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The Baby Trail (Emma Hamilton #1)

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  1,427 Ratings  ·  126 Reviews
Makeup artist Emma Hamilton is thirty-three when she and her husband James decide it's time to start a family. She has it all mapped out: Go off the pill in December, have sex, get pregnant by January, have the baby in September. With the help of a personal trainer, she figures she'll be back to her fighting weight in time for Christmas. But when three months of candle-sce ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 22nd 2005 by Atria (first published 2004)
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Tea Jovanović
Zabavno, duhovito i večito aktuelna tema o proširenju porodice... Nije baš ni tako lako začeti decu, ali je zabavno... :) Prvi deo trilogije divne irske autorke...
Stephanie Karaolis
The title of The Baby Trail kind of says it all – this is a book about the trials and tribulations of a couple trying to get pregnant. It’s a very easy read – I think I finished it in two days – and handles a sensitive subject with humour and sometimes a little irreverence. It’s also the start of a series, I realised at the end, and did leave me thinking I’d like to read more.

The central character is Emma Hamilton, and I have to admit that I really didn’t like her at first. She basically wakes u
Apr 10, 2010 Angela rated it it was ok
Emma decides she wants to have a baby, and as the months pass, she gets more and more caught up in the whirlwind of fertility treatments. I have to say I did enjoy the main character's "voice", but I found the side story (her friend's relationship with a knuckle dragging rugby player) boring and skipped/skimmed over a lot of it. It was okay until the ending, which is abrupt and resolves nothing and leaves you feeling like reading the book was pointless because nobody has changed and nothing has ...more
Feb 16, 2009 Marcy rated it it was amazing
Laugh out loud funny!
This book is certainly one to leave your sides hurting. What's crazy though, is that the author focuses on such a serious topic...a woman's problems getting pregnant. The fact that she uses humor to tell the story does not detract from it in any way.

It's obviously not written in the USA, so you have to get used to a couple of Irish phrases that American's wouldn't quite say.

But I loved Emma and her craziness. I laughed with her and at times I was also really sad for her.
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Mar 02, 2009 Fluerrose rated it really liked it
I didn't find this book funny like what most have said.
I didn't find myself laughing my socks off, mainly because i think i've pretty much gone through what emma did :)

Its a really heartfelt story of what a lady goes through when she is trying for a baby. I feel like MEN should be the one reading the book compared to us women.

I would say try not to read this book if you are trying to get pregnant, if you were anything like me, it would just make you more paranoid. But once you have conceived, g
Jul 03, 2013 Jenn rated it it was ok
This was a disappointing read for me. It was quick and funny, and the writing was good. I wanted to keep reading. But the story left me completely unsatisfied. The characters didn't go anywhere, and the main character perpetuated the image of infertile women as crazed lunatics. I have been through infertility (well, I suppose I still am), and didn't feel like the depiction was very accurate, based on the other women I have met in the same experience. I wouldn't have minded the ending if the book ...more
Joanna Paula Cailas
Jan 23, 2012 Joanna Paula Cailas rated it really liked it
DO NOT READ IF YOU'RE TRYING FOR A BABY. I'm not and won't in the near future, and I'm already hoping I won't have to go through what Emma went through. The author probably did. All the details and emotions are impressive and genuine. Emma, lucky Emma, is surrounded by lovely people, though, lovely in their quality and quirks and unloveliness. It's not a funny subject, but Sinead (I'll look up how you pronounce this name) Moriarty dished comedy like raisins in a bitter salad.
Apr 15, 2008 Michele rated it it was amazing
This book made me laugh harder than any book I can remember ever reading. I could not put this book down. I was able to read it in less than 24 hours!
Jun 06, 2010 Jonita rated it liked it
"The Baby Trail" is Sinead Moriarty's debut book. I was lucky enough to pick this one up at my favourite used bookstore, and couldn't wait to read it. I enjoyed it for the most part, but there were a few things that bothered me.

Let me start with what I enjoyed. Emma, our main character, was a lot of fun. She's obsessed with becoming a mother, something that I'm sure many women can relate to, and will do anything to become one. Sometimes she's a little like a bull in a china shop, plowing through
Samantha Oledan
Apr 16, 2016 Samantha Oledan rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings while reading this book. Sometimes I would feel invested, other times I was bored. The main character, Emma, reminded me of Becky Bloomwood from Sophie Kinsella's Shopahokic series. They were both very outspoken and they would do everything just to get what they wanted. Those traits made me both like and dislike Emma. Sometimes she would go overboard to the point that she drove her husband and other people around her mad. She could be a bit self-centered and obsessed with b ...more
Katja Berger
Aug 28, 2013 Katja Berger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Projekt baby er en super underholdende og samtidig indsigtsfuld roman om et alvorligt emne, der vedrører flere mennesker end vi normalt tænker på. På trods af at vi skriver 2010 på kalenderen, så er dét at være ufrivillig barnløs og ikke kunne blive gravid, stadig et tabu i mange kredse, som man ikke snakker højt om eller indrømmer overfor omverdenen.
Med Projekt Baby beskriver forfatteren denne situation på sin vante hjertevarme måde, med underlagt medfølelse for de der er i situationen, men sam
Apr 01, 2013 Darlene rated it liked it
Overall, this wasn't a bad book. It was written by an author who is from Ireland, so the story takes place in Ireland. It was about a couple trying to conceive and the difficulty they had. It went through the emotions that couples face, especially the woman. A few parts of it were funny, the language was that of how they speak in Ireland and unless you are familiar with that, you will have a hard time understanding some of the meanings of words or a complete sentence (unless you want to look it ...more
Jul 25, 2013 Michelle rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-reviews
On stalking the library shelves this book The Baby Trail: A Novel By Sinead Moriarty caught my eye with it's cute cover and the blurb boasted to be a cross between Bridget Jones and Sex and the City.

This book is about a 30 something married couple Emma a make up artist and James a rugby coach trying to have a baby. It takes you through the sex romps and trying every which way to conceive, the depression of not falling pregnant, and onto the tests and poking and prodding that women go through to
Mar 10, 2012 Kolleen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Emma is thirty-three when her and her husband decide its time to start a family. After seven months of trying and no results, Emma goes on a quest to find fertility any which way she can. The result is a funny way of showcasing a sad situation.

Being twenty-seven myself and beginning to hear my clock start ticking, I thought this book would be for me. It wasn't as good as I thought it would be, but it definitely had it's moments. There were times when it all got caught up with different characte
Η Έμμα είναι μακιγιέζ και ο Τζέιμς προπονητής ράγκμπι. Ζουν στο Δουβλίνο. Όλα καλά και ιδανικά μέχρι που η Έμμα αποφασίζει να αποκτήσει παιδί πριν κλείσει τα 35 της...
Δεν ξέρω αν θα έβρισκα διασκεδαστικό το βιβλίο αν αντιμετώπιζα το πρόβλημα της Έμμα και του Τζέιμς. Γεγονός είναι πάντως ότι η συγγραφέας προσπαθεί με πολύ ανάλαφρο τόνο να μας δείξει τα δεινά που περνάει το ζευγάρι όταν έχει αποφασίσει να αποκτήσει ένα μωράκι και δεν τα καταφέρνει. Ψυχολογικές και σωματικές ταλαιπωρίες που περνά
May 09, 2012 Devon rated it really liked it
'THE BABY TRAIL'is the story of a woman who drives herself, husband, friends and family crazy when her plan to conceive isn't as easy as she'd originally imagined. In an impressive debut Sinead Moriarty deilvers a serious subject matter that many women today face and handels it with dignity, wit and compassion.

I was lucky enough to have been lent this book by a friend who also raved about it and I cannot recommend it enough whether you are in the same boat as Emma or not. I certianly have never
This was a fun little read. I loved Emma and all of her friends and family, and I cannot wait to see how things go for Emma and her friends in the next books. I must admit, I had a little trouble getting into it at first, but once I did, I really enjoyed it's light-heartedness on what can sometimes turn out to be a serious and perhaps heavy subject for some. Emma's comical goings-on on her tough road ahead were not very relatable for me since I'm not anywhere near her situation, but I really fel ...more
Ana Petrina
Apr 07, 2010 Ana Petrina rated it it was ok
Ha ha ha - this girl is funny! I was told the book was fun and not depressing and interesting for all women, not just the trying-to-get-pregnang-ones - and after reading it through two Champion league-evenings, I can only agree - the book IS funny.

"The baby trail" tells the story of Emma, who one day decides that she wants a baby. And from that moment on, nothing else exists in her world - but ovulations, timing and planning sex with her husband, waiting for days to pass...
It is a very funny b
Astrid Johanne
Projekt Baby er en rigtig sød og sjov bog, selvom den handler om et alvorligt emne, kommer hovedpersonen ud i de sjoveste situationer, så man ikke kan lade være med at grine. Det er en bog, som man får et spil på læben af, men samtidig er det en bog som omhandler et alvorligt emne, og giver stof til eftertanke.

The Baby Trail is a really sweet and funny book, eventhough the book is about a serious subject, the maincharachter Emma gets involved in the funniest situations, which is situations that
Helene Harrison
Review - The Baby Trail had a slow start, but it got better towards the end. One of the funniest bits was at the end of chapter 26 with the rabbit vibrator. It had me rolling around the floor in stitches. Moriarty really seems to have a knack for the humour of situations. I did like Emma, and although I can't empathise with her, I can sympathise - I can guess how I would feel if I couldn't have kids.

Genre? - Chic Lit / Romance / Drama

Characters? - Emma Hamilton / James Hamilton / Imogen / Barba
Sep 26, 2012 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Although this is a take on making the subject of infertility light and funny, being through pretty much the exact same situation made it more of matter of fact for me. It was a good book and had a lot of emotion with regards to infertility but someone who has not experienced it would probably just find the book amusing. For me it opened my eyes that others going through this feel the same as myself. Good book and the author clearly did her research or went through the same thing as the character ...more
Mar 24, 2014 Molly rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
Emma is thirty three and she and her husband, James, have decided to start a family, but they find the path to parenthood is not very simple for them and they pursue various infertility treatments.

I picked this up because I happened to read the fourth book in the series before figuring out it was a series. I decided to read the others. I have never been through what Emma and James went through and I hope I never do, but I have known people who have and this felt pretty authentic. I really liked
Aug 02, 2015 Rachel rated it it was ok
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Sarah K
Mar 08, 2015 Sarah K rated it it was ok
What a let down this book was!

I took a long time to read it because the characters didn't grip me. I thought Emma was hard to like, and to be honest, didn't really deserve a baby! I couldn't understand why her husband was with her either, she just seemed quite selfish.

But as I hate to give up on a book, I carried on to see how it ended. Well I finished it an I'm still waiting to find out! It's almost like the author ran out of pages so simply stopped.

Wish I hadn't bothered with this one to be ho
Feb 25, 2009 Zee rated it it was amazing
If you are trying for a baby,this might be a good read as you're probably able to relate to Emma,who is driven to have a baby of her own and at 33 felt like her biological clock is ticking away and despite being assured to be perfectly healthy,had difficulty conceiving.

Laugh your guts off (which was what I did exactly) as we follow Emma on her journey as she peed endlessly on the pee sticks through the extremely frustrating clinical visits month after month.

Will Emma be successful in her quest f
Protagonist Emma and her husband James want to have a family and eagerly start trying to make a baby. When after a year nothing has happened, Emma consults a specialists and starts various treatments in order to have the child she longs for. In between there are various small incidents involving her family, love life or job that fill up the story.

All in all a nice story, but nothing spectacular. I can somehow understand how frustrated Emma must be when she tries so many different things and stil
I liked this book because it dealt with a serious topic, but it had it's lighthearted moments also. I have known woman who have dealt with infertility and gone through the treatments that Emma has gone through. When you see it first hand it is incredibly heart-wrenching and I identified with the people around her that say the wrong things and don't realize it. I am going to give this book to a pregnant friend of mine. I think she will love it
Aug 26, 2014 Heather rated it liked it
This book was an impulse pick up from the library. The description of the book really intrigued me. It did take me a while to get use to the characters. When I was finally "involved" with the book and wanting to know how it was going to end, it "abruptly" ended! I wanted to know details about Emma and James life. I also wanted to know details about what happened with Lucy and Donnal! I was left with wanting more!!!
Jan 22, 2013 Elena rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book and I really liked Emma as a character and her friends too. Emma is around my age (in her early 30s) and trying to have a baby, so I chose the book because it is relevant to my life/age. I was a little astonished because I felt the book ended so abruptly I kept checking the ebook to see if perhaps it hasn't downloaded correctly. Turns out it was a cliffhanger for the next book- this ending really irritated me but I did move right along to the next book!
Jaime Lee
Jul 27, 2011 Jaime Lee rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011
I laughed out loud a few times in the middle of this book and that's the only reason it got 2 stars. As it is, I was pretty enraged by the ending. And the main character's complete cluelessness about trying to conceive a child towards the beginning was downright maddening. For a while in the middle I thought it might turn out to be a worthwhile read, but sadly I was wrong. If I were you, I'd move on without giving this book a second thought. It's not worth your time.
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Sinead was born and raised in Dublin where she grew up surrounded by books. Her mother is an author of children’s books. Growing up, Sinead says she was inspired by watching her mother writing at the kitchen table and then being published. From that moment on, her childhood dream was to write a novel.

After university, she went to live in Paris and then London. It was at the age of thirty, while wo
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