Meet Isabella Smugge – as in ‘Br-uge-s’, naturally! Instagram influencer, consummate show-off and endearingly self-unaware. With a palatial home, charming husband and three well-mannered children, she is living the Country Life dream.
Newly arrived in the country, Isabella is ready to bring a dash of London glamour to the school gate and gain a whole new set of followers – though getting past the instant coffee, terrible hair and own-brand sausage rolls may be a challenge!
But as her Latvian au pair’s behaviour becomes increasingly bizarre and a national gossip columnist nurses a grudge, Isabella finds herself in need of true friends and begins to wonder if her life really is as picture-perfect as she thought…
From chapter 1
This morning, I woke up at 6 am, got up, did my stretches and forty lengths of the pool then said to myself, ‘Isabella, you’re a lucky girl. No cellulite to speak of, all your own teeth, a handsome husband, three beautiful children and a lovely house.’
I wouldn’t want to give you the impression that all this (by which I mean our gorgeous Grade II listed Georgian house,
grounds, indoor pool, gym and tennis court) has simply fallen into our laps. Johnnie works very hard for everything we’ve got, as do I. Since we first got together, we’ve gone after all our dreams. That’s where so many people go wrong, in my opinion.
Work out what you want and grab it with both hands!
I expect you know my name. My Insta account (issysmugge) has nearly two million followers. I post inspirational content on parenting, self-care, exercise, interior design and relationship enrichment. My book series, Issy Smugge Says, is a runaway success. I don’t know where I find the time! Thank goodness for Sofija, my au pair. She’s such a willing little thing, and the children love her.
Thank you, Ruth Leigh and Rhoda Hardie PR
About the Author
Ruth Leigh is a freelance writer and novelist, and is married with three children, one husband and assorted livestock. She blogs at Big Words and Made Up Stories and for More Than Writers and Authors Electric, and is a recovering overachiever. She lives in Suffolk.