“Lucy Mathers was once the golden girl of Simcock & Bright. Four years later, she’s a stay at home mum with two adorable children, has swapped her Louboutins for rabbit slippers and spends her day making crustless sandwiches and colour co-ordinated lunches instead of signing up high profile clients.
When her husband is suddenly made redundant, there is 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. 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.
With both Will and Lucy struggling to adapt, could their previously happy marriage be developing some cracks?”
What did I think?
Having reviewed Julie Butterfield’s Did I Mention I Won The Lottery? earlier this year, I was delighted to be invited to take part in the blog tour for Lucy Mathers Goes Back To Work.
Following a change of circumstances, Lucy Mathers returns after a 4 year extended maternity break to her office job, as her husband takes up the reins of their home life. Lucy is a Marketing Account Manager, and on her return faces competition within the company from a high flying and ruthless peer in the form of Grant Cassidy. Whilst attempting to reestablish her position at Simcock & Bright, Lucy faces pressure at home, rivalry at work, and a few foggy boundaries that are in need of careful navigation.
Once again Julie Butterfield’s writing shines through this novel which is fun, smart and engaging. Lucy is totally realistic, as are the characters around her. The descriptions are spot on in helping bring this novel to life and building a great visual picture of the somewhat opposing environments of the office and home, connected by a commute on train between the two.
I finished this book in just a couple of sittings. It was entertaining, made me laugh out loud at times and was totally relatable to anyone who has ever attempted to manage the balance between a young family and a profession.
I would highly recommend this book, for yourself or to give as a gift.
Where can you buy a copy?
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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N.B. Thank you very much to Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for organising the book tour, and to Julie Butterfield for gifting me a copy of her book for the purposes of this review. All thoughts are my own. For more information please see my disclosure page.