Welcome to the Writing Pears Stop of the Ms. Conception. I love reviewing books for authors and publications, and I love it even more when those respective people offer to let you be a part of tours and blitzes. This was a very fun read for me and am very privileged to share my review as a part of this tour. I really love this book. It will be one I buy a few copies of to give as gifts… It’s a must read! Thanks for stopping by… Enjoy the tour, be sure to stop by the other blogs listed below. Let’s give Jen Cummings a warm welcome to the literary world, she deserves it!
Author: Jen Cumming
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Chic-Lit
Release Date: May 4, 2015
Publisher: Tryst Books
A copy of this book was received in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect the review in any way.
Ms. Conception Synopsis:
Abigail Nichols has tried everything from rash-inducing herbal creams to acupuncture in a desperate, last-ditch effort to get pregnant. Wedged into her iPhone schedule among new business pitches and rebranding design meetings is Abby’s ovulation cycle, along with potential opportunities for illicit afternoon quickies. With all of their hopes and savings on the table, Abby and her husband Jack enter the whispered world of fertility clinics.
Along with a meddling mother-in-law, competitive pregnancies, and constant obligatory sex, Abby’s baby-track mind conspires to ravage her career, her marriage, and her sanity. One thing she knows for sure: a healthy sense of humor (and the occasional glass of red wine) is the best coping strategy. One thing she wishes she knew: whether it will be enough.
Ms. Conception is an honest but light-hearted novel inspired by the ups and downs of fertility treatments and the emotional burden that rests on those trying to conceive.
In An Oyster Shell- This books is a hands-down must read for every woman dealing with starting a family. This book is super relevant to most women in that we are either dealing with infertility ourselves or know someone who is. There are very few books that earn a five pearl rating from me. This book did because it was absolutely excellent in every facet of the writing craft. Great story, told well, characters you could love or hate, fun setting, enduring relationships, and whatever else you can think of that makes a great book. I am super impressed. Be prepared to have you heart rendered in a million pieces as you follow Abby on her journey towards fertility.
The Pearls –
The thing that impresses me the most is the author took a heart-wrenching experience, made it comical and charming. I was rooting for Abby in the end and had a lot of respect for her and in turn the author. The story was so heart-felt it had to come from some personal experience.
I loved the setting. Toronto. Being Alaska raised myself I have spent some time here and there in Canada. I find it slightly more exotic than here in the states, but it may just be the idea of another country. Whatever it is, I found the setting to be fun, and interesting that no matter where you are in the world, you can be dealing with hard stuff.
The characters. Oh my goodness! The characters they were absolutely fantastic. One of the many shining gems of this book. The characters were well developed and all played a pertinent role in the story. The characters were loveable or hate-able respectfully. It was just a fantastic fusion of fun characters. (You are welcome for the alliteration.) Every one of the characters meant something to you and the end, even her bitch of a mother-in-law.
The theme of this book is fertility and the battle that can ensue around it. This was personal for me, because I have dealt with my own fertility issues over the years. It was great for someone to give voice to this painful struggle. It helped to be laced with a bit of humor. It really helped my own struggle feel relevant and give me hope for my own future fertility success.
I really hope you read this book. I hope they make this into a movie. If you do choose to read this book tell Auntie Scotty I said Hi! I kind of miss him.
The Sand – I had a hard time connecting with Abby at first, but in the end it made the read more enduring. I think it worked here because dealing with a biological clock obsessed woman is not pleasant at first. In the end, it was noticeable to me but not a deteriorating factor whatsoever.
I give this book a well deserved 5 pearls! You earned it Jen Cummings. Best wishes on achieving your writer dreams! You are off to an amazing start.
About the Author:
Jen Cumming had two dreams: to be a mother and a writer. The first was much harder than she’d imagined, but it gave her plenty of material for her second dream. Now she’s realized both and traded drug cocktails and early morning line-ups at the fertility clinic for juice boxes and evening PTA meetings.
Jen’s latest dream is to live in a small village in France and eat croissants. Being allergic to wheat might hamper that dream, so in the meantime she does her best to balance life with two young children and run a business with her husband in Toronto. She loves to spend time at the cottage in the summer, ski in the winter, and travel whenever she can.
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