Moody not Broody is a light hearted romp with serious undertones. The main character, Emma, is very likeable and flawed and, as she approaches thirty, finds herself facing the kind of life decisions that most people will relate to. Newly married, everyone assumes that a baby will be the next step but she’s not so sure. At the same time, she is struggling to find her place in her career as a teacher, unsure whether she wants promotion and more responsibility or less.
The heart of this story is the humour and Kathryn Player’s skill as a writer is evident in the way she presents everyday situations that we can all relate to and find funny. Player’s style of writing is effectively simple and engaging, almost conversational, which draws the reader in from the outset.
I was engrossed not only in Emma’s story but also those of her friends and family, who make up a strong supporting cast. Beneath the humour are hints at poignancy, such as Emma’s mother-in-law’s obvious loneliness and I would have liked to have seen that explored a bit more. There is a sequel on the way though so maybe I’m jumping the gun.
I really enjoyed this novel and I think it would be the perfect holiday read; funny, light-hearted with a terrific cast of characters. Be warned though, once you pick it up you won’t want to put it down again.