The Push by Audrey Audrain

I just read a great new book that has me so excited I just have to write about it. I bought it a few weeks ago, but because I don’t like to read more than one book at a time, I had to wait until I was finished my previous book before I started this one.

The Push is described as a psychological thriller which is why I chose this book. I don’t agree with this description. It is certainly psychologically thrilling, but not in the classic way other pshychological thrillers are. Instead it is a deep and unnerving look at motherhood and all it’s ups and downs. At times it was a euphoric read. At other times it was gutwrenchingly sad, at other times is was downright terrifying.

The characters are superbly written, and the author takes her time crafting a wonderful story of maternal ties and how our mothers determine what type of mothers we will become, whether we know it or not.

The story follows a women who has two children, but shares a different bond with each child. This leads to alot of guilt and remorse and second-guessing. The main character is written with such compassion that you just want to give her a hug.

I loved the intensity of this book. In fact, it was so intense I had to put the book down a few times. It really affected me in such a way that I couldn’t stop thinking about how we treat our own children differently and why that is so.

I highly recommend this book to read, as it an excellent book all around. Well developed characters, with a great plot and an eye-popping ending, that makes you sad that the last page has been reached.

Happy Reading!


I am so excited to be able to share my love of books with an audience. I have loved books my entire life. I can remember riding my bike to the community library when I was a child and sitting in the aisles reading until I was told the library was closing. I loved Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, Little House on the Prairie. My favourite book as a child was the Princess Bride. It captivated me and my imagination. That’s what I love about books…they have to power to transport you and take you away to another time and place.

Books had such an impact on me that I studied to become a teacher. My principal recognized my love of books and urged me to pursue further education and become a librarian.

So that is where I am today. My children are teenagers, and so I have time to recommit to my love of reading. I can devour books in no time and I get so excited when I am finished a book that I have thoroughly enjoyed.

I started writing reviews on GoodReads and I still do. But then I joined NetGalley which provides free copies of books for “professional readers”. I was encouraged to start a blog, to share my opinions.

I decided this would be a good use of my free time, since a deeply care about books and want to share my thoughts. Some books are great and when I find one, I want to shout it from the mountain tops. Some books are…well… not for me, and it is probably important to share that as well.

So I will continue to read books at my pace. I am still teaching full time, so I don’t have a lot of free time. When I finish a book..good or bad… I will blog about it, and as I become more tech-savvy, my blogs will hopfully become more interesting…..Baby steps for now..

So Join me on my journey to finding books that capture our imagination and our hearts!