An enjoyable and emotional read about life as a new mum with an added secret!
Just Between Friends by Rosie Nixon
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.
3 / 5
The story is told from both Aisha and Lucy’s point of view, with each chapter alternating between them.
For those who have had children will instantly relate to this, especially the baby group and all the things they discuss. It definitely brought back memories for me. It also follows the women after they have had their babies and again I think the author did a great job of conveying the difficulties and emotions that all new mums experience. It was handled beautifully and really showed how hard it can be and how you’re constantly comparing yourself to other parents.
Throughout the beginning of the book the author drops little hints that something isn’t quite right and that Lucy may have a secret. Unfortunately I did guess what it was straight away….I don’t think it’s that hard to guess, especially with some of the hints given. However, despite knowing what the secret was I was still intrigued as to how it was going to play out between them all.
As we learn about what happened there are flashbacks which further explain the secret and how the characters got to where they are now. My only criticism would be that it was probably a couple of chapters too long, there were a few near the end where I thought this is the end but then it carried on. Although I did enjoy the last chapter which did tie everything up nicely.
Overall this isn’t a fast paced action packed book. Instead you go on a journey with these women as they navigate life changing moments of having a baby and dealing with their relationships.