"Then Came You" by Jennifer Weiner
In Jennifer Weiner's latest novel, Then Came You, four very different women are about to find their lives crashing head on.
Jules is a senior at Princeton, beautiful, smart and focused. When she is offered a large sum of money to donate her "pedigree" eggs, she takes the opportunity in the hopes of helping her addict father get into rehab.
Annie is a young mother of two boys, married to her high school sweetheart. As a stay at home mom she finds herself struggling to support her family on her husbands sole income. When she discovers she can earn extra money as a surrogate, she jumps in despite her husbands hesitations.
India Bishop has started life over at age forty-three (though she tells people she is thirty-eight.) She has changed her name, her face and her past and is now married to Marcus Croft, a wealthy older New York City businessman. When her attempts at pregnancy fail she turns to Annie, Jules and a fertility clinic to help make her dreams come true.
Things seem to be perfect until Marcus' daughter Bettina becomes involved. A promising university student, she is convinced that India isn't who she says she is and Bettina will protect her father at all costs.
Jennifer Weiner is a master storyteller. She expertly crafts engaging, endearing female characters and straight from the headlines topics into unforgettable stories. In this novel she looks at the issue of surrogacy from every perspective and delves deep into the issues of parental rights and motherhood.
I've been a fan of Weiner's from the first book of hers that I picked up. I love the way she tells a story with the right blend of warmth, emotion and humour. I was slightly disappointed in her last novel but feel that with Then Came You she is back to what I love most about her. If you are a fan of women's fiction then this is definitely a book you should pick up.