Be My Baby written by A L Michael, publisher HQ is available NOW in ebook format.
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If you asked Mollie whether she struggled as a single mum, she’d have to cover her daughter’s ears before answering. Surrounded by friends, watching Esme grow into the sassiest eleven-year-old in North London, and building her name as TV chef Mollie Makes, Mollie’s never been happier. Well, that’s what she’d tell you. But as her best friends pair off, and Esme starts getting into trouble at school, Mollie wonders whether life would be different – not better…but easier – with a team mate.
Three’s a crowd?
But Esme’s dad, Jamie, would be the last man Mollie would team up with. After all, he made it clear eleven years ago that he wasn’t interested in playing the family game. So when he suddenly reappears, Mollie can’t believe her eyes. And soon, she’s got to ask herself the hardest question yet: she knows she can succeed as a single mum. But what if her daughter doesn’t want her to?
Be My Baby is the third and final instalment in The House on Camden Square series. I’ve been so thrilled and delighted with this series. You can find my review for Book 1 Goodbye Ruby Tuesday here and for Book 2 Nice Day for a White Wedding here. I would strongly advise reading all the books in the series in order to fully appreciate the back story of each character and their individual relationship with Ruby.
A.L. Michael’s writing style is so warm and friendly you instantly fall in love with the characters and feel involved with the storyline. Be My Baby is Mollie’s story and once again the author takes us on a time hop journey to significant periods or events in Mollie’s life especially with Ruby. Also, we hear about Mollie and her first love Jamie and the time hop to their few months together was just so lovely but also felt quite tragic. Mollie fell pregnant during her short time with Jamie, they both had plans to go to university but the baby news put a hold on for these plans. New plans were hatched out and the young couple were both excited and nervous for the future. However, life didn’t go to plan for Mollie and Jamie. Mollie was suddenly left by Jamie. Mollie was totally distraught and for a good while she saw no end to her anguish. Mollie however, found the strength within her and for the last eleven years she has single handedly cared for and nurtured her daughter Esme.
Mollie and Esme now live in London in the Arts Centre that Ruby left to her and her school friends Evie and Chelsea. The Arts Centre is progressing well and Mollie’s creative side is her love of food and her genius in making wonderful healthier versions of favourite meals and cakes. She’s due to start her parent and child cooking demonstrations soon and an appearance on the local breakfast TV show brings new life into her career and also her personal life.
Mollie hasn’t seen or heard of Esme’s dad Jamie for eleven years. Esme is having a difficult time at school with fellow students enquiring about her missing father. When Jamie turns up out of the blue in Mollie’s life her world is shaken upside down.
We follow Mollie’s journey on coping with this new arrival. How or will she introduce him to Esme? Can Mollie forgive him for all the heartache she’s received? Can she trust him with her daughter’s heart and also her own again?
This was such a lovely, heart warming story but also it was quite tragic. From certain events in the past two people have been denied the chance of love. They are both confused with what went wrong and unsure of who to blame. A learning curve for Mollie, Esme and Jamie is required to cope with this new dynamic in the family structure. My heart was aching for all three of them, they have all had to deal with loss, grief, betrayal, torment. A.L. Michael has written a fun, romantic, witty, heart warming and pull at the heart strings series. This has been a fabulous conclusion to a gorgeous series. I’m quite bereft it’s come to an end but it feels like a whole new beginning for the girls at The House on Camden Square. 5/5*
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