Title: Buy Buy Baby
Author: Helen MacKinven
Published: July 7th 2016
Publisher: Cranachan Publishing
Genre: Adult Fiction
Length: 294 pages
Source: Purchased Paperback
Book Blurb (via Goodreads):
What price tag would you put on a baby?
Set in and around Glasgow, Buy Buy Baby is a moving and funny story of life, loss and longing.
Packed full of bitchy banter, it follows the bittersweet quest of two very different women united by the same desire – they desperately want a baby.
Carol talks to her dog, has an expensive Ebay habit and relies on wine to forget she’s no longer a mum following the death of her young son.
Cheeky besom Julia is career-driven and appears to have it all. But after disastrous attempts at internet dating, she feels there is a baby-shaped hole in her life.
In steps Dan, a total charmer with a solution to their problems.
But only if they are willing to pay the price, on every level…
I was lucky enough to attend the book launch for Buy Buy Baby back in July and picked up my copy of the book there. It was the first book I got that is published by Cranachan and it was such a gripping read that I practically read it in one sitting.
Carol and Julia are both in a point in their lives where they feel something is missing: specifically a child. Carol was a mum before, but sadly lost her little boy in an accident. Ever since then, she’s become more reclusive and doing her best to avoid her ex-husband. Julia has always focused on her career. She never wanted kids in the past but she feels like now is the right time. Enter Dan, the charming new arrival that seems to have the answer to both their problems. But just how far are the women willing to go in order to have the child they so desperately want?
Told in dual perspectives in alternating chapters, I feel in love with both women’s voices and flew through the book. Carol has had a hard life. Her husband used to abuse her and then he up and left her and their son for a younger woman. Working in a small flower shop, Carol gets by but her addiction to ebay is becoming a problem and when Dan enters her life with his generous offer, she wonders just exactly how to make it happen.
I loved Carol’s story. She seemed like such a sweet woman who’d been through a lot. I found the gradual reveal of what happened to her son to be an interesting break from her current baby dreams, and it helped to understand her situation more. She was a mother without a child and you so badly wanted things to go right for her.
Julia has worked hard for everything she has and you can tell she’s a driven individual, but there’s also the soft underbelly that she keeps hidden – so well hidden, in fact, that her family and friends mock her when she speaks about having a child. She’s broken up with her long-term boyfriend because he didn’t want children and now she feels like her time is running out.
I loved Julia’s side of the story. She was such a genuine character and as more of her past was revealed, my heart ached for what she’d gone through. When Dan enters the scene, I wondered whether he had planned it all along. Dan’s a shady character and I was never really sure what to make of him, but by the end everything seems to work out for the best.
It was interesting to see the conclusion to the two sides. How differently the women acted and the outcomes that came from it. A great summer read, full of personality, heartbreak, and trouble.