Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for my place on the tour for this entertaining and light-hearted book that proves that life is full of surprises!
Midlife crisis? What midlife crisis?
At forty-four, Cynthia Smart is exactly where she wants to be. Almost.
In a couple of years, she’ll be the CEO of the company she’s spent her most of her adult life working in. For now, though, she’s still busy shimmying up the greasy pole of corporate business. She’s single, carefree, and independent, and nothing can stop her getting what she wants and deserves.
Until she discovers she’s pregnant.
Determined to have her cake and eat it, she’s convinced that having a baby will make little difference to her life, and that she will be one of those women who can hold down an incredibly demanding job and also be a perfect mother.
But as her pregnancy progresses and her life slowly falls apart, she has the sneaking suspicion that Max Oakland, the new guy on the block, is out to steal her dream job. That she’s terribly attracted to him doesn’t help, nor does the fact that he’s devilishly handsome, appears to be a really nice fella, and is good in a crisis.
When she gradually comes to realise that something has got to give, what she doesn’t want it to be is her heart.
Perfect for fans of Mandy Baggott, Heidi Swain, and Holly Martin.
Life does throw us a few curveballs, and sometimes we really have to think and learn fast.
At forty four, Cynthia Smart has already dedicated half of her life to Webber Corporation. She is organised, creative, and ambitious. She knows she’ll make a great CEO, because nobody knows the business better than she does and nobody is as committed to its success. Ricky Webber’s (aka the Pitbull) children are not interested, anyway. Being a woman might be a disadvantage in the corporate world, but Cynthia never shows any weakness, she just works hard, harder than any potential candidate for the coveted CEO position.
A one night stand with a Californian surfer is just a bit of fun her body and soul craves, but three months and five pregnancy tests later, Cynthia knows her life is about to change. On the same day, Ricky brings in Max Oakland to the hotel chain acquisition project Cynthia’s been working on. Is he her competition for her dream job? He is professional and always on the ball and, secretly, Cynthia doesn’t mind a bit of help, as her body has an agenda of its own and her laser-sharp focus has been less sharp than it used to be. The good-looking Max (not that she would allow herself to care) is also kind, thoughtful and unselfish.
There is something very likeable about Cynthia’s no-non-sense approach to life . She never feels sorry for herself. Quite the opposite, she loves her little bump and knows it’s the best thing that has ever happened to her. And if she needs to buy one size larger suits to hide her expanding waistline, so be it, it’s not a big deal. Cynthia faces life straight on. She plans, researches and readjusts. She may have been quite naive about the extent of changes her pregnancy and future motherhood will mean, but she is thinking carefully about her priorities and I must say her baby and spending more time with her aging mother are at the top of her list. The pregnancy experience described in the book is very realistic and many readers will relate to it.
The book is very focused on Cynthia, but there are also a few great secondary characters: Maggie, Cynthia’s mother, Sally, Lana. Maggie, Cynthia’s mother is adorable. Her banter with Max was sweet and also showed an unexpected side of Max’s character who I had a bit of trouble working out. We know he is hiding something ( we need a bit of tension and suspence in the plot, really, it can’t be just about pregnancy), and yet, what we see is somebody nice. Integrity does beat good looks, in my book, but what is Max’s deal? Rest assured, in the end, we do get a lot of drama in the story.
Cynthia’s Midwife Crisis is both fun and relatable and I really enjoyed spending my afternoon in company of its characters.
Thank you to Rachel and the author for the review copy I received for free in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.
About the author:
Liz Davies writes feel-good, light-hearted stories with a hefty dose of romance, a smattering of humour, and a great deal of love.
She’s married to her best friend, has one grown-up daughter, and when she isn’t scribbling away in the notepad she carries with her everywhere (just in case inspiration strikes), you’ll find her searching for that perfect pair of shoes. She loves to cook but isn’t very good at it, and loves to eat – she’s much better at that! Liz also enjoys walking (preferably on the flat), cycling (also on the flat), and lots of sitting around in the garden on warm, sunny days.
She currently lives with her family in Wales, but would ideally love to buy a camper van and travel the world in it.
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