Tuesday, 27 October 2015

A Better Man By Leah McLaren Book Review

Regular readers will know that I love reading and that even as a child I adored nothing more then getting lost in a good book. Since becoming a mum I rarely have the time to read, so when I recently heard about the Britmums book club I swiftly joined up in the hope of discovering some new books and reigniting my passion for reading. 

I was sent a book called ' A Better Man' by Leah McLaren, an author and book I had not heard of before. However the blurb on the back of the book seemed intriguing, it read

" Maya wants Nick to be less of a workaholic, to come home earlier, to spend some time with his children." 

" Nick wants a divorce." 

Those few lines pricked my interest and I was eager to start reading and see what the story was all about. The story is about Nick a successful business man who appears to have it all, a loving wife, twin toddlers, a fancy house, good job, plenty of money and a life filled with luxury. On paper Nick should be happy and enjoying his life as he has everything he could ever want. We quickly realise that Nick is not at all happy and that he wants to leave his wife and children and perfect life behind.

Nick seeks advice from a lawyer friend who advises him that he will lose a lot financially if he opts for a divorce. He is advised to be a better man, to be a good husband and a better father to his children, instead of a workaholic who rarely bothers with his wife and children. Lawyer friend Adam Gray convinces Nick that by playing happy families for six months and being a better man than he has been that he will gain himself a much cheaper divorce settlement.

Nick embarks on his plan to be a better man, taking his wife and children by surprise as he becomes the husband and father that they always wanted him to be. They are totally unaware of his plan. Life seems perfect as Maya returns to work, Nick works less and they appear to have a perfect happy family life together. Until Maya finds out about Nicks plan and leaves him, leaving him to realise that he was enjoying his life with his wife and children and that he was happy with life and no longer wanted a divorce.

It took me a few chapters to get into this book but once I had I could not put it down as I was left wanting to get to the end of the book to see if Nick managed to win back his wife and children or if he ended up with his original wish of a divorce. There was lots of twist and turns and I often found myself thinking "I was not expecting that". This is a great book to get lost in for a few hours and helps us to realise that life is not always greener on the other side. 

A Better Man by Leah McLaren is available to buy online and at all good book shops now with a RRP of £7.99 for the paperback copy. 

Disclosure : I was sent this book free of charge for the purpose of this review, all opinions are my own. 

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