12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A missed opportunity,
This review is from: Men I've Loved Before (Paperback)
I don't read a lot of chick-lit but have enjoyed some of Parks' previous books - but this is not one of the better ones. What could have been an interesting story: the loved-up couple where he suddenly decides he wants a baby, and she doesn't, feels irritatingly contrived.
There are huge chunks of this book that are very messily told, with extended back stories and the introduction of other couples who seem to be little more than padding.
As other reviewers have said, Nat isn't even allowed to simply have no maternal urge - a subject only just being discussed openly by women - and instead has to have a deep, dark secret to explain her 'unnatural' feelings.
This has the opportunity to be taboo-breaking but just cops out - and is full of increasingly awkward contrivances to manipulate the plot.