It’s my turn on the blog tour today for this fabulous new book from Sara Madderson ‘Parents and Teachers’. Thank you so much to Sara for my gifted copy of the book and to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for my space on the blog tour.
The blurb …
At two of London’s most exclusive prep schools, there are strict rules against parents fraternising with teachers.
Well, that’s the theory, in any case.
Jenna, a Year 3 teacher at St Cuthbert’s, catches the eye of the school’s highest-profile parent, a world-famous action movie star, with far-reaching consequences.
Meanwhile, over at Chiltern House, Astrid is still licking her wounds after her husband left her. Her daughter’s PE teacher, Callum, may be her best chance of rediscovering her joie de vivre.
Astrid’s friend Natalia, whose life revolves around motherhood these days, finds herself questioning everything she’s taken for granted when her husband becomes embroiled in a #MeToo scandal.
Really, the only ones behaving themselves are the kids …
My review …
I was a little apprehensive about reading Sara’s latest book because I loved her first novel ‘Food for Thought’ so much, I was worried that this one couldn’t be as good, but my fears were unfounded and I loved it!
Parents and Teachers opens with a letter from the headteacher of Chiltern House to it’s staff, the main crux of which is that Chiltern House has a zero tolerance policy regarding sexual relationships between teachers and parents, which clearly falls on deaf ears and sets the tone of what is to come.
This fun and romantic story unfolds from the perspective of four main loveable characters; parents Astrid and Natalia, and teachers Jenna and Callum and we’re given a glimpse into their lives as they all struggle through the highs and lows of their various relationships and careers.
I found the story to be completely addictive, as along with envy inducing descriptions of lavish hotels and expensive restaurants, some very steamy sex scenes and beautiful romances, the writing is so classy and goes beyond the surface of passion and glamour to explore the deeper issues within the female characters’ lives.
I think the beauty of Sara’s books is that they are perfect escapist reads, they transport me into a different lifestyle that I can only dream of. In Parents and Teachers we’re given a glimpse of London’s most fabulous hotels and restaurants such as The Savoy, Claridges and Scotts. What a treat! It’s that taste of the high life and celebrity that reels me in with Sara’s books but what I love most is the technical knowledge and intelligence that runs through her writing. The detail in this book regarding the fashion industry and trading is very impressive indeed.
Sara is definitely now one of my ‘go to’ authors for women’s fiction, although she does make me feel the need to buy several lottery tickets!
About the author …
Sara Madderson is an author, entrepreneur, wife and mother. She was born in Ireland and moved to the UK with her family when she was ten years old. She lives in London with her husband Chris, their two children, Paddy and Tilly, and their cocker spaniel Charlie.
Before turning to writing, Sara worked in finance for a decade and then ran her own fashion brand, Madderson London, for eight years. She earned her MPhil in Early Modern History from the University of Birmingham.
‘Parents and Teachers’ is Sara’s second novel. She has previously published ‘Food for Thought’ as well as a non-fiction book focused on personal development ‘Metamorphosis’. Given that she spent most of her childhood writing and designing clothes, she’s now seen both of her childhood career dreams come true! She’s enjoyed the adventure of publishing independently as much as she’s enjoyed the writing process itself. She’s now completely hooked on writing!
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