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Expecting: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Ann Lewis Hamilton
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Book Description

A mom, a dad, a baby...and another dad.

Laurie and Alan are expecting, again. After two miscarriages, Laurie was afraid they'd never be able to have a child. Now she's cautiously optimistic — the fertility treatment worked, and things seem to be different this time around. But she doesn't yet know how different.

Jack can't seem to catch a break — his parents are on his case about graduating from college, he's somehow dating two girls at once, and he has to find a way to pay back the money he borrowed from his fraternity's party fund. The only jobs he is qualified for barely pay enough to keep him in beer money, but an ad for the local sperm bank gives Jack an idea.

Laurie and Alan's joy is shattered when their doctor reveals that Laurie was accidentally impregnated by sperm from a donor rather than her husband. Who is Donor 296. And how will their family change now that Donor 296 is inarguably part of it?

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Told from the three unique perspectives, each wrought with confused emotion, this novel brings heart and complexity to a seemingly humorous topic. The writing style reflects that of a natural thought process, and the characters grow significantly during the nine-month time frame, although a more detailed post-delivery story would have given the heartfelt conclusion an ultimate peak. Summary: After two devastating miscarriages, Laurie and Alan turn to a fertility clinic for help making their dream of having children a reality. After their first procedure, they find out they are pregnant once again, only to be suddenly thrown into a tailspin with the news that there has been a mix-up the father is not Alan. Desperate for answers, Laurie reaches out to Donor 296, better known as Jack, and an unexpected relationship forms. As these three individuals struggle to come to terms with their uncommon situation, they learn that love and family can be defined in entirely new ways. --RT Book Reviews JULY 2014 ISSUE

About the Author

ANN HAMILTON has been a TV and screenwriter for many years. Some of her credits include shows like Grey s Anatomy, One Tree Hill, Providence, Party of Five and thirtysomething.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1101 KB
  • Print Length: 349 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (1 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J8QDLS0
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 13 July 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a 3.5

This was an intriguing and well written story and i could tell that the author had done her research. I loved the cover as it drew me in and made me wonder what the story was inside.

Laurie was my favorite character as she seemed to want to help everyone around her and showed real empathy for others. Although Alan was in a bad situation, I found him to be very selfish. I’m a bit on the fence about Jack, part of me liked him, but part of me didn’t. I felt various emotions throughout this book. Laughter, sadness and also anger.

I’m already looking forward to more writing from Ann Lewis Hamilton.

Thanks goes to the publishers and Net galley for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great new book with a sense of humor and important things to say 1 July 2014
By Richard Whitmore - Published on
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I had a chance to read a pre-publication copy of Expecting and I'm happy to finally be able to post a review here at Amazon as today is the publication day. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and was happy to take a ride with them through their complicated lives. Ann Lewis Hamilton is a very funny writer who finds the humor in the everyday lives of the characters and in the rather extraordinary circumstances that arise. As the narrative builds throughout the book, it gets harder and harder to put down. Don't be concerned about the cover -- it's not just for women. It's a wonderful book for anyone. Funny, moving, and very contemporary with lots of provocative moments in which you might recognize little pieces of your own life. I loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a great, easy read 14 Sept. 2014
By Roger Mcdaniel Jr. - Published on
What a great, easy read! I usually stick to YA literature, but the story of Expecting immediately pulled me in. Hamilton brings to life the three main characters of the book by allowing the reader to see the story through each of their lives. Expecting read very similar to a movie, where the reader is able to really connect with each of the characters which made it an even better read.

Hamilton takes the reader through a wild ride that at first seems impossible, but everything is well explained, painting a beautiful picture for the reader. This book is for any adult who is searching for a good, well-told story. This is not a “chick lit” novel; don’t let the cover full you. Men and women alike will fall in love with Expecting.

I can’t wait to read whatever Hamilton releases next!
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, hilarious and quite captivating! 20 Oct. 2014
By ADITI SAHA - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Rita Rudner, an American comedian, writer and actress, has been quoted as saying:

"Life is tough enough without having someone kick you from the inside. "

Ann Lewis Hamilton, an American author, has penned down a life-changing story of a husband and a wife when they took the road to being parents for the first time in her debut novel, Expecting . This is a no extra-ordinary tale of a young couple's plight, but yet so deeply moving with a slight flicker of humor in the air!

I can't thank enough to the author, Ann Lewis Hamilton, for sending over me a copy of her novel, in return for an honest and unbiased review.

Laurie and Alan- a not so quite young couple, but have finally decided to become parents. In the beginning everything turned out to be beautiful and positive, even they decorated their baby's room. But suddenly, Laurie has a miscarriage and things overturn not only in their household but also between their marriage. The thin string of hope that held together Laurie and Alan's marriage started to fall apart, when Laurie has a miscarriage for the second time. When all the doors of expectations close upon their faces, Laurie and Alan choose to go for artificial insemination in a fertility treatment centre. And from their very first moment in that fertility clinic, things started to look positive for one more time. And Laurie and Alan's joys knew no bound, when Laurie finally became pregnant. But the news, of Laurie being inseminated by Donor #296's Sperm instead of Alan's, from her doctor shatters their dream and Alan falls more out of his marriage. Who is this Donor #296? Laurie's heart goes out for the baby conceived mistakenly, and eventually Alan started to feel more like a stranger in his own house and life. Read this book to uncover the mystery behind Donor #296's identity? And also what becomes of Laurie and Alan’s marriage?

As I said already that this tale is not something very unusual, instead we have read so many stories like this, but what makes this book stands out from the rest is the confusion that it creates between a loving couple's lives when they become pregnant for the first time. The book is hilariously written, with a quite fast pace, the book stands out to be a quick-read on your boring-no-plans-yet weekend. Some ROFL moments make the book funny and witty and thoroughly captivating read for those who want to enjoy the drama over conceiving a baby. The characters sounds real and interesting and the author have crafted them with enough depth in their characteristics. There is also another key character apart from Laurie and Alan, who makes a mark on your heart- Jack, a 21year old college student who is still on the verge of graduating and finding himself a job instead he is wasting away his time in earning money, stealing from fraternity, and dating two chicks at a time and is a quiet popular guy considering his exotic ethnicity! But what relation does he have with this couple is the real mystery to find out about in this book.

The mystery that made me crack up was brilliant unfolded by the author and the she developed the story quite skillfully from that moment. I feel in love with Hamilton's writing style- so articulate in nature and sometimes, it made me feel like the whole drama is unrolling right in front of my eyes. It's quite evident from the author's style of writing is that she has the power to enchant her readers. The only con of the book is that the readers would have love to see the bonding between the baby and Alan, who is seen to remain confused till the very end. The climax remains bit unclear and messy from Alan’s POV.

Do grab this book which is bound to turn your gloomy heart into a joyful one.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five-Stars for Ann Lewis Hamilton 13 Sept. 2014
By Nan Hagan, author Kamryn Cade Mystery Series - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Expecting is a bright, wonderful spark of smart writing; a book I thoroughly enjoyed, highly-recommend and miss already, now that the final page is turned.

One of the greatest joys of reading is when you find, almost, dare I say, unexpectedly, that you are fully and pleasurably immersed into the story, rooting for the characters, worrying for the characters, caring for their emotional rides. Ann Lewis Hamilton's tremendous debut novel, Expecting, had me from "hello," and left me wanting a Bringing Up Baby, book two, as I did not want to be done with these characters, their stories and their lives.

Expecting, the jacket copy will tell you, is about: A mom, a dad, a baby...and another dad. After two miscarriages and a little fertility treatment help, Laure and Alan are finally pregnant. There's a twist here, which I won't spoil by revealing, but the complication is the father is not her husband, Alan. What does this mean for Laurie and Alan, what does it mean for Donor 296 and most importantly, what does it mean for the baby?

On the surface, this is what the story of Expecting is about. It's a personal story of how three people deal with a twist of fate that none wanted, that none would choose, but that nonetheless has come their way and they must find a way to make the best of it - and how by making the best of it, they make something better than they ever expected.

With her spare, wry and deceptively simple style of writing (not quite Hemingway-spare, but devoid of all the silly, empty adjectives many first-time writers sprinkle across their pages), Ann Lewis Hamilton skillfully weaves a rich and deep, multi-layered story that touches on the mysteries of love, coupling, complications and carrying on--lingeringly subtle, you can't help but feel for the characters and you will find yourself asking: What would I do if this happened to me? This thought will haunt you (in a good way) as you move through the pages of Laurie and Alan's story.

On a deeper level, the book seems to speak about life in a larger sense. We all have expectations of one sort or another and without fail, life seems to throw in a curve we never see coming. How we deal with that curve, how one handles the vagaries of our lives, the strange reactions our spouses might have, etc. - this is what makes our lives work. Or not. How the curves are handled is the secret of our joys and our sorrows. Where Ann Lewis Hamilton shines as a writer is how she shows us a way, one way, but a way, to check our expectations and to take what comes and love and find joy in that gift, as it is, for what it is.
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and thought provoking 4 July 2014
By Shelleyrae - Published on
After two early term miscarriages, happily married couple Laurie and Alan seek fertility advice and agree to try Intrauterine Insemination (IUI). They are delighted, if somewhat wary, when they discover Laurie is expecting but as the pregnancy progresses past the point of their earlier losses, they allow themselves to dream of their future as a family. Until a phone call from the fertility clinic changes everything.

Told from the third person perspectives of Laurie, the expectant mother, Alan, her husband, and college student Jack, also known as Donor #296, Expecting, by Ann Hamilton, explores an unique situation where Laurie learns that the father of her baby is not her husband but instead Donor #296, thanks to the actions of a disgruntled clinic employee.

I felt for each of the protagonists in this story. As Alan struggles to accept the shocking news, Laurie has already formed a connection with the child growing within her, and feels compelled to find out more about Donor #296, leading her to contact Jack, whom she discovers is a college student of Asian Indian heritage.

For the most part I believed in the motivations and thoughts of the characters caught in such a complicated situation and I liked the way in which the author considered the issues from multiple perspectives.

I understood Laurie's refusal to consider a termination and her curiosity about the donor. I too would want to meet him, though I would probably be far more reluctant to embrace him in the way Laurie does. In several ways I think it is admirable, especially as it means 'Buddy' will be able to have a relationship with his/her biological parent and family, but Laurie doesn't really consider the impact on her husband, even though she professes too.

I was surprised at how much I sympathised with Alan's feelings of jealousy, anxiety and anger and his concerns about his ability to love a child, especially one that won't look like him, that is not his. His reaction, to distract himself with the fantasy of a relationship with his ex girlfriend, may have been inappropriate, but is somewhat understandable.

Jack is a fairly typical college student confronted by a decidedly atypical situation. Laid back and easy going he is just as indecisive about deciding what role he will play in the baby's life as he is in choosing a major, or a girlfriend.

Hamilton's tone is deceptively lighthearted, finding humour amongst the angst of the situation. The story is well paced with the shifts between perspectives, and short chapters, making it a quick and easy read.

I enjoyed Expecting, I found it to be both an entertaining and surprisingly thought provoking novel with an interesting perspective on an unusual issue. Ann Lewis Hamilton is a debut author with promise.
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