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An unexpected love story…
Jules Strauss is a Princeton senior with a full scholarship, acquaintances instead of friends, and a family she’s ashamed to invite to Parents’ Weekend. With the income she’ll receive from donating her “pedigree” eggs, she believes she can save her father from addiction.
Annie Barrow married her high school sweetheart and became the mother to two boys. After years of staying at home and struggling to support four people on her husband’s salary, she thinks she’s found a way to recover a sense of purpose and bring in some extra cash.
India Bishop, thirty-eight (really forty-three), has changed everything about herself: her name, her face, her past. In New York City, she falls for a wealthy older man, Marcus Croft, and decides a baby will ensure a happy ending. When her attempts at pregnancy fail, she turns to technology, and Annie and Jules, to help make her dreams come true.
But each of their plans is thrown into disarray when Marcus’ daughter Bettina, intent on protecting her father, becomes convinced that his new wife is not what she seems…
With startling tenderness and laugh-out-loud humor, Jennifer Weiner once again takes readers into the heart of women’s lives in an unforgettable, timely tale that interweaves themes of class and entitlement, surrogacy and donorship, the rights of a parent and the measure of motherhood.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book but I knew I enjoyed reading Jennifer Weiner before and I haven’t read this book so I thought – let’s do it! I really enjoyed the storyline of this book. I have often thought about being a surrogate but for a family member that couldn’t have children not a stranger. The way the characters were brought together and their individual stories were told was very well written.
I have become very picky with audio books, especially ones on CD. I really wish that the publisher would introduce each disk so when you are driving, you are not having to watch the track numbers to see if it is time to switch or if you don’t pay attention the track numbers, have to listen to a part again (a/k/a restarting the track) before realizing you have already heard it.