Double Time highlights the journey of Jane Roper, a mother of twins. She was a model mother in every way, and tried to enjoy the newborns despite the chaos of caring for multiples. Roper starts off by talking about the first few days taking care of her children, forming a new family unit and establishing a new routine centered on the twins. She goes on to discuss the developmental milestones that all children pass through as they grow, and makes child care sound almost easy despite the stress of being a new mother.
As twins go through the normal growth stages, Roper experiences her own growing pains. Double Time reads much like a personal journal with the details of the children’s first steps, sleeping patterns, tales of juggling pets, family and personal time. Readers will be privy to the author’s opinion on whether it is possible to have it all or be it all to herself and her family.
The book does amble on for the most part with nothing special to report until Roper shares that something is actually wrong – not with the twins, but with her. Near the end of the book, Roper divulges what she has been hiding – a condition that will change her life forever. She is naturally depressed but eventually finds the strength within herself to carry on and get the help she needs to become healthy again.
Today, the twin girls are well-adjusted children who are the subject of their mother’s blog posts and feature prominently in her life’s most joyful moments. Roper works hard to find her own voice amid the frustrations, feelings of being overwhelmed and the harried days. I especially liked the part when she decides that she can become the master of her own fate and learns to enjoy the ultimate freedoms that came along with becoming an independent freelance writer. I would recommend the book to any new parent but also to women suffering from depression.
After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Wunderkind PR. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.