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Just Between Friends

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Predictable but still very enjoyable.

Normally I hate a predictable story but Just Between Friends has a charm that other books are lacking. It’s a great story of first time pregnancy and it’s worries, friendship and deception. I loved it! 

Both main characters are well rounded and believable, I particularly liked Lucy! I wish the ending wasn’t so perfect but that’s the only fault from me.
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A very easy and enjoyable read about a diverse group of couples about to face parenthood for the very first time.

The couples meet at a local Baby Group in Clapham, and the story focuses on two woman, Aisha and Lucy. 

The story is told from the points of view of both Aisha and Lucy, who after a wobbly start, begin to form a friendship and a bond. As the story unfolds, we begin to realise that what may seem like the perfect life on the outside , is really a facade, and Aisha and Lucy become entwined in a way they never thought possible. Or did they?

An endearing and funny (in places) read, about the trials, tribulations and joys of pregnancy and birth, with an added twist. 

Although I did guess the twist around half way through, this did not distract from the enjoyment of reading this original novel. 

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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*Thanks to Netgalley and HQ for the gifted ARC in exchange for this review

Just Between Friends follows two expectant mothers who attending a local baby group in Clapham. As the story begins to unfold, you realise the pair's lives entwine outside of the group too. Aisha and Lucy are very different women, but the pair have shared experiences including some hilarious sounding pregnancy classes involving mooing like a cow. 

The dual narrative that switches between Lucy and Aisha is intriguing, and works well to build tension as the events and secrets unfold, and I enjoyed the contrast between the two women and their experiences of pregnancy and motherhood and the trials and tribulations of life.  Whilst they're both in their late thirties, worried about how things will go with their pregnancies and their relationships with their partners, there are still enough differences to keep you intrigued.

As the book synopsis describes this is essentially a tale of 'new mums, old secrets', and whilst it is a little predictable it's still an enjoyable story but by far not the best I've read.
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A pleasant enough read that involves experiences of pregnancy and early motherhood. The main crux of the story was rather contrived.
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Just Between Friends is an interesting and suspense-filled read, with well-developed characters whose personal stories you become invested in. Would be a great book for book clubs to read.
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A good, well written book that did keep me guessing along the way even though it didn't keep me on the edge of my seat.

All the characters were well developed and I would recommend this book.

Thank you to Netgalley and HQ Digital for giving me the opportunity to read this book.
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Aisha is pregnant with her first child with her husband Jason. She’s about to start baby classes to learn about the ins and outs of birth and all the firsts of motherhood as well as hopefully make some new mummy friends.

Lucy is also pregnant. She has a partner, Oscar and is also joining the baby group looking for information and friends the same as Aisha.

As the group meet, friendships blossom particularly between Lucy and Aisha, sharing stories of how they began their journey to pregnancy and motherhood and their worries about what’s to come next. Only one of them is holding back a big secret that could ruin everything. Will the secret come out? Will friendships and relationships be destroyed? 

I really enjoyed this story which takes you on the groups journey into parenthood. It has plenty of ups and downs and facts that most parent will agree with. 
I kind of guessed the big twist in the story quite early on but it didn’t put me off at all. 
It’s hard to pinpoint what I enjoyed specifically but I couldn’t stop reading and was immersed in the ladies stories.
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This one kept me guessing. I knew the stories of the women would weave together somehow but it certainly wasn't obvious. I would reccomend this book to others
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Really enjoyed this story and how it panned out, it was slightly predictable that there was going to be a twist however it played out really well and made for good reading.
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Date reviewed: October 2, 2020

When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is closed and you are continuing to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the second wave is upon us,  superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today.

I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.  

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

New mums. Old Secrets… 

Aisha Moore is eight months pregnant. She’s thrilled, and a little scared. Not least because her husband Jason hasn’t quite wrapped his head around the fact.

Lucy is having her first child too. She has finally got her wish – although the circumstances aren’t quite what she had hoped. Oscar will be a great dad though, won’t he?

When the two women join the same baby group, they quickly become friends and before long they’re confiding in each other.

Only there’s one thing Lucy hasn’t told Aisha. And while a baby may turn your life upside-down, a secret this big will change everything.

What a creepy yet fascinating book - friends are always a touchy subject, add in pregnancy and then it gets extra crazy and just when you figure it out, or think that you have figured it out, it changes directions. It is expertly crafted and utterly readable - I can highly recommend it to readers and book clubs alike in search of a great read.

As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube  Millionaires/etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it ☕☕☕☕
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Really enjoyed reading this book, couldn't put it down, must admit its one that I would happily pick up again and read, 
Overall I would recommend to anyone to read it, can't wait to get it on my page and let my followers know what I think about it!
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Just between friends follows a group of couples as they embark on parenting! They all meet at a local baby group and as they learn about vaginas, childbirth and parenting,friendships are formed and a support group develops to help them over the first few month of parenting! Lots of reference to sleep deprivation, nappies and feeding! However all is not as it seems, who knows what goes on behind closed doors and in the relationship between couples! Secrets from the past and present are exposed and the ramifications from this add to the storyline between this eclectic mix of couples.
Thank you net galley for this early read.
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Easy reading as Aisha and Lucy meet at ante-natal classes and steer their way through pregnancy, both facing worries of how they will cope with motherhood with the additional strain of the ups and downs of their relationships with their partners. Ostensibly good friends, all is not quite as straighforward as it seems as Lucy's guilty secret is slowly revealed.
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I'm not quite sure what I was expecting with this book, I thought it would be a hot bed of gossip and twists and turns, but in actual fact it felt like a book of two halves.

The first half felt like a cosy, friendly story of mums-to-be meeting for the first time at an antenatal baby group, sharing concerns about their pregnancies, following the births and their relationships, in particular of the two main characters, Lucy and Aisha.  in fact it was a lovely reminder of those days gone by and my own NCT group.  I laughed out loud at some parts - particularly 'VAGINA'!

However, all is not quite as it seems and as we delve into the second half we find a deeper story about relationships, past loves and a woman's desire to have a baby at any cost.

I enjoyed the premise of it, although I did guess the twist relatively early on, and felt that at times the second half of the story dragged on a little too much.  It also wrapped up a bit too neatly at the end, and all I can say without any spoilers is that I am not sure I could have been as forgiving as perhaps some of the characters ultimately were.

That said, it was enjoyable escapism and if relationship dramas are your thing, it's worth a read.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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Thank you to Netgalley and HQ stories for the ARC of this novel.

This book kept me guessing for so long!

A group of women, all pregnant, due around the same time, attend a baby group together.

Friendships are formed and they get to learn all about the finer details of birthing a baby.

All sounds normal enough right.

But with friendship comes secrets and lies and we all know that it only takes one lie for things to spiral out of control.

Told from two points of view. 

We hear from Aisha and Lucy. Both on the older side of thirty, worried about how things will go with their pregnancies and also fretting over their own relationships with their significant others.

It's almost like their lives are mirroring each other.

Throughout the story there is an electric current running through the pages.

Suspicions never quite confirmed.

Every time I thought that I had it all worked out, there was new twist, a different clue to make me doubt what I was reading.

Devious.

Who knew that a book about pregnant women could be so utterly compelling.

I marked the book down by one star because the ending lost the edge that the rest of the tale had. I wanted a bit more of a dramatic ending, not such a happily ever after.
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This is a fantastic read. Everything in this book is just perfect! Great characters and the storyline itself is just so relatable to many. It is so easy to read, honestly you will get so attached to this that you will not be able to put this down. This is a real feel good book so definitely give this a read it will be sure to cheer you up and put a smile on your face.
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This is about two women who meet at a baby group. 
I found the characters very likeable.
This is the first book I have read from this author and I’m sure it won’t be the last.
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Aisha Moore is eight months pregnant. She’s thrilled, and a little scared. Not least because her husband Jason hasn’t quite wrapped his head around the fact. Lucy is having her first child too. She has finally got her wish – although the circumstances aren’t quite what she had hoped. Oscar will be a great dad though, won’t he? When the two women join the same baby group, they quickly become friends and before long they’re confiding in each other. Only there’s one thing Lucy hasn’t told Aisha. And while a baby may turn your life upside-down, a secret this big will change everything. 

So this is an okay read albeit a very obvious one. From the beginning, in fact from the plot description I had a pretty good idea what was going to happen but Nixon really labours the reveal, no pun intended. I think the twist could have been revealed earlier as we all know what is coming and the consequences are more interesting. Having said that, Nixon does explore the consequences well in this book as it is.

The strength of this read lies in the characters, Aisha and Lucy are two great characters whom I connected to and found likeable. I enjoyed getting to know them and their personal story as well as seeing their friendship blossom. The other members of the baby group are interesting shall we say, Nixon has put together an eclectic mix that is for sure! For the most part they are all likeable, one thing they definitely are is realistic. I could envisage all of them and I particularly liked that all their circumstances are different.

'Just Between Friends' is an okay read but one that is very obvious and mushy and I did get bored with it. The characters are the saving point. 

Thank you to NetGalley and HQ for an advance copy.
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This book is about pregnancy, childbirth and being the mother of a young baby/child. It loosely follows a group of pregnant women who are attending a childbirth group . Later in the book it becomes apparent that two of the women are connected outside the group too, though , as Aisha (one of these women) , as the reader , you also gradually become aware of this. 
The descriptions of the classes, pregnancy and the period with a young baby are very well written and sometimes very funny.  All are first time mothers (and/or fathers) and I do not think I am giving too much away when I say that their pregnancies and births do not always follow their expectations . You feel the fog that they live in as new mother with too little sleep and the heightened emotions that are part of this phase in their lives.
As the book moves on, we come aware that there is an elephant in the room between two of the women. This too is handled very well and the discussion around it well written  and realistic . There could have been a tendency to explain much more, but I thought that the author had exactly the right approach in this part of the book. 
Definitely a book which gets you thinking, both about past loves/lives and decisions and how to move forward.
Thank you to Net Galley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review
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Two mums meet up @ a baby group, and make friends with other mums and each other! However is one only there to do something sinister, A good read
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