True Diary of A Mum to Be by Charlie Plunkett
Personally, I've always preferred Samuel Pepys minutiae of 17th Century London, to Robinson Crusoe's fictionalised account of an island. It's the little details that build up the larger picture of life, and one of the biggest life events is having a baby. Having devoured Charlie's previous diary "of a Bride to Be" I eagerly downloaded the next snippet of true life according to Charlie - it didn't disappoint, and here's my review:
Beginning at the beginning, Charlie bravely explains the heartbreak and bewilderment of suffering a miscarriage, not once, but twice. This tragic and traumatic experience is one that not too many are keen to talk about, and although obviously feeling saddened and even frightened that her dreams of motherhood may not come true, Charlie's frank account of this nightmarish time serves to reinforce the authenticity and indispensability of this book.
With renewed determination, the author conducts her own research, keen to discover all she can about increasing her chances of becoming pregnant, and carrying her baby successfully to full term.
In my opinion, this diary is touching and inspirational; at the time of writing, Charlie and her loving husband Dave could only have hoped for a happy outcome. That hope continues to grow and blossom, enabling readers to share a newly wed couple's excitement and growing awe as they embark on the most important and life fulfilling role ever.
Charlie has a natural gift for inviting people into her world, in addition to providing a 'must have' friendly guide on what to expect on a week to week basis during pregnancy, we also experience life through Charlie's eyes. Whilst reading this book at times I shouted out loud and the usual comment from my own family was 'What's Charlie done now?'
The answer was loads - related with a wry humour that kept me giggling and eager to find out what would happen next: by turns funny, reflective and informative, this book is a keeper, and one to recommend to anyone who shares Charlie's dream of becoming a mum, or those who remember only too clearly the magic of introducing a new life into this world. Having said that, this diary is thoroughly entertaining, and I've no doubt those of the male persuasion will also enjoy this fascinating account of the true adventures of a mum to be.