By Jennifer Weiner
Atria Books, $26.99
Jules Strauss is a Princeton senior with a full scholarship, acquaintances instead of friends, and a family she's ashamed to invite to Parents' Weekend. With the income she'll receive from donating her "pedigree" eggs, she believes she can save her father from addiction.
Annie Barrow married her high school sweetheart and became the mother to two boys. After years of staying at home and struggling to support four people on her husband's salary, she thinks she's found a way to recover a sense of purpose and bring in some extra cash.
India Bishop, thirty-eight (really forty-three), has changed everything about herself: her name, her face, her past. In New York City, she falls for a wealthy older man, Marcus Croft, and decides a baby will ensure a happy ending. When her attempts at pregnancy fail, she turns to technology, and Annie and Jules, to help make her dreams come true.
But each of their plans is thrown into disarray when Marcus' daughter Bettina, intent on protecting her father, becomes convinced that his new wife is not what she seems…
With startling tenderness and laugh-out-loud humor, Jennifer Weiner once again takes readers into the heart of women's lives in an unforgettable, timely tale that interweaves themes of class and entitlement, surrogacy and donorship, the rights of a parent and the measure of motherhood.I'm a fan of Jennifer Weiner's! Her In Her Shoes and Good in Bed are two of my favorites! So imagine my surprise when I eagerly jumped into Then Came You and quickly jumped right back out. I soon realized that I didn't like the characters at all. sigh
Bettina was probably my favorite, at least I understood her, but Jules and Annie just left me...cold. I tried very hard to like them and feel their frustrations. But they were just unlikable for me. India seemed so shallow. I had hoped this would be endearing and heart warming. The struggle to conceive and bring a baby into a family.
While I can't fault Weiner's writing style, as she does weave together plots lines and interacting characters well. I just couldn't warm up to what turned out to be nothing at all heartwarming to me.
So...all things considered. I give it 2 stars out of 5. I just didn't like it.
I'll look forward to Weiner's next book, hoping she recaptures me as a reader, I've loved her books so much.
This e-galley was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review, and in no way affected my opinions and review