With husband Ted working hard to keep the family afloat, Stevie really doesn’t want to burden him with her feelings. Turning to the internet, Stevie starts the anonymous First-Time Mum blog and blasts the rose-tinted glasses of parenthood right off her readers.
In the real world, Stevie meets the formidable Nelle and gorgeous Will, along with their own little treasures, and starts to realise that being a ‘perfect mum’ isn’t everything. But when the secret blog goes viral, Stevie must make some tough choices about who she wants to be, and whether she’s ready for the world to know the truth...A perfect laugh-out-loud read for fans of The Unmumsy Mum, Gill Sims and Emma Robinson.
‘The story and the writing was hilarious, but the sentiment within it was awfully, wonderfully true’ Lilac Mills, author of Love in the City by the Sea
‘A light funny and sometimes laugh out loud story!’ 5* Reader review
‘A fun, laugh out loud book also with lots of tender moments. Perfect for new mums, old mums and no mums! Everyone can enjoy this book! Would definitely recommend!’ Stardust Book Reviews
‘A fantastic, relatable read for anyone who has children of their own. Hell, even if I didn't have a child, I am sure I still would have loved reading about Stevie’ The Writing Garnet
‘Where the baby wipes was this book when my daughter was born?!’ The Writing Garnet
Poppy Dolan is in her mid thirties and lives in Berkshire with her husband. She's a near-obsessive baker and a keen crafter, so on a typical weekend can be found moving between the haberdashery and kitchenware floors of a department store, adding to her birthday wish list. She has written three novels: The Bad Boyfriends Bootcamp, There's More to Life than Cupcakes, The Bluebell Bunting Society and most recently The Woolly Hat Knitting Club. The Bad Boyfriends Bootcamp made it into the Amazon top 100 bestseller chart, so clearly someone other than her mum must have read it. You can get in touch with Poppy on Twitter @poppydwriter and on Facebook at PoppyDolanBooks. She doesn't bite. Unless you are a dark chocolate digestive.
For Ellie, life is good. Her husband, Pete, is fantastic, she has great friends and an okay job at a food magazine. But according to the rest of the world there’s one thing missing: a baby.
Ellie knows Pete would make a brilliant dad and his not-so-subtle hints confirm he is keen to become one. For Ellie it’s more complicated. Babies are cute and squishy and lovely. They also mean giving up boozy nights, Sunday lie ins and any chance of kicking her career into gear.
In search of a distraction, Ellie joins a baking class where she meets Joe – handsome, single and a dab hand with a whisk. But when a bit of harmless flirting causes big problems for Ellie she needs to decide where her heart really lies. Soon she discovers there’s no such thing as a perfect recipe for life...
‘Poppy Dolan is simply unputdownable.’ Claudia Carroll
‘Poppy Dolan's fabulous take on family, friendships and finding the right time is a rival to even the best chocolate brownie. This is warm, funny, feel-good fiction at its very best. Can I lick the spoon, please?’ Victoria Fox
‘Fresh, funny and full of baking deliciousness, There's More to Life Than Cupcakes will take you on a heart-warming journey with Ellie, a heroine you won't forget. Poppy Dolan's style is addictive and this novel marks her out as a writer to watch.’ Abby Clements
‘An engaging read that tackles a serious issue with sensitivity, humour, and wit.’ Talli Roland
‘Witty and stylish, it's a fabulous novel from new writer Poppy Dolan. We loved it! Highly recommended!’ Hot Brands, Cool Places
‘This book is a must read for chick lit fans. I loved everything about it, from the gorgeous cover to the perfect ending.’ Fairytale Ending Book Reviews
‘An immediate love-at-first-read! I loved Poppy's writing style and sense of humour and felt a genuine rapport with the characters, especially Ellie.’ Room for Reading
‘What a fantastic book! I really can't even do it justice! I cried, I laughed, I cheered (not even silently), I ate cake. I just genuinely adored everything about this book.’ Tishy Lou's World
‘A sweet (and delicious!) little tale of one woman’s absolutely mental journey in deciding whether or not she’s ready for motherhood. I enjoyed it tremendously.’ judgingcovers.co.uk
‘Funny, full of feeling, honest, warm and heartfelt. A book I didn't want to say goodbye to.’ Victoria Loves Books
When Dee Blackthorn’s brother, JP, breaks both wrists not only is he in need of a helping hand – or two – but the knitting shop he owns can’t function. Sisterly duties take Dee away from her demanding job and she is unceremoniously fired amidst scandalous office rumours. Dee is certain that her hot-shot nemesis, Ben, is behind it all.
Back in the village of Fenwild where JP's shop resides, Dee bumps into Becky, an old friend who is new mum to a premature baby. Desperate to help Becky, Dee convinces JP to enlist his knitting pals to make tiny woolly hats to keep the little one warm. Seeing how grateful her friend is, Dee makes it her mission to help lots of other premature babies. When Ben turns up denying involvement in Dee’s sacking she is initially furious, but hears him out before roping him into helping the knitting cause.
But before long Dee’s good intentions backfire and she risks losing her friends, her family and Ben, who’s turned out to be not so bad after all...
A feel-good romantic comedy about life, love and knitting, The Woolly Hat Knitting Club is perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley, Tilly Tennant and Carole Matthews.
See inside for an exclusive baby hat knitting pattern from Poppy Dolan!
‘A lovely, warm, heartfelt story that focused on family and getting your priorities straight. The book made me want to take up knitting and snuggle down with my loved ones. Creative, fun, feel-good – a gorgeous book.’ Rosie Blake, author of The Hygge Holiday
‘Poppy writes the most gorgeous, relatable and vivid characters. I'd fervently recommend this book to people looking for something cosy and comforting. It's clever, heartfelt, witty, romantic and has got me googling for local knitting workshops! Loved it and wish there was a sequel I could read immediately.’ Kirsty Greenwood, author of Big Sexy Love
‘A great read in between knitting... readers who love to knit with friends and for charity will love this new novel.’ Knit Now magazine
Praise for Poppy Dolan:
‘Poppy Dolan is simply unputdownable.’ Claudia Carroll
'The feel-good book of the year.' Vanessa Greene
'Wonderfully warm and laugh-out-loud funny... you cannot fail to be uplifted by it.' Cressida McLaughlin
'Gorgeously warm and funny... the cosiest, most charming and feel-good book I've read all year.' Victoria Fox
When Molly's sweet but hopeless brother Sam comes to her with news of yet another failed romance, she offers to show him where he keeps going wrong. By teaching Sam some of the golden rules of dating, Molly helps Sam land his dream woman.
Molly soon hits on the idea of turning her dating wisdom into a career. With the aid of her two best friends it isn’t long before The Bad Boyfriends Bootcamp is off the ground, educating men in the art of texting, fashion and understanding women.
Yet as Molly and co solve their clients’ problems, they soon realise that sometimes it’s easier to dish out the advice than to take it – and that maybe the rules of love are made to be broken...
‘A hilarious book, about love, family and friendship... extremely entertaining.’ Kim the Bookworm
‘An incredible first novel that fans of chick-lit of will enjoy.’ Curled Up with a Good Book and a Cup of Tea
‘An immensely enjoyable read.’ Mama J Hearts