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?
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed A L Michael’s magical The House on Camden Square series, but this book has to be my favourite of all. Mollie has stood out as my favourite character throughout the three books and I was so excited to gain an insight into her story.
A L Michael expertly crafts Mollie as the perfect blend of sweet and strong. She’s a fantastic mother to Esme (who is just about the funniest kid character I’ve ever read!) yet when it comes to Jamie – the thorn in her side – she’s vulnerable and scared of being hurt. Ever since their teenage romance fell apart, it’s clear he’s always lurked in the back of her mind. When he comes back after so many years, will she give him another chance? Or will single dad Max prove to be her perfect match instead? Even I wasn’t sure right till the very end!
This book was so emotive and packed full of warmth. A L Michael has again shown her expertise in creating gloriously flawed and well-rounded characters. They say things they don’t mean, make mistakes, but also redeem themselves in spectacular ways. I spent more than a few late nights on this book because I was just so excited to see what would happen next. Be My Baby served as a perfect farewell to Evie, Chelsea, Mollie and of course, the unforgettable Ruby Tuesday. I’ll certainly miss them.
About A.L. Michael
A.L Michael is a writer and workshop leader from North London. She has a BA in Creative Writing with English Lit, an MA in Creative Entrepreneurship and is starting an MsC in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes. She likes learning and hates essays.
She’s a fan of cheap wine, expensive chocolate and still wants to be a secret agent when she grows up, but she’ll settle for lying on the page.