Review: Dear Thing by Julie Cohen

June 9, 2013 in Book Reviews, Fiction, General fiction

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Dear Thing by Julie CohenDear Thing by Julie Cohen
Genres: Contemporary
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

Claire and Ben are the perfect couple. But behind the glossy façade, they’ve been desperately trying – and failing – to have a baby for years. Now, the stress and feelings of loss are taking their toll on their marriage. Claire’s ready to give up hope and get on with her life, but Ben is not. And then Ben’s best friend, Romily, offers to conceive via artificial insemination and carry the baby for them.

Romily acts in good faith, believing it will be easy to be a surrogate. She’s already a single mother, and has no desire for any more children. Except that being pregnant with Ben’s child stirs up all sorts of emotions in her, including one she’s kept hidden for a very long time: Ben’s the only man she’s ever loved.

Two mothers—and one baby who belongs to both of them, and which only one of them can keep.

With subject matter that could be very close to the heart of many, Dear Thing tells the story of Claire and Ben. A couple who’s life’s plans seem to have been derailed when Claire can’t carry their baby.

With numerous failed attempts at IVF Claire wants to give up but her husband doesn’t share the same opinion.

On discussing the situation with his best friend Romily, she offers to conceive via artificial insemination and carry the baby for them. She already has a daughter, Posie, who Claire and Ben dote on and so they know she can carry a baby to full term.

On the surface it seems like the perfect solution……. however once Romily is pregnant with Ben’s child she finds feelings that she has quashed for years coming rising to the surface – her love for Ben.

Julie Cohen beautifully captures these three main characters. We feel the pain that Claire is going through as she realises that is just isn’t going to happen for them. We can relate to the jealousy she feels as Romily carries her husband’s baby.

Then there’s Romily. She’s doing this in good faith, she genuinely thought it would be easy for her… it isn’t. We feel for her too…is that allowed? Are we allowed to root for both women?

Ultimately a baby appears, a baby who has two mothers, a baby who is loved by both, but only one can keep.

This book will capture your heart. It is a book that tackles the emotions of surrogacy, from the perspective of all involved. From the father who is so excited that his child is growing inside his best friend, to the wife who is heart broken that she can’t make her husband feel that way, to the surrogate mother who is so in love with the father she would do almost anything for him. I found that all I wanted was a “happy ending” for all three main characters, and Posie too.

It’s a beautifully written book. Easy to read, captivating and emotional. It’s not the kind of thing I would usually read but as soon as I read the blurb I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of, and I’m so glad I read it!

Dear Thing is available now in Hardback, with the paperback due out in September! Enjoy.

An e-copy of Dear Thing was received free of charge via NetGalley for our consideration. All opinions expressed are entirely our own.