Be My Baby (The House on Camden Square book 3) by AL Michael book review

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Be My Baby written by A L Michael, publisher HQ is available NOW in ebook format.

To buy link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Baby-House-Camden-Square-Book-ebook/dp/B01FCQFJ8O/ref=pd_sim_351_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=7J6KSF17D9W177YD4W1K

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Two’s company…

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?

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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*

To find out more about A.L. Michael and her books please visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.almichael.com/

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Goodbye Ruby Tuesday by A. L. Michael book review

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Goodbye Ruby Tuesday (The House on Camden Square, Book 1) written by A.L. Michael, publisher Carina is available NOW in ebook format.

To buy link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Goodbye-Tuesday-House-Camden-Square-ebook/dp/B01C2G2SZO/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1471957243&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=goodybe+ruby+Tuesday

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Four friends have become three. But that’s only the beginning.

Ruby, Evie, Mollie and Chelsea were the bad girls at school. But Ruby was the baddest. Evie fought her anger, Mollie fought her mother and Chelsea…well, Chelsea just fought. But Ruby set her sights on a bigger stage. And together, they dreamed of a future where Ruby could sing, Evie could make art, Mollie could bake, Chelsea could dance – and all of them could finally feel at home.

A decade later, the girls are reunited for the funeral of Ruby, who took the world – and the charts – by storm, before fading too soon. And Evie doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry when she learns that Ruby has left them a house on Camden Square – the perfect place for them to fulfil their dreams. But does she dare take the plunge, and risk it all for one last shot at the stars?

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This was such an uplifting story, I felt quite emotional and energised at the end.

The author, A.L. Michael, has quite cleverly written around the grief that the three young women were feeling over the untimely death of one of their best friends from school.  Although, the girls had all grown apart in the ten years since they left school the legacy of Ruby Tuesday has brought them all back together.  Initially, just for the funeral but a surprise letter from Ruby has given the girls a seed of hope for the future.

Whilst the girls were at school they were known as trouble makers, their family life and backgrounds hadn’t been easy.  The girls had a lot of fun at school but the best time they had was dreaming about opening up an Arts Centre were all four of them could share their love of art, theatre, dance, cooking, anything creative really.  Over the last ten years life has got in the way of this dream but vivacious Ruby never quite forgot and within her legacy she has left the girls the keys to a dream they’d all buried ten years ago.  However, a time limit beckons.  Can Evie, Mollie and Chelsea pick up from where they left their dream ten years ago and turn this seed of hope into reality?

Turning grief into a new beginning was so heart warming.  There were many moments in the story when  we time hopped back to the girl’s teenage years and their time with Ruby.  Goodbye Ruby Tuesday is book 1 in The House on Camden Square series and we focus mainly on Evie’s story.  When Evie learns of this legacy she is quite instrumental in bringing the dream into reality, she is also the creative genius within the trio.  Evie’s family life is quite troubled and it has made her very angry and many times in her past she has struggled controlling this anger.  An ugly reminder from her past keeps returning and is a threat to the girl’s future.

It was just wonderful to see all the characters developing and growing with this challenge.  Each girl brings a different perspective and strength to the story and I loved the sub-characters of Killian, Esme, Evelyn and Kit.  I can’t wait to hear more from the girls and the development of these sub-characters.

A gorgeous story I couldn’t read quick enough.  Inspiring, uplifting, charming and romantic.  Bring on the next story ‘Nice Day for a White Wedding’, which was released yesterday!  5/5*

To find out more about A.L. Michael and her books please visit the following links:

http://www.almichael.com/

http://www.twitter.com/almichael_

http://www.facebook.com/A.L.Michael.writer/