From the first moments of reading Abigail’s debut novel, Life Is Yours, I was instantly hooked to her beautiful style of writing. Her trilogy of books are my go to place for inspiration and to lift my spirits, as her emotionally charged words soothe my soul and warm my heart. After reading them I started using the hashtag #bemorejess, because I was inspired to take on the same outlook of life that she portrays in the stories, to look for the positives and to live my life in the moment.
So I was very excited to read this new story, to share the adventures ahead for Jess and her family, starting their journey as a family of three in the Highlands of Scotland.
The story has emotionally charged moments right from the beginning as we discover that Jess is struggling with her new life as a mother.
So much of what she experiences is completely relatable to me, and I appreciate the honest way in which it was shared. Once again Abigail gives us readers the opportunity to witness Jess overcoming difficulties within her life, with a story that is filled with love, friendships and hope. It is told in such a way that all of us mothers can easily identify with, the emotions created from changing our roles from looking after just ourselves to becoming a full time parent, with all the stresses and challenges that it brings, as well as the expectations that you desperately try to live up to, created by the pressure of social media and our own anticipation of what motherhood should be like. So my latest hashtag after reading this lovely book is now #iamjess , because I believe that we all possess the same strengths and the same determination to be the best mum, wife, daughter and friend that we can be! We just need to believe in ourselves and our abilities, to accept help and to allow ourselves the opportunity to reach out to others for support and encouragement. It does take a village to raise a child. And it takes friendships to make our lives joyful and happy. We need each other. ❤️
My review follows the book blurb
One moody Turkish husband, one screaming toddler, thirty days to find true happiness . . .
After marrying Mesut, the man of her dreams, having an adorable little boy and moving to a beautiful Scottish seaside town, Jess knows she should feel more grateful. But motherhood is so tough and the cultural gap between her and her husband is starting to show.
As Mesut prepares for the Islamic month of Ramadan, Jess figures she should support him. She decides to go nil-by-mouth from sunrise to sunset for thirty days, hoping that some spirituality might rub off on her, especially if she records it all on her blog.
When the blog becomes the talk of the town, Mesut objects to his faith being made public. But Jess is certain Ramadan will make her a better person as well as a better mum. With thirty belly-growling days to get through and thirty blog posts to write, could divine intervention be just around the corner? Or will it tear apart everything she loves?
My Little Ramadan can be read as a standalone book, but is also a sequel to the uplifting and inspirational Life Is Yours Trilogy.
A humorous, heartwarming read with real depth and charm, My Little Ramadan is perfect for fans of Elizabeth Gilbert, Jojo Moyes and Beth O’Leary.
Buy My Little Ramadan and find out if Jess completes Ramadan today!
My 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 review
I adore the Life is Yours trilogy and so I was excited, but a little nervous to read this follow up book of Jess’s adventures, nervous because I was concerned that I might not love it as much as the previous three, but I really needn’t have worried, because I completely loved it right from the first page!
Instantly I was back on the emotional rollercoaster ride that is Jess’s life, this time based in the Highlands of Scotland, watching her journey as a new mother and wife.
I appreciated the honesty shared about the trials and tribulations of motherhood, because like Jess it didn’t actually come naturally to me either. Many of the feelings shared by her were ones I too felt back in the early tiring and overwhelming days of motherhood. The use of the community around her was incredibly uplifting and positive, proving that raising a child is a group effort, and also that you need to allow yourself time to recapture your own self and not feel bad to do stuff for yourself, you can’t pour from an empty cup is one of my favourite sayings.
The way the characters rallied around Jess was so beautiful and it also introduces us readers to some wonderful new characters in the series too.
Abigail writes the best ever characters, people that I can imagine so clearly by her wonderful descriptions and they are people that I would love to have in my own life too!
In addition to the emotional aspects of the story, I enjoyed learning about Ramadan and the way Meset’s family interacted. I especially loved the beautiful connection that Jess has with her Mother in Law at the start of the book, it was incredibly heartwarming and sets up the love and understanding that is so important for Jess, to feel part of his family. It shows that even coming from a different culture and a different faith didn’t mean that she wasn’t accepted and loved by his family.
Some awesome twists and turns kept up the intensity of the story, and it was great to catch up with some characters from the earlier books.
This amazing book certainly never made me feel empty, I was constantly filled with many emotions, love, hope, sadness, laughter and understanding. Every single page gave me something to think about, something to smile at or something to nod in agreement with. This book was everything that I had hoped for and so much more – it was absolutely perfect. ❤️
ABIGAIL YARDIMCI is an author, painter and creative mindfulness practitioner. She is a Geordie girl living by the sea in South Devon with her Turkish husband and two terrifying kids. she loves to blog and gets her kicks through mindful parenting styles, creative living and chocolate.
Abigail’s writing inspiration comes from scratching the surface of everyday life to find the underlying magic that connects us all. The fire beneath the frustration, the creativity beneath the boredom, the stillness beneath the chaos.
Abigail’s debut novel, ‘Life Is Yours’ is published as the first in a trilogy and there are more books on the way. She stays sane in the world of parenting by writing a popular blog called ‘Mum In The Moment’. You can find and follow her blog at http://www.abigailyardimci.com/muminthemoment
Abigail also kinda thrives on social media so join her there to find out more about the Life Is Yours trilogy and loads more:
Amazon link My Little Ramadan: A heart-warming novel about motherhood, hunger and divine intervention (sequel to the Life Is Yours Trilogy) https://amzn.eu/d/etMWc3S
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