Not Having It All - Jennie Ensor

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Family, Marriage, Work, Friends, somethings got to give!


Neuroscientist Bea Hudson fears she is a bad mother and that her career will be thwarted by family life. When her husband suspects Bea of having an affair with her best friend, a chain of events is triggered, leading to a crisis in Bea’s life.

Bea Hudson, a neuropsychologist living in Godalming, is struggling to cope with the challenging behaviour of her obsessive husband Kurt and their disruptive four-year-old daughter Fran. On top of this, her boss is pressuring her to get results from her research. Bea has her work cut out.

Things come to a head when Kurt goes away on an extended business assignment. While sacking staff and drinking heavily, Kurt’s insecurities run amok and he becomes convinced that Bea’s close friend Madeleine is seducing his wife and unduly influencing his daughter.

Meanwhile, childless artist Madeleine sees her friend torn between the demands of work and offers to help with Fran. But when she reveals a startling desire to her unsympathetic therapist Mr Rowley, he advises her to focus on the attention of Colin, a man she met in a lift.

Can Bea survive the demands of her career and the turmoil in her marriage without having a breakdown? Can Madeleine survive Kurt’s anger and find happiness with Colin? And can love survive marriage, middle-age, alcohol and ambition?

Not Having It All is about a scientist torn between her stalling career and the demands of her family. With themes of trust, deception and obsession, it is a mercilessly playful take on modern friendships, relationships and family life.

My Review

Bea is a mother, wife, friend and employee trying to juggle the demands coming from every direction in her life.

The story is just laugh out loud in parts honestly did!! along with quite a lot of snorting and some understanding smiles!!

a really funny tale with the perfect mix of angst and trouble!.

The issues that the main characters are faced with are very relate-able to all of us who are desperately trying to balance family, work and relationships.

The whole story flowed really well, and I could absolutely see these situations happening! This is not my usual read or the focus of this blog but with my head constantly in crime and murder at the moment this book was the perfect antidote. I was drawn in by the blurb and thrilled i could read and review such a fantastic story that left me smiling!

Author Bio

Jennie Ensor lives in London and has Irish roots. During a long trip overseas she obtained a Masters in Journalism and began her writing career as a journalist, covering topics from forced marriages to accidents in the mining industry.

Her debut novel BLIND SIDE was published by Unbound in 2016.

In January 2018 her short story ‘The Gift’ was placed in the Top 40 of the Words and Women national prose competition.

Her poetry has appeared in many UK and overseas publications, most recently Ink Sweat and Tears. She sings in a chamber choir.

Purchase Links

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Blind Side on Amazon

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Thank you to the Publisher and Author for sending me an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this novel and for the opportunity to review these works.

All reviews are my own unbiased opinion.

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