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LAUREN SAMS

 

Crazy Busy Guilty (2017)

 

Georgie has just become a new mum to baby Pip and is in the midst of discovering what life After Baby is all about. Her ex Jase is barely around, her mum isn’t much help and her recently separated best friend Nina - who moved in to lend a helping hand - has taken up with a toyboy and is out having fun most nights. Then things get even trickier to juggle when Georgie heads back to work, becoming editor of a newspaper supplement. Assured it is a family-friendly workplace, Georgie instead has to deal with Meredith, a temperamental boss who appears to frequently forget she has a child to care for.
With the story covering the first year of Pip’s life, this book is the perfect read for a sleep-deprived new mum (if she ever gets any time to read that is!) With plenty of humour and relatable moments, it delves into society’s expectations of the modern mum. Although it is the sequel to She’s Having Her Baby, which gives more background on Georgie's relationship with Nina, it can be read as a stand-alone.


 

She's Having Her Baby (2015)

 

Magazine editor Georgie doesn't want to have kids but her best friend Nina is desperate to start a family. But several attempts at IVF have failed and she has been told she is unlikely to maintain a successful pregnancy. So when Nina asks Georgie to carry her baby as a surrogate, what's a girl to say? As Georgie comes to grips with her world being turned upside down, the last thing she wants is to morph into someone like her other friend, Ellie, who takes professional mothering to a whole new level. Meanwhile, Georgie is digging in her heels as her Jolie magazine is brought into the digital age.
While I enjoyed the work setting, I didn't really warm to Georgie, who comes across as self-absorbed and a tad irresponsible for her age and profession. While I absolutely loved the surprise turn the plot took and Sams' writing impressed, the rest of the story just didn't break any new ground to make it stand out for me.

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