The No- Kids Club by Talli Roland.
At almost forty, Clare Donoghue is living child-free and loving it. Then her boyfriend says he wants kids, breaking off their promising relationship. And it's not just boyfriends: one by one, her formerly carefree friends are swallowed up in a nonstop cycle of play dates and baby groups. So Clare declares enough is enough and decides it's time for people who don't have children to band together. And so the No-Kids Club is born. As the group comes together? Anna, who's seeking something to jumpstart a stale marriage, and Poppy, desperate for a family but unable to conceive? Clare's hoping to make the most of the childless life with her new friends. But is living child-free all it's cracked up to be?
After reading a few traumatic books it's nice to curl up once again with a novel by Talli Roland.
It's like putting on a comfy pair of slippers. Talli's books always have twists and turns but at the end you're guaranteed a happy ending and sometimes in life a happy ending is just what we need.
Clare feels isolated from her friends who are all talking about babies, especially since her boyfriend Edward has up and left her. Clare can't believe that Edward is not on the same page as her where babies are concerned but she just not cut out to have children and she is sure there must be many more people in her position. The No- Kids Club gets off to a slow start with only two other girls showing up. Anna and Poppy both want to join but for very different reasons.
I immediately feel I know these woman as I am drawn into their lives.
Anna and her husband Michael agree that they don't want children in their lives but Michael seems more happy playing computer games than paying attention to his wife. I really didn't like Michael and wanted to give Anna a shake as she ran around after him and accepted him ignoring her needs.
Poppy was becoming obsessed by babies and falling pregnant and does something which her husband Alistair will count as an ultimate betrayal.
My favourite character was Clare. I loved her family, her dad and step mum were lovely but there was something in her past that Clare would have to come to terms with before she could face her future.
The mysterious Nicholas wants to join the club, could he be the kind of man Clare is looking for? Nicholas was too slick and smart for my liking and I didn't take to him at all even although he seemed nice enough.
In my opinion this is Talli's best book so far and I think her writing has grown so much over her last few books. I'm also hoping that there might be a sequel to this book sometime as I would love to follow the lives of Clare, Anna and Poppy.