There Are Reviews And Then Some…. #ATTM #apprenticedtomymother

There are reviews and then there is something like this. With Pauline’s permission I’ve copied the whole of her review. Necessarily I’m totally flattered, chuffed and on and on. If you think this might work for you too, having read someone else’s opinion then, well the link is there too.And of course please do go and have a look at Pauline’s blog, here. It’s a woolly delight.

Best Memoir I’ve Read This Year!!

The plastic bag sat in the parcel tray of my mailbox, the raining pouring down just millimetres away.  Once inside and dried off the package was opened revealing my copy of Geoff Le Pard’s much anticipated memoir ‘Apprenticed to My Mother’.

I flicked the book open, reading title, sub-title, flick again, copyright, published by….  flick, Introduction,  I begin reading this.  I read on.  Chapter one, chapter two, three, four.  The chapters are short, pithy, poignant, honest, vulnerable, loving.  Tears welled in my eyes but I am completely unable to stop reading, until I am interrupted first by the door bell and then the pets needs to be fed.  I tend to the interruptions quickly and return to reading until the gathering gloom of this wintery day’s mid-afternoon makes it too dark to see.

I attend to my life, but am keen to finish my day early and,as the rain continues to batter the ground, to take myself off to my cosy bed, book in hand and settle in for a couple or three uninterrupted hours.

Over the past year or two Geoff had posted little bits and pieces of this story on his blog and I felt quite familiar with much of what I was reading.  But still, the unfolding story ontinued to capture my attention.  Here is the mutual love story of two people.  She builds him up, she cares for his every need, ensures he feels like the man he aspires to be.  He writes her love poems.  They clash, they work it out, they raise two boys.  She ensures her boys will go out into the world more able to care for themselves than her husband ever could.

As Geoff tells us in the introduction, the book is necessarily also about his father.  It is about his parents relationship, but also about his relationship with them – separately and together.  It’s not detailed, it’s snippets that we pick up as the final years of his mother are told through their interactions.

It’s a peek into a way of life, a family that functions and revolves around the mother.  A real person, a woman who loves, who cares, who rules with a fist of iron,  A woman who, having put herself second all her married life, on becoming a widow firmly and sweetly gets life the way she wants it after all.

It’s funny, it’s sad, it’s tender and kind and heart-wrenchingly honest at times.

I laughed, smiled, and blinked away tears as I made my way through this memoir.

As someone who grew up outside of a functioning family it was a healing balm and quite honestly I loved it,  I hope you might too.

*Here’s a link to the Amazon kindle copy

**Here’s a link to Geoff’s blog

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published two anthologies of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand and Life in a Flash. More will appear soon, including a memoir of my mother's last years. I will try and continue to blog regularly at geofflepard.com about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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39 Responses to There Are Reviews And Then Some…. #ATTM #apprenticedtomymother

  1. Ritu says:

    A truly beautiful BooK. 💜

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Darlene says:

    A fabulous review and well deserved!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Her “short, pithy, poignant, honest, vulnerable, loving” is about how all your writings are, though I’ve only read the blog ones. (And, for those, I’d add: quirky and oft bizarre.) 🙂

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  4. Lovely review, congrats!

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  5. willowdot21 says:

    This is the loveliest book I have ever read 💜💜

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  6. Erika Kind says:

    My, what beautiful, funny, and touching reviews these are. You deserve them so much, Geoff!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Pauline does have a way with words but I know her to be totally forthright with them. She will NOT say something she does not mean. I’m finally at chapter 4 as I read my books late before falling asleep. I am still enjoying it very much and looking forward to the next chapter. No translation necessary yet. 😉

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  8. Gosh, it’s quite a good review isn’t it 😀

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  9. I quite agree I loved it too! 🙂

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  10. Mary Smith says:

    What a wonderful review, Geoff.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. JT Twissel says:

    Congrats! She just about covered everything that had I felt reading just the few sections that I have. I was meaning to but now I must put it on my list.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Norah says:

    What a wonderful review, Geoff. I’m certain I will enjoy it too.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. robbiecheadle says:

    Congratulations, Geoff, a great review.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Charli Mills says:

    Wow, that’s the kind of review that says you nailed it.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Annecdotist says:

    Yay, lovely review and, from your posts on this topic, I’m sure well deserved.

    Liked by 1 person

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