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Dear Thing Paperback – 8 May 2014
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"A tender and poignant novel, with characters that come right off the page" (Abby Clements)
"That rare thing: a true pageturner" (Kate Harrison)
"A powerful, heartbreaking story" (Miranda Dickinson)
"An exquisitely crafted novel . . . compelling, fascinating and deeply affecting . . . Julie Cohen is an expert at making you care about her characters, and feel every nuance of emotion as they do. A truly brilliant writer who kept me gripped until the end." (Rowan Coleman)
"Both powerful and thought provoking, this wonderful book will move you to the core - and really make you think." (Sun)
"A tender and poignant novel, with characters that come right off the page"
"That rare thing: a true pageturner"
"A powerful, heartbreaking story"
"An exquisitely crafted novel . . . compelling, fascinating and deeply affecting . . . Julie Cohen is an expert at making you care about her characters, and feel every nuance of emotion as they do. A truly brilliant writer who kept me gripped until the end."
"Both powerful and thought provoking, this wonderful book will move you to the core - and really make you think."
At the heart of this bittersweet, thought-provoking story are three friends and one impossible decision...See all Product description
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Ben and Claire have been trying for a long time to have a baby which is all they want but cannot have.
Their friend Romilly agrees to act as a surrogate.
She thinks it will be so easy to just carry the baby and she won't bond with the baby just hand it over. After all she doesn't want any more children herself
But it isn't so easy.
She starts to develop strong feelings for the unborn child which in turns affects how she feels about her decision and is there a chance she will change her mind?
Ben and Claire find it taking a toll on their marriage.
What will happen?
I cried so hard at this book. which is unusual for me.
I know that this book will appeal everybody.
I got grabbed by page 2 and couldn't put it down.
A really amazing book which I can say is one of my all time favourites.
‘Dear Thing’ follows the journey of a young couple, Ben and Clare, who have been trying to conceive through IVF treatment for many years. If that wasn't a struggle enough, their hopes are snatched away again when Clare suffers a miscarriage. Having had her fill of treatment and dreams shattered, Clare makes a decision that rocks her marriage.
Deciding to give up on treatment, Clare expects Ben to be supportive, however his heartbreak is clear and instead of accepting defeat, he looks for answers elsewhere. When Ben’s best friend, Romily offers to be a surrogate, no one would expect the journey that lay ahead of them.
Romily has loved Ben since university. When he met and married Claire, she tortured herself by believing she could remain friends and secretly love him from afar. When she drunkenly offers to carry his baby, she wouldn't expect that months into her pregnancy these feelings would surface. Writing a diary of her feelings in the form of letters to their unborn child, Romily spills her emotions onto the blank pages, writing to the baby she knows that she can never keep.
When Clare finds the diary, all hell breaks loose and Ben must decide which of his mixed feelings between his wife and the woman carrying his child are his future.
The story will keep you in a trance until the very last page, wondering if everyone’s happy endings will come to fruition…
Dear Thing is about parents – single parents, reluctant parents, wannabe parents, the lot. Claire and Ben want a baby. Romily, their friend, agrees to be a surrogate parent to Claire and Ben. Of course, it’s not that simple, because Romily has been in love with Ben for years.
This is an interesting love triangle (quadrangle, if you include the baby). The subject of parental love – that bond that connects adults to the children they look after, which goes beyond the mere connection by genetic material – is seen from all kinds of angles. This is a well written, sensitive book.
I particularly liked the character of Claire, who is kind and sensitive and hurting so much from baby-envy that she comes across as prickly. I was totally absorbed in the individual distress of Claire and Romily. I liked Jarvis, but I thought Ben was an insensitive, self centred git.
I read this book until well after midnight and picked it up again first thing the next morning. It's that sort of book. It made me smile. It made me cry. As you’ve probably guessed by now – I loved it.
They story was quite a complex mix of emotions and I had no idea how it was all going to turn out, because the solution wasn't at all easy. They way the author dug into the characters' emotions is extraordinary, because you feel empathy with all of them and understand what they're suffering or experiencing as if you'd gone through it yourself.
I admired the way such a delicate matter was portrayed and how we are made to see everyone's point of view, without taking sides, when it is so easy to judge someone under those circumstances.
The story was perfectly balanced and the end result is a deep, funny, sad and uplifting novel.
This is a fabulous book, I urge you to read it. Just make sure you have some tissues handy!
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