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With her fortieth birthday approaching, Lucy Carpenter thinks she finally has it all: a wonderful new husband, Jonah, a successful career and the chance of a precious baby of her own. Life couldn’t be more perfect.But becoming parents proves much harder to achieve than Lucy and Jonah imagined, and when Jonah’s teenage daughter Camille comes to stay with them, she becomes a constant reminder of what Lucy doesn’t have. Jonah’s love and support are unquestioning, but Lucy’s struggles with work and her own failing dreams begin to take their toll. With Camille’s presence straining the bonds of Lucy’s marriage even further, Lucy suddenly feels herself close to losing everything…

Me: This was a freebie ARC from netgalley. I’m not a fan of chicklit and so otherwise I probably wouldn’t have read this any of way. Which would be a shame because it’s not bad. It’s essentially the story of Lucy Carpenter and her struggles to get pregnant all the while hosting her husbands teenage daughter from a previous marriage. It’s interspersed with what seems like a letter to a child…but whose?

I’ve unfortunately had miscarriages and Amanda Prowse covers the feelings of despair, grief and guilt so well. Lucy has everything except the one thing she really wants which is a baby. However she loses 3 babies in succession. Her husband is sweet and as understanding as he can be. The teenage daughter is the antagonist of the story, sent from France to spend the summer with her father she initially causes ructions for the previously idyllic household.

It’s a sweet book, it doesn’t tax the brain too much. It’s about na ordinary family and the things they go through. I probably wouldn’t take it to the beach (it’s a bit weepy towards the end) but if you like happy endings you’ll get plenty.

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