What´s the first thing a woman does when she thinks she might be pregnant? She Googles. And it goes downhill from there. While the internet is full of calming and cheerily supportive articles, it´s also littered with hyper-judgmental message boards and heaps of contradictory and scolding information. Motherhood Smotherhood takes parents through the trenches of new parenting, warning listeners of the pleasures and perils of mommy blogs, new parent groups, self-described ´´lactivists´´, sleep fascists, incessant trend pieces on working versus non-working mothers, and the place where free time and self-esteem goes to die: Pinterest (back away from the hand-made flower headbands for baby!). JJ Keith interweaves discussions of what ´´it takes a village´´ really means (hint: a lot of unwanted advice from elderly strangers who may have grown up in actual villages) and a take-down of the rising ´´make your own baby food´´ movement (just mush a banana with a fork!) with laugh-out-loud observations about the many mistakes she made as a frantic new mother with too much access to high speed internet and a lot of questions. Keith cuts to the truth - whether it´s about ´´perfect´´ births, parenting gurus, the growing tide of vaccine rejecters, the joy of blanketing Facebook with baby pics, or germophobia - to move conversations about parenting away from experts espousing blanket truths to amateurs relishing in what a big, messy pile of delight and trauma having a baby is. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Karen White. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/021083/bk_adbl_021083_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the creator of The Honest Toddler comes a fiction debut sure to be a must-listen for moms everywhere. There are good moms and bad moms - and then there are hot-mess moms. Introducing Ashley Keller, career girl turned stay-at-home mom who´s trying to navigate the world of Pinterest-perfect, Facebook-fantastic, and Instagram-impressive mommies but failing miserably. When Ashley gets the opportunity to participate in the Motherhood Better boot camp run by the mommy-blog-empire maven she idolizes, she jumps at the chance to become the perfect mom she´s always wanted to be. But will she fly high or flop? With her razor-sharp wit and knack for finding the funny in everything, Bunmi Laditan creates a character as flawed and lovable as Bridget Jones or Becky Bloomwood while hilariously lambasting the societal pressures placed upon every new mother. At its heart, Ashley´s story reminds moms that there´s no way to be perfect - but many ways to be great. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tara Sands. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/005936/bk_harp_005936_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What if the perfect life you envy was rotten to the core? Three brand-new friends. Three very different families. Way too many secrets. Gisela, Sally and Kate become close when they move into the same new housing estate. But behind their shiny front doors, each has something to hide. Gisela’s Facebook profile is plastered with photos of her high-achieving son - #soproud; her teenage daughter - #bestfriends; and her gorgeous husband - #lovemyhubs. She’s the envy of everyone she knows, but how long can she keep covering up the truth? Sally is married to her soul mate - or so the champagne glasses glinting in front of another tropical sunset seem to suggest. But what will it take for her friends to realise the life she claims to adore is breaking her heart? Kate is a single mum. She uses Facebook to keep an eye on her teenage daughter but claims her own life is too boring to post anything herself. But maybe Kate wants to sit below the radar because she doesn’t want anyone to look too closely and start asking questions about her past....Three lives collide in this gripping story about friendship, motherhood and marriage and the façade of perfection people present to the world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Emma Spurgin Hussey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/031373/bk_adbl_031373_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In The Dark Side, the world´s favourite storyteller, Danielle Steel, weaves a riveting story of the dark side of motherhood. Zoe Morgan´s childhood was overshadowed by her younger sister´s tragic illness, watching as her parents dedicated themselves completely to her final days, and then divorced. As a young woman driven by these painful memories, Zoe has exacting standards for herself, studying hard and pursuing a career in the non-profit world, where her deep compassion for disadvantaged children finds a focus. When Zoe falls in love and has her own child, she is determined to be a perfect mother too. But before long, old, deeply buried scars begin to pull Zoe to the edge of an abyss too terrifying to contemplate. As Zoe is haunted by the ghosts of the past, her story will become a race against time and a tale of unforgettable psychological suspense. Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world´s most popular authors, with nearly a billion copies of her novels sold. Her recent international bestsellers include Silent Night, Blessing in Disguise and Lost and Found. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina´s life and death; A Gift of Hope, a memoir of her work with the homeless; and the children´s books Pretty Minnie in Paris and Pretty Minnie in Hollywood. Danielle divides her time between Paris and her home in northern California. www.daniellesteel.com www.facebook.com/DanielleSteelOfficial @daniellesteel Pure Steel. Pure Heart. COMING NEXT [insert jpeg of CHILD´S PLAY] Available for pre-order
Sharp, irreverent and very funny women´s fiction for women who won´t put up with being told to step aside! Isn´t it about time we talked about you? Tessa, Sandra and Harriet have been best friends through first crushes, careers, marriage and the trials of motherhood. After 20 years of taking care of everyone else´s every needs, they´ve found themselves hitting the big 5-0 and suddenly asking themselves, ´What about me?´ Sandra has a sordid secret, and Harriet is landed with her ailing mother-in-law. Tessa is looking for something to fill the gaping hole left by her youngest daughter´s departure for uni, where it seems she´s now engaged in all sorts of unsavoury activities, if Tessa´s obsessive late-night Facebook stalking is anything to go by. When Tessa impulsively responds to an online message from an old flame, she soon finds herself waiting at Heathrow Airport for The One That Got Away. But what will the plane from New York bring her? The man of her dreams or a whole heap of trouble? And could this be the long-awaited moment for Tessa to seize her life for herself with both hands? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Antonia Beamish. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/003060/bk_boli_003060_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
New beginnings and an old flame. Summer just got hotter . . .Summer With My Sister is a fascinating tale of family secrets and hidden rivalries by bestselling author Lucy Diamond.Polly has always been the high-flier of the family, with the glamorous city lifestyle to match.Clare is a single mum with two children, struggling to make ends meet in a ramshackle cottage. The two sisters are poles apart and barely on speaking terms.But then Polly´s fortunes change unexpectedly and her world comes crashing down. Left penniless and with nowhere else to go, she´s forced back to the village where she and Clare grew up, and the sisters find themselves living together for the first time in years. With an old flame reappearing for Polly, a blossoming new career for Clare and a long-buried family secret in the mix, sparks are sure to fly. Unless the two women have more in common than they first thought?Diamond, LucyLucy Diamond grew up in Nottingham and went to university in Leeds where she studied English Literature. After graduating, she worked in publishing and at the BBC, and in her spare time she began writing children´s books under a number of different pen names.Two small children later, an evening class in creative writing motivated her to try a longer piece of fiction and explore some of her own feelings about motherhood. This eventually became a novel, Any Way You Want Me, and she was thrilled when Pan Macmillan made her an offer of publication.Now the author of fourteen novels and a Sunday Times bestselling author, Lucy writes with warmth and honesty about the joy and surprises, as well as the complications, that love, family and friendships can bring.Lucy now lives in Bath with her husband and three children and writes full-time.Her website is www.lucydiamond.co.uk She is on Twitter @LDiamondAuthor, and has a Facebook page Facebook/LucyDiamondAuthor.