“Laura Pauley is a reliable, helpful and extremely efficient Communications Manager. As a Journalist it’s always great to deal with Laura as you know you’ll get a prompt and honest answer. Added to this, Laura always has a smile on her face so she is a fantastic asset to have.”Andrew Pate, Broadcast Journalist, ITV News
“Laura is dedicated, passionate and full of enthusiasm. She works hard to achieve and exceed goals and would a be a real credit to any team or business.”Charlotte Woodward, Former Deputy of Communications, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service
“Laura is an excellent communicator and a great writer. Hardworking, friendly and efficient – she is an asset to any organisation.”Dominic Blake, BBC News reporter and Producer
What are people saying about Laura’s books?
My Asian Summer
“My Asian Summer is a quirky, first-person narrative that takes you right into the bustle of Asia, allowing the reader to experience a deeper understanding of certain topics, characters and destinations featured. The detail of each chapter is projected in a way that is cleverly woven through a story of personal narrative. The author recounts her often humorous encounters in a way that is light-hearted and tongue-in-cheek. Enjoyable, insightful and comical – you won’t want to put it down.”Elise Brewerton, The Portsmouth News
“What an adventure. A fascinating journey and read. Inspiration to the brave and bold that travelling with a child can be empowering and enlightening!”Alice B Grist, author of Dirty & Divine
“Such an inspirational story and what a once in a lifetime adventure for a child to have!” Claire Wilson, Assistant Editor (Features) at Fabulous Magazine
“An interesting, captivating and inspiring story that proves that life is an adventure. A true and honest account of their travels. I can’t wait to hear what they do next!”
Laura Molyneaux, Founder of Seaside Features
“A travelogue like no other…Laura manages to immerse her readers in a story of infinite adventure. A compelling page-turner, you will be swept across numerous Asian countries laughing at the pit of your soul and collecting a body of historical knowledge. You will be encapsulated in a tale of heart-warming love; be exposed to unapologetic honesty and an array of raw-emotion. Consequently, at the end of the book, you will be questioning human nature and what it means to have a rich life.”
Siân Smith, Editor
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What are Amazon readers saying?
Bill Bryson meets Bridget Jones
If anyone wants to read a compelling story about travelling your way around Asia with a 5-year old, let this be your guide… the humour interwoven throughout is light and sparking, with just the type of wit you would find in a Bridget Jones story. I found it absorbing throughout from the travel arrangements to the description of the food! The fact it is based on true life makes it even more amazing and little Summer captured my heart. A must read for adventurous parents and globe trotters alike.
It takes courage to travel with our children ….but they learn so much about the world.
A descriptive book about a mother and daughters’s adventures travelling in Asia. It gives others the courage to take their children travelling at a young age, to broaden their horizons and delight in the the differences and similarities our lives have in different cultures. Laura and Summer Pauley share their adventures with us and make us feel we could do it too if we stepped out of our comfort zones and dared to travel ……thanks Laura making us realise we can … we could …
Engaging, inspiring journey!
Incredible,emotional and inspiring read
Lauras comical nature is so engaging, taking you with her and summer on an amazing journey around Asia
Laura’s writing captures the sights, sounds and smells of Asia so well you can’t help but feel transported there yourself
Such a brave an inspiring journey to make, let alone with a 5 year old
Not just a book for those interested in travel, this will appeal to all the strong independent women out there
A definite 5 stars. An entraining book for those interested in travel and adventures without leaving the comfort of a sofa. The book takes you on a journey through some of the seedier sides of travel and combining it with some wonderful places that can take your breath away and make you realise how much fun travelling can be. I can still read and picture the airport toilets. (Read it yourself). What an amazing adventure for Mum and Daughter.
A 2019 must buy!!
Perfect book even if you are a stay-at-home sort of person. So well written that it takes you out of your arm chair and along a journey of discovery. I literally felt like I was at the elephant sanctuary feeding the elephants myself and I could feel the claustrophobia of the Chu Chi tunnels in Vietnam. An inspiring read…
An entertaining read
Loved this book, very entertaining and I learned a lot, Carl is both funny and annoying.
Totally amazing book, you must read!
Currently reading this book and the way it’s been written and how the story is being told I actually feel I’m there too. It’s kept comical whilst also teaching you a lot. Every part of detail on each page is just phenomenal.Carl is even annoying me!! 😉
Experience the book yourself, it’s amazing!
What an amazing book! I’m only on chapter 6 and it’s absolutely incredible so far!
It teaches you about so much, from Asian politics to travel advice and the odd comical story. Highly recommend this book to anyone!
What are readers saying about ‘My Summer Bump’?
This debut novel by Laura Pauley is an inspiration to all
This debut novel by Laura Pauley is an inspiration to all young women out there who might find themselves in this position…having their world turned upside down and not knowing what to do about it. Laura’s journey is both fascinating and charming, taking you on a rollercoaster of emotions. Throughout this diary, you want to laugh and cry with Laura and at times, you wonder what path she is going to take. Laura’s writing style is very personable and this will instantly captivate you. If you are considering buying this book, do it!
This book is truly fabulous. I couldn’t put it down. A raw and honest book about real life and how it can twist and change. I can’t wait to read the sequel!
Something you never want to put down!
This book is a must have read for anyone going through pregnancy/bring up a child on their own.. it carries such emotion through every chapter that at the end I didn’t want it to stop! I felt I needed to know what happens to Laura and Summers life next.. which I why I was so happy when she went on to release ‘my Asian summer’ this year! Through the highs and lows Laura still manages to keep it as comical as she can whilst taking you through the realistic realities that anyone could face.. and coming through the other side! Well done Laura xx This book can relate to anyone! So touching, definitely worth a read!
This book is for anyone, yes it includes a pregnancy but there’s so much more to it. I recommend anyone to give it a read! It really does appeal to anyone whether that be through the pregnancy, relationship, or just being a woman. This book is very much a chick flick and was such an intriguing Read! Can’t wait for her next book ‘My Asian summer’ to launch this September!
I can’t not put this book down, what an amazing read and an amazing women. It’s so reassuring to know that your not the only one that goes through things like this in life, and how she tells her story is truly amazing .
Single, jobless and pregnant… how would you cope?
‘My Summer Bump’ is a non-fiction diary that shows how a 23-year-old woman coped when she found herself single, jobless and pregnant. The author, Laura Pauley, decided to self-publish ‘My Summer Bump’ as a support to young mums that find themselves in a similar predicament.
Now before I go any further, I should make a confession… I have a vested interest in this book… The author is a good friend of mine and because she couldn’t afford to pay for a professional editor to proof the book, I edited it for her.
Despite the fact that many women are forced (or choose) to go through a pregnancy by themselves, there isn’t much support material available, most pregnancy-related books speak of ‘mum and dad’ and Laura felt very isolated by this, so she decided to publish this book to help others.
Laura and I used to work together in Manchester and I will always remember the day when I was summands to the local coffee shop during our dinner break. I knew something wasn’t right, she hadn’t been herself for weeks and once we’d sat down she told me her news – she was pregnant. This was a shock to Laura, she was 23 and at the start of her journalism career so the timing wasn’t perfect, but when is the right time to have a baby? Laura hadn’t even told her boyfriend at this point, I knew him too, as he was also a colleague and I was sure that he would support her, after all, their relationship seemed pretty solid and he always treated her well. However nobody could have predicted Mark’s reaction – he rejected Laura and their unborn child – he chucked her out their shared home and she was forced to embark on her pregnancy journey alone.
My Summer Bump tells Laura’s story and documents the ups and downs she went through as her baby bump grew and her world fell apart. She desperately tries to rekindle her relationship with Mark and she takes numerous trips up to Manchester in an attempt to get him to accept their unborn child. We also read as she goes to antenatal classes and scans, without the support of a partner and watch how she deals with her sister’s and her sister-in-law’s pregnancies (all three babies were born within a three month period).
Laura shows how she deals with the her feelings of abandonment – she picked herself up and got on with things for the sake of her baby and she slowly started to rebuild her life. She also explains how she coped when people asked intrusive questions and how she responded to barbed remarks about her predicament.
This is very honest account of a pregnancy and Laura doesn’t hold back, she explains exactly what she is thinking, feeling and experiencing.
The book is really easy to read and it is very fast paced. Each Diary entry has an intriguing title and the every chapter is emotive and moving.
The advantage to this book is that it isn’t a retrospective account. The entries were written minutes and hours after each event happened, so her true emotions really come across to the reader.
After the birth of baby Summer, Laura explains how she coped during the first few weeks of parenthood and she lists the things she wishes she’d known while she was pregnant. I think that a lot of expectant mums would find this section particularly useful because pregnancy seems to expose you to a whole new world.
I think this book would interest all pregnant women, but it would especially benefit those that are going through a pregnancy alone. I also think that men that are finding an impending pregnancy difficult to cope with would find this book insightful.
My Summer Bump is a very intimate, personal account of what Laura went through and a lot of people could learn from her experiences. If you are single and pregnant then I highly recommend that you read this book.