It’s so lovely to be celebrating Does My Bump Look Big In This by Amy Lynch as I read the first book about Rebecca and Barry, Bride Without a Groom, some time ago and you can read that review here. I also have an extract from Bride Without a Groom here.
The sequel to Bride Without a Groom, Does My Bump Look Big In This was released in paperback on 9th November 2016 and is available for purchase in paperback and e-book here.
Does My Bump Look Big In This
The mother of all comedies is due…
Newlyweds Barry and Becky are just back from their tropical honeymoon. The tans are gorgeous, and it was five star luxury all the way. But there’s a problem. Barry’s desperate for a baby, and Becky’s not quite so keen. Surrounded by pregnant friends and a mother who’s talking about the ticking of invisible biological clocks, Becky starts to feel the pressure. When a surprise pregnancy rocks the boat, Becky’s friends and family are rooting for her all the way.
Will she navigate the choppy waters to motherhood?
Will she survive antenatal classes?
Can she avoid stretchmarks, indigestion and her dreaded boss?
And most importantly of all… does her bump look big in this?
My Review of Does My Bump Look Big In This
The honeymoon is over for Rebecca and long-suffering Barry, but Rebecca’s friends aren’t as interested in the photos as she’d hoped. They are more focused on babies and that doesn’t interest Rebecca at all!
Does My Bump Look Big In This is such a fun read. I laughed aloud at several moments and I have absolutely no idea how poor Barry puts up with his wife. I must admit, the more I read, the more glad I was that I’m child-free! I still can’t warm to the self-obsessed Rebecca, but she’s like some hideous car crash – you just can’t help looking – and I can’t help reading about her. What worries me is that I have a horrible feeling there are people just like her in society who are as shallow, self-obsessed and essentially lazy. Amy Lynch has brilliantly created a comic monster in her writing.
Whilst this is a lighthearted and entertaining read, Does My Bump Look Big In This also explores some bigger themes and issues. My heart went out to Barry as he struggled to tell Rebecca about his redundancy and Amy Lynch explores so creatively how we interact as couples and families. I’m sure all those exaggerated fears and desires Rebecca displays are felt to some extent by most pregnant women and they will be able to relate to this narrative really well.
I liked the structure of the book immensely too. Rebecca is so outrageous in her behaviour and demands that the first person approach allocated to her is just right. She approaches the reader directly at times and that made me feel I was part of the entertaining events. I also appreciated the way Rebecca’s sections are counterbalanced by the third person writing about Barry so that just when she becomes overwhelming there is a quietness and sanity to allow time to reflect.
Although a sequel, Does My Bump Look Big In This works just as well as a stand alone read and if you’re looking for some fun whilst you wait for your own baby to arrive, Amy Lynch is the writer for you!
About Amy Lynch
Amy Lynch is an Irish author of humorous romantic women’s fiction, but not always with fairy tale endings! She has been working in the charity sector for many years, is married and has two young children. When she is not writing, she can be found juggling school runs, packing lunch boxes, tackling the laundry mountain and walking two large rescue dogs who stare at her until she walks them. Talk about multi-tasking!
Her debut novel Bride Without a Groom, a laugh out loud Bridezilla comedy, was published by Avon, Harper Collins in May 2015.
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