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Sep 07

Review: What Kate did Next by Lisa Heidke

I received this book for free from ARC received from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: What Kate did Next by Lisa HeidkeWhat Kate Did Next by Lisa Heidke
Published by Allen & Unwin on 2010
Genres: contemporary, fiction
Pages: 316
Source: ARC received from publisher
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Meet Kate Cavendish—housewife and mother of two—as she dips her toes back into the workforce while trying to juggle kids, a work-obsessed husband, lust for her son's soccer coach, and much, much more. Her husband's a workaholic, her kids are growing up, and now it's time for Kate to follow some of her own dreams. It seems like only yesterday that Kate was one of the most well-regarded photographers in town. So how, she wonders, did her life come to consist of so much drudgery, not to mention dealing with a recalcitrant, eye-rolling teenage daughter and an often-absentee husband. And why oh why did her young son have to score such a distractingly gorgeous soccer coach? We follow Kate's hilarious and heartfelt journey as she heads back to work and starts to fantasize about getting her life back, including some of the glamour and fun.

I really enjoyed this Chick Lit-style novel, probably because the protagonist Kate was much closer to me in age and life situation that the usual stiletto-wearing upwardly mobile 20-something central character.

I loved Kate as a character. She was intelligent and entertaining and I enjoyed reading her amusing observations of her friends and extended family which provided a nice balance to her more naval-gazing moments as she worried about her career, marriage and parenting abilities. The secondary characters provided a nice ensemble of quirks as well, with Kate’s children, mother and sister particularly enjoyable.

While there were some very real issues for Kate to deal with, particularly with her daughter and some unresolved issues from her parents divorce, the sense of fun and humour was never far away. The scenes set at the office and on location, where Kate was working temporarily as a photographer for a food magazine, were particularly entertaining.

This is a great feel-good novel, ideal for lounging by the pool or snuggling up under a warm blanket on a rainy day. I am now tracking down a copy of Heidke’s other novel, Lucy Springer Gets Even, which I’m hoping will be just as enjoyable and I’ve just found out that Heidke’s third book, Claudia’s Big Break, will be released in January 2011. Can’t wait.

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