Review: The Curvy Girls Baby Club by Michele Gorman

51wVJ4tRlqLEllie 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 and Katie can’t wait to be an honorary auntie to the babies.

But it’s hard to keep your sense of humour, 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?

I was very happy to hear that Michele has written a follow up to her novel, The Curvy Girls Club. This novella returns us to Ellie, Katie and Jane not long after the end of The Curvy Girls Club ended.

Ellie announces her pregnancy and not long after, so does Jane. The characters are delighted to be going through this event together, especially when Katie makes a surprise announcement.

I really did enjoy this novella and my main gripe is that it wasn’t longer as I was liking reading it so much. They have all moved onto the next stage of their lives but there are still a few things bubbling under the surface that they need to work on.

All of them are experiences slightly different issues (on top of all the hormones and things) and I found this interesting and fun. I loved being back with these women. I love the friendship they have and reading this was like returning to catch up with old friends.

Ellie has a pushy mother in law who she doesn’t understand at all, Jane is not completely happy at work in a job that focuses so much on appearance and Katie (who is still running the Curvy Girls Club,) was really not expecting her pregnancy and is the one who is freaking out the most.

The plot happily develops and it’s paced well too. I liked the inspirational quotes that Ellie gives to Jane and Katie too (lovely little illustrations.)

(The Curvy Girls Baby Club is published by Notting Hill Press, August 2015. Thank you to them for a review copy.)

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I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

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