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4.0 out of 5 stars An Absorbing and Emotive Read, 22 Feb. 2012
This review is from: The Two Week Wait (Paperback)
Lou, who lives in Brighton with her partner, Sofia, has had a worrying health scare and, after a successful operation to resolve her problem, she realizes that if she wants to have children, she will need to do something about it fairly soon. As part of a gay couple, Lou knows that getting pregnant is not going to be a totally straightforward process, but is keen to look at the options. However, Sofia is not sure that she wants to become a parent and she eventually confesses to Lou that she really cannot go along with her plans for impending motherhood. Is this the end of Lou's and Sofia's relationship and, if so, can Lou go ahead by herself?

At the other end of the country, in Yorkshire, Cath is yearning to start a family with her husband Rich - and Rich would like nothing more than to have a child with Cath. However, Cath has recently had chemotherapy and, as a result, is now infertile. After a visit to the Alternative Parenting Show, where a programme of IVF and egg-sharing is explained to them, Cath realizes that her dearest wish could become a reality.

Lou is fertile; Cath is not - could these two women, who have never met, help each other to conceive?

In this moving story, Sarah Rayner tackles an emotive subject with sensitivity, allowing the reader to consider differing opinions about egg sharing and IVF. She cleverly puts the opposing view across through the character of Cath's rather insensitive sister-in-law, Sukey, who tells Cath that she shouldn't meddle with nature and should, like the Buddhists, practise acceptance. And then there are Cath's parents, who are worried about the health risks involved in Cath's potential pregnancy, and have to make an important decision - should they support her wholeheartedly or should they to try to dissuade her?

This book claimed my attention from the very first pages - Sarah Rayner has obviously done her research well and has produced a novel that is factual, informative and thought-provoking, yet at the same time, very readable, poignant and involving. Although parts of this story are necessarily sad, I found 'The Two Week Wait' an absorbing and ultimately hopeful story and one I would recommend.

4 Stars.
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