Friday, 21 August 2015

Review: The Curvy Girls Baby Club by Michele Gorman

Ellie is fresh back from her honeymoon and can’t wait to share her news with her best friends Katie and Jane. To everyone’s surprise, mother-of-two Jane has news of her own… The women are due a day apart, on December 25th and 26th, and Katie can’t wait to be an honorary aunt to the babies.

But it’s hard to keep your sense of humor, not to mention your self-esteem, in the face of hemorrhoids and elasticated waistbands. Add a clingy mother-in-law, a career in cardiac arrest and a sex life that makes Mother Theresa look lusty, and soon their lives are as out of control as their bodies.

As the co-founders of The Curvy Girls Club, where loving yourself is the only rule, will the friends be able to practice what they preach? 

Review: I loved catching up with Ellie, Katie and Jane again in this fabulous follow on novella which I read in just one sitting! Even though it has been a while since I read The Curvy Girls Club, I picked up with these ladies again as soon as I read the first page. I liked the idea behind the storyline, the three of them supporting each other, not just through losing weight or being happy in their own bodies but through pregnancy as well and the dynamic between them was just as strong as I remembered from the previous novel, and the message still very much the same-love yourself more! 

I did miss founding member Pixie, who has moved away and so wasn't part of this story, but it was great to have Jane back as I really loved her story previously. She has similar struggles to deal with in this story, and she deals with them using the support of her husband and in the same kick-ass way that she did initially-I loved her. The other two ladies are facing relationship dramas that you might expect from new relationships and marriages and, for a novella, those storylines are just as much a focus as the babies themselves coming along, I thought this was really well managed in such. Short amount of pages! 

I was surprised at the pregnancies happening all at once and the ladies being due all at the same time too but that's how it needed to work for the book to take place so I can suspend my disbelief for 120 pages or so and I really did enjoy reading this. There were some moments that were just perfect and made me go aww and some seriously funny lines as well. I don't think you'd have to have read The Curvy Girls Club to be able to enjoy this, you just need to know that that is how these ladies have the strong connection that they do. If you have read the previous novel, I think you'll really enjoy this one, as I did, and love the feeling of catching up with the ladies once again! 

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