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It's My Birthday

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  20 ratings  ·  16 reviews
... i'll cry if I want to.
Oh boy, another birthday …
Karen could be excused for crying on her birthday, especially as it’s the first one since her husband got on a plane to the States and never came back. Then there’s the fact that her workmates were practically bribed to attend her birthday meal. But when a restaurant double booking leads to her sharing a table with si
Kindle Edition, 264 pages
Published March 19th 2019 by Ruby Fiction (first published 2019)
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DJ Sakata
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Squeezing in to a gap at the bar, I dug a ten-pound note out of my handbag and waited until I finally caught the attention of the young man behind the bar. Again, in days gone by I might have been tempted to pop a button on my blouse and lean forward to see if I could get served more quickly, but these days my bras were less a feat of construction, pushing my wares up and out with their scaffolding, and instead were more comfortable and practical. I tried to pretend that buying t
Dash fan
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
4☆ A Heart Warming, Tender, Romance.

First off I want to say how much I love the cover for this book.

It's My Birthday is a heart warming story of finding love, families, relationships and the struggle to start a family.

Karen met Elliot and his daughter Sophie on a chance encounter.
The restaurant where they are both celebrating their 40th birthdays got the booking wrong and Elliott ended up joining Karen's party.
As Karen and Elliot get to know each other there is definitely a spark there.

Karen is
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Warm, encouraging, and poignant!

It’s My Birthday is a mature, romantic tale that takes us into the life of Karen as she meanders through all sorts of highs and lows, from struggling with infertility, turning forty, being newly divorced, a blossoming new romance, and an ongoing, deep-seated desire to become a mother.

The writing is fluid and sincere. The characters are multilayered, compassionate, and authentic. And the plot is a heartfelt journey of hope, heartbreak, friendship, family, parenthoo
Karen Mace
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story proves how a chance meeting in a pub can change your mood from despair to delight, and I loved following the life of Karen as she tried to move on with her life and look forward to a new chapter after feeling so despondent with the way her life was turning out.

When Karen and Eliot meet they click straight away, and even his 18 year old daughter Sophie seems to approve of her dad finally having some fun in his life. Eliot has brought her up by himself after her mum dealt with depressio
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
A birthday ... normally this should be a very happy day indeed full of celebrations and gifts. But sometimes it can also be a reminder of things you have lost and it makes you sad thinking about how it could have been.
When people organize a party, you feel a bit better because you see that you are not alone, but sometimes it's only make believe.
Every cloud has a silver lining. Yes, that is probably true, but you don't always feel like it is going to happen now as well.You might have lost love, b
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
The last thing newly divorced Karen wants is a party to celebrate her 40th birthday, she'd rather stay quietly at home by herself.
When her best friend arranges a birthday dinner for her at a local restaurant, Karen meets Elliot who, with his daughter, is also celebrating his 40th birthday. Karen soon becomes deeply involved in both Elliot and Sophie's lives. But there is something that Karen has always longed for that might drive Elliot away.
A great cast of characters with many laughs along the
Kay M
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a brilliant and heartwarming read that I enjoyed from the first page to the last.
Karen is not looking forward to celebrating turning 40 this year, especially as this will be the first birthday she will having as a single woman after her husband left her and moved to America. Karen is persuaded to go out for meal with her work colleagues and friends that her best friend Sally has organised in her honour. It is while at the meal that there is a mix up with the table bookings and sees sing
Cheryl M-M
It can be scary when life as you know it crumbles and you have to start from scratch one day just because one person in your relationship has decided they want a different life for themselves. Karen isn't really unhappy about becoming single again, but she is finding it difficult to adjust to certain aspects of life as a single woman.

Meeting Elliot and experiencing life as a carefree individual feels fresh and exciting. The awkwardness of sex with someone new after such a long time is quickly fo
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Karen is recovering from the break up of her marriage and not in the mood for a 40th birthday party. However, she gives in to her best friend and decides to put on a brave face and celebrate the occasion to get out of her comfort zone. Her confidence is thrown further when it appears that most of the partygoers have been cajoled into attending by the offer of a free meal.

By sheer chance, Elliot is also in the restaurant celebrating his birthday. He is there with daughter Sophie and they soon get
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is a diverting romance which I read in one sitting and thoroughly enjoyed. It is always refreshing to read stories which centre around slightly more mature characters and as both Karen and Elliot share a fortieth birthday, this means that they both have previous lives which impact on any future relationship.

There are some serious issues bubbling in the background of the story. Childlessness, adoption, child neglect, abandonment all are there to be found as well as the difficulties which o
The story introduces us to Karen. It’s Karen’s birthday and after last year’s birthday when her husband left her, she’s not really looking forward to this one. Going out for dinner with her less than enthusiastic workmates, she finds herself sharing a table with single dad Elliot and his daughter after a double booking. Could this year’s birthday finally be looking up?

I really liked this book! Karen is a great character and it was lovely to have a character who was just that little bit older tha
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book from the first couple of chapters. The storyline covers off major life events relating to IVF and infertility in a sensitive manner whilst highlighting you don't always know what people are dealing with and that happiness can be found when it is least expected.

Throughout this brilliant story I loved the dynamics between Elliot and Karen and how this is all built upon their random chance meeting. The characters were brilliantly written, totally loveable and made me co
Isabelle D
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
As the blurb doesn't say what destroyed Karen's marriage or even how old Elliot's daughter is, what I expected was practically the opposite of what it turned out to be. Not that it's a bad thing in general - surprises are good. The problem in this case is that it makes the book less "for me". As a basically "child phobic" person, I struggled when Karen's obsession with motherhood was at its highest - no matter how well her longing is described, I just couldn't help having more empathy for Jane. ...more
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book - I read it all in one evening! The story is about Karen, a just 40 year old teacher, recovering from a fairly traumatic marriage breakup, who meets Elliot - same age, and a Child Counsellor, with an 18 yr old daughter Sophie who he has brought up on his own. There was very little extraneous description to detract from the flow of the story, and all the characters are likeable (even the ex to a certain extent), Karen was very believable and I felt some sympathy wit ...more
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Karen meets Elliot on the night of her 40th birthday – due to a mix-up on reservations they end up sharing a table and the start of a love story. This is a sweet story between two great people that you root for to be together. Karen has had a rough time of it and deserves a nice guy like Elliot. If you are looking for a sweet love story, you’ve found it! Highly recommend it!!
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a lovely romance between Karen and Elliott. The story starts with their joint 40th birthday party and romps along from there for a year. The regained independence of Karen makes her a ideal partner for Elliott as he undertakes his stressful work with children. Karen's desire for her own child is the link throughout the story and is well written with great feeling. Although in parts this is sad the love and fun shine through. The happy ending is there but not before some serious issues ha ...more
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Hannah Pearl was born in East London. She is married with two children and now lives in Cambridge.
She has previously worked as a Criminology researcher, as a Development Worker with various charities and even pulled a few pints in her time.
In 2015 she was struck down by Labrynthitis, which left her feeling dizzy and virtually housebound. She has since been diagnosed with ME. Reading has allowed Ha