The Wife Who Got A Life by Tracy Bloom

Thanks to Anne of Random Things Tours for the invitation to read and review. Thank you to Harper Collins / Harper Fiction for a copy of the book to read.


THE WIFE WHO GOT A LIFE perfectly captures the joyous chaos of family life and is the story of Cathy Collins, who’s come up with a list to help her nail the business of getting older.

After initially feeling annoyed by her sister’s gift of a ‘Motivational Journal’, she develops a list of monthly goals she believes will set her up for tackling the coming of middle age.

JANUARY – Write the list!

FEBRUARY – Ditch Periods

MARCH – Ditch Cooking

APRIL– Get a Life Outside the Family, preferably with ‘Young’ People

MAY – Secure My Son’s Future – i.e. Put a Rocket Up His Arse

JUNE – Teach My Daughter How to Not Get Screwed Over by Relationships

JULY – Reduce My Carbohydrate Footprint

AUGUST – Agree Who Will Clean Mum and Dad’s Toilet

SEPTEMBER – Make the Necessary Announcements about the Menopause

OCTOBER – Have the Really, Really Important Chat with My Husband

NOVEMBER – Fall in Love Again

DECEMBER – Dance with Hugh Jackman

But Cathy isn’t the only one in her family with a midlife bombshell to drop and when her husband throws his grenade into the mix, bossing the list doesn’t look quite so easy… and as everyone knows, a year can seem like a VERY long time…

My thoughts:

This is the first book I’ve read by Tracy and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Just the synopsis made me smile and wonder how much this book would relate to my own stage in life, as a mother of two teenagers, a husband who had quit his job, two dogs and daughter of elderly parents.

I enjoyed reading about Cathy, her family and her friends. Cathy has lots of responsibility, for her own immediate family and for her parents. She wants to make changes to her life and her monthly visit to her book club helps inspire her to make changes.

The book is written in a diary format from Cathy’s point of view. Initially she wasn’t impressed by the journal she received from her sister Lizzy who lives in the USA, but then she starts an action plan for the year ahead after her husband Mike announces he wants to retrain as a teacher.

Much as I enjoy cooking for my own family, the repeated lockdowns over the past 13 months, and lack of the option of eating out, found me wondering if I could find my own ‘Robbie’ to help ease the load.

This book is full of humour but there is also some heartbreak. My favourite part of the book is when the DSR is introduced. This was a light bulb moment and I now need to have the discussion with my own husband about this. To find out more, you will need to read the book.

Thank you Tracy Bloom for this fabulous book. Please can we have a novella follow up so that we can see how Cathy adapted to the lockdowns – was she able to add Robbie to her household bubble? How did she cope with Mike working from home and the teenagers studying at home?

Today is the penultimate day of the blog tour, please check out the other reviews too.

Author Bio:

Tracy started writing when her cruel, heartless husband ripped her away from her dream job shopping for rollercoasters for the UK’s leading theme parks, to live in America with a brand-new baby and no mates. In a cunning plan to avoid domestic duties and people who didn’t understand her Derbyshire accent, she wrote her romantic comedy, NO ONE EVER HAS SEX ON A TUESDAY, which has sold three quarters of a million copies to date. @TracyBBloom

By Karen K is reading

An avid reader from the age of 4. Love escaping into a good novel after a busy day working with students. Mum of teenagers. Adopter of dogs.


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