Book Review

Book Review : Time Out by Emma Murray

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Hey guys! I’m so happy you’ve dropped by today. This time around, I’m going to be reviewing Time Out by Emma Murray.

*Disclaimer : I received a copy of this ebook for free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Below you’ll find the description of the book provided by NetGalley, followed by my personal review and star rating.

Let me know if you’re planning to read this book, or if you already have in the comments. Also leave me your favorite part. 💛

Description :

‘It’s just a phase,’ they said. ‘These are the happiest years of your life,’ they said…

Mother of one and professional writer Saoirse (pronounced Seersha, not Searcy – thanks a bunch Game of Thrones!) is still adjusting to the demands of motherhood, four years after the birth of her daughter, Anna. 

Living in the claustrophobic London suburb of Woodvale, and being surrounded by passive-aggressive mum-wars, isn’t helping. Neither is her increasingly pent-up anger at her once-perfect husband. Her only comrade in arms, best friend Bea, is the one thing keeping her sane.

When Saoirse’s agent asks her to pitch for a book, she is horrified to discover the topic is motherhood. How can she possibly write a ‘warts and all’ account of being a mother without giving away what it’s really like? 

Laugh-out-loud funny, painfully well-observed, but with an unmistakable warmth and unforgettable characters, this is the perfect read for anyone who desperately needs a break! The novel may or may not have been inspired by real life…

My Review :

I probably shouldn’t have found so much humor in this book, but I’m so glad I did. It’s so relatable when it comes to being a mom.

Especially those first few months when you have no idea what you’re doing and hate your husband because you’re both in the same boat. Being sleep deprived and desperate for some “me time” can cause the ugliness to come out in a lot of different ways.

Saoirse is a mom who is just trying to keep it all together, but in a realistic way. She gets that sometimes it’s easier to just give your kid the ice cream for breakfast because you’ve got to pick your battles wisely.

I found the “organics” to be quite amusing. And I think that they really make the whole point of the book shine through.

Being a parent is hard work – you’re constantly wondering if you’re going to be the reason why your kid is going to need therapy when they’re older. And it can also be a very lonely space as well, especially in the beginning.

I’m finding more and more as I get older that I need to cultivate some meaningful female friendships. Saoirse and Bea have a hilarious relationship in which they aren’t threatened by each other. They can always be there for each other no matter what, and it is beneficial to them both.

In the end, as Saoirse is pitching her book idea, she’s absolutely right. We need to be supporting each other as women and establishing real relationships instead of one built by jealousy and one-up-man-ship.

Overall, I liked this book okay. If you’re looking for a kind of funny and yet sad look into new motherhood, this one is for you.


Thanks for sticking with me until the end. Take care! New book reviews are coming very soon!