Saturday 3 December 2016

BLOG TOUR: Does My Bump Look Big In This? - Amy Lynch

The MOTHER of all comedies is due...

Newlyweds Barry and Becky are just back from their tropical honeymoon. The tans are gorgeous, and it was five star luxury all the way. But there’s a problem. Barry’s desperate for a baby, and Becky’s not quite so keen.

Surrounded by pregnant friends and a mother who’s talking about the ticking of invisible biological clocks, Becky starts to feel the pressure. When a surprise pregnancy rocks the boat, Becky’s friends and family are rooting for her all the way. Will she navigate the choppy waters to motherhood? Will she survive antenatal classes? Can she avoid stretchmarks, indigestion and her dreaded boss? And most importantly of all… does her bump look big in this?

What did I think?

One of my early reviews when I first started blogging was of Amy Lynch's debut Bride Without a Groom, which I found absolutely hilarious.  When Amy asked me if I would like to be part of the blog tour for her second book, Does My Bump Look Big In This?, I didn't even have to think about it for one nano-second.  Another laugh-out-loud episode in the life of Rebecca and Barry - count me in!

Does My Bump Look Big In This? starts with a little flashback of teenage Becky failing miserably at babysitting.  I had tears of laughter rolling down my face as the effects of the poonami were revealed.  I know we Brits do love a bit of toilet humour but anyone with even a smidgen of a sense of humour won't be able to contain their laughter.  I'm laughing again just thinking about it!

Roll forward to Becky returning from her honeymoon and Barry, her husband, is already hinting for a baby.  Becky is quite selfish so babies aren't really on her to do list at the moment.  That is until she realises that she can get some extended time off work.  So when she finds out that she is in fact pregnant, she feels far too ill to go to work but it's nothing that a spot of retail therapy won't cure.  Poor Barry's credit card is about to get a hammering!

Amy Lynch's books remind me of Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series as both have huge characters with extreme personalities.  I can't for a minute imagine being friends with Becky, but that doesn't stop me finding her absolutely hilarious.  There are so many laugh out loud moments in this book but there are also times when you want to give Becky a smack in the face, for example when sneakily drinking alcohol while pregnant.  Just remember that it is after all a work of fiction, and good lighthearted, extremely funny fiction at that. I'm sure Becky and Barry's baby will look absolutely fabulous in that must-have tiara she bought...then again baby Costello might have different ideas.

This book is such good fun and, although I'd recommend reading Bride Without a Groom first to really get to know the characters, you could read this as a standalone, but I don't think you'd fully understand the enigma that is Becky Browne Costello.  You will read this and weep!  I haven't laughed so much in a long time - I had so many tears of laughter rolling down my face.  Amy Lynch has once again written a book guaranteed to put a smile on your face - thanks so much for the laughs, Amy!

I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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