Title: The Mother of All Problems
Author: Nancy Peach
Genre: Women’s Fiction
My Rating: 5 out of 5
Penny Baker is coping. Just about.
Three kids, one dog, one lovely but sometimes oblivious husband. Tick, tick tick. She is even managing to hold her own among the competitive school mums -if you don’t look too closely. But when she finds herself also caring for her elderly mother, diagnosed with dementia, the household is thrown into disarray and Penny finds herself stretched to breaking point trying to meet everyone’s needs.
Can she make the new family situation work? And is there any chance of finding some space in it all for herself
My Review of The Mother of All Problems
Wow, this is probably one of the most powerful and emotional books I have read in a long time. The story follows main character Penny Baker, who is trying to juggle motherhood, along with many of the other issues that life throws at you – which for Penny is a mother who has dementia and a father who is in hospital after a fall. With her father in hospital, Penny decides the only option is to bring her mum to live with her and her family.
This brings a whole new level of juggling and keeping all the plates spinning for Penny. The subject of dementia is handled in such an incredibly sensitive way – and at times throughout the story, the emotional rollercoaster of caring for someone living with dementia, really does take us as the reader on such an emotional journey, but also a very privileged journey as well.
The Mother of All Problems is a beautifully written book, with emotional highs and lows, and beautifully written and researched characters. I urge everyone to read this story – I promise, you will not be disappointed.
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