When three South Yorkshire friends picnic on top of an ancient fertility symbol, who could have known that within four months they would all have their own eggs fertilised!
For Helen, pregnancy is a dream come true. But the more the baby grows inside her, the more she can see her outwardly perfect marriage crumbling.
For career-woman Janey, it is a nightmare. How could it have happened? She and her husband George, ecstatic at the prospect of being a dad, were always so careful over contraception.
And the emotionally lost Elizabeth is not only carrying a child she fears she will never love, but she must also deal with the return of a man whose love she can never have.
©2007 Milly Johnson (P)2010 Isis Publishing Ltd
Loved every second of this book! Will be one that I revisit often. It will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you cringe (sp?) in some places, but to me that is what makes a book great! The emotion you feel and the bonds you form with the characters. I see a little of myself in each of the leading ladies, which, for me, makes the book so much fun to read. Give it a shot, I'm sure you'll love it!
I loved this book! The narration is stellar! The characters, with all their flaws, are captivating and the path the story takes is sooo satisfying!
It was definitely a chick read, but I enjoyed it. Parts were quite predictable, but that did not really bother me. I wanted a "lighter" read and that is what I got! I would recommend it and read more of her books.
Addicted to audiobooks and "chick lit"
As a single non-pregnant woman without children, I was unsure if I would enjoy this book. But I thoroughly did. Even though the cover is emblazoned with 3 pacifiers, this book is really about friendships and relationships. Milly Johnson writes in such an honest yet positive way. Colleen Prendergast gave a good performance but, at times, I found her to speak too fast. Maybe my slow, southern US ears were to blame.
All in all, a must read! :)
"The Yorkshire Pudding Club'. In this fun, warm and interesting novel, three 30-something women from South Yorkshire, who have been friends since school, fall pregnant at the same time and all in very different circumstances. Johnson manages to tell their stories in such a way that you can't help but root for each one of them. They all have past and current issues, ranging from child abuse and bullying to infidelity. Johnson deals with these sensitively and compassionately whilst not undermining their complexity. Something Johnson is VERY good at is creating male characters so slimy, so manipulative, so despicable, that you just want to climb into the book and kick them in the nether regions. However, she balances this well with a 'cracking' sense of humour (as they say in South Yorkshire) that saves 'The Yorkshire Pudding Club' from becoming an indulgence into the dark and depressing and rather maintains its persona of a funny, enjoyable read. This isn't to say that Johnson skimps on the consequences of each of the character's pasts. Each of them has to live with the effects of what has happened and challenge those behaviours that have become ingrained as a result.
Johnson's intelligent and down-to-earth 'chick-lit' is a welcome break of irreverent escapism whilst presenting the reader with emotionally complicated undertones. She also enforces the novel idea that women can look nice with a bit of meat on them. So next time you find yourself worrying about how many calories there are in a kit kat, stuff it and eat 10.
It's up there with the best for entertainment
This is well worth the listen. You will find yourself thinking about the characters as you drive to work and trying to predict the outcome. Most enjoyable.
I liked the flow of this book. When I read the description, I wasn't too wowed, but it surprised me. Not all about babies but relationships and romantic life.
Its an weird thing but my favourite genre to read is murder/mystery books but when it comes to audio books, I love ChicLit! Odd I know!
Highly recommended book and I am not really a "baby" novel person. You really feel for the 3 girls and their happy and sad tales. Of course, you know where the story is headed .. to the labour ward ... but getting there was just so enjoyable.
What would I do without audio books?!!
Although the premise of this book is really unlikely, it was another fun read. If you enjoy light romance/fiction I recommend Milly Johnson's books. The Birds and the Bees is the best so I would start with that one or Summer Fling. In the Yorkshire Pudding Club was a strong focus on the process of pregnancy, but I enjoyed that and found it interesting. As always the book celebrates the friendships that women have.
Great story without being too intense.
I could relate to a lot of what was happening
"A happy tale with northern grace and humour"
Expecting a baby myself, I turned to this book for a light listen and perhaps some fictional education - to be honest the more baby books I read, the more I realise everyone's experience is so different, that I may as well read fiction! It didn't disappoint, and I would recommend it as a happy beach listen. The 3 main character's stories were honest and had some depth, and their plots weaved on fairly predictably but with northern brash charm, humour and some great 'Go Girl!' moments, so none the worse for it.
The end did actually have me welling up - though in my state that's not strange, but I suspect I would have anyway. This is definitely one for the girls, and has a happy balance of pathos, humour and some heart melting moments.
I am now on my second time through of listening to this wonderful story, so well written and very likeable characters! A must read/listen!
"A funny, warm, lovely book, beautifully read"
'Chick Lit' is a term that's often used as shorthand for frothy and instantly forgettable. This isn't either. When I read the book, Milly Johnson's first, I loved it. As as audiobook Colleen Prendergast adds another layer.
The story of 3 friends and their first pregnancies has the lot, humour, warmth, pathos, real sadness sometimes - but above all laughter, and the pictures of the scary ante-natal classes are masterly. I wish I'd been able to read this before I had children!
I lapped it all up, with so many favourite people and sections I'm spoilt for choice, but perhaps my hero is the down to earth George, Janey's husband and the outstanding scene the eventual worm turning act of Helen. If ever I'm in Barnsley on a Saturday afternoon I know what I'll be hoping to see....
The cherry on the cake is the epilogue. Perfect!
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