A Good Enough Mother

A BRAND NEW completely heart-wrenching, emotional read from Sheila Norton for 2024

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Pub Date Mar 13 2024 | Archive Date Mar 13 2024

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'A well-crafted and brilliantly suspenseful novel that kept me guessing until the end.' Jo Bartlett

Mia is telling me a story. It’s about a princess, who lives on a street just like ours. I’m distracted for a moment by her little hand softly slipping into mine. My daughter. My angel.

But then she says something that snaps me back to reality. She says that there’s an old lady who’s a queen, and who’s kind. Except that she doesn’t treat the princess well. She punishes her and doesn’t let her eat anything…

Helen, my neighbour, has been so good to me. And more importantly, she’s amazing with the children, looking after them when I am struggling as a single parent, having escaped an abusive relationship. Surely this is just another story of Mia’s, just make believe?

But if it’s not, what if my own father was right, and I was never good enough to be a mother in the first place?

I tighten my grip on my sweet, trusting little girl’s hand. And vow I will do whatever it takes to protect her…

A heartbreaking and uplifting story about the choices a mother makes for the sake of her children, perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Emma Robinson and Kate Hewitt.

Readers love A Good Enough Mother:

Loved this book!!!!!… Addictive. There was no way I was putting it down, I literally started reading the book around 10am and couldn't put it down until around 4am. Hahaha I'm so glad it was the weekend!!!!… I definitely recommend it!!!’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A breathtaking novel about motherhood… I felt angst, tension, compassion, empathy, surprise and suspicion…. Do not miss this novel, especially if you enjoy reading about families and their realistic struggles and moments of joy…. Grabbed my heartPhenomenally emotive.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A masterpiece story of a family finding their wayHit all the feels for me and I was invested in the story from the beginning to the brilliant end. My emotions ran wild throughout this story and I would love to see this become a Netflix hit.’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A remarkable tale depicting a family's journey through the complexities of emotional challenges. Norton's storytelling kept engrossed me from start to finish, leaving a lasting impact… Truly captivating.’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A really great read. I really enjoyed this story… Beautifully written and a mother’s love for her children shines throughout the book as Jess struggles to make a home for them all and keep them safe.’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I LOVED this book. I was so drawn in by the weird dynamics between Jess and the neighbours.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'A well-crafted and brilliantly suspenseful novel that kept me guessing until the end.' Jo Bartlett

Mia is telling me a story. It’s about a princess, who lives on a street just like ours. I’m...


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Tackles heartfelt subjects with tenderness, this is a good read, pulls at the heartstrings for sure. I really do recommend it.

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A Good Enough Mother by Sheila Norton is a masterpiece story of a family finding their way through an emotionally difficult life.
Sheila Norton has hit all the feels for me and I was invested in the story from the beginning to the brilliant end.
My emotions ran wild throughout this story and I would love to see this become a Netflix hit.
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I loved this book it was a lovely story
It was about a mother called Jess with two children called Mia and Archie
They were introduced to the Neighbours called Helen and Robert
In the middle of it was a father called Callum and he wasn’t very nice at all
I had an ARC

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Jess is a single mother with 2 small children, who works part-time, and tries to stay on top of getting her daughter to school and her son to nursery on time and picking them up on time. She struggles but doesn't think she has other alternatives and when her job wants her to work more hours, she accepts her downstairs neighbor's offer of helping her.
The neighbors send off mixed signals, which will keep you reading. Jess's instinct seems to be telling her to not be so trusting, but she needs their help, She doesn't have anything for sure that something is going on, but one day when she was at the neighbors, their phone rand, and she decided to pick it up, and caller ID saw it was her ex-husband.
She and the neighbors had a long discussion, and she learned a lot, and they learned a lot. Jess also reconnected with her father, who she hadn't talked to in years. I liked the title because everyone makes mistakes, and one thing she learned was she was a good enough mother and that is what mattered.
I received an ARC from Boldwood Books through NetGalley.

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I LOVED this book. I was so drawn in by the weird dynamics between Jess and the neighbours. I had a few ideas of how it could turn out but this book certainly is not predictable! It had hints of psychological thriller without any truly scary moments, so it kept me hanging all the way through without worrying about something really bad happening to any of the characters. I also really enjoyed seeing the children grow up, especially Archie as he goes from not talking and barely toddling along to talking and getting into things! I will definitely have to keep my eyes open for future books from this author!

Thanks to Netgalley and Boldwood for giving me the chance to read and review this book!

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I thoroughly enjoyed this book and all the twists it offered up. You can absolutely understand the concerns of the main character and where this takes the story with some great threads to the story.

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