Not bad. I'm not much of a chick lit reader, but I did enjoy the story and finished the book in two sittings. I enjoyed Maeve's story much more than I did Julia's and Sam's. I think that was because I liked the character of Maeve as a person more than I did the other two, but the stories all tied together in the end and everyone lived happily ever after.
Meet Julia, a wildly successful television producer who appears to have the picture-perfect life. But beneath the surface, things are not as perfect as they seem. Stuck in a loveless relationship with her boyfriend, Mark, Julia thinks a baby is the answer . . . but she may want a baby more than she wants her boyfriend. Will a trip to New York City with a jet-setting friendand all the glittering energy and eligible men the city bringshelp her discover what she really needs?
Maeve, on the other hand, is allergic to commitment. A feisty, red-haired, high-power career girl, she cherishes her ability to do just as she pleases and breaks out in a rash every time she passes a stroller. But when her no-strings-attached nightlife leads to an unexpected pregnancy, her reaction may be just as unexpected.And then theres Samanthahappily married and eager to be the perfect June Cleaveresque mother. But baby George brings only exhaustion, extra pounds, and marital strife to her once tidy life. Is having an affair with a friends incredibly sexy husband the answer?
By turns witty, rollicking, and tender, Babyville isnt really a story about babiesits about three friends whose lives are suddenly turned upside-down by that life-changing event that hangs over the head of every girl: motherhood.
Set primarily in London, the novel is peppered with British idioms that only a native can read convincingly. Somerville depicts Julia, Maeve, and Sam with distinct accents, although occasionally she seems to forget who pronounces "Julia" as "Juler." As the women ride the emotional roller coasters of possible infertility, unplanned pregnancy, and life with a newborn, Somerville characterizes their feelings with delightful vocal expressions of woe, joy, doubt, and wonder. Both humorous and tender, the print version is likely to be a good beach read