Book Review

‘Dear Thing’ by Julie Cohen

dt jcSTORY: Claire and Ben are the perfect couple. But behind the glossy façade, they’ve been desperately trying – and failing – to have a baby for years. Now, the stress and feelings of loss are taking their toll on their marriage. Claire’s ready to give up hope and get on with her life, but Ben is not. And then Ben’s best friend, Romily, offers to conceive via artificial insemination and carry the baby for them.

Romily acts in good faith, believing it will be easy to be a surrogate. She’s already a single mother, and has no desire for any more children. Except that being pregnant with Ben’s child stirs up all sorts of emotions in her, including one she’s kept hidden for a very long time: Ben’s the only man she’s ever loved.

Two mothers—and one baby who belongs to both of them, and which only one of them can keep.

REVIEW: Ben and Claire have been trying for 10 years to have a baby using IVF with no success. The doctors have told them that Claire’s eggs are simply not good. After their last failed try, Claire decides that she is done. She is not going through all this any more only to be disappointed again.

Romily is a single Mom to Posie who was conceived after a brief affair with Jarvis. They had both decided that she would have an abortion before they went their separate ways. However, she is did not go through with it.

Romily and Ben have been friends for a very long time. Posie loves Ben and Claire and enjoys getting to visit them and stay overnight too. A precocious child, she has even said she wishes they were her parents.

Ben is really devastated when Claire makes her decision. That’s when Romily says she will be a surrogate for them using her own eggs and Ben’s sperm. At first, Claire is not sure that she wants to do it, but her desire for a child is so great that she agrees.

Romily gets pregnant right away and while she had an easy pregnancy with Posie, she is nauseated this time around and bothered with all types of hormonal problems. Ben is over the moon and while Claire is excited, she is still somewhat uncertain about it all. She tries to make sure that Romily eats right which doesn’t settle well with Romily. Claire is a Type-A personality and Romily is a Type-B. In addition, Claire believes that Romily is in love with Ben and she truly is. But Romily knows a relationship with Ben can never be and truly wants to help them.

When Jarvis comes back on the scene and finds that he has a daughter he has mixed emotions. He is angry because Romily has not told him she went through with the pregnancy and he has lost time with a daughter he never knew he had.

Emotions build for all of the characters and when Romily suffers an accident that puts the baby’s life in danger, some truths come out that require careful examination.

I really liked this novel. The author created each of the characters perfectly. I feel like I know each of them as a friend. I did not know until the very end who would end up with the baby. This is a fabulous book. Don’t miss it!

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher

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