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Publisher's Summary

They all have opinions. They all have secrets.

In a small town like West Burntridge, it should be impossible to keep a secret.

Rachel Saunders knows gossip is the price you pay for a rural lifestyle and outstanding schools. The latest town scandal is her divorce—and the fact that her new girlfriend has moved into the family home.

Laura Spence lives in a poky bedsit on the wrong side of town. She and her son, Max, don’t really belong, and his violent tantrums are threatening to expose the very thing she’s trying to hide.

When the local school introduces a new inclusive curriculum, Rachel and Laura find themselves on opposite sides of a fearsome debate.

But the problem with having your nose in everyone else’s business is that you often miss what is happening in your own home.

©2022 Sarah Stovell (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"PTA politics, school gate tensions, the perils of living in a small town where everyone knows your business - both funny and engaging while tackling some serious stuff." (Jane Fallon)

"Cringe-inducing, agonising, truthful, heart-breaking and hilarious." (Janice Hallett, best-selling author of The Appeal)

"Funny, moving, insightful and so sharp on the politics of the school gate and beyond." (Laura Marshall, best-selling author of Friend Request)

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  • m81
  • 04-17-22

Easy listen but boring and predictable

Nothing really happens other than what you hear as you go along. No plot twists, the characters were all fairly boring and predictable. Easy to listen to and pass the time but definitely not a book I will remember!

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  • Win Whiting
  • 04-08-22

A very different story

I liked this one and laughed out loud on more than one occasion. Rachel was wonderful and I wish I had a Rachel in my life.

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  • kim brookes
  • 03-14-22

GOOD STORY

This is a great story but spoilt by the narrator speaking the northumberland accent as if its out of a Catherine Cookson film

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  • Lucy Attenborough
  • 02-08-22

Insightful novel on parenting struggles

Middle class parents' struggling with modern day hurdles with some hilarious & shocking moments.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-26-22

Thought provoking.

So many different characters, different personalities and different problems and pressures. Entertaining as well as thought provoking.

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  • J. Regan
  • 01-22-22

Listened in a day

Haven’t enjoyed a book so much in ages
Invested in every character. Would highly recommend