What Happens Now?
‘A laugh-a-minute page-turner, perfect for poolside reading!’ HELLO! ‘Surprisingly saucy and distractingly funny’ GRAZIA ‘No question about it, there are two little purple lines. I’m pregnant.’ After eight years together, Lil Bailey thought she’d already found ‘the one’ – that is, until he dumped her for a blonde twenty-something colleague. So she does what any self-respecting singleton would do: swipes right, puts on her best bra and finds herself on a first date with a handsome mountaineer called Max. What’s the worst that can happen? Well it’s pretty bad actually. First Max ghosts her and then, after weeing on a stick (but mostly her hands), a few weeks later Lil discovers she’s pregnant. She’s single, thirty-one and living in a thimble-sized flat in London, it’s hardly the happily-ever-after she was looking for.Lil’s ready to do the baby-thing on her own – it can’t be that hard, right? But she should probably tell Max, if she can track him down. Surely he’s not that Max, the highly eligible, headline-grabbing son of Lord and Lady Rushbrooke, currently trekking up a mountain in South Asia? Oh, maybe he wasn’t ignoring Lil after all…   Praise for Sophia Money-Coutts: ‘So funny. And the sex is amazing!’ Jilly Cooper‘Hilariously funny – I couldn’t put it down.’ Beth O’Leary‘A laugh-a-minute page-turner, perfect for poolside reading!’ HELLO!‘This hilarious novel proves Sophia Money-Coutts is mistress of the romp-com.’ The Sun‘Howlingly funny’ Sunday Times ‘Wonderfully rude’ Red‘Surprisingly saucy and distractingly funny’ Grazia‘Funny and beautifully written … I loved it’ Daily Mail‘Fizzes with joy’ Metro‘Hilarious and uplifting’ Woman & Home‘A thoroughly modern love story’ Woman’s Weekly‘Does it earn its place in your beach bag? Absolutely’ Evening Standard

What Happens Now? Details

TitleWhat Happens Now?
Author
ReleaseAug 22nd, 2019
PublisherHQ
Rating
GenreRomance, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary

What Happens Now? Review

  • Ivana - Diary of Difference
    January 1, 1970
    Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest I am so excited to be part of the Blog Tour for What Happens Now by Sophia Money-Coutts! Thank you to the team at HQ, for being so kind to send me a copy of this book!Without further delays, let’s see what I thought… What Happens Now by Sophia Money-Coutts is a wonderful story that features Lil, who is a normal lady, living a normal life. She thought she has found ”the one”, but after so many years, this fellow dumps her for a twenty-year old bl Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest I am so excited to be part of the Blog Tour for What Happens Now by Sophia Money-Coutts! Thank you to the team at HQ, for being so kind to send me a copy of this book!Without further delays, let’s see what I thought… What Happens Now by Sophia Money-Coutts is a wonderful story that features Lil, who is a normal lady, living a normal life. She thought she has found ”the one”, but after so many years, this fellow dumps her for a twenty-year old blonde girl.Doing what everyone should do, she moves on, and tries to find a new match, choosing a dating app and swiping right. She finds a handsome man that seems to like her and arranges a date. She gets ready, meets this guy, has a few drinks and spends the night at his apartment. What is the worse thing that can happen? Well – firstly, he doesn’t seem to respond to her messages at all. And then, she discovers that he is, in fact, the famous mountaineer Max, who is currently out there somewhere, climbing a mountain and can’t actually see her messages, the Max who is possibly Prince William’s best friend. But on top of it all, after weeing on a stick, she discovers she is pregnant with his baby.So now Lil is single, thirty-one and living in a small flat in London, and this is not how she expected to become a mum. But our lady Lil here is probably the bravest woman I have ever encountered in my books, and she decides to do this whole motherhood thing on her own. Yes – she really likes Max, and it would be amazing if he gets involved too, but she doesn’t need him really. She can do this!Throughout this book I felt so empowered to read about Lil’s daily challenges and I was cheering for her all the way through. She, and all women in the world that had the courage to give birth to and raise a child on their own should be praised, and I can’t think of any words to describe how brave these people are and how much I admire them!Lucky for Lil, she has her mother and her stepdad along her way throughout the whole journey, and these two people are the friendliest and kindest people in the world.And then there’s Jess – Lil’s best friend, who is, by the way, THE BEST FRIEND anyone wants. She was EVERYTHING and I loved her so much! She was always there for Lil, giving the best advises in the world. We all need a Jess in our lives!And to be honest, given my low opinion on Sophia’s first book, The Plus One, I didn’t have high expectations on this one, but I think she outdid herself and created a masterpiece! The writing style has improved so much, that you wouldn’t notice these two books have been written by the same author.I loved reading about Lil’s journey – I truly did. The writing was gorgeous and I couldn’t put the book down. Very empowering, but at the same time a very light summer read. I recommend it to all of you – read What Happens Now? this summer, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest
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  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars! trigger warnings: (view spoiler)[unexpected pregnancy, sexual themes, discussion on abortion, transvaginal ultrasounds, loss of a loved one (in the past), shitty parents, blood tests, cheating, giving birth. (hide spoiler)]Special thanks to Harper Collins for the review copy! T H E G O O D ->- The main character is a teacher of young children which I could totally relate to!- this book is HILARIOUS. Like, laugh-out-loud hilarious.- loved the discussion on what makes a 'real' famil 3.5 stars! trigger warnings: (view spoiler)[unexpected pregnancy, sexual themes, discussion on abortion, transvaginal ultrasounds, loss of a loved one (in the past), shitty parents, blood tests, cheating, giving birth. (hide spoiler)]Special thanks to Harper Collins for the review copy! T H E G O O D ->- The main character is a teacher of young children which I could totally relate to!- this book is HILARIOUS. Like, laugh-out-loud hilarious.- loved the discussion on what makes a 'real' family. The MC's dad isn't her biological father but is her dad is all the ways that matter. - amazing friendships that play an important part in the story.- really enjoyable read, overall.T H E B A D->- sometimes there were dodgy jokes and offensive comments made (for example, the mc states that she wants to "convert to asexualism" to avoid getting pregnant. - love interest was a bit of a dick- not the best written book (that being sad, I did read the ARC)I'd say if you're looking for a fun, sexy rom-com style book, give it a go!
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  • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.comWhat Happens Now? is the latest hilarious rom com from British author Sophia Money-Coutts. A book that delves into the modern dating world, first date mistakes, life changing circumstances, friendships and family, the second novel from Sophia Money-Coutts is a bubbly romp from start to finish.Nursing a broken heart after the demise of an eight year relationship, Lil Bailey delves into the online dating world in attempt to get over her ex. She lines up a date *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.comWhat Happens Now? is the latest hilarious rom com from British author Sophia Money-Coutts. A book that delves into the modern dating world, first date mistakes, life changing circumstances, friendships and family, the second novel from Sophia Money-Coutts is a bubbly romp from start to finish.Nursing a broken heart after the demise of an eight year relationship, Lil Bailey delves into the online dating world in attempt to get over her ex. She lines up a date with rich, handsome and adventurous Max. The date goes surprisingly well on all fronts, but then Max disappears from Lil’s life. The situation is compounded when Lil realises she is pregnant with Max’s child. Still very single and hardly equipped to deal with parenthood, Lil struggles to accept her impending future as a mother. Lil knows she must try and track Max down, even though he has been ignoring her. When Lil eventually hunts Max down, she is confronted with a harsh reality. They come from completely different worlds, and will one of Britain’s most eligible bachelors accept his new role as a parent?With the back of What Happens Now? covered in praise, beginning with worldwide bestselling author Jilly Cooper, and concluding with established British newspaper the Evening Standard, my initial interest in Sophia Money-Coutts’ second novel was definitely high. Sophia Money-Coutts is a new author to me and I always appreciate exploring the work of unknown authors. I had some opening expectations with the novel. I guessed it would be a funny and light romantic comedy. I was correct in these assumptions, but there was definitely a slightly serious tone to the issues covered in What Happens Now?.I enjoyed the glimpse this novel offered in terms of the current day dating climate. It was sad to see Lil go through the upset of the demise of her long term relationship. On the other hand, I admired Lil for getting out there and tackling the online dating world – I know I certainly wouldn’t! Lil was pretty lucky to encounter Max on her first date swipe! However, I did question Max’s intentions and his character when he failed to contact Lil after their date, effectively ‘ghosting’ her. My heart went out the Lil during these sequences in the book.What Happens Now? changes tact when Lil makes the shock discovery that she is pregnant with Max’s child, following their date. It is easy to sympathise with Lil, thanks to the way in which Sophia Money-Coutts has crafted her lead. Drawing the support cast in closely to these aspects of the book was definitely entertaining, as well as heart-warming. The secondary cast are varied and interesting, adding something extra to this fairly standard ‘girl meet boy and finds herself pregnant’ scenario. At times I often got the feeling that this novel would transfer well onto the screen as a classic British rom com.What I liked about Lil was her willingness to accept motherhood without any doubts, despite the fact that she was definitely faced with the prospect of doing it all alone, thanks to the illusive Max. Sophia Money-Coutts take a strong stance in these sequences and the accounts of impending motherhood, as well as pregnancy, was surprisingly frank for a rom com title.Another aspect I appreciated about What Happens Now? was Lil’s profession. Working as a teacher of five year olds in an exclusive all boys school, was a really interesting career angle. It was a nice contrast to Max’s own profession as a mountaineer. As a teacher myself, I really enjoyed these areas of the book as they came across as truthful, funny and entertaining.The love aspect of the book is what drives this novel, along with the pregnancy, and the high emotions of the situation that Lil is confronted with. The romance is a sweet one, with a few hot and heavy moments, which I am sure chick lit fans will lap up. For me, the raw honesty and often crass explanations of some areas of the book didn’t quite suit my tastes, but others may appreciate these areas of the book. The ending came fairly fast and it did make we wonder if a sequel is in the works. I am sure time will tell in this department.A book that conveys the world of modern dating, mistakes, choices and facing up to your future encircles What Happens Now?. Relatable, honest and utterly outrageous, this novel should tick all the boxes for chick lit fans.*I wish to thank Harper Collins Books Australia for providing me with a free copy of this book for review purposes.
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  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    What Happens Now? was a fun, light read - in comparison to the serial killers that I normally read about. I was not expecting to get so caught up and attached to Lil and her friends but I did. I found myself rooting for her and wanting everything to work out for the best. Lil Bailey is a young woman who has recently been dumped by the man that she thought was the One for her after 8 years. Jumping back into the dating world she makes a date with Max via a dating app. Max is a very good looking m What Happens Now? was a fun, light read - in comparison to the serial killers that I normally read about. I was not expecting to get so caught up and attached to Lil and her friends but I did. I found myself rooting for her and wanting everything to work out for the best. Lil Bailey is a young woman who has recently been dumped by the man that she thought was the One for her after 8 years. Jumping back into the dating world she makes a date with Max via a dating app. Max is a very good looking mountaineer and after a shaky start she ends up spending the night with him (in a very steamy and funny sex scene!) After not hearing from him again after their encounter she finds herself pregnant. She is 31, single and flat sharing in London - what is a girl to do? She decides that she is going to keep the baby and go it alone - although she tries to reach out to Max to tell him what is happening. This starts a hilarious string of events where Lil discovers a lot about herself, her family and friends. This book is funny, honest and relatable. Lil's relationships with her friends Jess and Clem are lovely, what having friends is all about. Lil and Max come from completely different worlds - can they come together to raise a baby together? I would love to see a follow up book of what happens next - so many questions!! Sophia Money-Coutts knows how to engage her audience and I absolutely loved this book.Thanks to the HQ Book Club, Harlequin Books for my advanced copy of this book to read. I highly recommend this book for anybody needing a laugh and something light hearted but real to read.
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  • Jacqueline
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars3am I put this down last night. 3am! And I love my sleep. I was completely engrossed in this, I couldn't put it down. I have been so grumpy today, but it was worth it.I enjoyed the wit and the snark and the storyline kept me reading, long after I should've put my kindle down and gone to sleep.Unusually for me, the romance was probably the least important part of this story; I was more invested in seeing how Lily adapts and grows -literally as well as emotionally - when she finds herself 4.5 stars3am I put this down last night. 3am! And I love my sleep. I was completely engrossed in this, I couldn't put it down. I have been so grumpy today, but it was worth it.I enjoyed the wit and the snark and the storyline kept me reading, long after I should've put my kindle down and gone to sleep.Unusually for me, the romance was probably the least important part of this story; I was more invested in seeing how Lily adapts and grows -literally as well as emotionally - when she finds herself up the duff after a one night stand. She's real, authentic and genuinely funny, one of those characters that feels like a friend. Love that, just love it.However, the smut is fab so fear not, it's still a winner for us smut connoisseurs. I would have liked an epilogue, the ending was a bit abrupt, but otherwise this was a stonking good read.Complete story, highly recommended.**Thanks to the publisher via netgalley for my arc**
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  • Brooklyn Tayla
    January 1, 1970
    A huge thank you to Harper Collins for sending me a proof of this to read and review - I loved it! I finished it in one sitting. Review to come upon Australian Publication Date!
  • Escape into a Booksite
    January 1, 1970
    *4.5 Stars* ARC kindly received from Harlequin Aus in exchange for an honest review. This book was so much better than I expected it to be. It sounded interesting from the blurb, but when you actually start reading it, you discover that the characters are fun, and whilst the story-line is serious, the book is written in just the right way to make it a bit more light and fluffy.I really enjoyed reading this one, and was truly unsure how things would turn out between Lil and Max. We don't actual *4.5 Stars* ARC kindly received from Harlequin Aus in exchange for an honest review. This book was so much better than I expected it to be. It sounded interesting from the blurb, but when you actually start reading it, you discover that the characters are fun, and whilst the story-line is serious, the book is written in just the right way to make it a bit more light and fluffy.I really enjoyed reading this one, and was truly unsure how things would turn out between Lil and Max. We don't actually get too much of Max in this book, its mostly about Lil and how she's navigating her new circumstances, what with being pregnant and all, along with other normal things about her life, such as her friends and her job.There are some great secondary characters in this too, in the form of Lil's best friends Jess and Clem, and also her parents. They make for a fun and crazy bunch, and you really find yourself easily liking these characters and getting drawn into their world.I also really liked how this was set in London, and everything about the writing and characters was truly British. At least it was from my perspective (being an Aussie and having visited the UK once). I really felt like I was over there too - really great world building there.I sped through this alot faster than I expected, and I truly enjoyed it. The only thing I didn't like was the ending. It was a good ending, but way too abrupt, and that's why my rating is 4.5 stars rather than the full 5. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.Review also on my blog - What Happens Now? by Sophia Money-Coutts Follow me on:FacebookTwitterInstagram
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  • Marie
    January 1, 1970
    At the start of this book I thought that maybe I'd made a mistake requesting it. I was looking for something light-hearted and this seemed to fit my requirements.I didn't love the first few chapters, the characters were annoying and the details the author went into during the sex scene were unnecessary.After my initial reservations I found myself warming to the characters particularly Lil, I liked reading about her interactions with family and friends and her job as a teacher.I liked the no hold At the start of this book I thought that maybe I'd made a mistake requesting it. I was looking for something light-hearted and this seemed to fit my requirements.I didn't love the first few chapters, the characters were annoying and the details the author went into during the sex scene were unnecessary.After my initial reservations I found myself warming to the characters particularly Lil, I liked reading about her interactions with family and friends and her job as a teacher.I liked the no holds barred look at pregnancy and how there was no sugarcoating.This ending up being the light-hearted, enjoyable read I was after, I'm glad I stuck with it!
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  • ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰
    January 1, 1970
    Copy received from Harper Collins Australia for an honest reviewI was intrigued by the blurb of What Happens Now?, but I wasn't really sure what to expect. I mean, the surprise baby has been done over and over, what could be new, right?From the minute I started reading, I knew that this was going to be different for me. The story isn't different to a lot of books out there, however the story telling was wonderful, and I wanted to keep reading. I was reading this story in my lunch breaks at work, Copy received from Harper Collins Australia for an honest reviewI was intrigued by the blurb of What Happens Now?, but I wasn't really sure what to expect. I mean, the surprise baby has been done over and over, what could be new, right?From the minute I started reading, I knew that this was going to be different for me. The story isn't different to a lot of books out there, however the story telling was wonderful, and I wanted to keep reading. I was reading this story in my lunch breaks at work, so I found myself sneaking in a few extra minutes when I could to finish a chapter, and left me wanting to read more as I walked away each day.Going in , I thought Max and Lil's story was just going to be the light and fluffy, however it had some darker, more emotional times that gave the story wonderful depth.There are some fabulous secondary characters, particularly Lil's best friends Jess and Clem. Oh, how I adore them! I need them to move in with me!Our lovelies story is not always the easiest and lovey-dovey-est story out there, and I found myself wanting to skip to the last chapter to check that things ended the way I wanted them too - I refrained from doing so though!I did feel though, that after all the tension and build up between Lil and Max, the ending was very rushed. I mean, I got the ending that I was wanting, however to me it felt like it was "oh OK, this happened, the end". I wanted more!This was my first Sophie Money-Coutts read, but I definitely want to read more.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely fantastic!! Had me laughing the whole way through.
  • Liz Whitehouse
    January 1, 1970
    Do you ever read a book and think it is brutally honest? Yeah, I thought it was quite rare too. What Happens Now? is an exploration into the complexity of human relationships and emotion. It tackles complex situations with tact and humour and is a wonderful example of a book hooking you in on one level and opening your eyes on another.The basic premise of the story is one that has been explored in the chick lit/rom-com world before: girl meets boy on date, they hook up, few weeks later she finds Do you ever read a book and think it is brutally honest? Yeah, I thought it was quite rare too. What Happens Now? is an exploration into the complexity of human relationships and emotion. It tackles complex situations with tact and humour and is a wonderful example of a book hooking you in on one level and opening your eyes on another.The basic premise of the story is one that has been explored in the chick lit/rom-com world before: girl meets boy on date, they hook up, few weeks later she finds out she is pregnant, life ensues. To a point this book is no different, but in many ways, it is completely different, and this simultaneous feeling of being on well trodden ground and reading something fresh was, well, refreshing. The author has entwined humour into some very difficult situations and has created some really warm and genuine friendships and family relationships.Lil is a pretty awesome character and I really liked her. Working as a normal girl in an extraordinary world (yes, all you Mona the Vampire fans will be singing the theme tune along with me), she tackles the frankly hilarious and alarming world of teaching the offspring of the rich and famous, and having a ‘baby-daddy’ as a rich and famous explorer and heir which frankness, maintaining who she is throughout. She is clearly intelligent and empathetic, and slots in all the areas with her life with ease, even if she internally questions her judgements and positions. She treats her friends with genuine warmness, and I think Max’s description of her as kind is absolutely spot on. Her relationship with her students is equal part inspiring and hilarious (and the seen where she explains how people become pregnant is possibly the best in the whole book).Max is definitely attractive. I realise that’s not his only defining quality, but I have to point it out because I think he sounds like a pretty ideal Man. He’s described as brown haired, athletic, and charming, and his rich background (he’s the heir to a fortune and Viscount title) and his fame as an explorer and mountaineer was exciting to read about. It added a level of depth to both his character and the story and felt like a genuine rather than forced level of complexity that fuelled aspects of the plot. He is also wonderfully flawed. Yes, he does get her pregnant and isn’t there throughout the whole of her pregnancy, yes he is emotional and dare I say irrational when he first finds out, but he exudes warmth and the want to help and look after both Lil and their baby and I grew to really like him as a character and not just to fantasise about. Throughout it all, he is also grounded, as shown by the motivations behind his exploration and addressing the car he drives. Their baby, whom they call E.T throughout in an adorable fashion, is the glue that binds this story. Some of the most emotional, funny, and brilliant scenes are when they interact about the baby. Their scans are an emotional rollercoaster and I think show the timeline for how their relationship develops in most clarity. Their ridiculous Antenatal classes, bought by an excessively wealthy mother of a son that Lil teaches. They are both out of their depth in a rich and ridiculous world but they find the humour and the joy in it and bond over life experiences and memories. The birth of the baby is, obviously emotional, and I like how the journey through the pregnancy and the birth actually plays out in full throughout the story, they have ups and downs and it’s not completely resolved. I think it’s quite well known that I am a fan of the side characters within a book, and once again, I have not been disappointed by this novel. Her friends Jess and Clem are funny and undyingly there for her. They don’t always know what to do, or what to say, but their friendship triangle is built on honesty and respect, and I like that this shows as they battle both good news, bad news, big decisions, and continue to help one another.Their families are also fascinating, funny, and well constructed, and reveal a lot about the character’s motivations and actions. Lil is close to her parents, her mother and step-father are caring academics who are constantly worrying about her wellbeing. Although surprised, they are ecstatic about their grandchild and embrace Max even though the baby is a product of a one night stand with their daughter. Their reaction and continued involvement is in stark contrast to his parents, who are standoffish and barely tolerant of the baby’s presence, and are annoyed that the union out of wedlock illegitimises their family and legacy. The tragic death of their son and Max’s older brother has left a mark on their family and relationship and definitely affects the way they and Max process the news.One thing I really loved about this story was that respect for previous relationships. They both have ex-partners at the beginning of the story that are recently ended relationships. Their date is a result of taking a step into the dating pool after these failed relationships, and it leaves them on an equal footing. The reasons they ended are different, and even though there is some resentment and a small lack of trust as a result, they respect the people they were with before. Instead of constantly bitching and being rude, when confront with her ex and his new partner Indy (with whom he cheated on Lil with) she is as warm and genuine as she can be and acknowledges them both with quite a lot of grace. Max’s ex Prim pops up as his exploring takes a turn and even though she drives a slight wedge in proceedings, it’s not because the story screws her over, it’s more a genuine lack of understanding. This is not only discussed and resolved, but Prim’s integrity is actually maintained throughout and is something I really respect.As you can probably tell, I really liked this book. It was emotionally complex and genuine, and was constructed from a place of love, honesty, and an understanding and acceptance that life is not always simple so we have to make the best out of what we do have. I devoured this book in super quick time and can’t recommend it enough.
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  • Sam Still Reading
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve been reading some fairly serious books recently and I was looking for a change of pace. Something that yelled fun before I’d even opened to the first page. What Happens Now? grabbed my attention from the book stacks. Plus, the cover is the same colour as my footy team, so I couldn’t go wrong. This novel ticks all my boxes and earns extra credit for being a deliciously fun and hilarious read. It’s real with a heroine that hasn’t quite got it together and doesn’t look like achieving it soon. I’ve been reading some fairly serious books recently and I was looking for a change of pace. Something that yelled fun before I’d even opened to the first page. What Happens Now? grabbed my attention from the book stacks. Plus, the cover is the same colour as my footy team, so I couldn’t go wrong. This novel ticks all my boxes and earns extra credit for being a deliciously fun and hilarious read. It’s real with a heroine that hasn’t quite got it together and doesn’t look like achieving it soon. The quirks were original and the characters memorable.From a brief glance, you might wonder what makes What Happens Now? so unique. The story of a one-night stand ending in pregnancy isn’t an original one, but the details and camaraderie between the characters make it stand out. Lil has been dumped by her long-term boyfriend for a younger model. Encouraged by friends to swipe right, she meets Max in a pub and sparks fly. Max ticks all the boxes for a fling – not obviously a weirdo and hot. It’s all good that night but the morning after it starts to get weird with Max not answering Lil’s painstakingly thought out texts. Then Lil discovers she’s pregnant thanks to a dodgy curry and nerves. Lil reckons she can do it on her own (maybe) but it would be nice if Max would answer her instead of trekking up mountains and leaving his ex to fill the tabloids.The details in What Happens Now? make the story extra special. I was just as invested in Lil’s work life as I was in her love life. She’s a teacher at a very exclusive school and the stories of her students, their parents and the extravagances and demands were hilarious. Lil’s mum and stepfather are also well crafted with individual quirks that make them even more lovable. Lil’s best friend Jess is also a riot – she’s incredibly kind and has the most entertaining banter with her twin Clem. (I would love to see Jess get a story of her own, if only for the insults she can throw at Clem, well deserved or otherwise). Clem and Jess are quirky, yet the most loyal friends Lil could want. Even Lil’s flatmates and fellow teachers are cleverly constructed for ultimate friendship and laughs.What Happens Now? also stands head and shoulders above the pack because of its raw honesty. Even during the sex scenes, Lil is giving the reader a running commentary of what’s running through her mind (hint: it’s very rarely sexy, rather the kind of cringy things you wouldn’t confess to). Lil is blunt, but in a good way on many topics – not knowing her birth father, opinions on Max’s family and the bodily changes during pregnancy. While one of the main threads of the novel is romance (or lack of it), this book celebrates female friendship and girl power at any age. (Lil’s mum would set you straight on that). Sophia Money-Coutts is definitely an author to watch if you enjoy romcoms with unforgettable characters that truly do make you laugh out loud. I’m looking forward to her next novel, but in the meantime I’ll entertain myself with her debut The Plus One.Thank you to Harlequin for the ARC of this book. My review is honest.http://samstillreading.wordpress.com
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  • AJ
    January 1, 1970
    4 hilarious starsThis book is such a fun read! A laugh-out-loud story about a woman who finds herself pregnant after a one-night-stand, and the hilarity that ensues as she juggles her job, her friends and family, and her world-exploring baby daddy with the no-holds-barred wonders of pregnancy and impending motherhood.31-year-old Lil is moving on after being dumped by her boyfriend of 8 years, and after 6 months of being single, she’s meeting up with a guy she met on a dating app. She and Max spe 4 hilarious starsThis book is such a fun read! A laugh-out-loud story about a woman who finds herself pregnant after a one-night-stand, and the hilarity that ensues as she juggles her job, her friends and family, and her world-exploring baby daddy with the no-holds-barred wonders of pregnancy and impending motherhood.31-year-old Lil is moving on after being dumped by her boyfriend of 8 years, and after 6 months of being single, she’s meeting up with a guy she met on a dating app. She and Max spend a great evening together, with things ending up in a sizzling encounter that rocks her world, but that turns out to be a one-off. It’s not until later that she learns that Max is part of the British aristocracy (friends with Prince William no less) and is a famous mountain climber who shortly after their date heads off on a trip to Pakistan. And it’s while he’s away that Lil learns that she is pregnant. And so we begin Lil’s hilarious journey through unexpected pregnancy. From all of the wonderful moments to the things usually not spoken of, we get to explore it all with her in unflinching honesty, and OMG it’s so funny! And all of this while unfolds she’s dealing with her job as a kindergarten teacher at a very exclusive boys’ school, flatmates who are constantly disturbing her with their weird sex noises, and the crazy lives of her friends and family. And when her wayward baby daddy returns, things get even more complicated. Lil is in for the ride of her life, and it’s a funny and heartfelt journey as we experience the highs and lows with her. I absolutely love Lil as a character. She’s endearingly awkward and so relatable, and I could sympathise (and all too often relate) to all that she’s going through. And I love how brave she is at accepting this huge change in her life and embracing all that it means, despite the fact that she has no clue what she’s doing. There is romance, but it’s more in the background and it doesn’t come with the feels or heartpounding excitement that I usually look for in a romance, but it was well written and sweet, and probably realistic for the situation. Max appears more like a side-character, while it’s Lil’s parents and best friends that steal the show – unequivocally having their girls’ back and being there for her in all of their quirkiness and hilarity.I had a lot of fun with this one. I was hooked in pretty quickly and couldn’t wait to see how it was all going to play out. I found the ending to be a bit abrupt and would have loved an epilogue to finish things off a bit more, but I’m wondering whether Lil’s BFF, Jess, will get a book, so we may get to see more of these characters yet. But nevertheless, I really enjoyed this one.A solid 4 stars.An Advanced Review Copy was generously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Emma Shaw
    January 1, 1970
    Side-splittingly funny, hypnotic, steamy, honest and outrageous, this book was one that I didn’t expect to fall in love with, but I was engrossed and devoured it in practically one sitting. You couldn’t tear me away and I never wanted it to end. When Lil braved the world of online dating and reluctantly headed off on her first date since splitting with her boyfriend of eight years, she gets much more than she bargained for. She is surprised to hit it off with Max, her charming and deliciously ha Side-splittingly funny, hypnotic, steamy, honest and outrageous, this book was one that I didn’t expect to fall in love with, but I was engrossed and devoured it in practically one sitting. You couldn’t tear me away and I never wanted it to end. When Lil braved the world of online dating and reluctantly headed off on her first date since splitting with her boyfriend of eight years, she gets much more than she bargained for. She is surprised to hit it off with Max, her charming and deliciously handsome date, and enjoys a steamy sleepless night with him, but when he ignores her afterwards she decides to forget him. Only that won’t be so easy. A few weeks later two little lines confirm she’s pregnant with his baby and she has no idea what to do next. It’s not the right time or way to have a baby but what if this is her only chance? But could she actually keep a baby alive? And how will she tell her feminist mother and strait-laced boss that she’s accidentally knocked up with the baby of a man she doesn’t know? And what if Max wants to be involved? This mesmerising book follows Lil as she tries to navigate her complicated situation and finds out what happens now...Sophia Money-Couts now has herself a new fan. I fell in love with her writing style and immediately bought her first book after finishing this one. Riveting, saucy and hilarious, I was laughing out loud by the end of the first page and I it made me laugh more than any other book I’ve read. The characters are fantastic - I loved Lil, was seduced a little bit by Max, and Jess is the bestie every girl hopes to have. The author perfectly describes some of the perils of online dating and how daunting it is to be back out there after many years in a relationship. She managed to convey all the anxieties and concerns Lil had in a realistic way while also making me laugh. The sex scenes were hot and hilarious. Lil’s inner monologue in those scenes had me crying with laughter. I think all of us can relate to some of the cringy things in those scenes though I can honestly say I’d never before thought of others - I’ll just say dolphin on the duvet!The romance genre is one I’ve never been a huge fan of but I’ve been expanding my reading with increasingly this last year. After a run of great books in this genre this one still stands out and has now left me declaring that I am in love with this genre. What better way is there to spend a glorious summer day that with an uplifting and uproarious book? Perfect for sitting in the sun with a drink in your hand, I can’t recommend this book highly enough. So if you like to laugh and don’t mind some steamy sex, this book for you. Thank you to NetGalley, HQ and Sophia Money-Cutts for the chance to read this novel in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Helen
    January 1, 1970
    Oh there are so many laugh out loud moments in this story that I had family members looking at me strangely while reading this one, this is MS Money-Coutts second book and I will be adding the first one to my to read list, I really enjoyed getting know Lil and her fabulous friends and family and of course Max.Lil Bailey is a teacher at a private boys school in London and she has recently been dumped by her boyfriend of eight years for a younger woman he works with, so it is time for Lil to get b Oh there are so many laugh out loud moments in this story that I had family members looking at me strangely while reading this one, this is MS Money-Coutts second book and I will be adding the first one to my to read list, I really enjoyed getting know Lil and her fabulous friends and family and of course Max.Lil Bailey is a teacher at a private boys school in London and she has recently been dumped by her boyfriend of eight years for a younger woman he works with, so it is time for Lil to get back in the dating scene using a dating app she is only thirty one and her first date is mountaineer Max, gorgeous Max and after a few drinks at the pub she goes home with him and spends a fabulous night with him, next morning he leaves her a note and is gone. Six weeks later Lil finds herself pregnant.It is decision time for Lil what to do? she has a fabulous family and awesome friends and she decides that yes she can do this. She needs to get touch with Max and let him know but he seems to be ignoring her and then she finds out that he is the famous explorer Max Rushbrooke son to Lord and Lady Rushbrooke things just keep on spiraling along for Lil.Max what can I say gorgeous and always looking for the next mountain to climb, he too has recently broken up with his partner of many years and his family is a little different, but he is not entirely happy with the news that he is going to be a father at first, but spending time with Lil on his return to England just might be changing his mind.Spending time with Lil and her friends Jess and Clem, was lots of fun, I really liked Lil’s take on life she is strong and fun and really made me laugh and I think it is time that Max found some real happiness and Lil is the person to do that. I loved the friendships in this story as well, true friends are like diamonds and Lil has some of those that she can laugh and cry with. I do recommend this one, very enjoyable and very entertaining and with a good dose of sensual relationship thrown in.
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  • legenbooksdary
    January 1, 1970
    I was expecting a fun and exciting read about a romcom story of two people under a circumstance were brought together. But that was not the case for this one, it was more than that. The author has continuously sent across a message to the readers that nothing is impossible and that you definitely don't need a man to actually move forward with your life. You should just focus on yourself and see the brighter and better things up ahead. Lil is very strong and not everyone who is going through what I was expecting a fun and exciting read about a romcom story of two people under a circumstance were brought together. But that was not the case for this one, it was more than that. The author has continuously sent across a message to the readers that nothing is impossible and that you definitely don't need a man to actually move forward with your life. You should just focus on yourself and see the brighter and better things up ahead. Lil is very strong and not everyone who is going through what she is going through can be this strong and brave. I was referring to her character as the message that were sent across to me and sometimes I wish that I had even half the courage as I have of her towards certain aspects of my life. I was expecting more action in the romance region but was a bit disappointed to find that there were so little of that and instead more about the progress of her pregnancy. Sure, everyone doesn't really revolve around love and that there are more important matters that a story shouldn't just leave it behind like friendship, solidarity and survival. It taught me that there is more to life than being cooped up in the bubble that is love.
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  • Emma L
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fun read where it certainly had it funny moments! I very much enjoyed the observations on dating in this advanced technology world especially when you send a WhatsApp message to your date and just waiting for the blue ticks to show. The ending was predictable however did make the read very enjoyable overall.Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read an advanced copy in exchange for a honest review.
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  • Karen Whittard
    January 1, 1970
    Hot, steamy, sexy read. One that you will need a cold shower after reading. One that will have you reaching for the fan and devouring in one greedy gulp. Saucy.
  • Tracey
    January 1, 1970
    I started this last night and finished this morning, it's a really amusing read, you'll love Lil. You will be impressed with Max in the bedroom department - but it may take a little longer to warm to him as a whole, but that doesn't matter as this book is mainly about Lil with Max as an added bonus!The above says enough but I wrote a few more words!I loved Lil she is a very normal woman who experiences life like most of us, it's the things she thinks and wants to say that are entertaining too! H I started this last night and finished this morning, it's a really amusing read, you'll love Lil. You will be impressed with Max in the bedroom department - but it may take a little longer to warm to him as a whole, but that doesn't matter as this book is mainly about Lil with Max as an added bonus!The above says enough but I wrote a few more words!I loved Lil she is a very normal woman who experiences life like most of us, it's the things she thinks and wants to say that are entertaining too! Here's a couple of excerpts I highlightedLil, you’ve shagged someone with a Wikipedia page!’ ‘Modern romance,’ I said, getting up to peer over her shoulder.----Cosmo. Will either become prime minister or a mass murderer. Or both. No, I couldn’t say that. Hmmm. I’d have to say he had ‘clear ambition’.Max is a climber/explorer not that Lil knows this. His charming on the first date and turned out to be an energetic lover on their one night stand!The story follows them trying to find their way through the life turning event coming.I read the book in one day and was rooting for them. Lil didn't need Max as she had a great support team of weird and wacky friends.Entertaining, funny, cute and full of hope.
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  • Sue
    January 1, 1970
    After breaking up with her boyfriend of eight years - the boyfriend that was supposed to be "The One" - teacher Lil Bailey finds herself unexpectedly back on the dating scene.How to even begin? Well, a dating App seems appropriate for the times, after all, everyone lives their lives using Apps these days, don't they? One swipe right later, Lil ends up on a date with the unbelievably handsome mountaineer, Max.They hit it off straight-away and as first dates go, this one is a huge success. After a After breaking up with her boyfriend of eight years - the boyfriend that was supposed to be "The One" - teacher Lil Bailey finds herself unexpectedly back on the dating scene.How to even begin? Well, a dating App seems appropriate for the times, after all, everyone lives their lives using Apps these days, don't they? One swipe right later, Lil ends up on a date with the unbelievably handsome mountaineer, Max.They hit it off straight-away and as first dates go, this one is a huge success. After a very pleasant evening, with the wine and conversation flowing easily, it seems oh so natural to accept Max's invitation back to his place, even though Lil is nervous about having sex with a new "someone". Lil is on the Pill after all..what could go wrong?The passion flows as easily as the wine and conversation, and Lil is surprised by how much she enjoys herself with the very fit Max, but he is worryingly absent when the morning comes and he proceeds to ignore all her messages after their date. Oh well, onwards and upwards....What follows next is not exactly how Lil envisaged her future. One positive pregnancy test later, Lil has some serious decisions to make. She is single, thirty-one and living in the spare room of the tiny Brixton flat of a sexually athletic Australian couple, so not exactly the happily-ever-after she was hoping for.When Lil decides she is ready to do the baby thing on her own, it seems she has to tell Max about his impending fatherhood. The Max that it turns out is the celebrity son of Lord and Lady Rushbrooke....the Max that is currently trekking up a dangerous mountain in Pakistan....maybe he wasn't ignoring her after all?I absolutely loved Sophia Money-Coutts' debut rom-com The Plus One, so I when I got the chance to read What Happens Next? before publication, I was very excited indeed!I just love Sophia's style of writing - the words simply roll off the page and once you start you cannot help but lap them all up until you get to the delicious end. Her characters are adorable (except the ones you are clearly allowed to hate), her wit flows freely, and there is enough emotion to require the nearness of a handkerchief at all times. She also has a way of writing about "posh people" that gives you a real glimpse into their lives - whether it be highlighting tragedy or eccentricity - that shows they can be just as normal as the rest of us (or not!). I have, yet again, laughed and cried my way through another of Sophia's books, and loved every minute.Yes, this is a wonderful romantic comedy, with plenty of heart and soul, but it also poses an interesting question. What do you do if you find yourself pregnant after a one-night stand?Well, it seems that the answer really boils down to "might this be your only realistic chance of motherhood?". Lil reasons that had she been in her twenties when this happened, her immediate response would probably have been abortion. Being in her thirties however, casts a different light on her predicament - how many real chances would she have of having another baby if she chooses not to go ahead with this pregnancy?The stark way in which Sophia Money-Coutts outlines the probability of someone Lil's age being able to get pregnant again is pretty harrowing - it comes down to a numbers game that is probably not going to be in Lil's favour at her age, especially since she is single. Lil's only realistic chance to be a mother is the one she has been given right now, and it seems obvious to her that she has to grab it with both hands - even if she faces the prospect of being a single-parent.When, and if, to be a mother is a dilemma for the modern age - one that has come with the advent of birth control (although accidents to occur, as Lil discovers!) - but the influence of "Old Father Time" on biology does have a part to play in our choices. What do you do if you are single and want to be a mother, but the clock is running down? Food for thought....Second books can be tricky, especially when your debut has been such a huge hit, but let me say right off that this one is going to be a real winner too!I am a firm fan of Sophia Money-Coutts and cannot wait to see more please!PS. Sophia...am I right in detecting that Miss Montague has a little secret of her own?
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  • Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
    January 1, 1970
    What Happens Now? is a light, funny, thoroughly contemporary romance novel from Sophia Money-Coutts.Thirty one year old private school teacher Lil is still raw from the end of an eight year relationship when her best friend, Jess, convinces her to use a dating app. Lil chooses mountaineer Max, who likes like ‘a cross between a Jane Austen hero, and Jack Sparrow’. and the evening goes well, so well in fact that Lil goes home with him. But Max is gone when Lil wakes up the next morning, preparing What Happens Now? is a light, funny, thoroughly contemporary romance novel from Sophia Money-Coutts.Thirty one year old private school teacher Lil is still raw from the end of an eight year relationship when her best friend, Jess, convinces her to use a dating app. Lil chooses mountaineer Max, who likes like ‘a cross between a Jane Austen hero, and Jack Sparrow’. and the evening goes well, so well in fact that Lil goes home with him. But Max is gone when Lil wakes up the next morning, preparing to mountain climb in Pakistan, and fails to respond to her carefully worded texts. Six weeks later Lil realises thrush isn’t the only souvenir from her one night stand with Max, she’s pregnant. Letting Max know is the right thing to do, but he is missing somewhere on Muchu Chhish, so what happens now?Max obviously isn’t the greatest of communicators which continues to be issue throughout the book, but Money-Coutts ensures he’s not short on charm. I thought his reaction to the news of the pregnancy was pretty realistic, and once he commits to fatherhood, he is kind and generous with Lil.I liked Lil, her apprehension on finding out she was pregnant felt natural, and I admired her general equanimity once she’d made the decision keep the baby, with or without Max. I really enjoyed her interactions at the school where she teaches, especially with her small charges.I enjoyed the friendships too. Lil’s bestie Jess, and her twin brother Clem are amusing, and the glimpses of Lil’s flatmates and work colleagues are fun. I also liked how sweet and supportive Lil’s parents are.I appreciated the honesty with which the author described several scenes in the story, particularly how awkward it is to pee on a pregnancy test stick, and the delicate answers needed to satisfy the curiosity of five year olds (I fielded similar questions when I was pregnant and teaching). I could have done with a few less details about a particular act in the sex scene though.I’m too old fashioned to not to be at least a little uncomfortable about the failure of Max and Lil to use a condom, especially during a casual encounter (with the knowledge that two of my children were conceived while I was on the pill and STD’s are still a thing people!).That point aside, I was engaged by the wit and warmth of What Happens Now? An entertaining read.
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  • Nick Morris
    January 1, 1970
    “One first date. One not so little mistake.” – Lil Bailey, after dedicating eight years of her life to someone that she considered ‘The One’ finds herself once again navigating single life. After months of wallowing, stalking her ex and his new girlfriend on social media, Lil decides that enough is enough and goes on a date with the dreamy, body like a Greek sculpture Max Rushbrooke. All is well until Max ghosts her, and a week later she discovers that she is pregnant by a man who she has only m “One first date. One not so little mistake.” – Lil Bailey, after dedicating eight years of her life to someone that she considered ‘The One’ finds herself once again navigating single life. After months of wallowing, stalking her ex and his new girlfriend on social media, Lil decides that enough is enough and goes on a date with the dreamy, body like a Greek sculpture Max Rushbrooke. All is well until Max ghosts her, and a week later she discovers that she is pregnant by a man who she has only met once. ‘What Happens Now?’ is simply a story of survival and self-preservation. A story of a woman, who had her life planned out and the carpet has literally just been pulled from under her. Money-Coutts writes this story so honestly, from the steamy conception to the very important question “Do I have this baby or don’t I?” You really feel that you are on this journey with Lil instead of just simply reading it as an outsider, which in itself is a very special talent. The thing with Lil is that she is one of us, there is no airs and graces, she’s down to earth and her character will resonate with many woman going through a surprise pregnancy, potentially alone. Reading ‘What Happens Now?’ I have found myself laughing out loud, silently cursing, all the while hoping that nobody was looking over my shoulder at certain parts clutching their pearls. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I experienced so many emotions and I just know that Lil’s journey will help and inspire others going through this situation. I’m also holding out hope for a potential follow-up as I still have so many questions, like WHAT HAPPENS NOW? See what I did there?
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  • Julia
    January 1, 1970
    What Happens Now? By Sophia Money-Coutts is a very upbeat contemporary novel about the highs and lows of pregnancy. I really enjoyed this honest look at life through the eyes and mind of a single thirty one year old named Lil.The book opens with a pregnancy test and ends after delivery. The reader ‘travels’ the nine months with Lil. We see her take on situations as she asks the questions all mums-to-be want to ask. Written in the first person the reader becomes intimately acquainted with Lil. I What Happens Now? By Sophia Money-Coutts is a very upbeat contemporary novel about the highs and lows of pregnancy. I really enjoyed this honest look at life through the eyes and mind of a single thirty one year old named Lil.The book opens with a pregnancy test and ends after delivery. The reader ‘travels’ the nine months with Lil. We see her take on situations as she asks the questions all mums-to-be want to ask. Written in the first person the reader becomes intimately acquainted with Lil. I loved her down to earth manner that contrasted with those around her in the birthing class.What Happens Now? was not just about pregnancy, it was about good friends, work colleagues and family. Not all families are made up of the traditional mum, dad, two children and a dog but the families are made up of love.Sophia Money-Coutts wrote an honest and often hilarious look at life. I was literally laughing out loud throughout as I recognised that there are things I have said or thought that mirror Lil.What Happens Now? was a wonderful feel-good novel, just perfect for the garden, the beach or the sofa! It’s a novel that left me smiling.I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.A word of caution: there is language and scenes some readers may not like. I found there was too much detail (for me) in the bedroom scenes/references so I skipped chunks of the narrative. It did not detract from my overall enjoyment of the book.
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  • Cheryl M-M
    January 1, 1970
    I have to say that what I originally liked about the style and voice of The Plus One, the first novel by Money-Coutts, remains consistent with this book. The author has a way of mixing a brash, brutally honest voice with a dark sense of humour and a devil may care attitude. Imagine 'Knocked Up' meets 'Friends' with a dollop of British snark.Lil ventures back into the shark infested pool of dating and meeting potential partners after she is discarded by the person she thought was the one. Instead I have to say that what I originally liked about the style and voice of The Plus One, the first novel by Money-Coutts, remains consistent with this book. The author has a way of mixing a brash, brutally honest voice with a dark sense of humour and a devil may care attitude. Imagine 'Knocked Up' meets 'Friends' with a dollop of British snark.Lil ventures back into the shark infested pool of dating and meeting potential partners after she is discarded by the person she thought was the one. Instead she finds that she is his number two, something she was completely unaware of. So much for trust, happiness and loving relationships.When she meets a handsome stranger it seems like the perfect opportunity to prove to herself that she is still desirable. One thing leads to another and in the heat of the moment two become three, which throws both Lil and Max off their game.I enjoyed the way the author made this a conversation about pregnancy and choice without making it confrontational or veering into extreme views. It's just a woman, her thoughts and her emotional response. Alternatives are brought to the table the way they would be between friends. Again, kudos to the author for keeping this lovely, fun read in its lane.It's a funny and at times emotional contemporary read. You can't help but fall in love with the quirky characters and their places in this story. There aren't many authors who can replicate an air of realism, as opposed to the fictional feel of a read, but Money-Coutts is one of them.*I received a courtesy copy*
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  • Kirsti Ferguson (MrsFegFiction)
    January 1, 1970
    I wanted something fun and light to read and this did not disapoint.The story centers around Lil and her close friends and family. Lil is a teacher at a boy's prep school in London. She's recently had her heart broken and after a one night stand with someone she meets on a dating app (enter a very hot Max!), she finds herself pregnant, oops! We then follow Lil through the ups and downs and hilarious incidents of the next 9 months! The author writes fluidly, the book is really funny in parts and I wanted something fun and light to read and this did not disapoint.The story centers around Lil and her close friends and family. Lil is a teacher at a boy's prep school in London. She's recently had her heart broken and after a one night stand with someone she meets on a dating app (enter a very hot Max!), she finds herself pregnant, oops! We then follow Lil through the ups and downs and hilarious incidents of the next 9 months! The author writes fluidly, the book is really funny in parts and heartfelt in others. There are also a few steamy encounters in places... The characters are lovable (including Lil's hilariously odd mother Jackie) and relationships are really important throughout. I especially loved how the author added nearly every family arrangement into this book, and showed how each one could be unique and special in it's own way!I read this in three days which is really quick for me, as it was such a nice, warm read! I'd recommend to everyone that fancies a bit of escapism and a whole lot of laughs.One small piece of feedback for the publisher/editor is that there are quite a few spelling mistakes/wrong words used throughout. One main character's name actually changes for a brief minute too! I read an ARC though and I assume this was changed before the print run.Overall a fab book and many thanks to NetGalley and Harper Collins for a very much appreciated ARC!
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  • cenbookfairy_Tylwyth Teg y Llyfr.
    January 1, 1970
    🌟🌟Review Time🌟🌟 What Happens Now? By @sophiamcoutts . Published by @hqstories 🤰Here is a proper girlie read. It's a great summer read. It is one of those books that you pick up and in no time at all you are totally engrossed in it.🤰Lil a 31 year old teacher has just broken up with her longterm boyfriend Jake after discovering that he cheated on her. 🤰She finds a dating app and decides to go on a date. It is there she meets Max a very good looking man. They have a lovely meal and enjoy each other 🌟🌟Review Time🌟🌟 What Happens Now? By @sophiamcoutts . Published by @hqstories 🤰Here is a proper girlie read. It's a great summer read. It is one of those books that you pick up and in no time at all you are totally engrossed in it.🤰Lil a 31 year old teacher has just broken up with her longterm boyfriend Jake after discovering that he cheated on her. 🤰She finds a dating app and decides to go on a date. It is there she meets Max a very good looking man. They have a lovely meal and enjoy each others company. One thing leads to another and they end up sleeping together. 🤰The morning after Lil wakes up to find a note from Max. Max suddenly cuts all contact with Lil. She has really fallen for him yet he does not reply to any of Lils texts nor What's App message.🤰Not only does she discover that Max is actually a very well know , famous explorer but that she is also pregnant by him. 🤰Question is should she tell him? Is she going to keep the baby? 🤰This book offers so much. It's both funny , yet in place quite sad. Infuriating but satisfying at the same yet. 🤰I enjoy the flow of the writing style, it was an easy read.🤰I read this over 2 days. My heart went out to Lil for what she went through but also I couldn't help but laugh at the same time. 🤰Thank you to both NetGalley and HQ Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read this book
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  • Hannah Snell
    January 1, 1970
    Lil is finally back on the dating scene, after a long relationship ended badly. She is pleasantly surprised to find herself across the table from Max, an attractive and interesting mountaineer. One thing leads to another, which leads to  ... a baby?!As you might expect, this book was light, fluffy and definitely in the 'prosecco and babies' category, with a smattering of the aristocracy and finer things in life (think art gallery openings, mansions, money no issue). I found the Prologue and firs Lil is finally back on the dating scene, after a long relationship ended badly. She is pleasantly surprised to find herself across the table from Max, an attractive and interesting mountaineer. One thing leads to another, which leads to  ... a baby?!As you might expect, this book was light, fluffy and definitely in the 'prosecco and babies' category, with a smattering of the aristocracy and finer things in life (think art gallery openings, mansions, money no issue). I found the Prologue and first few chapters quite an effort to get into - a detailed description of peeing on a stick, before 60 pages of justifying how Lil had got to that point. And I also didn't like that the baby was referred to as a particular sex, before later explaining that Lil thought the baby was for a particular reason - it read like an editing error.What made it stand out from the rest, however, was the character of Lil, who was fiesty, rational (where possible) and showed some sense in the decisions that she made. Her experience of pregnancy was rough and realistic. Lil also had really good relationships with her Mum, step-dad, friends and colleagues ... it was genuinely nice to read about these strong relationships that were written in a wholesome, yet lightly realistic way. They felt wholesome, and rightly so.*I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    hat Happens Now? follows Lil who has recently split from the guy she thought was the one. Lil ventures back out on the dating scene and falls pregnant from a one night stand with a guy who turns out to be the son of a Lord and Lady, and he is a semi-famous climber.On a personal note, the protagonist is from Norfolk and the love interest is from Suffolk. I live in Suffolk and very near to the Norfolk border – in fact, I am possibly moving to Norfolk! – and I loved reading about characters from my hat Happens Now? follows Lil who has recently split from the guy she thought was the one. Lil ventures back out on the dating scene and falls pregnant from a one night stand with a guy who turns out to be the son of a Lord and Lady, and he is a semi-famous climber.On a personal note, the protagonist is from Norfolk and the love interest is from Suffolk. I live in Suffolk and very near to the Norfolk border – in fact, I am possibly moving to Norfolk! – and I loved reading about characters from my neck of the woods.Sophia’s writing is easy to read and the book flies by. She writes Lil as a lovable and down to earth character that you can relate to. She has a great sense of humour and she was a modern woman, trying to live her life the best she can. Her friends were all unique and added to the humor too.Obviously, Lil is unexpectedly pregnant and she has to decide how to handle this and I liked how the topic of abortion was touched on in a relaxed way. It was discussed as a viable option for women, which is of course is, but it can be such a large conversation and I didn’t want it to overshadow the plot. Because what do you do when you’re 31 and fall pregnant with someone you don’t know? Are you going to be able to have a baby if you give this one up? It started a great discussion about growing up and how your life and circumstances change you.When Lil gives birth it is realistic and not romanticised and I really appreciated that. As someone who thinks childbirth sounds terrifying, I was glad to read something realistic but not too concerning.
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  • Charlotte Tomlins
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars rounded up! While this was no show stopping, all consuming whirlwind of a novel, it was a very pleasant and uplifting read. You’ve got the standard protagonist, Lil, newly broken up from her long term boyfriend Jake and struggling to get back out in the dating scene. After matching on a dating app, she goes for a drink with Max and ends up impulsively spending the night with him. Resulting in an accidental pregnancy from a one-night stand with a famous mountain climber. Crazy. The firs 3.5 stars rounded up! While this was no show stopping, all consuming whirlwind of a novel, it was a very pleasant and uplifting read. You’ve got the standard protagonist, Lil, newly broken up from her long term boyfriend Jake and struggling to get back out in the dating scene. After matching on a dating app, she goes for a drink with Max and ends up impulsively spending the night with him. Resulting in an accidental pregnancy from a one-night stand with a famous mountain climber. Crazy. The first part was a little slow, and there was an awful lot of description during the sex scene - now I wasn’t massively bothered by it but I do know there are plenty of people that aren’t a fan of the graphics. If that’s you, I’d steer clear. But, I warmed to Lil so quickly. Her character is what ultimately kept me reading, I loved hearing about her fancy private school job, her weird relationship with Max and the sex crazy Aussies she flat shares with. I also enjoyed the bluntness with which the author told the realities of pregnancy and just life in general. No sugar coating but a real insight. Ultimately, it’s a light hearted read that requires little thinking, giving you a warm sense of hope as you read the final chapter. Lovely bit of escapism after endless thrillers and fantasy drama!Thank you to netgalley for my copy, publish date is 22nd August!
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  • Ritu Bhathal
    January 1, 1970
    A wonderfully funny, page-turner of a book!Meet Lil, a teacher in a private school, just out of a long term relationship, and trying to get back into the swing of dating, especially since her ex is already firmly entrenched in a new coupling.She braves the world of modern dating, by using an app, Kindling, which introduces her to her first new date.What she doesn't count on is an unreliable pill, and after a wonderful evening and night spent together, he disappears, and she finds herself pregnan A wonderfully funny, page-turner of a book!Meet Lil, a teacher in a private school, just out of a long term relationship, and trying to get back into the swing of dating, especially since her ex is already firmly entrenched in a new coupling.She braves the world of modern dating, by using an app, Kindling, which introduces her to her first new date.What she doesn't count on is an unreliable pill, and after a wonderful evening and night spent together, he disappears, and she finds herself pregnant.What follows is a funny tale of deciding whether this one night stand deserves to know she is expecting and the reactions of all those who are involved in her life.How to tell the prim headteacher at her employment that she is expecting a baby out of wedlock?How to explain her predicament to her mother, who had been a single mother herself, and had tried her hardest to make sure her daughter never ended up in the same boat?How to contact the person who helped her get into this mess, especially since he was up a mountain in Pakistan?I loved the characters, from her feisty best friend, Jess to Max, the mountain climbing father-to-be, along with all the others too.Definitely worth a read, you won't be disappointed!Many thanks to NetGalley and HQ for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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