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Oh those little white lies

Lies We Tell Mothers Book Cover Lies We Tell Mothers
Suzy K. Quinn
Family & Relationships, Breastfeeding, Family Humour
Lake Union Publishing
July 23, 2019
254

Bestselling author of the Bad Mother books Suzy K Quinn reveals the truth behind the lies we tell mothers, one sleepless night at a time. Suzy and Demi were carefree twenty-somethings. They had fun! They didn't have responsibilities! And then they decided to have a baby. Goodbye lazy weekends, hello sleepless nights, arguments and an addiction to industrial-strength hot chocolate. In the midst of this major life change, Suzy discovered that most parenting advice should be taken with a pinch of salt--or ten. For example: #1 Lie--Just go with your mother's instinct. But what if your instinct is telling you to hide under the stairs? #10 Lie--Your new baby will tell you what it needs. Not if it can't talk it won't. #23 Lie--You should never bribe your children. You will ALWAYS bribe your children. Follow Suzy on the ultimate make-over--from nervous-wreck new mother to happy families. In this hilarious and refreshingly honest account for parents who prefer the realistic to the utopian, Suzy debunks the myths and takes us all along for the (bumpy) ride.

This is by way of an autobiographical tour of Suzy’s first few years as a mother, explaining each chapter the Lie she was told as her reality proved it false.

I recognise many of those lies – as will many mothers. The lies about pregnancy and how the sickness is just in the morning and goes away, and how wonderful you will feel. The lies about birth – just breathe through your labour – no problem – and then along comes the caesarean. The ease of breastfeeding (and nothing about your nipples bleeding at all); how baby will like food (which is why he is spitting it out – or vomiting it up); baby will sleep through the night (when?); baby will tell you what he needs (just why is he still crying – not food, not teeth, not not not -and is it cruelty to through him out of the window to get some sleep?); baby will be easy to potty train (what about the stains on your precious carpets?); and so on…

So many lies told to new mothers, expectant mothers, and those thinking of getting pregnant, otherwise we wouldn’t start and the species would never reproduce.

A read to make mothers laugh but don’t give it to friends who are just thinking about getting pregnant – or they never will..

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Oops – a baby…

What Happens Now? Book Cover What Happens Now?
Sophia Money-Coutts
contemporary fiction, romance,
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Pub Date 22 Aug 2019

‘I was pregnant with the baby of a man I had met once.
What was one normally left with after a first date? A bad case of thrush?’

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…

Ah – the story revolves around a bit of an oopsie – what happens when you are taking the pill, but have a really bad stomach upset, and then a one night stand? Oh dear… yes, and what do you do then?

Lil is a primary school teacher whose parents are academics; and Max her one-night stand partner, is an adventurer – a professional climber of extreme mountains, and whose father is a Viscount. Not a lot in common, especially as said father has a 22 bedroom mansion/castle/ baronial home that Max will inherit some day along with lots of acres etc.

I found this a nice chicklit romance with humour and millennial angst over marriage, property and relationships.

A good style and easy reading and one you didn’t really want to finish but yet really want to find out what happens.

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Giving Birth: True

Hard Pushed Book Cover Hard Pushed
Leah Hazard
memoir, medical, science, nursing
Hutchinson
May 2, 2019
304

No sleep for twenty hours. No food for ten. And a ward full of soon-to-be mothers… Welcome to the life of a midwife.  Life on the NHS front line, working within a system at breaking point, is more extreme than you could ever imagine. From the bloody to the beautiful, from moments of utter vulnerability to remarkable displays of strength, from camaraderie to raw desperation, from heart-wrenching grief to the pure, perfect joy of a new-born baby, midwife Leah Hazard has seen it all. Through her eyes, we meet Eleanor, whose wife is a walking miracle of modern medicine, their baby a feat of reproductive science; Crystal, pregnant at just fifteen, the precarious, flickering life within her threatening to come far too soon; Star, birthing in a room heady with essential oils and love until an enemy intrudes and Pei Hsuan, who has carried her tale of exploitation and endurance thousands of miles to somehow find herself at the open door of Leah’s ward. Moving, compassionate and intensely candid, Hard Pushed is a love letter to new mothers and to Leah’s fellow midwives – there for us at some of the most challenging, empowering and defining moments of our lives.

A true memoir by a Canadian/English midwife about her work in the NHS. Her book shows us just how underfunded, understaffed, under waged and under resourced midwives are. They are perhaps the least recognised area of nursing for its strains and difficulties that come from being there at the time of birth – literally your babies’ lives are in their hands – and they are overworked. There aren’t enough beds now that just about every birth is in a hospital.

Home births are now a rarity (except perhaps in very rural areas of Scotland where getting to a hospital is tricky). And yet, given the right circumstances, and assuming that the birth is not expected to be difficult, a home birth can be much less traumatic for all, including the baby. The next best thing is what was offered when I was pregnant. The GP ward. Where you are quiet and attended by your GP and a midwife rather than the high tech version. And you can easily move into the high tech version if needed. Giving birth can be hazardous for some and unexpected occurrences happen quickly. Which bis where the poor midwife is on hand – hopefully, to sort the issue out.

Though I did appreciate the high tech version when I had to have epidurals and caesareans.

I found this a genuine and moving book. I know a young midwife and met her several times as she was training, and know how hard it was for her and what long hours she worked.

Leah told her story in a very accessible style. Her words were clear and not flowery – but compassionate and truthful.

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Can you tame a killer?








Secret Daddy Surprise




Once a SEAL, Always a SEAL Book 4





Layla Valentine





contemporary fiction, romance, military




Kindle



One unforgettable encounter,
Two massive revelations.
This ex-SEAL’s about to find out he’s a daddy…

Valerie:

A year ago he swept through my life like a hurricane,
Garrett Lawson, the ex-Navy SEAL who showed me passion like I’d never known before.
Then he disappeared into the night, never to be seen again,
Until tonight…
Chance upon chance, I found him again
I’ve got to tell him the news
One year ago, he left me something to remember him by
One year ago, he gave me his baby

Garrett:

I’ve defended my country, but I’m no angel,
I’m a hitman; I kill bad guys for other bad guys,
And I never know if I’m going to see the next morning.
My night with Valerie was different,
We shared something perfect, something I’ve never had before.
Well now we meet again, and she’s saying she has a secret to tell me,
If only she knew my secret too…

This was a well written book with some nice points made about single parenthood and teaching troubled kids. Been there myself and finding how to get them to study is a really difficult thing to do.
The problem in this relationship though is going to be – how do you stop those trained killer instincts coming out at unexpected times? And harming people?
I liked the idea that a trained killer could be ‘tamed’, but thought that his experience of receiving funding for a new project was wildly unrealistic – never happen in 6 months. It takes 6 months for a decision to be made never mind find a suitable fund, one that works in your area, create a fund application, submit, and wait, then start the set-up with finding premises etc etc.
But if you like romances with a hint of danger then this is for you. Stories are never about real life anyway, they are always fantasies about the quiet woman snagging the hot man…

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Just what is due?






Devil's Due Book Cover




Devil's Due




Luther Cross #1





Percival Constantine





fantasy, paranormal, humour, crime




CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform




31 May 2017



Luther Cross here. Dangerously handsome, effortlessly stylish half-demon, at your service. As I have inherited certain...abilities with my odd genetics, I’ve put them to use as Chicago’s foremost paranormal investigator.

My current case? Well, I have to admit, it feels a little personal. I’m helping a mysterious girl who’s turned up on my doorstep, pregnant through mystic means. I can’t help but think of my own mother…and if I don’t help her, she’ll face the same fate.

Turns out, someone is trying to create an army of half-demons. While it might be a pleasant change to hang out with my own kind, I know most half-demons don’t have my sense of morality. If I don’t stop this evil plan, the armistice between Heaven and Hell will be broken and all of the Earth will pay… It will be the beginning of the end.

Well, a PI with a difference… especially as he is half-demon and his lover is a vampire… who knew? And yes, Holy Water, blessed by a priest does harm demons and nasties..

My first introduction to this series and I started with the first book and found it a fun read with some nice snark and a different type of PI considering I have just read Mary Wiles #1 where we have an angel doing a similar job.

I like the style and pace of this this writer and found him clear and good at ensuring we knew enough back story without over-whelming us so we understood what was going on. Loved the idea of there being roof-top bars that we humans don’t get entry to. Unless…

And nice for it to set in Chicago for a change. I’ve always heard rumours that Chicago is a dangerous place to visit. And with all these paranormals living there, I now know why!

 

 

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