My Book Pledge Featured Read: Second Best

While this may be our second Featured Read of 2020, and have a conveniently fitting title for the spot, don’t be fooled – this book is not second best to anyone! Second Best by Jessica Dettmann is a unique contemporary story with the right balance of humour and sincerity to help us get through the January Blues. So get ready to fill in that next slot on your My Book Pledge with Emma and her family!

Everyone has some drama with their family, right?

Having a second child is never an easy thing – going from one kid to two is a big step for any parents! But, when your husband admits that he is also fathering a child to be born around the same time with someone else? And that someone else is a woman you know from literally down the street? To say the very least…that’s tricky.

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Emma was already doing all she could to be the best mother and wife she could be. But with Troy leaving her for Helen, she now needs to try and be the best ex-wife, single mother of two, and babysitter to Troy’s new baby with Helen, all the while trying to cope with her professional life and without even considering the possibility of a new man entering the scene. But when she takes a step back to think about her life, she wonders if, instead of constantly striving to be better than Instagram-famous pilates instructor Helen, she can learn to be okay with being second-best.

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Set in an upwardly mobile, ultra-competitive suburb in Australia, this is a funny, biting, heartwarming modern comedy that looks at the roles we play, how we compete, and what happens when we dare to strive for second-best.

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We hope you’ll enjoy this singular romcom that has as much cynicism and heart just as much as we have – Second Best makes you think at the same time it lets you laugh and smile along with Emma, and we love a book that ties in meaning and warmth (and comedy). If you’ve enjoyed books like The Rosie Project and Love, Rosie (no Rosie-correlation intended), you should definitely add this book to your TBR ASAP! And, if you haven’t already, sign up for My Book Pledge and add it to your shelf!

Happy reading!


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