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Reviewed by Susan Lobban
One restless night, Jo is unable to sleep as ideas for a brand new business venture are whizzing through her head. As soon as morning arrives, she brainstorms with her loving husband Lee and Jungletown is formed.
Piece by piece, Jo’s dream of a child-friendly shopping haven materializes, but she soon comprehends that it is bigger than her and Lee. Enter Holly and Mel, who are also looking for change in their lives. Holly has returned to the UK heartbroken and without direction when her sister mentions Jo’s new venture. Mel is a single mother struggling with the increasingly distant relationship with her daughter Serena and running Jungletown is just the distraction she needs.
These three women are embarking on an exciting new business enterprise, which will change their work and personal lives in more ways than they could ever imagine.
Jo’s brain wave of Jungletown is genius. I love living vicariously through fictional character’s lives and this book was no exception. Jo does something most mums dream of, come up with a business centred round her children. Nothing like this shop exists in real life, but it should! It would be great if it was as easy as it sounded in this book and a husband doing housework without being asked is definitely pure fiction.I enjoyed meeting each of the “Wonder Women” as they met one another and I could relate to aspects of all three. Even though I am most like Jo in real life, my favourite character was Holly. I felt she was the strongest of the three women and I was hoping that she would get her life and dreams back on track before the end of the book.
Usually I like flashbacks into a character’s back story, but this time I did not. I felt it affected the flow of the book and, as I was becoming engrossed in one character’s story in the present, I found myself thrown back into the past of another. I especially didn't see the point of looking into the background of Richard, who is not really an integral or particularly interesting character.
Wonder Women is the perfect mix of real life with a dollop of wish fulfillment. It may even inspire some readers to have some sleepless nights of their own making their dreams reality.
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