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I am so excited to welcome you to my stop on the blog tour for A.L. Michael’s “Be My Baby” and share my review of this lovely book with you.  There’s also a wee giveaway running so be sure to add your entry for the chance to win a goodie bag of healthy foodie treats!

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Published: 7 November 2016
Reviewed: 14 November 2016

4 out of 5 stars

Copy supplied by HQ Digital as part of the blog tour

 

Description:

Two’s company…

If you asked Mollie whether she struggled as a single mum, she’d have to cover her daughter’s ears before answering. Surrounded by friends, watching Esme grow into the sassiest eleven-year-old in North London, and building her name as TV chef Mollie Makes, Mollie’s never been happier. Well, that’s what she’d tell you. But as her best friends pair off, and Esme starts getting into trouble at school, Mollie wonders whether life would be different – not better…but easier – with a team mate.

Three’s a crowd?

But Esme’s dad, Jamie, would be the last man Mollie would team up with. After all, he made it clear eleven years ago that he wasn’t interested in playing the family game. So when he suddenly reappears, Mollie can’t believe her eyes. And soon, she’s got to ask herself the hardest question yet: she knows she can succeed as a single mum. But what if her daughter doesn’t want her to?

My Thoughts & Review:

Be My Baby is the third and final instalment of The House on Camden Square series, and if I’m honest, I’m a little sad to be leaving these wonderful characters.  The first books in the series being Goodbye Ruby Tuesday  and Nice Day For A White Wedding (my review of book two can be found here).  Technically this can be read as a stand alone book, there are enough details given so that the reader can understand the character connections etc.

This book focuses on Mollie’s story.  Mollie is a single mum who has been raising her daughter Esme (aged 11 going on 30 it seems, Esme is wise beyond her years).  Mollie is still hurt that her ex Jamie left when she was pregnant with their daughter.  A chance sighting of Mollie on TV promoting her healthy eating for children “Mollie Makes” is enough for Jamie to get in contact.  Through a raft of misunderstandings and the subsequent explanations Mollie agrees that Esme can see her dad so that the pair can work on building a relationship.

As always the characters in this are wonderful, Andi Michael has created such vivid and realistic personas.  Esme is a darling, very much her own person and not one to fit in the mould.  She really comes across as realistic and quite a wise character.  Mollie is a great character, the reader really gets a feel for her struggles as she tries to accept the bond between her daughter and Jamie forming, the fact that she was a lone parent for so long means she finds this hard and it comes across well through the writing.  She’s also quite a humorous character, the dialogue in the opening chapter where she was on a date had me giggling from the get go.
The relationship between mother and daughter was very well written, their bond was strong and the sensitivity shown towards the subject of Jamie’s absence was handled well.

The writing style makes this a joy to read, it’s entertaining, light hearted and witty.  Yes, there are sad moments in the book, but there are humorous ones too.  A nice quick read that keeps a reader interested throughout.

You can buy a copy of Be My Baby here

Don’t forget to add your entry for the giveaway!  The prize is a goodie bag of healthy foodie treats inspired by one of the characters in the novel – closing date for entries is 12th December.

About the Author:

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A.L Michael is a writer and workshop leader from North London. She has a BA in Creative Writing with English Lit, an MA in Creative Entrepreneurship and is starting an MsC in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes. She likes learning and hates essays.

She’s a fan of cheap wine, expensive chocolate and still wants to be a secret agent when she grows up, but she’ll settle for lying on the page.

To find out more about A.L. Michael and her books you can go to her website https://almichael.com or follow her on Twitter @ALMichael_

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