What is a Mother? (With a healthy dose of Teenage Angst)

I absolutely loved this simple yet engaging and endearing tale of two girls and their two mothers. An insight into real relationships – and what it takes to be a mother. The usual twists and turns of such a story are handled deftly and the girls’ voices are well-portrayed. Virginia McGregor should be commended for her writing — seemingly simple prose, but it is difficult to so accurately portray the voice of a 7 year old and a 13 year old.

I loved What Milo Saw (the author’s first novel), but I think this is even better – though I adored Milo’s character much more than anyone in this book. It pulls on your heart strings in a very different way…

MetLineReader Rating 4.5* (Jubilee). Highly recommended.

More About This Book

One ordinary morning, Norah walked out of her house on Willoughby Street and never looked back. Six years later, she returns to the home she walked away from only to find another woman in her place. Fay held Norah’s family together after she disappeared, she shares a bed with Norah’s husband and Norah’s youngest daughter calls Fay ‘Mummy’.

Now that Norah has returned, everyone has questions. Where has she been? Why did she leave? And why is she back? As each member of the family tries to find the answers they each need, they must also face up to the most pressing question of all – what happens to The Mother Who Stayed when The Mother Who Left comes back?

From the author of What Milo Saw, comes this powerful, emotional and perceptive novel about what it takes to hold a family together and what you’re willing to sacrifice for the ones you love.

About the Author

Virginia Macgregor was brought up in Germany, France and England by a mother who never stopped telling stories. From the moment she was old enough to hold a pen, Virginia set about writing her own, often late into the night – or behind her Maths textbook at school. Virginia was named after two great women, Virginia Wade and Virginia Woolf, in the hope she would be a writer and a tennis star. Her early years were those of a scribbling, rain-loving child who prayed for lightning to strike her tennis coach. After studying at Oxford, Virginia started writing regularly while working as an English Teacher and Housemistress. Virginia lives in Berkshire with her husband, Hugh, and their daughter.

Keep in touch with Virginia on Twitter (@virginiawrites), or follow her blog: http://virginiamacgregorwrites.wordpress.com/


I really enjoyed this book and was delighted to receive an advance review copy direct from the Publisher, Little Brown Book Group UK.

The Astonishing Return of Norah Wells is published on 14th January and is available for pre-order from Amazon UK. 


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