Amy Miller comes with her re-release of a book full of friendship and changes, laden with struggles and hope in
The Antenatal Group
Five women in different circumstances all meet at their Antenatal group in the month or so before their due dates. With the exception of one woman, they are all in their first pregnancy, some with partners, others without: all excited and not a little frightened and excited for the changes to come. From the spectacular entrance of Mel, just discovering her partner ‘can’t do it” before he leaves her at the doorstep of the class, to the uptight and rather judgmental Katy with her older partner and a “plan’ in which her baby will just fit, to the young couple comprised of Rebecca and Lenny – the group is disparate and has, on the initial view, little to bring it together.
But surprisingly (or perhaps not so) it is the common elements that bring them together – the last discomforts during the last months of pregnancy, discovering that one of their number has previously had an unsuccessful pregnancy, struggles with parents and partners, or coping with loneliness, making birth plans and discovering that things are not progressing according to plan. From quick and reasonably easy births and babies, to the unexpected struggles of post-natal depression, lack of sleep, struggles with schedules and finding the little being wholly dependent on them – it’s an honest story about late pregnancy, struggles with birth and newborns, and clearly describes the upheaval that one little eight pound dictator can throw into a previously well-ordered (or at least organized chaotic) life.
Friendships, truths, healing and hope all emerge as the group finds ways to bond and support one another – with some hard truths and a well-presented case of depression, the overwhelming moments, and the joys that come along with a baby – and the moments that, although we never should be, are afraid to share because of judgments and it not being the “ideal’ that is in every commercial and image that you held in your head from the beginning of the process. With laughter, tears, fears and above all, friendships all clearly presented – this is a story that is well written, and comes to life with situations that you know, will experience, or remember from years gone by/
Title: The Antenatal Group
Author: Amy Miller
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Friendship, Romantic Elements, Setting: Britain
Published by: Bookouture
Published on: 4 October, 2019 (Re-Release)
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Seven months pregnant, Mel is dumped by her partner and left stranded outside her first antenatal class. And so the expectant mother believes that she is about to face parenthood alone. Instead, Mel finds herself introduced to the world of pain relief and labour positions with a group of women who quickly become valuable friends in the terrifying new world of motherhood...
Katy, a rich and successful professional woman with the dream husband, has her birth designed to perfection but soon realises that nature doesn't always follow plans.
Lexi, loud and confident, is doing pregnancy alone, and coping well. Until the only man she has ever loved makes a reappearance at the most unexpected moment.
Rebecca, the youngest of the group, is an independent and strong-minded woman who is determined to hold onto her dreams.
Erin already seems to be an expert on babies, but her over-protective attitude towards her bump is hiding a tragic story from the past.
Each of these women has a different kind of complicated life, but as mums-to-be the five discover together that preparing for the birth of a baby is one time when every woman needs four new friends.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.