fact, her entire character was very relatable – just a likeable woman who is completely honest about the stresses of life. A book mainly aimed at mothers, but not preachy or ‘holier-than-thou’, which was very welcome.

Not a very difficult read, or a very long one either, I read this one in less than a day, I just really wanted to find out what Becky would decide. I’d love a sequel actually, just to get more of an insight into Becky and her life.

My rating: 4Average rating: 4.36
224 pages. Published in: 2018
Read in Paperbackon 24th March 2019

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