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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner

Publication Date: 7/12/2011
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

Goodreads Summary:
The lives of four very different women intertwine in unexpected ways in this new novel by bestselling author Jennifer Weiner (Then Came You; Best Friends Forever). Each woman has a problem: Princeton senior Jules Wildgren needs money to help her dad cure his addiction; Pennsylvania housewife Annie Barrow is gasping to stay financially afloat; India Bishop yearns to have a child, an urge that her stepdaughter Bettina can only regard with deeply skepticism until she finds herself in a most unexpected situation. Interlocking dramas designed to ensnare; bound to be a bestseller.

Jules Wildgren is a student who wants to help her father fight his addiction.  She is a smart and beautiful young women which is what makes her noticed by an egg donation company.  When she's approached about donating her eggs and how much she could make doing it, how could she resist?  The money would help save her father.

Annie Barrow is a mother of two with a husband in the National Guard.  Their income isn't amazing, but it's enough to get by.  However, Annie's sister Nancy is constantly talking about the expensive things she buys and all the stuff she can afford.  Is it wrong that Annie dreams of being able to rid her family of their enormous debt?

India Bishop.  She has had such a hard life.  Now, she lies about who she is and is determined to find a rich guy to marry.  Maybe even rope into having a child.  Is that the real reason she gets married or is she truly the motherly type who really wants a child of her own?

Bettina is a skeptical young woman.  She is trying to protect her father (as well as her inheritance) from lying women.  She wants what's best for her family, but she's the only one who wants to step in.  She finds out that she was respected and needed more than you could imagine with the unfortunate set of circumstances that affects both her and the rest of her family.

These four women are all strong in their own way.  They all have their own agenda, but the way in which their lives cross shows you there is something at work here.  There is a reason all of these women made the decisions they did.  There is a reason that they are meant to know each other and work together.  Each woman has her own set of tough times to get through, but this book shows with support from all angles you can do anything.

I loved this newest novel by Jennifer Weiner.  She had me hooked from the first chapter.  I feel as though she wrote about a subject that isn't discussed much.  She has a way of writing that makes you connect with the characters and feel what they're feeling.  You can sense their emotions and have the urge to help them make decisions.  You may want to laugh with them or cry with them, but you ultimately feel like you're with them.  Weiner writes in a language that helps us understand the emotions and tough times of those around us.  I think she also points out how the choices of one person can affect so many around the country or around the world as well as how important a good support system is for any person to have.  A great novel by Weiner!

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