#BookReview: Wife Support System by Kathleen Whyman

Wife Support System



We’ve got the balance all wrong. Instead of living with our partners, struggling to do everything by ourselves and only seeing each other now and then, we should do it the other way round. We should live together and see them now and then.

Erica knows her suggestion sounds extreme, but when her nanny leaves without notice, she’s extremely desperate. Polly and Louise aren’t convinced, but when circumstances force them to move into Polly’s enormous but run-down house, they have to admit life’s much easier when the childcare and work is shared.

At first, communal living seems like the answer to their prayers – childcare on tap, rotas for cleaning and someone always available to cook dinner (no more last-minute pizza delivery!). But over time, resentment starts to grow as they judge each other’s parenting styles and bicker over cleaning, cooking and whose turn it is to buy toilet rolls.

And as one woman has her head turned by a handsome colleague, one resorts to spying on her husband and another fights to keep a dark secret, they need each other more than ever. But can Polly, Louise and Erica keep their friendship and relationships strong? Or will their perfect mumtopia fall apart?

Essential reading for anyone fed up with never-ending housework/homeschooling/preparing healthy meals that their kids reject … Fans of Why Mummy DrinksHas Anyone Seen My Sex Life? and Beth O’Leary won’t want to miss this one!




This book had an intriguing premise and I was definitely eager to read it. If you’re given the chance to move into a B&B with your friends to share childminding and house costs, who wouldn’t? Being a mother certainly isn’t easy and it takes a village to raise a child after all…

I wanted to love this but felt like I couldn’t connect to the characters. All of the women, bar one, were lazy and insufferable. I felt sorry for their children. They seem to spend a lot of their time drinking wine and arguing over a whole host of mundane and trivial things. It seemed to drag for half of the book until we finally got some character development and start to see that they are hugely flawed.

The book tackles some sensitive subjects and manages to do so sensitively. The topics covered range from self-harm, friendships, relationships, domestic violence to bullying and depression.

I loved how it showed that nobody is perfect and that we are all imperfect in some way. Nobody is an ideal mother but children deserve to see their parents and shouldn’t feel as though they are always second to work.

A well-written book that tackles difficult subjects sensitively. Mothers will definitely relate to some of the struggles in this book.

Purchase Links

AMZ: https://amzn.to/2AHNthj

Kobo: https://bit.ly/2ATmbEq

Apple: https://apple.co/2zJTskY

Author Bio – Kathleen is a writer for Writers’ Forum magazine, a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and her second book was recently longlisted for the Comedy Women in Print Unpublished Comedy Novel prize.

Social Media Links – https://twitter.com/KathleenWhyman1

Follow the rest of the blog tour?

4 thoughts on “#BookReview: Wife Support System by Kathleen Whyman

  1. Even though your review wasn’t overly positive, it still made me want to read the book! So I just bought it lol, I don’t know if I’ll like it but it certainly sounds interesting so I look forward to trying it.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s