The M Word

Written by Eileen Wharton


Roberta Gallbreath is middle-aged and menopausal. She dislikes her children, detests her ex-husband and despises her colleagues.

When her mother dies, Roberta is left with a pile of letters and a mystery surrounding her son. The letters reveal Roberta’s heritage is not what it seems and she is soon on a mission to become a better person.

Told with humour and emotion, The M Word is the tale of one woman’s journey to find out where she came from. As she looks to the past for answers, more questions are raised.

Will Roberta discover who she really is?




An Entertaining Giggle-Fest for Grumpies! 4 stars


Oh, what a fun read! Plenty of substance, lots of giggles and a few surprises along the way.

Roberta has three grown-up children who all think she is unloving. Is there any wonder? As we learn what she has had to put up with in life, I felt a lot of sympathy for Roberta. What keeps her going, though, is her dim view of the world and everyone in it. When her mother dies, she feels no loss but when she reads the letters left to her, she begins to understand the life her mother had endured.

There is a serious side to this tale; her mother’s letters uncover a mystery which she feels compelled to solve. At the same time, we encounter the grumpy Roberta others see, and that one is very, very amusing. She doesn’t seem to have the gene which makes her stop to think before she speaks (I have an adult child with the same affliction!), and her jaundiced view of others is extremely enlightening. There are times I wish I had the courage to utter the things she does!

This is a novel which captured my attention. With lots going on, I have had my kindle in hand whilst the World Cup footie was on and have sniggered all the way through – not sure my OH is impressed, mind you. Dealing with emotional trauma and being unable to control her acerbic wit makes Roberta a very endearing character. This is a good tale and one I will recall for the fun and laughter. I loved how the end finished it all off – my favourite kind of read!

My grateful thanks to Sarah Hardy of Bombshell Books / Bookouture for my copy. This is my honest, original and unbiased opinions.


Tags: women’s fiction, humour


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2825 KB
  • Print Length: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Bloodhound Books
  • Publication Date: 20 June 2018
  • Purchase Links: Amazon UK
  •                                 Amazon US


Meet the Author



Eileen Wharton is not the naughty great-grandaughter of Edith Wharton. She is currently employed by MI5 but has had various jobs including: wigmaker to Donald Trump, Megan Fox’s stunt double and Ann Summers ‘toy’ tester. She also tells lies for a living.

She currently has five ‘lively’ offspring ranging from thirty to ten years of age and has no plans to procreate further much to the relief of the local schools and police force.

Her first novel, ‘Shit Happens’ was published in 2011 to worldwide critical acclaim. She’s also won awards for exaggeration. It did top the Amazon humour chart so she’s officially a best-selling author.

Her first children’s picture book, ‘The Shmoogly Boo’ was published in the same year and another is in the pipeline entitled, ‘My Dad’s Better than Your Dad.’

Her first crime novel, ‘Blanket of Blood’ was launched as a paperback on Friday 28th November 2016. She is now working on the sequel ‘Blood’s Thicker.’

She teaches English to teenagers and lives on a council estate in Bishop Auckland. She has never eaten kangaroo testicles, is allergic to cats and has a phobia of tinned tuna.


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