Babyville, Paperback
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Jane Green, author of "The Other Woman" and "Jemima J.", explores the chaotic world of pregnancy and motherhood in the number one best-seller "Babyville".

In "Babyville" nothing's ever simple...Julia worries that her relationship with Mark has turned stale.

She thinks a baby will put love back into their lives.

But is a child really the answer? Julia's best friend Samantha is besotted with her new baby.

But what's her sudden obsession doing to her marriage? And does Samantha's infatuation hide something much darker?

Meanwhile career-girl Maeve is allergic to commitment - nothing's going to stop her getting to the top.

Then a one-night stand results in an unwanted pregnancy - but just how unwanted is it?

Three young women are about to find out how "Babyville" can turn your world upside-down..."Once you pick up "Babyville", it's unlikely you'll be able to put it down". ("Daily Mirror"). "You'll be hooked". ("Company"). Best-selling author Jane Green has captured the imaginations of readers in the UK and the US with her frank and funny approach to those day-to-day issues that affect women everywhere. Other titles also published by Penguin include "The Love Verb" (published as "Promises to Keep in the US"), "The Patchwork Marriage" ("Another Piece of My Heart"), "Girl Friday" ("Dune Road"), "Life Swap" ("Swapping Lives"), "Spellbound" ("To Have and to Hold"), "The Beach House", "Second Chance", "Straight Talking", "Mr. Maybe", and "Bookends".




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I used to be a fan of Jane Green's books (I'm not so much anymore) & in the past it had become a kind of a compulsion to buy every new one coming out. I read 'Babyville' last summer (a couple of years after it came out), and I finished it in just one day: finishing a book in one day is always a good sign!You all probably know that this book deals with babies: having babies, dreaming about babies, raising babies, bonding with babies, being jealous of other peoples' babies...Through 3 different stories (Julia, Maeve & Sam are the main characters), Jane Green looks at 3 different aspects of the same life-changing experience. All 3 stories are quite good, light, easy reading. I liked the fact that the "baby-issue" was introduced in the "chic-lit" genre. I've read countless stories of "boy-meets-girl" so it was a relief to have something a little different to read.I won't go into more details, just that in my opinion Maeve's story was the most appealing, since she's a character that I find true to life: independent & funny, & a person that learns a lot through loss of control. Julia I liked less, she seemed unreal & very self-centered. As for Sam, I have to say that her story didn't ring true to me, especially the infatuation part. But I'll let you discover the rest for yourself.All in all, an easy, fun, quick book, made for summer vacations at the beach.

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