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.
©2011 Jennifer Weiner (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
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"Good in between book"
A Happily Ever After fairy tail. A good "in between book". Sometimes I need a quick, mindless, fun book in between the heavier and complicated ones. Then Came You is perfect for that. It had enough characters and story lines to keep it interesting. You know what you're getting when you choose a Jennifer Weiner book. Nice, predictable, chick lit.
The performance helped keep the story lines separate.
"Not Alone in Loving Jennifer Weiner"
One of my all-time favorite books is Jennifer Weiner's "Good in Bed." She is almost always perfect in reaching into the zeitgeist of the contemporary woman and extracitng not only the dialogue, but the heart of a moment in time. Her characters are at once warm and flawed -- and nearly always represent women we all know -- or are ourselves. This book is her at her best and will join for me with Good in Bed, Certain Girls, and Little Earthquakes. You are compelled by each of the women in this book -- Jules, Annie and India. Each give you reason to cheer for them and recognize their humanity and the struggles all women face to find identiy, meaning and purpose in their lives -- and the way we struggle with issues of identiy that are both internal and thrust upon us by the judgements of others.
The narrators do a great job of brining the story to life. You will not regret the hours speant listening and will find things to talk about with your best girlfriends the next time you get together.
"Jen Weiner at her best"
I was already a Jen weiner fan. She and Jen landcaster are girlfriends in my head. This book was classic JW and I loved every moment of it. I also love how her books have a ripped from the headline feel. I caught the Dan Savage reference. I remember the lady on some talk show who spoke about being a surrogate only to discover that the couple changed their mind, got divorced and dumped the baby. The story feels so real. it has heart and soul. Well done Jen. well done.
"Not really all that amusing..."
A little disappointed..I didn't find too much to smile at with this book. Chock full of brandname-dropping (product placement $$$ were palpable), the story was a tad silly, I thought, especially the attempt to evoke some sympathy for a multi-gazillionaire 20-something who needed a village of volunteers to raise a baby. I've liked Weiner's other books, but this one seemed to be all about the money--both the storyline and the pandering to the consumer choices of the rich and famous.
"Moving story about complicated decisions"
Then Came You is a story that entwines several women and each one's impact in the making of a child. Weiner does an excellent job of crafting each woman's tale and then weaving them together. Having different voices for each woman helps distinguish them to the listener and adds to the overall quality of the performance. I truly enjoyed this book, which was at times heartbreaking and endearing at others.
"Not my favorite"
I love audiobooks because I spend a lot of time in my car and they usually keep me interested. It took a lot of time for the book to get started and was confusing in the beginning because it goes back and forth to different characters.
Once I got into the book, I did enjoy it but it took a while.
"great interweaving of plots/characters"
Another enjoyable read by Jennifer. A few unsuspecting twists & turns caught me by surprise.Very enjoyable
"Good characters, good narration"
I listen to books in public transport, so they need to be pick-up-able, reasonably compelling and not too many characters ( just because you cant flick back to find who was who very easily). This was a good solid story about 4 women, their different lives and their reproductive connection. The characters were believeable, no one was 100% good or 100%bad, with credible lives. It wasnt a "can't put down" read, but it kept me occupied and interested throughout. Worth a listen - not life changing, but not annoying or too cliched either. My only complaint would be the too-neatly tied up ending.
"Good chick lit"
The story was good but I think the narrators "made" the book. It's typical chick lit but perhaps one star better than the most. I would recommend.
Well produced and read (multiple characters), easy to follow, a great book to listen to while going about mundane tasks like cleaning, walking the dog, etc. A good story, if not a bit light on topics that could use a bit more depth (though it is Jennifer Weiner, so I did know this going in!).
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