Mom Rules by Hilary Grossman #BookReview #ForestRiverPTAMoms4 #IndieAuthor #4.5*

Donna Warren is not who everyone thinks she is….

It’s no secret – to survive in a superficial town like Forest River, New York, where perfection is a requirement –a mom must follow the rules.

For the past five years, Donna has worked hard to exceed social expectations. She held the prestigious role of PTA treasurer, and her best friend, Jackie, is the most powerful woman at the elementary school.

But in a town where most mothers earn their black belt in backstabbing before their offspring enter pre-k, something was bound to go wrong…

And it did. Now, her former bestie has become her mortal enemy and destroyed Donna’s reputation. Eagar to believe the rampant rumors, half the elementary school mommies think Donna is a drama queen and the rest believe she is a vindictive witch.

As she and her children’s social standing dangles on thin ice, Donna is willing to try anything to fix her mistake. Unfortunately, all her efforts backfire, and she makes everything worse. Just when Donna is about to give up, she receives some shocking news.

Forced to face the most difficult situation of her life, will she finally become the woman she wants to be?

Forest River PTA Moms series

  1. Go on, Girl
  2. Mom Genes
  3. Mom Boss
  4. Mom Rules


A worthy addition to this inspired series!

Donna Warren has worked hard to do all the right things for her family; as treasurer to the PTA she is the chairwoman’s right-hand woman and best friend. In a town like Forest River, these things matter. So when Jackie turns against her and stabs her in the back, it affects both Donna and her family while the other parents are quick to take sides. When she tries to fix things she ends up making them worse and just aa she is about to call it a day, revelations come to the fore. The question is, how will Donna handle things from here on in? Will she be revealed as the strong woman she thinks she is?

I have followed this series from the very start and been entertained and, at times, appalled, by the actions of the PTA and parents in general. Thank goodness my kids are grown up! Hilary Grossman has developed an amazing cast of character who, after three books, had gelled together and now, with the fourth, she has thrown a firework into the midst. Here in the UK, our PTA’s raise a token amount to support the kids at school but in Forest River they take it to the extreme but it does make for some very funny moments. This novel concentrates more on the pettiness of some women and, sadly, quite often reflects real life. The author hasn’t shied away from this and is to be applauded for doing so. A grand read and one I’m happy to recommend. 4.5*.

My thanks to the author for my copy; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: women’s humorous fiction

Author Details

By day, Hilary Grossman works in the booze biz. By night she hangs out with her “characters.” She has an unhealthy addiction to denim and high heel shoes. She’s been known to walk into walls and fall up stairs. She only eats spicy foods and is obsessed with her cat, Lucy. She loves to find humor in everyday life. She likens life to a game of dodge ball – she tries to keep many balls in the air before they smack her in the face. She lives on the beach in Long Island.

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