Does your past define your future?
When her daughter was born with cystic fibrosis, Kate Micklethwaite vowed that Daisy would never be defined by the illness. Kate is determined that her perfect little girl will be known for her love of butterflies and croissants and nothing else. Kate does all she can to be the perfect mother – whatever that means – and yet, somehow, has started seeing herself the way others see her: single parent, source of small-town scandal, drop-out, former mistress. Half a family.
When Daisy starts school, Kate meets her new teacher, the kind and charming Mr Spencer Swanson. Now, with more time on her hands Kate can start thinking about her own future. With her Open University dissertation deadline looming, Kate needs to decide what she wants next. But as she and Spencer get to know each other, Kate notices that people are whispering behind her back once more . . .
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Nobody’s Perfect is a beautifully written, emotional and heartwarming read that was very thought provoking.
I was soon pulled into the story and into Kate’s life. I knew a little about Cystic Fibrosis before I started reading but I had no idea how much was involved in looking after someone with the condition. The delicate balancing act of getting the right amount of food and exercise a day must be mentally draining, especially when also trying to ensure infections don’t happen. I felt a lot of sympathy with Kate because of this as it must be so hard.
There were some interesting characters who I enjoyed following throughout the book. I found Kate quite a difficult character at first though she did grow on my as the book went on. Her hectic life caring for Daisy must be very hard but she seemed so black and white in her opinions sometimes which did grate on me a bit. I found myself wishing I could go into the story to talk to her and tell her not to be so prickly sometimes. Daisy was a lovely little girl who it was a joy to read about. I liked that she didn’t seem that affected by her condition and she often made me smile as I read.
Overall I really enjoyed this book which which will stay with me for a long time. There is a great pace to the book which made the book very readable with some very emotional moments that seemed so real I felt I was there experiencing everything alongside the characters. The romance between Kate and Spencer was lovely to see develop, especially as it helped changed Kate for the better I felt.
Huge thanks to Tracy Fenton for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Zaffre for my copy of this book.
About The Author:
Stephanie Butland lives near the sea in the North East of England. She writes in a studio at the bottom of her garden. Researching her novels has turned her into an occasional performance poet and tango dancer.