This gentle debut novel by Edinburgh’s Lucy Lawrie was written to fulfil a childhood ambition. She began writing whilst on maternity leave and has sensibly followed the adage ‘write what you know about’.
Her heroine is an employment lawyer who has just gone back to work after having a baby and the book concerns itself with all the issues new mums have to face at this time: guilt, fear, vulnerability (her own and her daughter’s) Â and the desire to be respected in her career.
Just to make the paranoia and insecurity worse, her ex boyfriend reappears in Edinburgh and work commitments bring them together.
Somehow we know that Cassie is going to make the right choices, eventually, but quite how she is going to get there while dealing with post-natal depression â€“ or is it just normal new mum exhaustion? â€“ makes for an interesting read.
Heartbreaking and funny, hopeful and entertaining, we anticipate Lucy’s next maternity leave and perhaps another novel?