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.
A thoroughly enjoyable read. Intelligent and engaging writing.
A pleasure to read
You feel like you know the characters so well. What a story to follow along with as well, I couldn’t put it down at times. It is so well written that you feel like you are walking the warm streets of cremoyne as well. It is such a pleasure to read that I found myself rereading paragraphs because of the delightful descriptions and the characters dialogue. A must read!
Heartbreaking and sweet
One of the best books I have read in a long time. My heart ached for Abi and the suffering that she endured. As a mother, I went to my sons bedside multiple times during reading this book. Written so beautifully and gently, this book will stay with me for a long time.