Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Review: Mom Rules by Hilary Grossman

Mom Rules
by Hilary Grossman

Pages: 246
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Donna Warren is not who everyone thinks she is….

It's no secret - to survive in a superficial town like Forest River, New York, where perfection is a requirement –a mom must follow the rules.

For the past five years, Donna has worked hard to exceed social expectations. She held the prestigious role of PTA treasurer, and her best friend, Jackie, is the most powerful woman at the elementary school.

But in a town where most mothers earn their black belt in backstabbing before their offspring enter pre-k, something was bound to go wrong…

And it did. Now, her former bestie has become her mortal enemy and destroyed Donna's reputation. Eagar to believe the rampant rumors, half the elementary school mommies think Donna is a drama queen and the rest believe she is a vindictive witch.

As she and her children's social standing dangles on thin ice, Donna is willing to try anything to fix her mistake. Unfortunately, all her efforts backfire, and she makes everything worse. Just when Donna is about to give up, she receives some shocking news. Forced to face the most difficult situation of her life, will she finally become the woman she wants to be?

Kritters Thoughts:  The fourth in a series where I highly suggest you start at book one as the characters and events build from book one to this conclusion.  This book focuses on the events that took place in book two, but from Donna's point of view which was really interesting.  Donna was Jackie's sidekick and in book two you see events unfold, but you don't get to hear things from her side of the fence, so I appreciated that the author gave Donna a book to give her point of view.  

For me, as I stated in my review of book three in the series, this book and book two were a perfect pair and I would have had them go back to back.  They seemed like a duo all on their own as the reader gets one side of the story and another between these two books.  I loved how the author did this, but I would have lined up the books a little different within the series.  

This book reminded me that when you see things from only one perspective you take that as truth and there are always at least two sides to a story and maybe the truth somewhere in the middle!  Relationships among women can get emotional and hard when fact and fiction are blurred, so I appreciated while seeing a heightened version, reading this story and reminding me to make sure to nurture the women relationships in my life, but to also try to see the story from all points of view.  

I enjoyed this series and couldn't believe the things that can go on in a PTA, I am thankful that I won't have to participate or watch the PTA drama, while I deal with my own drama in the other things that I participate in!

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Ebook 2021 Challenge: 127 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from the author.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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