‘A topical subject treated with insight and care that makes for a wholly absorbing story . . . will prompt a tear or two’ Easy Living
What if the thing you most longed for was resting on a two week wait?
After a health scare, Brighton-based Lou learns that her time to have a baby is running out. She can’t imagine a future without children, but her partner doesn’t seem to feel the same way.
Meanwhile, up in Yorkshire, Cath is longing to start a family with her husband, Rich. No one would be happier to have a child than Rich, but Cath is infertile.
Could these two women help each other out?
‘An addictive page turner . . . digs deep into the importance of love and friendship’ Manchester Evening News
‘Explores an emotive subject with great sensitivity’ Sunday Express
‘Beautifully written and heartbreakingly honest’ Novelicious
Two women from very different walks of life both desperately want babies, in Rayner s new novel. There s Lou, a lesbian whose health scare creates pressure to get pregnant sooner rather than later. And there s Cath, whose cancer surgery has made her incapable of having children of her own. They cross paths indirectly as Lou donates an egg to an egg sharing program in exchange for subsidies for her own in vitro. Cath receives some of Lou s eggs and the two women embark upon parallel journeys to motherhood: one finds success, while the other does not, and the process almost destroys her until she s able to abandon her dreams of motherhood and focus instead on other people s children. Rayner s delicate, compassionate exploration of the struggles women face with fertility will resonate loud and clear with anyone struggling to have a family. To her credit, Rayner (One Moment, One Morning) resists the easy happy ending. While that may be more painful to read, it s also more honest.