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Part-Time Working Mummy

A Patchwork Life
Narrated by: Rachaele Hambleton
Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
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Summary

Tales of Heartache, Hope and Humour for Every Kind of Family.

Hundreds of thousands of fans flock to the PTWM blog and Facebook page purely because Rachaele is genuine and incredibly honest and has created a supportive online community where parents (and nonparents) can go for respite. Her message is clear: not everyone is a perfect mum with a nice house, a steady marriage and 2.5 children. We lead messy, complicated lives. For Rachaele, blogging is about shining a light on very real ups and downs (from having fun with your beautiful kids and watching them grow to meltdowns, domestic violence, bullying and more). 

This audiobook will tackle these issues head on (with plenty of swearing along the way) and show Part-Time Working Mummy's life in all its brilliantly chaotic glory, with epic mess-ups, achievements and everything in between. Framed by Rachaele's own experiences and packed with lessons learned from experience, it's about the best, the worst and the okay times in a 'normal' family.

©2018 Rachaele Hambleton (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group

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Loved listening to this! What an amazing family :)

I follow Rachaele on Social media and adore her honesty. This book was lovely to read and I’m really glad I did. I actually couldn’t put it down. This lady is a star in my eyes, she does so much for others as well as raising her own babies. She writes about her life so eloquently, with honesty and passion.

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Empowering wonderful book

I loved listening to this book so much.
I found the book empowering and I really felt at ease with some of my life guilt while listening.
This book is so open and honest.
We should own our whole life good and bad.

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Beautiful.

What a beautiful story, I was honestly in tears from the beginning.
Rachaele is such a strong woman & an inspirational mother.

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Fantastically honest and heartwarming

Real lady, real life, real words.
I loved every second of listening to Rachaele rambling on about her life. It was lovely to learn where she came from and where she hopes to go. And that in fact everyone’s life sucks at some point. I hope she achieves what she’s set out to do

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Fab insight into her life

Amazing book from an inspiring women I love the love you and josh have for each other and so glad you found your happy ever after xx

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So raw, amazing woman

Loved this book, what a brave woman she should be proud of all she has achieved

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A compelling story

A great listen, beautifully told by Rachaele; real life super woman. Highly recommended audio book

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loved every minute

Heartwarming story from start to finish, very honest and open, wishing her and her lovely patchwork family all the best always xx

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Fantastic!!

I loved listening to this book, honest, funny and heartbreaking. I highly recommend it to anyone.

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Heartbreaking & eye opening

This isn’t my usual read as I prefer fiction books. But wow this is written beautifully. Not too much negativity detailed just enough for the reader to feel.
What an incredible family!

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What an absolute MESS of a life

I genuinely enjoyed reading this book, even though it was a heart breaking read at several points, and I became really engrossed in Rachaele’s story written in her own words. Her story feels so real and raw.

Rachaele’s frank depiction of her life from age 5 when her mother inexplicably left to the current day is nothing short of tragic. SO much pain!!

I felt so sad for her, and ALL the children in the story (herself, her siblings, and her children and step-children) who were victims of adults and their selfish and destructive behaviour.

I did try to remain uncritical, and to refrain from judging a woman who had clearly gone through the absolute ringer.

But I couldn’t help but think: what an absolute MESS of a life.

Couldn’t she maybe have taken more responsibility for her decisions and behaviours? It felt almost like wilful self-sabotage at times. Especially as she had innocent and vulnerable children to think of; not just herself.

It feels like we get quite a one-sided view of her situation. Does she just have really bad luck? Is she just a martyr to all life throws at her? She makes it sound like the whole town seemingly turned on her and her policeman boyfriend for no reason. Maybe they saw her as a troubled homewrecker, getting her claws into yet another man? She has four children to three different fathers, and a really unstable track record. I find it hard to believe that the family would just get attacked from all sides for no reason.

She kind of glosses over all the drama which happens around them, such as her partner (now husband) being ARRESTED BY HIS OWN COLLEAGUES - like its normal or something. And the incestuous bedswapping going on among partners and ex-partners sounds like something off a tv show.

She seems to be the common denominator among all this drama. She herself says it’s hard to explain how her life seems to go from one shit storm to another.

I just feel so sorry for her poor children growing up in this quagmire of all the fighting and screaming and instability and all the different partners moving in and out of their parents’ lives.

I do genuinely feel for this poor woman, and I’m glad she seems happy in her life now.

These are just my thoughts and impressions on the story.