About the book
Published: 7th November 2016 (HQ Digital)
If you asked Mollie whether she struggled as a single mum, she’d have to cover her daughter’s ears before answering. Surrounded by friends, watching Esme grow into the sassiest eleven-year-old in North London, and building her name as TV chef Mollie Makes, Mollie’s never been happier. Well, that’s what she’d tell you. But as her best friends pair off, and Esme starts getting into trouble at school, Mollie wonders whether life would be different – not better…but easier – with a team mate.
Three’s a crowd?
But Esme’s dad, Jamie, would be the last man Mollie would team up with. After all, he made it clear eleven years ago that he wasn’t interested in playing the family game. So when he suddenly reappears, Mollie can’t believe her eyes. And soon, she’s got to ask herself the hardest question yet: she knows she can succeed as a single mum. But what if her daughter doesn’t want her to?
Be My Baby is the final (sniff!) part of The House on Camden Square trilogy and we wave goodbye to Evie, Mollie, Chelsea and, of course, Ruby. You can catch up on my thoughts on the first two books; Goodbye Ruby Tuesday and Nice Day for a White Wedding
The girls are back and this book focuses on Mollie. Mollie (and the girls) are still in the Ruby Rooms and she is building up her healthy parent/child cooking business, Mollie Makes…, she is happier than she’s been in years however since all her friends have paired off, she’s beginning to wonder what life would be like with her very own partner. Since Jamie left her and Esme was born, Mollie’s focus has been entirely on her and Mollie’s personal life has taken a complete backseat.
Be My Baby brings Jamie back into the fold after he sees her on morning television promoting Mollie Makes…and turns Mollie’s life completely upside down, making her question everything she thought was true eleven years ago. Esme welcomes Jamie with open arms and is thrilled to finally have a Dad.
I adored this last book, it is great to find out about Mollie and Jamie’s pasts, their perspective on what happened and actually what did happen. This is a beautiful, heartwarming story that has its tragic side when Mollie and Jamie understand what they both lost 11 years ago. Be My Baby offers both humour and a serious side, and certainly concludes the trilogy fantastically. I am really sorry to say goodbye to the girls!
This is a brilliant series, Michael’s writing is so friendly and humorous, you immediately feel part of the group and laugh out loud at parts! What makes the writing really special is the way Ruby’s voice comes through the narrative, through flashbacks, letters, the girls memories of her and the legacy she has left behind. It is most definitely best read in order to truly appreciate the journey the girls go on and the impact of Ruby’s life and death has upon them all.
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About A.L. Michael
A.L. Michael is hurtling towards the end of her twenties a little too quickly. She is the author of ‘Wine Dark, Sea Blue’, ‘The Last Word’, ‘My So Called (Love) Life’, ‘Driving Home for Christmas’, and her most recent novel ‘If You Don’t Know Me By Now’, based upon her experiences as a London barista.
She is a Creative Therapeutic Facilitator, currently researching the power of creative writing to be helpful in recovering from eating disorders. Her new three book series, The House on Camden Square, is being released in 2016, starting with ‘Goodbye Ruby Tuesday’ released on 29th April.
When she’s not writing, she likes yoga, trying to bake healthy treats and was a hipster before hipsters were hipster. Well, she likes chai lattes and owns a Mac.