Eileen Wharton: The M Word

Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for The M Word. My review is written with thanks to Zoe O’Farrell and the team at SpellBound Books for inviting me on the blog tour and for my copy of the book.


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?


The M Word is, in a nutshell, the story of Roberta and how she tries to move on with her life following her mother’s death. It’s important that we are able to relate to Roberta, so that we can sympathise with her as she is going through some challenging times. I found her funny and understood her vulnerability. I wanted to know how her situation would play out and I hoped things would turn out well for her. 

There are several strands to The M Word and my favourite aspect was the letters Roberta was given by her mother before she died. Wharton writes these sections with great care and I could feel all the emotions as Roberta read the letters. Wharton explores lots of themes in this novel, and they could all be relevant to women of a particular age; however, I felt that at times, Wharton tries to explore too many issues at once. The novel is relatively short and this means that some issues are not explored in the depth I would have liked. 

There are a few surprises as the story progresses and these kept me reading right until the end. 

The M Word is available from Amazon.

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