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I was recently contacted by the author Leanne Stoneley on Twitter (@MomRhyme) and asked to review her new book, First Rhyme Mom. Poetry is not one of my favorite genres but I took a look at her profile and website and really liked the sound of it, so agreed!
HUMOROUS, HONEST, HEARTFELT: A poetic journey through pregnancy and the first six months of motherhood. Split into two sections – one for pregnancy and the other for the first six months of motherhood – this collection of 40 poems covers topics, such as: announcing a pregnancy, giving birth, the lack of sleep, the highest and lowest emotions felt, the mommy social world, weaning, the funny bits, having ‘me time’, as well as a whole host of other things pregnancy and early motherhood thrust upon us! Written in a thought-provoking, original and relatable way, this collection is the perfect companion and keepsake for every parent and those soon to be. This is the first book in the ‘First Rhyme Mom’ series.
Well, I am so glad I moved out of my reading comfort zone to give this one a try – I loved it!
Leanne’s poems were a fab mix of the relatable (‘Fine’), to the funny (OMG! (Ode To Having A Wee)), to the beautiful (Sunbeam) and pretty much everything in between. It was modern, with current parenting ‘trends’ addressed within it’s covers, as well as with some of the feelings that mother’s to be and new mum’s have been experiencing for years.
This would make an ideal baby shower, new mum or mother’s day gift and I highly recommend a read by all mummies!
“What do I do? I’m a first time mom,
and all these feelings have me in a daze.”
“You need to do what’s right for you both;
we all have our own little ways.
By all means take on board what you need,
but don’t be swayed because opinion is strong,
as then you’ll feel pulled in different directions
and that you can’t do right for doing wrong.”
bLeanne Stoneley ‘ …For Doing Wrong’
Leanne has worked as an English Language teacher for fifteen years and spent the majority of her twenties living in Japan and Spain, as well as in London, Birmingham and Leeds, UK. She has an MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Now in her mid-thirties, motherhood has taken her on a whole new adventure and is one she absolutely had to write about.
Leanne now lives back in her home region of the West Midlands, UK, with her husband and daughter.
Check out the First Rhyme Mom website
Leanne has kindly gifted me an extra copy of the book to giveaway. I have added some goodies as well, so to be in with a chance of winning a little Mummy care gift parcel please head over to my Instagram page to find the giveaway post going live today (Monday 18th March 2019).
Thank you for reading this review and I hope it has left you wanting to read more of this fab little book. What books have you read recently that have been a step out of your comfort zone? Let me know in the comments below, and how you found it! Don’t forget to head over to my Instagram page and enter the giveaway which will run till Friday – good luck!
I was gifted this book in return for an honest review. All opinions in this post are my own. Clicking on an affiliate link will; not affect your purchase in any way but may earn me some extra pennies!
I like a nice surprise when I try something new
Me too! So pleased I went out of my confoco zone
As the author of several like-topic’d poetic mommy memoirs, I can only say that Ms. Stoneley’s work sounds like an essential, candid, funny, and relatable entry into our genre, and I can’t wait to read it! –Jordana Landsman, award-winning author of “Mommy Haiku’d All Over the Baby” and “Mommy, Your Name is Poo Poo.” xoxoxo
Will have to have a read of yours too, thankyou for commenting x
i do love poetry and if it has poems titled ‘ode to having a wee’, i am all for it..love this review
Ha ha, that was a good one! X
I don’t read poetry but this sounds like one I could very much get on board with. Very relateable subject matter. Thanks for sharing.
Gemma @ Gemma’s Book Nook
I think that’s why I enjoyed it so much! X
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Nice review. Poetry is very hit and miss with me. This book sounds good though.
Same here but this one was so relatable it just worked! X
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