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It’s not often you meet a book character and think: ‘Oh, I’ve walked in your shoes.’

Well, not the sky-high ones favoured by Lucy Mathers, in Julie Butterfield’s delightful romantic comedy Lucy Mathers Goes Back to Work.

But, in all other respects, Lucy – her separation anxiety, her professional insecurities and general just-about-coping-ness – could have been me.

And, probably, every other woman returning to work after children.

Poor old Lucy doesn’t even want to go back to her old job at Simcock & Bright, where she was once the golden girl.

She’s perfectly happy being a stay-at-home mum and doesn’t regret swapping her Louboutins and high profile clients for rabbit slippers and spending her day making crustless sandwiches for her two adorable children.

But, when her when her husband is suddenly made redundant, there’s panic in the Mathers’ household.

With a mortgage the size of the national debt and a credit card balance that’s in danger of toppling, Lucy reluctantly decides she must return to work.

Ruthless

So she digs out her old power suits from the back of the wardrobe and leaves Will to become a house husband.

But sitting in Lucy’s old office is Grant Cassidy, suave, handsome and ruthless and with no intention of letting Lucy walk back into the number one job.

At home, despite his breezy declaration that swapping boardroom battles for toddler groups would be a doddle, Will’s belief that parental issues could be solved with forward planning and a spread sheet soon falls by the wayside.

Page-turner

With both Will and Lucy struggling to adapt, could their previously happy marriage be developing some cracks?

Butterfield’s pacey, page-turner captures perfectly the emotional turmoil and the practical difficulties many women face marrying work and families.

Lucy Mathers is Everywoman – from her disappointment that ‘despite her abstinence from the biscuit tin she didn’t appear to have lost any weight over the weekend’ to the realisation that her toes are crying in alarm at the mere idea of walking anywhere in her black heels.

And that’s before she’s even left the house…

A cracking chuckle-filled read.

Review by Sue Featherstone.

Available to buy on Amazon.

About the author:

Julie Butterfield belongs to the rather large group of ‘always wanted to write’ authors who finally found the time to sit down and put pen to paper – or rather fingers to keyboard.
She wrote her first book purely for pleasure and was very surprised to discover that so many people enjoyed the story and wanted more, so she decided to carry on writing!.

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