We’re delighted to be sharing Elena’s thoughts on Just Between Friends by Rosie Nixon on the HQ tour.
Aisha Moore is eight months pregnant. She’s thrilled, and a little scared. Not least because her husband Jason hasn’t quite wrapped his head around the fact.
Lucy is having her first child too. She has finally got her wish – although the circumstances aren’t quite what she had hoped. Oscar will be a great dad though, won’t he?
When the two women join the same baby group, they quickly become friends and before long they’re confiding in each other.
Only there’s one thing Lucy hasn’t told Aisha. And while a baby may turn your life upside-down, a secret this big will change everything.
Just Between Friends tells the story of Aisha and Lucy, two pregnant members of the same baby group who are each having their first babies. The chapters are told from the point of view of each of them and at the very start of the book they each seem to have the perfect life and loving relationships. As the story progresses the cracks begin to show and a secret is being kept that if revealed will shatter all of their lives.
Reading about these women’s experiences through pregnancy and into early motherhood got me feeling really nostalgic for the times I was pregnant with my own children. Memories such as the sleep-deprived fog and hormonal fluctuations flooded back and I empathised with both the good and bad parts of Aisha and Lucy’s experiences.
There are some terrific supporting characters such as the baby group members, each with funny quirks, adding so much humour and as such I thought this book was brilliant – there’s a clever balance of intrigue and humour, with an easygoing writing style that drew me in from the very beginning. Learning that there was more to their characters than met the eye was gripping and added a psychological depth to the story, counterbalancing the laugh out loud moments such as the baby group ‘moo-ing’ incident.
A definite must-read!
Rosie Nixon is an author, mother of two and Editor-in-Chief of HELLO! magazine where she has worked for over a decade and has a love of all things celebrity, royal and fashion-related. Rosie previously held senior positions at glossy women’s magazines including Grazia, Glamour and Red. In her career she has been lucky enough to attend a multitude of glamorous award ceremonies, premieres, celebrity weddings and showbiz events all around the world. Ever discreet and protective of the stars she has worked with, Rosie’s experience has undoubtedly enabled her to write her debut novel The Stylist (published February 2016) and the sequel The Stylist Takes Manhattan (published in 2017). Twitter @Rosie_Nixon