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Published on the 22nd August 2019 by HarperCollins Australia.
Imprint: HQ Great Britain
Angus & Robertson:
Genre: Adult Fiction, Romance, Contemporary.
Page Count: 384
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Sypnosis from HarperCollins Australia:
After eight years together, Lil Bailey thought she’d already found ‘the one’ – that is, until he dumped her for a blonde twenty-something colleague. So she does what any self-respecting singleton would do: swipes right, puts on her best bra and finds herself on a first date with a handsome mountaineer called Max. What’s the worst that can happen?
Well it’s pretty bad actually. First Max ghosts her and then, after weeing on a stick (but mostly her hands), a few weeks later Lil discovers she’s pregnant. She’s single, thirty-one and living in a thimble-sized flat in London, it’s hardly the happily-ever-after she was looking for.
Lil’s ready to do the baby-thing on her own – it can’t be that hard, right? But she should probably tell Max, if she can track him down. Surely he’s not that Max, the highly eligible, headline-grabbing son of Lord and Lady Rushbrooke, currently trekking up a mountain in South Asia? Oh, maybe he wasn’t ignoring Lil after all…
I recieved an Uncorrected Proof Copy of this book from HarperCollins Australia in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.
I devoured this book swiftly! I absolutely adored it! I practically read it in one sitting, instantly being drawn in to the whirlwind of Lil’s life! She’s such a naturally written character, very human! I felt like I could clearly visualise all her actions and definitely feel her emotions!! I admired her strength right from the get go too, she knew she couldn’t give up the little bean growing inside her, even if the Father is being aloof towards her and indifferent in his shock, I love how she makes the decision to raise the child, even if it means raising him or her by herself! Not that she would be alone by any means (hey, if she were though I have no doubt that she would have done amazingly), but she has best friends in Jess and her twin brother Clem, all of whom had such delightful interaction and page time with Lil! I found myself adoring Clem in his horrible cooking yet awkward mannerisms and just I could tell how much these characters all cherished one another! Jess and Lil especially, constantly there for one another as they navigate the tricky world of dating and men, confiding in one another about their respective dating woes!
See, for Lil, the father of her baby, the chap that she had this one night stand to, is a rather noted mountain climber and heir to a Viscount title, a friend of Prince William and he goes on a rather adventurous and risky climbing quest just after Lil finds out that she’s expecting! What I really also enjoyed about this book is that when the two meet, she has no idea who he is! She doesn’t actually realise until she hears about one of his expeditions on the news, which I really felt was a hoot! I did enjoy all of their page time together though and it was great to see their characters develop, both as individuals and as a pair. I mean, they’re both having to face the fact that Lil will be bringing their baby into the world, which is a total new territory for them both.
Honestly, despite Max’s initial blunt stubborn reaction to the revelation, I do think he meant well throughout, he just didn’t address everything in the best way! For example, pretty much insisting that he doesn’t believe that Lil did not purposely get pregnant as a ploy for his wealth and therefore demands a paternity test, it’s like okay dude but why would she? I mean, okay I understand why but also just he should have looked back to their initial meeting! She didn’t even know he is heir to a title! Their chemistry right from their first meeting was sizzling!! I suppose though, if it weren’t for Max’s
I also loved reading about Lil’s job too, she’s a teacher at a very renowned school, where she educates young sons of Princes, tycoons and the elite and just the way she cares for them though is just so sweet! She bounces off their childish innocence so brilliantly too, such as when they learn shed pregnant and don’t understand how the baby got inside her, she tries to explain the students pets and how they would have been born from their mum’s! It’s just so cute!
Perhaps though, what I love most about this book is the sheer lack of conventional to the relationship and how even her own mother (who is awesome by the way), had Lil’s biological father run out on them, but had since settled into a loving, long term relationship with a gentleman who dotes on her and has always been like a Father to Lil. I absolutely adore how supportive they are of her, initially surprised at the news, but eagerly excited about welcoming a grandchild into the world!
I really hope the author revisits these characters, it would be divine to read a follow up novel to see how everyone is going after that penultimate, hopeful and wholly exciting ending!
What Happens Next? is out now! Will you be reading it?