The woman who upped and left. By Fiona Gibson.
Forget about having it all. Sometimes you just want to leave it all behind. Audrey is often seized by the urge to walk out of her house without looking back but she can't possibly do that. She is a single parent. She is needed. She has a job, a home, responsibilities, and a slothful teenage sons pants to pick up. But no one likes being taken for granted, Audrey least of all,so the time has come for drastic action. And no one's going to stand in her way. (From the blurb)
I was expecting this book to be an exciting story about a woman who left her dreary life behind, got out there, and did something really exciting and life changing, because that's kind of what the title implies.
In fact, Audrey goes away for five days, to stay at a hotel as part of a prize. Before she leaves she prepares loads of food for her 18 year old son, leaves him emergency money, arranges cover for work, and tells her friend. Not quite upping and leaving.
When Audrey does go home, early, after some worrying calls from home, it takes the punch out of "no ones going to stand in her way".
As I got further and further into the book and realised that it wasn't exactly what it said, I was disappointed.
Audrey is supppsed to be a stressed out, put upon single mum but she has two jobs, one which she only does in term time, and just won an award for, she has friends, her ex husband is still around when she needs him, and she has a younger man who she meets at motorway stops for sex. The only thing wrong with her life seems to be that she can't manage to get Morgan, her very lazy teenager to pick his dirty pants up off the floor. Her problems with Morgan are completely brought on by herself.
I just wasn't buying the poor Audrey Schtick.
All that aside, it's not a bad book. The story is a little predictable but that's more often than not the way with this genre.
I actually liked the mother – son relationship, at times it was quite sweet, probably my favourite thing about the book. I found myself caring more about Morgan than Audrey.
I did keep reading, I managed to read the whole book in just one morning, so it obviously had something to keep me turning the pages, but there were really no surprises and I felt utterly misled by the title.
I feel generous in giving The woman who upped and left two and a half stars because despite being on okay story – it will while away a rainy afternoon – it just wasn't what the title made it out to be.