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Sleepless Nights: A Novel

3.25  ·  Rating Details ·  120 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
“Sarah Bilston reads like Sophie Kinsella’s big sister—a bit more serious, a little wiser, just as irresistible.”

New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips


The hilarious sequel to Bed Rest, Sleepless Nights by Sarah Bilston is a must-read for working moms, women contemplating having children, and anyone who loves superior women’s fiction and an unforgetta
ebook, 304 pages
Published August 11th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 2009)
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Apr 10, 2010 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great follow-up to her 1st novel Bed Rest. This story is told from the perspectives of two main characters, Q, who we know from Bed Rest, and her youngest sister Jeanie, who we also met briefly in Bed Rest. As a mother who endured 6 months of relentless screaming from her 1st child,coincidentally also named Samuel, (seriously 8+ hours a day) I appreciated the depiction of early motherhood and the often treacherous emotions that accompany it. I also identified with the rocky relationships betwe ...more
From a relationship-studies perspective, this book was fascinating. The characters were likable if not especially vivid, and I liked the lawyery bits. Not noteworthy, but I don't regret the time I spent reading it.
Jul 28, 2010 Kirsten rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2010
this was enjoyable, and if I had been in the midst/just emerging from new motherhood, I might have felt more emotionally connected to the story and ignored some of the flaws. unfortunately I think the author took on too many threads - the book has two protagonists who switch off narrating, both of whom are going through big re-thinks about their lives. it's just too much. the new-mother character should have been the focus - or at least that's my opinion! - rather than the 24-year-old who is sti ...more
Morninglight Mama
It took me a little bit to get into the story, but once I got a feel for the two characters who alternately narrate, I began to understand them and yearn for resolution of their respective problems. Q was the character who spoke to me the most, finding herself lost and confused as her baby cried away weeks and weeks of his life. (Been there, done that.) The portrayal of new motherhood was a familiar one to me, and the issue of being torn between professional pursuits and parental duties is one t ...more
Feb 20, 2015 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick, fun read about two sisters finding their way into adulthood and parenthood. Somewhat clichéd themes of small town vs. urban sprawl, career rejection vs. career obsession, but still enjoyable due to the quality of writing and pacing. It was nice to read a book where the men in the story were essentially side characters. Still, the back quarter of the book devolved a bit into a weird detective story with a mega-happy ending. It's actually refreshing when I read something that ends on a hi ...more
Apr 07, 2008 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
I liked this follow-up to Bed Rest especially how Q and her husband struggled with balancing careers and new baby. Having the younger sister come over from London let chick lit fans get some romantic tension, not just mom lit. My only complaint was that the chapters were too short and I kept wondering if I was on Jeanie or Q's point of view.
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May 10, 2016 Kim D rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, 2016
Two stars is more generous than deserved, but I am rounding up.

I dislike when American authors attemt to write for British characters and inevitably get vernacular and slang incorrect. Same goes for British authors attempting to write for an American voice. it becomes awkward, forced, and often distracting.

There was too little else to enjoy as a distraction.
Tanya Smart
Feb 28, 2014 Tanya Smart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is by no means a literary feast, but it's a pretty great book--especially if you've experienced sleepless nights!

I think it tied in nicely with Bed Rest, but I also believe you could pick this up without having read it's prequel and do just fine.

A nice, easy read for enjoyment and nothing else. It has some very relate-able circumstances (at least for me!)
Mar 19, 2010 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I have to say this book was not as good as her first, Bed Rest. An overall enjoyable read but one thing that bothered me was that the American characters talk like they're British. For example, the husband of the main character, who is supposedly American, actually exclaims "Oh Dear!" No American man I know would ever say that.
Miranda Green-barteet
This is a well written followup to Bilston's first book. I have met Bilston at several conferences and now she had to make extensive changes to the book after it was set to be published as the economy crashed weeks before it was to come out. Overall it finishes Q's story nicely.
tot het eind aan toe voorspelbaar. niet echt grappig. 2'5 ster.
Oct 09, 2009 Marie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy read, funny (maybe not so funny) look at those first days of parenting, finding your way after graduate school, and the early days of attraction and dating.
Dec 01, 2010 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun read; twist on chick lit. Bilston has a great sense of humor.
I read this as a follow up to Bedrest. It was entertaining.
Oct 06, 2009 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
More chick lit. Yawn...
Zara Pemberton
Aug 12, 2013 Zara Pemberton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good book and very well written to follow up from bed rest.
Nov 16, 2010 pea. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
read this for two reasons...
i read the first book
i needed a book that required no effort

it is a dud
job done
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