Maia is a cleaner for ladies who lunch. With mops and buckets in tow, she spends her days dashing from house to house clearing up after them, as they rush from one exhausting pilates class to the next.
But an unusual inheritance changes the lives of Maia and her children, as they join the highly exclusive world of Stirling Hall School – a place where no child can survive without organic apricots and no woman goes a week without a manicure.
As Maia and her children try to settle into their new life, Maia is gradually drawn to the one man who can help her family fit in: Mr. Peters, a teacher at Stirling Hall School. But is his interest in her purely professional? And will it win her any favors at the school gate?
This certanly is a fun read. I had my smiling a lot but sometimes my heart broke in one thousand pieces as well.
A mother always tries to do everything for her children but when there is not a lot of money available it’s hard. You are forced to make choices and sometimes it is not easy to decide which are the right ones.
I also think that there is no such thing as the perfect mother. If you put your children’s needs first and you want the best education to give them a good start in life, that makes you come pretty close to perfection in my eyes.
The story was well and fluently written and if you like to know how someone can go from underdog to topdog, this book will be right up your alley.
If you take a look at my rating, you know I truely enjoyed it. 5 stars.
Thank you, Kerry Fisher, Bookouture and Netgalley.
About the author
Born in Peterborough, Kerry Fisher studied French and Italian, and taught English in Corsica and Spain before climbing to holiday rep and grape picker in Tuscany. She eventually returned to England to ‘get a proper job’, and spent two years in features at Essentials magazine. She now lives in Surrey with her husband, two teenagers and a very naughty lab/schnauzer called Poppy.
Kerry’s first novel, The School Gate Survival Guide, was published by Avon, HarperCollins in 2014. Her second book, The Island Escape, came out in May 2015. It won first prize at the York Festival of Writing for the opening line: ‘I was wearing the wrong bra for sitting in a police cell’.