As a woman, have you ever sat at work and pondered the advantages and perks that women with children receive without so much as a blink? If you’ve ever rolled your eyes when your co-workers trot off to their child’s school sports day, sigh as they take time off for appointments whilst you work late, or kept your lips sealed when you get lumbered with extra work whilst they take maternity leave, then this book is for you!
Meternity is a side splitting account of a woman experiencing just that. Liz Buckley works for Paddy Cakes, a ‘Mother & Baby’ magazine in New York, and whilst she enjoys elements of her job, she finds herself constantly taken advantage off, whilst the working mums work a strict set of hours and get promoted to boot, Liz is burning the midnight oil to maintain her position – and theirs. Feeling as though she’s on the verge of losing her job, she’s pulled into a meeting feeling rather ill. When her nausea is mistaken for morning sickness, Liz has an insane lightbulb moment and plays along. Why shouldn’t she get lunch time manicures and the odd hour off for a ‘doctors appointment’? A Meternity instead of Maternity?
That was the plan anyway, however pretty soon, Liz can’t find a way out of her lie and eight months later she is still maintaining her story with the help of her friends. It’s not been an easy ride, as through each trimester, Liz has had to learn the hard way, all the complications of pregnancy to credibly carry on with her secret as well as learning to appreciate the struggles that pregnancy and motherhood include. An added struggle is also thrown into the mix when she finds she is falling for someone at the most inopportune time. Will she be able to keep her bizarre secret from Ryan and still maintain their relationship? At the beginning of each chapter the reader is kept in suspense, certain that the secret will be uncovered soon, but the author has created clever humorous twists throughout and Liz Buckley’s secret remains just that until the Very. Last. Moment!
Whilst this book has a serious undertone, the comedic value stood out the most for me, and with an added romantic value, this really was a story of an imperfect modern woman working her way through the ups and downs of life in a world that places pressure on everyone for different reasons. A highly enjoyable read!