What do you do, when you find the perfect family, and it's not yours? A charming, funny and irresistible novel about families, friendship and tiny little white lies.
The only thing Abi ever wanted was a proper family. So when she falls pregnant by an Australian exchange student in London, she cannot pack up her old life in Croydon fast enough, to start all over in Sydney and make her own family. It is not until she arrives, with three-week-old Jude in tow, that Abi realises Stu is not quite ready to be a father after all. And he is the only person she knows in this hot, dazzling, confusing city, where the job of making friends is turning out to be harder than she thought. That is, until she meets Phyllida, her wealthy, charming, imperious older neighbour, and they become almost like mother and daughter. If only Abi had not told Phil that teeny tiny small lie, the very first day they met…
Imagine the warmth of Monica McInerney, the excruciating awkwardness of Offspring and the wit of Liane Moriarty, all rolled into one delightful, warm, funny and totally endearing novel about families – the ones we have, and the ones we want – and the stories we tell ourselves about them.
'Rare and delightful ... a beautifully crafted novel about female relationships. I couldn't put this book down.' Clare Press, Fashion Editor-at-large, Marie Claire
'You Be Mother is the kind of book you pick up...and never want to put down ... you will fall in love with this book.' Lauren Sams, author of She's Having Her Baby
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Families can make you cry until you laugh, and vice versa. When young Londoner Abi meets Aussie-abroad Stu, she sees an opportunity to make the perfect family, rushing headlong into a new romance and a new life in Sydney. But things get complicated in Meg Mason’s charming, funny story. The author has a gift for sketching rich, real and thoroughly relatable characters and relationships. Abi’s sweet foibles are so recognisable, they made us laugh-wince. And the moral of the story? The family of your dreams is easier to find than you think.
I loved this book
I loved Meg Mason’s first book so when I accidentally stumbled upon this one during a mad corona virus inspired hunt for something to read during the tedious hours of quarantine, I was thrilled.
The characters are wonderfully written and the story is one that will stick with me for a long time. An unlikely friendship between two lonely women that had me engrossed from start to finish.
I hope she is already writing her next one as I can’t wait to read it.
What a wonderful book. I couldn't put it down. What a cracker of an ending! Brilliant characters that just make you laugh and cry. Loved the whole thing.