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Expecting Emily by [Dowling, Clare]
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3.1 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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'For Sheila O'Flanagan and Cathy Kelly fans, a warm, Irish, poignant read' Bookseller -- Bookseller

'Very warm, very funny...witty and refreshingly honest' Irish World -- Irish World

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In this warm and witty story, Emily learns that, even when you're pregnant, life's little problems are not all baby-shaped


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1617 KB
  • Print Length: 516 pages
  • Publisher: Review; New Ed edition (6 Nov. 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002VCR0P8
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #60,852 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By A Customer on 12 July 2002
Format: Paperback
Expecting Emily offers no big surprises, dramatic cliff hangers or action scenes, but it does offer an honest, funny and often moving account of how one woman fights back after her life takes an unexpected turn.
Emily is 34 weeks pregnant when in the space of one day she finds out she has been passed over for partnership in the law firm she worked at for six years, that her husband has been having an affair with the violin player in his orchestra, and that her blood pressure is dangerously high, risking the life of her precious unborn child. Needless to say she has had better days!
Now stuck in a hospital that is due to close imminently with only couple of colourful pregnant woman and a dingy smoke filled visitors room to keep her amused, Emily has to decide whether to sink or swim.
The whole turn of events makes Emily realise how she has been tootling along nicely in her life without really proving herself to be a force to be reckoned with, and something snaps within her.
She suddenly becomes the centre of a campaign to save her local hospital, stands up to her hilariously funny, but neurotic, mother and has the partners at her law firm quaking in their boots.
She also deals with some ghosts of her own as she comes to term with a previous miscarriage and realises her reaction to this may have been what pushed her usually devoted husband into the arms of another woman.
The supporting characters are equally appealing and each have their own battles to win. Her best friend Neasa, finds that no matter how hard she tries she can't find a man to be happy with; a cross-dresser and Internet geek being among her previous lovers.
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Emily Collins is 34 weeks pregnant when a medical condition puts her in the hospital. A stress free stay is what she needs, instead she finds out her husband has cheated on her, she lost a promotion at work, her sister is having money problems and to top it off the hospital that she is at is closing. But Emily is determine not to let any of these problems to get her down.
"Expecting Emily" is the first book and will most likely be the last by Clare Dowling that I will read. I just thought that there were so many stories going on, that the author did not focus on Emily's story. Other readers may like it, but "Expecting Emily" was not for me.
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I've always been one of those to turn a scornful eye on chick lit, but having read a couple of Clare Dowling books, several Marian Keyes, and a handful of others, I'm starting to understand the genre and in the process, to change my mind. While there is a lot of dross around, there are some good writers in this area; in the better novels, behind the apparent triviality and cliches there is much well-wrought -- and surprisingly well-written -- social realism. That sounds condescending, which is a pity because I have a growing respect for the genre. "Expecting Emily" is a portrait of a woman taking a cold hard look at her life, her values, her own image of herself. There is no self pity, no victim mentality, but a realisation of her own responsibility for her own life and the decisions she takes. Dowling looks at ordinary women, in ordinary situations, with respect and affection. And in the process turns the reader's scorn to empathy. In a world where feminism seems to be taking a nose-dive, chick lit like this revives and reinvigorates it.
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I have read two other books by this author but I enjoyed this one the least. The story was slow moving, no twists or surprises and therefore very predictable. The thing that annoyed me the most were the constant errors- calling the antenatal midwives "nurses", the christening robe a. "shawl" etc. I wanted a nice easy read, obviously I wasn't expecting Shakespeare, but this book was very disappointing.
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Took a long time to get into the book and was dragged out I did finish the book but it was quite hard work
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