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Review: The SW19 Club

Having suffered a miscarriage myself, I was interested to see how Nicola May was going to incorporate such a personal event into her new novel The SW19 Club which is billed as funny and romantic.  Having read her novel, she deals with the whole subject in a most sensitive and refreshing manner. The book has a very fast pace as you join the heroine at this period in her life.

We meet Gracie Davies who has recently lost twins and has been told there can be no more pregnancies. Her relationship subsequently breaks down and she finds herself at an all-time low. Finding the subject is almost taboo she sets up The SW19 Club where women in similar situations can chat openly about the unspoken issues of fertility, miscarriage, abortion and IVF in a supportive and fun environment.

The reader joins Gracie on her rocky journey to self-discovery and happiness as she has a passionate fling with a handsome landscaper, is pursued by a famous Hollywood actor and meets various new ‘wacky’ friends including her very unorthodox therapist, as she starts to re-build her life.

The reader should not be put off by the base storyline; the novel is in fact a romantic comedy full of love, life lessons and triumph over adversity. Nicola manages, through Gracie, to address a sensitive topic and write a most enjoyable novel.

The SW19 Club by Nicola May was reviewed by Diana Morgan.