Let me just preface this by saying I am a huge Jennifer Weiner fan. She is a FIMH (Friend in my head) and I often refer to her as “J. Dubb”.
I have read many–if not all–of her books but one think about Jdubb is that the novels are usually completely different so you never know what you are getting involved with, however, you CAN guarantee it will be good.
I have just completed “Then Came You”. I requested this book from the library and I had exactly 364 requests before me. Needless to say, I waited a month for the book to become available! I didn’t even read the synopsis of the book, all I need to know was that Jdubb had a new book out and I had to get it immediately!
See amazon synopsis below:
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.
It is hard for me to get into these plots without giving away the entire plot. I will say however, that Jdubb did not disappoint! It started off what I thought was slow, but eventually I understood why all of the character description and background was needed.
Usually Jdubb’s books grabs me within a few chapters, although this did not happen immediately, when it happened, boy did it HAPPEN!
I have never read a story like this before, it gave me insight into infertility, egg donation, and surrogacy. All while giving amazing characters behind it all. I had just about all the emotions in the world while reading this one, and that makes an extremely good read.
This is a definite must read for anyone who enjoys a really gripping story with multi-dimensional characters.
5 out of 5