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Summary

No question about it, there are two little purple lines. I’m pregnant.

After eight years together, Lil Bailey thought she’d already found ‘the one’ - that is, until he dumped her for a blonde 20-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, 31 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....

©2019 Sophia Money-Coutts (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Howlingly funny." (Sunday Times)

"Another wonderful – and wonderfully rude – romcom." (Red)

"Surprisingly saucy and distractingly funny." (Grazia)

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Easy listening

Not the type of Audible id usually go for.
Wasn’t thrilling, just easy to listen to, like a friend telling a tale about their day.

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lovely but slow read.

really enjoyed this book it took a little to get going but ended up being a nice book.

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Funny and Warm

I thought that it was quite cool that the author read the book because you get to listen to it how it was meant to be heard. Really funny in places and completely heart warming. Easy going and lovely. book to make you feel all mushy inside.

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Great page turner

Perfect holiday read and I was late for dinner wanting to hear the end.

I felt like I was in the same room as Lil as Sophia told her story.

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Just ok.

Narrator talks really fast.

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It was quite cute but few annoying bits

Overall it wasn’t a bad listen and enjoyed the narration.
Slightly irritated by how abrupt the story lines were. Nothing properly developed.
Also would be great not to put women off their smear tests and actually paying some attention to things like at what stage you can actually see a heartbeat etc…

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Awesome book

I loved it all! Story and performance are really great, it is really a must heard!

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Funny and light-hearted

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a brilliant listen

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good read

this is the second book of this author I have read and have enjoyed the end is predictable but still enjoyed it

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  • 02-06-21

Good Beach Listen

Overall a good chic story. Good have done without the graphic description of the sex scenes and not because I’m a prude but honestly there just wasn’t a need for it.

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  • Marianne Nelson
  • 25-08-19

A good beach read

I enjoyed this book but I listened at a slower speed as the author was reading too fast for a languid listen.

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  • Reese
  • 11-02-22

What happens NOW? We’d all like to know… (***Spoilers included)

Lackluster storytelling, not enough character building, and too much insignificant filler. This was one of the most unsatisfactory books I’ve ever listened to. The main character (Lil) is extremely insecure and lacks deep emotional connections to those around her due to her unwillingness to be real and vulnerable with even her closest friends and family. There was absolutely no relatability to the character in this book. I finished listening to it only in the hope that the main characters would get their happily-ever-after and that there would be a real emotional connection in the end between Lil and Max… but no… not so much.

The “comedy” element to this romcom is more like one cringy incident after another. For a woman who ends up with an extremely attractive, famous person, the character writes nothing about the description of the female lead. This would be fine except that all you get is an impression of her poor judgement, poor choices, and her wishy-washy personality, which is lacking. Lil’s lack of confidence and blah personality, leave the reader with an overall impression of a lonely woman who is too insecure to let anyone in or commit to a relationship. No character growth… except the baby itself growing inside her. It ends with a confession of “liking” the father of her baby with a possible chance of a relationship, but “not a relationship”…. Maybe? I was confused and disappointed at the end of this book. There wasn’t even so much as an epilogue to tell the reader what happens.

I gave it 2 stars because I loved the premise and it had a few good moments throughout the book. It wasn’t torture to listen to … just meh, and lacking in romance and comedy.

I’d love to ask the author… What DOES happen now?? I’d really like to know Sophia Money-Coutts…. I wish you’d actually told us.

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  • Customer
  • 22-12-19

Surprisingly good

Am generally not a fan of author read novels as they are obviously not professional out loud readers.

This book is an exception. The author does a terrific job and I absolutely loved this book. Listened to it in one day.

Great chicklit. Nothing too heavy, but definitely enjoying and relaxing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-03-22

A solid 4 star story

Really enjoyed listening to this story in the car - different from a classic rom com, included more storyline with the best friend rather than the love interest. The ending was abrupt and would love a sequel! Really like this author and hope to see more from her!

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  • dean rode
  • 02-09-21

ho hum

not a romance. this was a drama about a pregnant woman. I did not understand the dynamics between Lil and Max at all. i finished it, but it was a pretty abrupt end.

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  • lollelani
  • 23-04-21

sweet

sweet story even though there is some vivid descriptive language in scenes that detracts from that a bit.

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  • JDG
  • 23-12-20

Ehhhhh

It was ok. Nothing that held me captivated or surprised. I would catch myself tuning it out as I drove. Yeah, it was OK.

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  • S. Berry
  • 26-10-20

Great read even for a non Brit

I really enjoyed the story and the characters. I loved Lil and her friends. I also like the narration by the author. Seemed real world. Already looking for another book by this author.

I do wish there was an epilogue. I love when you get a glimpse of how things turn out later.

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  • Vremsbottom
  • 14-10-20

Perfect for a road trip

Silly but perfect for a road trip. As a traveler, her dialogue regarding the guy annoys me. if you're not, it's a perfect thing to listen to while on the road through Los Angeles traffic on the way to wine tasting and camping alone with 2 pups 10 days before planning on becoming a single mom by choice.