Thursday, December 10, 2020

Book Review and Giveaway: Mom Walks: Starting in 5th

By Melissa Amster

Can a mother-daughter relationship survive fifth-grade mean girl drama? Yes, if the mom's best friends have anything to say about it.
When Dawn learns her oldest daughter, Kayli, is put in the same class as a manipulative and cunning queen bee, she knows she must step up her mom game and fast. Feeling ill-equipped to handle the situation, Dawn turns to her two best mom friends for advice during their weekly morning walks. At first, Dawn's grateful for their suggestions. They have similar-aged kids and a much better pulse on what's going on at school. But when their well-intentioned guidance only exacerbates the situation, Dawn's desperation and frustration grow as her relationship with Kayli deteriorates. Facing irreparable damage to their mother-daughter relationship, Dawn must decide if she'll continue to follow her friends' advice or begin to trust her own gut in how to best parent Kayli. 
Mom Walks: Starting in 5th is the first book in a women's fiction series that follows a mom and her two best mom friends as they navigate the chaotic trenches of parenting tweens. If you enjoy light, heart-warming stories about mother-daughter relationships and friendship, this book is for you. (Courtesy of Amazon.)

When I first heard about this novel, I thought it was about a mom walking out on her kid's class to take a stand against something. Once I started it, I realized I interpreted the title all wrong! 

I really enjoyed this novel. I could definitely relate to Dawn, especially when she reflects on her childhood. I totally understand about being bullied by mean girls and the impact it can still have later in life. I also can sympathize as a parent, with having a child close in age to Kayli. I liked Dawn's friendship with Meg and Naomi and the struggles she had with Kayli seemed genuine. It made me miss what life was like before the pandemic though, like getting together with friends and all the school activities and events. It also made me think about the walks I used to take with one of my friends. Hopefully we can get back there soon enough! 

I've been recommending this novel to my friends and am glad to recommend it to our readers, as well.  I'm already looking forward to the next book in this series!

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Thanks to Rebecca Prenevost for the book in exchange for an honest review. She has one signed copy to give away!

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traveler said...

My favorite holiday tradition is making latkes with applesauce and enjoying the wonderful delight of Chanukah.

Rita Wray said...

I do a lot of baking. Love the goodies and it helps keep the house warm while using the oven.

Nancy said...

We like to drive around and look at holiday lights. Also around the holidays, I like to read Christmas and winter themed books.

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Mary Preston said...

I do love trimming the tree.

Charlotte Lynn said...

Love everything about the holidays. The trimming the tree, the decorating the house, the family time, the cooking. I also love when it is over and I can relax and enjoy the peace and quiet

jodi marinich said...

we go looking at all the xmas lights after we eat dinner on xmas eve before kids go to bed

Linda Kish said...

Baking all of the Christmas goodies is my favorite. Or, is it eating them??

Unknown said...

This book sounds like something I went through at one point with my own daughter. Will be adding to my ever growing TBR pile. Great review!

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Annmarie Weeks said...

I have to admit that my favorite thing to do in the winter is HIBERNATE! But aside from that, I also like checking out the holiday lights and I like Thanksgiving and when the kids were younger, I really liked the day each year that we'd go to a tree farm to find & cut our Christmas Tree!

Anonymous said...

Making cookies with my 2 grandsons. Thanks for this amazing giveaway. Linda May