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The entertaining companion novel to the best-selling The Sweet Second Life of Darrell Kincaid.

A laugh-out-loud novel about marriage, kids and losing control.

Michelle Lawrence’s perfect life has been just as she’s designed it. But then her husband, Chad, ruins everything by taking a job in San Francisco, about as far from their comfortable family home as it’s possible to get without actually emigrating. Up until now, Chad’s primary focus has been keeping her happy, and Michelle can see no good reason why this should change.

But change it has, and Michelle now has to deal with Chad’s increasing detachment, while building a new life with her two small children in a place filled with cat-eating coyotes. On top of that, Michelle’s oldest friend is turning against marriage while her newest is a little too obsessed with clean taps. And down the redwood-lined street, there’s Aishe Herne, a woman who could pick a fight with a silent order of nuns. Aishe has designed her own kind of perfect life, in which there’s room for her, her teenage son and no one else. But when cousin Patrick lands in town like a Cockney nemesis, both Aishe and Michelle must begin determined campaigns to regain their grip on the steering wheel of their lives.


In factThe Not So Perfect Life of Mo Lawrence is as quirky, funny and unafraid to puncture pretension as Michelle herself. How can you help but enjoy a story in which a person can be cut from a cloth that is "the kind of synthetic, flocked upholstery fabric that felt like hell against your skin but which would wear until the crack of doom. And which matched the curtains"?

Dr McKinney, Otago Daily Times

It would be a disservice to refer to Robertson’s work as “chick lit” unless that means wickedly funny, clever and well-written. Although the book is a very entertaining read, it is by no means light and fluffy . . . The Not So Perfect Life of Mo Lawrence deserves to enjoy the same success as Robertson’s first book. With any luck, a third book is already underway.

Tiffany Matsis, Booksellers NZ blog site

A good story, with great characters - fun from the first page to the last.

Katie Marriner, NZ Doctor

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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback


    August 3, 2012

    RHNZ Black Swan

    376 pages

    RRP $38.00

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  • EBook


    August 3, 2012

    Random House New Zealand

    376 pages

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