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Sarah Rayner
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1 Mar 2012
After a health scare, Brighton-based Lou is forced to confront the fact that her time to have a baby is running out. She can’t imagine a future without children, but her partner doesn’t seem to feel the same way, and she’s not sure whether she could go it alone. Meanwhile, up in Yorkshire, Cath is longing to start a family with her husband, Rich. No one would be happier to have a child than Rich, but Cath is infertile. Could these strangers help one another out? Combining Sarah Rayner’s deft exploration of raw emotions with the joy and resilience of friendship, The Two Week Wait is a memorable, moving page-turner about two very different women, each yearning to create a family of her own. Praise for One Moment, One Morning: ‘A real page-turner . . . You’ll want to inhale it in one breath’ Easy Living ‘An intimate, thoughtful novel celebrating women’s friendship and loyalty’ Waterstone’s Books Quarterly ‘A great, quirky must-read’ Red ‘Delicious, big-hearted, utterly addictive . . . irresistible’ Marie Claire

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (1 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330544098
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330544092
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 419,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`In creating the story of two strangers brought together by one wish - to have a child of their own - Rayner has written a novel that is also intensely emotive and even educational' --Sunderland Echo

`Sarah Rayner explores an emotive subject with great sensitivity.'
--Sunday Express

'A topical subject treated with insightfulness and care that makes for a wholly absorbing story with a touching ending that ll prompt a tear or two' --Easy Living

'In evoking ordinary lives invaded by a deep, primitive yearning, Rayner s portrayal of her characters interior landscapes is carefully crafted and empathetic' --The Sunday Times

'An addictive page-turner that delves deep into the importance of love and friendship' --Manchester Evening News

'In creating the story of two strangers brought together by one wish, Rayner has written a novel that as well as having colourful and resonating characters is also intensely emotive and even educational' --Yorkshire Evening Post

'A must-read! The exploration of characters is compelling a real page-turner' --g3 magazine

'Sensitively written... kept me hooked from page one. Highly recommended, it s a juicy page-turner you ll want to swallow up whole

'Incredibly compelling... Beautifully written and heartbreakingly honest' --Novelicious

'I finished the book with tears in my eyes it s a great read and you won t be able to put it down!'
--Kate Brian, author of The Complete Guide to IVF

About the Author

Sarah Rayner is the bestselling author of One Moment, One Morning. She grew up in London and lives in Brighton with her partner. She worked for twenty years as an advertising copywriter, and now writes fiction full time. She loves hearing from her readers, and you can visit her website at

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A light read despite sensitive subject matter 2 Sep 2012
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We were first introduced to the character of Lou in Sarah Rayner's previous bestseller, "One Moment, One Morning," where she witnesses a man's death after a heart attack on a train. The man's wife, Karen, and her best friend Anna meet Lou through this unfortunate tragedy and strike up a friendship. All three characters feature in "The Two Week Wait," and as such I would recommend reading Rayner's previous book before this one, although it is not essential, it does give more back story to the Brighton-based women.

Lou hasn't considered having children at this stage in her life, but after an operation to remove a cyst, she is confronted with the reality that it's now or never, although her partner Sofia in not keen. Meanwhile, in the Yorkshire Dales, Cath also longs for a child with her husband Rich, although her recent battle with cancer has left her infertile and her age means adoption is out of the question. The story continues between the two women's perspectives as they both look into the option of egg sharing through IVF and although they never meet, they attend the same fertility show, the same clinic and share stories on an online forum.

As with her previous novel, Rayner writes sensitively, capturing a huge range of emotions from the characters as they go through `The Two Week Wait,' to find out if they are expecting. Whilst the book focuses on the two female characters, I also enjoyed the parts the minor characters play. I would recommend this, especially if you have read "One Moment, One Morning," and would even suggest that "The Two Week Wait," is the better read overall.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a beautifully written book 6 May 2014
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I had no thought of the world of IVF and so was taken to a place where I have never needed to go or anybody I know. The book gave a good insight of to what happens, the characters were so real and I felt as though I was actually a part of their story. I have never cried reading a book before - but this book made me cry twice.

Thank you so much it is the best book I have read in a very very long time.

In fact I have never even bothered to write a book review and I do read a lot.....

Thank you so much Sarah.
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Although The Two Week Wait works as a stand alone I really would suggest you read One Moment, One Morning first. Some of the characters are introduced in that novel and it makes for an easier read, sets a better stage, if you have their back history.

The core of the plot revolves around two women's need for a baby and the problems that can arise from out of that situation. Lou, in a relationship with Sofia, has recently undergone surgery for a cyst and is now fronting up to the possibility of a 'now or never' baby situation while Cath, and her husband Rich, have undergone the horror of cancer and infertility. Both couples decide that 'alternative' methods of pregnancy may, or may not, work for them and the book follows Cath and Lou and their experiences with IVF, egg sharing.

There are some nicely worked twists and turns as the two women draw closer and closer together through a series of random events including an online forum. 'The Two Week Wait' is the perfect title as Cath and Lou share an anxiety laden two week wait to find out if they're pregnant.

There are some nicely played out parts from other characters and a general feeling of warmth, sensitivity and empathy throughout the novel..though it has it's moments!.

A decent read and I enjoyed the novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good light read 18 Feb 2014
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The Two Week Wait is a follow on book to Sarah Rayner's One Moment, One Morning but I would say it can be read as a standalone if you've not read the first. The story focuses on the characters of Cath and Lou, two very different women, both of whom have fertility problems and long to have a child. The main theme of the book is IVF and the very emotional and different journeys of Cath and Lou. I didn't know much about IVF treatment before reading this and it has certainly opened my eyes to all that is involved and the struggles and trauma that couples must go through in their desperate attempts at trying to have a baby. Despite the subject matter, this is a light and easy read and I enjoyed it. I look forward to reading the author's next book Another Night, Another Day which is due to be published on 17th July 2014.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sensitive read 16 Jan 2014
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Having read One Moment One Morning and enjoyed it very much. I knew I was in for a good read - how right I was.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very moving 20 Dec 2013
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Couldn't put it down! Really touches on the real issues. Another great book from Sarah Rayner. Looking forward to the next one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good holiday read 15 Sep 2013
The book is actually a follow-on from Sarah Rayner's first novel, One Moment One Morning, exploring the next stage in the lives of some of its key characters. Although I had read the first installment, I don't think it is actually necessary.

I didn't find the flow of prose as enthralling as other recent reads, but the topic is so emotive, thought-provoking and moving that it kept me reading.

A good holiday read! You can read my full review here: [...]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Making Babies 13 Aug 2013
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Cath and Lou both want to have a baby, and both women need some help, for different reasons. Cath is a cancer survivor in her early forties, and her treatment for cancer involved removing her ovaries. Lou is a lesbian. They turn to artificial insemination and IVF treatment, including egg sharing - this offers a small hope to Cath, and Lou donates eggs in exchange for free treatment.

This is a very issue driven novel, but Rayner portrays her characters and the dilemmas they face very convincingly, and they engaged my sympathy and kept me turning the pages to see whether Cath and Lou's hopes would be fulfilled. I found it more thought provoking than I would expect from popular fiction.

I was intrigued by the settings in Brighton and my hometown, Leeds - these are places the author has lived in, though I don't think relocating the story somewhere else would have changed it - place doesn't play a big part in the narrative.

I only found out after I started reading that Lou appears in an earlier novel, One Moment, One Morning - if I had realised I might have read that first, but it didn't really matter that much. I enjoyed the read and look forward to catching up with Sarah Rayner's first 3 novels, and in due course to a third book about her Brighton characters - I would like to see how Lou is getting on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ups and downs of fertility treatment
I enjoyed this story of two women from opposite ends of the country both of whom wish to conceive. For different reasons both need IVF, and one chooses to donate her eggs. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Beansmummy
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
I loved this book! The story follows on from 'One Moment, One Morning', but works equally well as a stand-alone novel. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Hels
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Set in England, THE TWO WEEK WAIT follows Cath in Yorkshire and Lou in Brighton on their separate yet connected journey toward motherhood. Read more
Published 14 days ago by xenofan
4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely read
I really enjoyed One Moment, One Morning and this is a standalone sequel to that book. In The Two Week Wait, Lou takes centre stage, with Karen and Anna being more supporting... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nicola
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, an unusual but compelling holiday read
Bought this book with a token, was looking after a baby at the time, who had been conceived by a lesbian mother by IVF with donor insemination. Hence my interest. Read more
Published 1 month ago by H. Petre
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book
Loved it really enjoyed book can't wait to read mosquito great author by the way from clare symes great book
Published 2 months ago by clare
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book - recommended
This is a really well written book. It may be about a sensitive subject, but it is explored in way that really teaches you something as well as being a really good novel. Read more
Published 2 months ago by NRCM
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good as her previous book
This book was just as good as her first 'One Moment One Morning' more than a chick lit, a story most women could relate too I loved it and would recommend it.
Published 2 months ago by Ant
4.0 out of 5 stars Difficult subject, heartwarming well researched novel.
"The Two Week Wait" is a novel about two women, unknown to each other, who for different reasons decide to undergo fertility treatment in order to have a child. Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. Thornton
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I didn't think i would like this book but how wrong i was!So wonderfully written,it's a real page turner.The writing flowed with ease and was never contrived. Read more
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