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( Read Kindle ) ò Little Disasters ⚠ A new thought provoking novel exploring the complexity of motherhood and all that connects and disconnects us You think you know her b ut look a little closer She is a stay at home mother of three with boundless reserves of patience, energy, and love After being friends for a decade, this is how Liz sees Jess Then one moment changes everything Dark thoughts and carefully guarded secrets surface and Liz is left questioning everything she thought she knew about her friend, and about herself The truth can t come soon enough Little Disasters is a thought provoking read into the dark side of motherhood Here we have a group of mothers who bond at their local prenatal classes for their first borns and become long time friends Old friendships are stretched to breaking point when one of the mothers, Liz a paediatrician doctor finds herself attending to one of her friends injured baby at the Hospital Accident and Emergency Department where she works and is given a story that just doesn t add up Suspicions arise and Liz Little Disasters is a thought provoking read into the dark side of motherhood Here we have a group of mothers who bond at their local prenatal classes for their first borns and become long time friends Old friendships are stretched to breaking point when one of the mothers, Liz a paediatrician doctor finds herself attending to one of her friends injured baby at the Hospital Accident and Emergency Department where she works and is given a story that just doesn t add up Suspicions arise and Liz is put into a difficult position.This story has an air of mystery and is somewhat emotional as it deals with the stresses of motherhood, family, mental illness and trauma It is well written and I enjoyed the characters and their friendships.I found once the story got going it became gripping with some unexpected twists that left me thinking long afterwards I wish to thank Simon Schuster for generously providing me with an advanced copy of the book in return for an honest review This is a fast paced drama mystery which I tore through pretty quickly Ms Vaughn writes a heartbreaking story with humanity, realism and characters that I grew to understand and care for.Jess is a mother of three, her youngest Betsey, 10 months old, is not at all like her two older boys She is a baby who is often inconsolable and requires a lot of holding, nursing and attention and Jess has felt overwhelmed pretty much since her birth She felt as though she had things under control and organ This is a fast paced drama mystery which I tore through pretty quickly Ms Vaughn writes a heartbreaking story with humanity, realism and characters that I grew to understand and care for.Jess is a mother of three, her youngest Betsey, 10 months old, is not at all like her two older boys She is a baby who is often inconsolable and requires a lot of holding, nursing and attention and Jess has felt overwhelmed pretty much since her birth She felt as though she had things under control and organized until Betsey was born Her husband Ed is supportive but often absent, he works long hours and pretty much leaves the parenting to Jess As a mother of four daughters, I could relate to some of the isolation and feelings of helplessness when a newborn continues to cry and cry despite all of your efforts I can even remember putting my baby in her crib, closing the door and going away for 15 minutes or so to collect myself It happens to most mothers at some point I think if we are all being honest.Jess has a group of friends including Charlotte, Mel and Liz who formed a friendship during prenatal classes for their first born children Since Betsy was born Jess has felt isolated and yet she is so unsure of herself, scared of some of her inner thoughts that she fails to reach out for help, even from her closest friends.The drama begins when Betsy is brought into the ER by Jess with a head injury Liz, a pediatrician, on call in the hospital, is called to the ER when Betsy is brought in Because of their friendship and hospital protocol, the child s care is quickly shifted to another pediatrician When they perform a scan they discover an injury that doesn t fit with the admission statement that Jess made Quickly Social Services is called in, the police get involved and Jess s care of her children is brought into question.Her husband Ed begins to question Jess s explanation also and wonders why she didn t share his sense of urgency until he had shouted at her in frustration and threatened to call a cab to take the baby himself Jess had taken quite some persuading, had insisted that Bets must just have a virus and initially accused him of overreacting Slowly as we work backwards through the story, told mostly in the voices of Jess and Liz, we find that Jess had an unhappy childhood which is one reason why she has tried to be perfect We can feel her self distrust when some of her visions of causing harm to her child are revealed she has been struggling and very unhappy for a long time.Her friend Liz has a large part in the story, she also had a difficult childhood She has a lot of empathy for Jess and tries to do what she can to help her and her family She will be the one who ultimately finds out what truly happened to this little girl.There are several twists to the story and just when I thought the novel was wrapping up, another layer was exposed which explained everything.There is much to think about in this book and very pertinent to our times Mothers are often meant to be everything, a mother, a career woman, a wife and taking care to get exercise to keep her figure in pre baby shape I think this quote says a lot Perfectionism is a dangerous state of mind in an imperfect world Robert HIllyerI would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written, character driven drama.I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss.The novel is set to publish in August of 2020 How far you may go to make your children safe and give the care, comfort they need A mother s job is looking after them, feeding them, keeping them healthy, happy, fulfilling all their mental and psychical needs but what happens to all those caring and sacrificing mothers when they get exhausted, all alone to achieve their best and when the time comes, they find out their best is not a great option for their kids This book is not a thriller or mystery, this is though provoking, questioning an How far you may go to make your children safe and give the care, comfort they need A mother s job is looking after them, feeding them, keeping them healthy, happy, fulfilling all their mental and psychical needs but what happens to all those caring and sacrificing mothers when they get exhausted, all alone to achieve their best and when the time comes, they find out their best is not a great option for their kids This book is not a thriller or mystery, this is though provoking, questioning and quite perfect analyze of how compelling, serious, life changing job, title the motherhood is It s an amazing women s fiction family drama It questions women s maternal instincts, endurance under humanly impossible conditions like sleep deprivation, 24 7 being there for their child, gathering wits together not to suffer from poor judgment and fail from critical choices they make about their children s lives I m not a mother I wish I could be but you know the old Yiddish proverb We plan, God laughs But I think this book truly affected methan I expected with different mothers stories, their unique kind of approaches about raising children and sometimes losing your control, patience may result with so many unexpected and life changing consequences I felt like somebody dropped down cold ice bucket on me I m still shivering, numb, shocked, flabbergasted and shaken This is POWER OF GREAT STORYTELLING Let s give a quick summary about the plot Liz, brilliant pediatrician having another crazy train ride of day during her shift and she meets one of her friend Jess brought her baby to the emergency room They just estranged a little bit because of Liz s over demanding profession, kids, husband and other activities fills her life and Jess also didn t make any effort to connect with her either And now she looks skeptical Till Liz asks her about the bump at her baby s head that she didn t mention it before, she gets in panic and gives indecisive answers And after checking the baby with their procedural tests, X rays, they find out Liz s story doesn t add up There are big holes about the explanation how her little girl hit her head Could she hurt her little girl Or anyone at their house could do that Could she suffer from some postpartum depression Do she and her husband have ill fated relationship affected the way they treated to their own children Liz deals with too many questions and also worries about her mother s mentally unbalanced state who suffers from terminal disease and for making things for worse she drinks herself to death Is there anything crucial she doesn t share with her Conclusion of the story is foreseeable but it s still satisfying and well done The characters are well built, slow burn story telling and multi POVED narration worked well with the progression but I still feel there are some parts could be emitted because you already understand what s gonna come next and you don t want to readpages till the obvious things start to come out Overall Even though the story s pace would be better with some edited parts, I enjoyed the writing, character building and realistic, genuine, argumentative approach of the author So I stick with my shiny, thrilling four stars for the love of motherhood Special thanks to NetGalley and Atria Books Emily Bestler Books for sharing this fantastic ARC in exchange my honest review This is my first Sarah Vaughan book and I m looking forward to readworks of her as soon as I start trimming my frightening Mount TBR bloginstagramfacebooktwitter EXCERPT She risks glancing down Two eyes stare back Please don t cry, please don t cry, the plea is automatic The baby s bottom lip quivers and the uneasy quiet is broken with a bleat Great gulps of rage soon drown out the heavy lullaby Please be quiet Just be quiet Be quiet, won t you Just be quiet, for God s sake It s no good The walls push in the heat bears down and the noise the terrible crying that has been going on for three hours engulfs her Her eyes burn and she feels li EXCERPT She risks glancing down Two eyes stare back Please don t cry, please don t cry, the plea is automatic The baby s bottom lip quivers and the uneasy quiet is broken with a bleat Great gulps of rage soon drown out the heavy lullaby Please be quiet Just be quiet Be quiet, won t you Just be quiet, for God s sake It s no good The walls push in the heat bears down and the noise the terrible crying that has been going on for three hours engulfs her Her eyes burn and she feels like joining in She cannot cope with this she cannot cope She does not know how muchshe can bear ABOUT THIS BOOK You think you know her but look a little closer.She is a stay at home mother of three with boundless reserves of patience, energy, and love After being friends for a decade, this is how Liz sees Jess.Then one moment changes everything.Dark thoughts and carefully guarded secrets surface and Liz is left questioning everything she thought she knew about her friend, and about herself The truth can t come soon enough.MY THOUGHTS Sarah Vaughan has written a heartwrenching and honest novel about a mother suffering from postnatal depression and anxiety Motherhood is the most complex and difficult job in the world There are no absolutes What works for one child doesn t work for another Every child has different needs Husbands have needs Thank God for friends, right Those other women who are going through what you are going through The women you can sit and laugh about the disasters with The women who can put everything back into the proper perspective But what happens when these women have gone back to work, have lives outside the home, and you are at home with a colicky, unsettled, unhappy baby and all your coping mechanisms are failing Meet Jess Jess, who always has everything under control, who runs everything with almost military precision, whom all the other mums envy She has always been careful to hide her anxieties, but one ill advised decision has opened her Pandora s Box, and now there s no shutting the lid again The calm, capable Jess has been replaced by a Jess incapable of making a rational decision, a Jess who knows that she is a bad mother A very bad mother I felt for Jess I cried for and with her I had a baby like Betsey I would be up all night, walking around the lounge, baby on my shoulder, trying to quiet him so that my husband could get some sleep and be able to function at work I would try to get an hour or two of sleep if, and if is the operative word, he went down during the day But often the only way he would sleep was if he was in motion I would put him in his pram and walk for miles Then when I got home there was still washing to do no disposable nappies then and meals to prepare I was a new mum in a new town, where I knew no one and had no support network other than an absolutely wonderful plunket nurse who was a mother of five children She kept me sane She was my lifeline I read a great deal of this book with my heart in my mouth, my body tensed Sarah Vaughan has captured the desperation of the sleep deprived mother perfectly There is little that slonely than being at home with a distraught baby and an unraveling mind And behind this main thread lie historical tales of parental neglect, and sometimes abuse, and the determination of those who suffered not to repeat those mistakes This was, strangely enough, an enjoyable read I let out a huge sigh of satisfaction at the end It s a story of friendship, and its limits, of the love of parents for their children, of trying to provide them with a better life, astable life, withlove than their parents had And as icing on top of the cake, there was a trip down memory lane when Liz is transported, via a dog eared postcard of Hastings Pier, to the cafe her mother had run when she was a child The sort that aren t around any , that served white bread and butter standard with every meal, tea in little metal teapots, glass bottles of vinegar and brown sauce on the tables Ours, where us girls would meet on a Friday lunchtime for the roast of the day and apple pie with cream and ice cream for 1.50, was the Regent The five of us were thick as thieves back then, and this has made me realise that I know where only one of them is currently, and she is dead, felled by an aneurysm many years ago A wonderful read A realistic read A thought provoking read I will be readingfrom this author.5 LittleDisasters NetGalley The truth is hidden in things left unsaid THE AUTHOR Sarah Vaughan read English at Oxford and went on to be a journalist After training with the Press Association, she worked for The Guardian for 11 years as a news reporter, health correspondent and political correspondent before leaving to freelance and write fiction She lives in Cambridge with her husband and two young children Goodreads.com abridged DISCLOSURE Thank you to Simon and Schuster Australia via NetGalley for providing a digital ARC of Little Disasters by Sarah Vaughan for review All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions For an explanation of my rating system please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com This review and others are also published on Twitter Instagram and my webpage