Review of Just the Two of Us by The Writing Garnet


Funny, warm, and a story for our time, Just the Two of Us will make you laugh and cry, and remind you never to give up on love.

Lucy is the wrong side of thirty and tormented daily by the idyllic family pictures cluttering up her Facebook newsfeed. All of her friends seem to be getting married and having babies, and yet here she is, resolutely single, and no prospect of creating the perfect family she’s always dreamt of.

How she longs for it to be her turn.

But finding love is complicated, and as time passes she wonders if there might just be another way to make her dreams come true. Is she brave enough to go it alone, or is the fantasy of ‘baby makes three’ just too precious to give up on?

What does TWG think?

Absolutely delighted to be today’s stop on Georgie Capron’s blog tour for, Just the Two of Us, which was published 1st February by Aria Fiction. I really hope I can the storyline justice with my review. Enjoy!

You should know by now that I am pretty much a cover jam tart, as I use them instead of the blurb to decide whether I will read the book or not. ‘Just the Two of Us’ was no exception. However, I have since read the blurb and kudos’ to the blurb writer for not giving too much away! So refreshing to have a blurb that doesn’t hint at things before you’ve even had a chance to read the novel. Any who, I’m dithering, apologies. Now, seeing as I have just told you I pretty much judge a book by its cover (sorry!), it will probably be a surprise when I tell you NOT to judge THIS book by it’s cover. Why? The cover is beautiful, as is the storyline, but to look at the cover AFTER you’ve read the novel, you wouldn’t think that the two are related as it were. Does that make sense? No? Okay, let me explain…

The book cover is eye-catching yet beautifully simplistic; on the other hand, the storyline is anything BUT simplistic, yet it is beautiful. Expect the unexpected.

All Lucy wants, is to feel loved and have the opportunity to love a child of her own. It really isn’t that much to ask, is it? She thought she had found her mr right, her soul mate, but life seemed to have different ideas for Lucy’s love life. One thing that hadn’t changed was Lucy’s urge to have a baby, she couldn’t imagine life without being a mother and she was determined to make that happen.

In regards to Lucy’s baby dilemma, I was able to relate to Lucy in a lot of ways. I’ve read some of the reviews for this novel and how a couple of them have stated that they cannot fathom wanting a baby to the point of being ‘obsessed’. I am actually going to defend Lucy here (yes, I know she isn’t real, but hey), and say that if you haven’t been in the position of wondering if you’ll ever have children due to health reasons, life style reasons etc, let me tell you, it’s a horrible feeling. You want something SO bad, so bad it hurts and you get emotional at the possibility of it never happening. Those feelings aren’t something which you can rectify by popping out to your local Tesco; it isn’t a sugar craving. Due to all of that, I felt unbelievably of the fact that Georgie Capron championed single mothers at one point, sticking up for them instead of joining the masses of people who say ‘children need two parents’. As a single mum myself, that made me well up and I truly thank you for showing us single mummy’s in a positive light.

I was absolutely glued to Lucy’s life and the hurdles she overcame with her choices and her family. It was refreshing to read a book that did its own thing and owned a controversial storyline as the norm. Like most books I read, I have favourite characters as well as not so favourite ones, so I was surprised to only dislike one person in this novel! On a positive character note, three characters stood out for me in multiple ways and they were fabulous to read about. I won’t say who as I don’t want to give anything away or sway your views!

The last part of Georgie Capron’s novel gave me goosebumps and all of my reactions were on high alert. I had no idea what was going to happen and as stupid as this sounds, I was actually concerned as I had invested a lot of my emotions into the storyline without even realising it.

‘Just the Two of Us’ is a beautifully written, thought-provoking read, that highlights the underlying strength of a mother’s unconditional love. Full of laughter, tears and uncertainty, Just the Two of Us will leave your heart glowing and your soul hugged. Georgie Capron has truly blown me away with her debut novel and I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next.

Thank you Aria/Netgalley.