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Book Review – “Then Came You” by Jennifer Weiner

  Title:  Then Came You

Author:  Jennifer Weiner

ISBN:  9781451617733

Publisher:  Simon and Schuster

Synopsis (from bn.com):

Jules Strauss is a Princeton senior on a full scholarship who plans on selling her “pedigree” eggs to help save her father from addiction.

Annie Barrow, a struggling Pennsylvania housewife, thinks that carrying another woman’s child will help her recover a sense of purpose and will bring in some much-needed cash.

India Bishop, thirty-eight (really, forty-three) and recently married to the wealthy Marcus Croft, yearns for a baby for reasons that have more to do with money than with love. When her attempts at pregnancy fail, she turns to Jules and Annie to make her dreams come true.

But each of their plans is thrown into disarray when Bettina, Marcus’s privileged daughter, becomes suspicious that her new stepmother is not what she seems . . .

Told with Jennifer Weiner’s trademark wit and sharp observations, Then Came You is a hilarious, tender, and timely tale that explores themes of class and entitlement, surrogacy and charity, the rights of a parent and the measure of a mother.

My thoughts:  I recently won this book from a giveaway from a great blog chicklitcentraltheblog.blogspot.com.  Please go check out this great blog!

First off, let me say that this is in fact the very first Jennifer Weiner book that I have ever read.  I was very excited to get it in the mail and start reading as I have heard great things about Jennifer Weiner and read great things about her books.  Based on this book alone, I wouldn’t necessarily go back and give any of her other books a chance.  I really, really wanted to love this book, but I can’t say that I did.  I am kind of neutral about the whole thing.  I didn’t love it, I didn’t hate it, it was just alright!

Each chapter in the book is written from the perspective of a different character.  I do enjoy this writing style, but found myself not really feeling anything intensely about any of the four main characters.  I somehow didn’t feel connected to these women and therfore their experiences just fell flat for me.

The book felt quite “Jodi Picoult”-like in that it dealt with a number of difficult issues – surrogacy, infertility, egg donation, motherhood – but simply didn’t have the grace and style one finds in Jodi Picoult’s novels.

I really wish that the four characters would have started meeting and interacting earlier in the book.  For me I think this would have added a certain depth to the characters and made me feel more connected to them.  The way it is written, their stories don’t really start connecting until the latter parts of the book, and then the whole story seems rather abrupt in its ending.

I hated the ending of the book.  I found myself reading the ending and going, “What? Oh come on.” Not only did I just personally not like the way the author chose to end the book, I found that the ending really seemed too neatly finished.  The whole story with its difficult topics, just felt like it was tied up with a neat little bow, everything was fine, and it ended.  Too neat and tidy of an ending for me.

So, all in all certainly not my favorite chick lit book and author.  Given that I have read many positive reviews on some of Jennifer Weiner’s other books, I may go back and try her again.  The jury is still out on that.

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

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I’m on a winning streak . . . wow!

Hi all,

Happy Monday to everyone!  I posted last week about a couple of chick lit books that I had won in a giveaway on the great blog chicklitcentraltheblog.blogspot.com.  Unbelievably, I have won 3 more books from various giveaways in the last 3 days!  I am thrilled.  Getting a book in the mail to me is like Christmas, I love it.  Needless to say my TBR pile is growing . . . and growing . . . and growing.  Hey, that’s ok, it’s series finale week so beginning next week, I won’t have new TV to watch 🙂

Anway in the last couple of days I have won:

  Title:  House Rules  (won this one from paperbackswap.com Free Book Fridays on Facebook)

Author:  Jodi Picoult

Synopsis (from bn.com):

When your son can’t look you in the eye . . . does that mean he’s guilty?

Jacob Hunt is a teen with Asperger’s syndrome. He’s hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, though he is brilliant in many ways. But he has a special focus on one subject—forensic analysis. A police scanner in his room clues him in to crime scenes, and he’s always showing up and telling the cops what to do. And he’s usually right.

But when Jacob’s small hometown is rocked by a terrible murder, law enforcement comes to him. Jacob’s behaviors are hallmark Asperger’s, but they look a lot like guilt to the local police. Suddenly the Hunt family, who only want to fit in, are directly in the spotlight. For Jacob’s mother, Emma, it’s a brutal reminder of the intolerance and misunderstanding that always threaten her family. For his brother, Theo, it’s another indication why nothing is normal because of Jacob.

And over this small family, the soul-searing question looms: Did Jacob commit murder?

  Title:  Double Time  (won this one from dreamonus.com)

Author:  Jane Roper

Synopsis (from bn.com):

What do you do when you find out you’re pregnant – times two?!

When Jane Roper found out she was pregnant with twins, she searched high and low for a memoir of the first years with multiples, but came up empty-handed. Four years later, she wrote the book she wished she’d had as a new mother of twins.

Double Time is an entertaining, up-close and very personal look at Jane Roper’s first three years raising twin daughters. From trying to get pregnant to processing the idea of twins, from round the clock feedings and diaper changes to the joy of watching “twinteractions” between her girls as their (very different!) personalities emerge, Jane tells all. Meanwhile, she struggles to keep a history of depression under control—and find answers when her symptoms get worse. All this while falling steadily in love with her duo as they grow from sleepy newborns to mischievous toddlers with a penchant for potty talk.

Full of warmth, honesty, occasional advice, and more than a little humor, Double Time is a smart and engaging account of the first three years with multiples, as well as a refreshingly candid and vulnerable look at parenting, clinical depression, and the quest for work-family balance. It’s Jane Roper’s story, but it’s one that will resonate with countless women—especially those parenting in double time.

  Title:  Fake Perfect Me  (won this one from internationalchicklitmonth.com)

Author:  Cari Kamm

Synopsis (from bn.com):  Isabella Reynolds has the perfect life … or does she? Maybe there is a grand illusion behind all the glamour.

Isabella Reynolds seems to have it all–the former Southern belle with big dreams is the head of her own skin care company and is the self-proclaimed queen of all things beautiful in New York City. Then her world comes crashing down, and she is stripped of everything she loves–her man, the Italian litigator ”Saint” Santo; her company, and even her beloved dog, Potato. With her penchant for bingeing and purging, how can she turn her life around when she still feels the need to maintain her ”perfect” facade?

Fake Perfect Me, author Cari Kamm’s heart-warming–and often heartwrenching–tale of a successful New Yorker and her inner circle, offers an inside look at a world of excess. Isabella Reynolds may seem unlike anyone you’ve ever known, but at her core, she’s instantly recognizable. Her trials and tribulations, her ups and downs, are much the same as anyone’s. Her world may have a high price tag, but its true value comes from its losses and lesson… to love one’s self.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for these great giveaways!  I will definitely post reviews when I get to them.  Thank goodness it is summer, maybe I can squeeze in a bit more reading time.

Check out the great sites and blogs for giveaways,

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

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I won! I won some great Chick Lit!

Happy Wednesday all!  Well funny that I posted about giveaways in my blog yesterday, because I have just won two books in the last day from two different great Chick Lit blogs that I found this week.  Winning something is soooooo exciting!  Winning books is just heaven on earth 🙂

Here is what I won:  (please go check out these great blogs)

chicklitisnotdead.com

  Title:  Prosper in Love

Author:  Deborah Michel

Synopsis (from bn.com):

A good marriage lasts forever…until it doesn’t.

From the start, Lynn and Jamie Prosper were one of those couples who seem meant to be—so content with each other that they barely notice the rest of the world nodding approvingly at their wedded bliss. But sometimes, even in the very best of marriages, all it takes is a mischievous outsider to bring the perfect couple toppling off the top of the wedding cake… True, Jamie has been working so hard and traveling so much as a young lawyer that he hardly has enough energy to show his devotion. Not that Lynn, a junior museum curator, has any reason to question it. But when Lynn’s old college friend turns up at a cocktail party, chinks in their marriage’s previously unassailable armor start to show. Suddenly, without meaning to, Lynn and Jamie have both acquired divorce lawyers. And those benevolent onlookers—meddling in-laws and competitive friends alike—eagerly bear witness to each new misstep. Is love really enough to make a marriage last?

And from chicklitcentraltheblog.blogspot.com

  Title:  Then Came You

Author:  Jennifer Weiner

Synopsis (from bn.com):

AN UNEXPECTED LOVE STORY . . .

Jules Strauss is a Princeton senior on a full scholarship who plans on selling her “pedigree” eggs to help save her father from addiction.

Annie Barrow, a struggling Pennsylvania housewife, thinks that carrying another woman’s child will help her recover a sense of purpose and will bring in some much-needed cash.

India Bishop, thirty-eight (really, forty-three) and recently married to the wealthy Marcus Croft, yearns for a baby for reasons that have more to do with money than with love. When her attempts at pregnancy fail, she turns to Jules and Annie to make her dreams come true.

But each of their plans is thrown into disarray when Bettina, Marcus’s privileged daughter, becomes suspicious that her new stepmother is not what she seems . . .

Told with Jennifer Weiner’s trademark wit and sharp observations, Then Came You is a hilarious, tender, and timely tale that explores themes of class and entitlement, surrogacy and charity, the rights of a parent and the measure of a mother.

Thank you to these blogs for hosting great giveaways!

If you are looking for some giveaways, there are plenty of blogs and websites that sponsor them  all of the time.

Here are some that I know of, check them out:

*  goodreads.com

*  librarything.com

*  dreamonus.com

Stay tuned for reviews when I finish these,

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

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Hey Chick Lit Fans – Head Over for a Book Giveaway Ending at Midnight Tonight 5/6

Hey Chik lit fans, I found a new blog yesterday that is sponsoring some great giveaways on their site.  The name of the blog is Chick Lit Central: The Blog.  Check under their giveaways tab for some giveaways in May.

The giveaway for Beth Kendrick’s “The Lucky Dog Matchmaking Service” ends tonight at midnight!  Head on over and enter!

Synopsis (from Publisher’s Weekly):  Kendrick (The Bake-Off) not only shines in portraying the subtleties of female friendships, but also at rendering the unbreakable bond between man (or woman) and dog. Lara Madigan and her best friend’s business is finding suitable families for rescued dogs. Though Lara has an uncanny ability to sense the perfect match, doggie matchmaking doesn’t pay the bills; in fact, it’s given her more debt—and more dogs—than she can handle. It has also put a strain on her relationship with boyfriend Evan, whose “Maybe I’m a people person” comment sends Lara and her rescued mutts to live with her nagging mother in her expansive home in North Scottsdale, Ariz., an exclusive community full of wealthy women in need of a good dog trainer. Before you can say “sit,” Lara not only finds a new career as “the Dog Doyenne” and strengthens her ties to her mom, but makes a perfect (human) match of her own. Kendrick has a similar talent for matchmaking: pairing her winsome heroine and her delightful group of canines in the service of a tale of nurturing one’s true calling and rekindling relationships. Agent: Amy Moore-Benson, AMB Literary Management. (May)

And remember,
Books Are Life,
Heather

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