In Crazy, Busy, Guilty, Lauren Sams' sequel to She's Having Her Baby is about life after baby. The summary says: "Georgie Henderson is having a bad year. As a new working mum, she strives to be Sheryl Sandberg at work and Martha Stewart at home. But she's discovering that in the twenty-first century being a Good Working Mum means answering emails at midnight while you puree vegetables and line up play dates and French lessons for your four-month-old daughter.
Georgie's ex, Jase, gets 100 per cent of the credit for 5 per cent of the work, and her best friend, Nina, is on a 'self-discovery' journey that involves a 25-year-old bartender and a plan to become an artisanal florist. And all Georgie's mum wants is for Georgie to find a man. Preferably the one who is the father of her child ..." Crazy, Busy, Guilty is out in January 2017.
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.
She's Having Her Baby, by Lauren Sams, is about a woman whose best friend asks her to carry her baby. The summary says: "Georgie Henderson doesn't want to have kids but her best friend, Nina Doherty, has wanted to have a baby for as long as she can remember. Sadly, Nina's uterus refuses to cooperate. One drunken evening, Nina asks Georgie for the ultimate favour: would she carry a baby for her? Georgie says yes - and spends the next nine months wondering why! With intense bacon-and-egg roll cravings and distant memories of what her feet look like, she tries to keep it all together in her dream job as the editor of Jolie magazine. Her love life's a mess - and sauvignon blanc's off the menu - leaving Georgie to deal with twists in her life she never expected."