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Does My Bump Look Big In This? by Amy Lynch

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Length: 329 pages

Note: The cover image leads to a universal Amazon buy link  for the book

What they say: the MOTHER of all comedies is due…
Newlyweds Barry and Becky are just back from their tropical honeymoon. The tans are gorgeous, and it was five star luxury all the way. But there’s a problem. Barry’s desperate for a baby, and Becky’s not quite so keen.
Surrounded by pregnant friends and a mother who’s talking about the ticking of invisible biological clocks, Becky starts to feel the pressure. When a surprise pregnancy rocks the boat, Becky’s friends and family are rooting for her all the way. Will she navigate the choppy waters to motherhood? Will she survive antenatal classes? Can she avoid stretchmarks, indigestion and her dreaded boss? And most importantly of all… does her bump look big in this?

The Review: You’ll remember I raved about Bride Without A Groom (read review here), hoping that there was a sequel coming out. How happy was I when I saw that this book was available for pre-order?! Of course then I did what I’ve done to much of and am fixing this year and put it aside and got bogged down with other stuff but I’m happy to say this book was paramount in getting me out of a really bad reading slump.

As you know I adore chick lit and this, that of the ‘Legally Blond’ and ‘Clueless’ variety, is rarely done as well as it is by Amy Lynch. I have seen it likened to the Shopaholic Series by Sophie Kinsella, and it needs to be, because these books are every bit as satisfying, fun and enjoyable as Ms. Kinsella’s (excellent) ones. Again we’re following Becky as she clip clops through life, having opinions on anything and everyone, as well as deciding exactly how everything needs to happen. I loved how you rea

There is a plethora of over the top, inappropriate jokes (I regularly laughed, trying to stop myself as I did) on getting ready to have a baby that are brave and oh-so satisfying, but never crude and again I felt like this book was tailor made with references or mentions of ‘Friends,’ ‘Big Brother,’ ‘Ghost, ‘The Snapper, ‘ ‘Mount Carmel hospital (where I was born!) and ‘Orange Is The New Black.’ Oh and Patrick Swayze, but I’ll lower my head for that particular reference!  This seems like a short review but I think I’ve made my point, you’ll know.

My finishing point is that they say that the sign of a good book is that you want to press it into the hands of others and actually I have a number of people who will adore this. This could be read as a standalone but really, if you know you’ll like it, why would you?! As I did. Cannot wait for Amy Lynch’s next book and I’m pretty sure I’m in for the long haul.

Rating: 5/5

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#ChickLitMay A to Z Scavenger Hunt

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Hi everyone and welcome to the ChicklitMay scavenger hunt! We were set with the task of writing a post on a word beginning with a letter in relation to something, well, chicklitty! If you see at the bottom of the post there are details on what happens in the scavenger hunt, running at the times stated (I’m a little early so there may be a little wait involved) and the prizes you can win! So best of luck to you all and enjoy!

Y is for YOUTHFUL

I chose my word because when I read chick lit I want my lead character to be youthful, and by that I mean chirpy, vibrant and full of life. Think Becky Bloomwood from The Shopaholic Series by Sophie Kinsella, Bridget Jones by Helen Fielding or Charlotte Bristow from ‘As Good As It Gets (see my review here)’ by Fiona Gibson.  By the by, they’re the reason Heather came barrelling into my life, I loved finding a character that tried her best to skip from crisis to crisis with a smile on her face and her good humour intact!

Before I go on please note: If you click on any of the top sets of book cover images you will be led to universal buy links for the books. The covers with Amazon listings marked underneath require you to click on said  links INSTEAD of the image:)

sophiekinsella      bridgetjones

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Similarly,the main character, Karly in Tripping Through by Michelle Morgan is 29 (young;)) but her youth shines true even more than most because despite all the things working against her, she is always hopeful of a better future. So no matter what life throws at her, she will always believe the best in people (almost to a fault) and always be looking forward to tomorrow.

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And that’s what I want to read about! Now I was a bit worried that twenty and thirty something year olds in chick lit were all too common, but- (yay!) almost straight away I pulled out two older positive chirpy heroines who were a little older!

Jackie Sullivan is the main character in JEEP TOUR by Gail Ward Olmsted. Recently divorced and about to turn 40- she moves cross country in search of her happy ever after following a chance encounter with a sexy tour guide. (She will be returning in Driving on the Left this summer, a book I’ve already had the good fortune of reading!)

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How Do You Know? by Meredith Schorr features a 39 year old Maggie Piper. She’s extremely youthful, but worries she’s “too youthful” to be turning 40 in a year…

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What do you think? Are you a fan of the vibrant, happy go lucky heroines that reside in some parts of chick lit land? Or do you prefer the ‘older’ characters (as in in their demeanor)- those that begin as less sunny, more storm cloud and travel a journey to be happy again? And what of older heroines in chick lit, have you read any books with youthful older characters? All suggestions welcome! Anyhoo, back to the task at hand …

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GRAND PRIZE Want to win a Kindle Paperwhite + a $100 Amazon gift card? Visit each of the 26 stops on the #ChickLitMay A to Z Scavenger Hunt and collect the alphabet word at each stop (A, B, C, D, etc.), then submit the A-Z list of words via e-mail to traciebanister@gmail.com with the subject “A to Z Scavenger Hunt Entry.” Entries will be accepted until Sunday, May 22nd at midnight E.D.T. A winner will be chosen on Monday, May 23rd. Good luck!

 

The next stop on the Scavenger Hunt (the letter ‘Z’) is here.

If you’d like to start back at the beginning of the Scavenger Hunt (the letter ‘A’), go here.