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.