Tuesday 7 September 2021

Be Guid Tae Yer Mummy by Emma Grae Blog Tour

 I like to step outside of my comfort zone when it comes to books.

This might be something as simple as the amount of pages I need to read, or perhaps a genre that I don't usually choose to pick up.

In the case of Emma Grae's novel Be Guid Tae Yer Mummy, it's the language used that made me think it could be troublesome to read.

Well I needn't of worried and now I get to share my thoughts on what is my stop on the blog tour...


Kate and her Granny Jean have nothing in common. Jean's great claim to fame is raising her weans without two pennies to rub together, and Kate's an aspiring scriptwriter whose anxiety has her stuck in bad thought after bad thought.

But what Jean's Glaswegian family don't know is that she dreamed of being a film star and came a hairsbreadth away from making it a reality.

Now in her nineties, Jean is a force to be reckoned with. But when the family starts to fall apart Jean must face her failings as a mammy head-on - and Kate too must fight her demons. Either that or let go of her dream of the silver screen forever...

What a fabulous book!

This is the story of a large, dysfunctional Scottish family and it just wouldn't have had the same impact without the traditional language used.

Honest in the best way.

We get an insight into three generations of the family. Told through a variety of view points and spread over the decades. The author cleverly blends it all together with ease and precision and despite the multitude of characters, each voice remained fairly distinct.

There was no shying away from the complexities of simply living. The struggles faced and the emotions that go hand in hand with those difficulties.

I feel like I say this too often in reviews but I don't want to give away an abundance of detail. It's like when you watch a movie trailer and they show you all the best bits.

What I can divulge is that there is a brilliant mix of drama and humour throughout the story.

Charming and heartbreaking all at once, with a speedy pace, I was engaged from start to finish. With a satisfying ending, I enjoyed each and every part of it.

I can't believe this is Emma's debut novel as it is so rich in detail, so colourful in its delivery. A meaningful and poignant look at motherhood and family life, warts and all.

With the added bonus that you do not have to be Scottish to fall in love with this book!

Jump on board the rest of the blog tour (outlined below). To have a read of what others thought of Be Guid Tae Yer Mummy:


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