Friday, July 6, 2012

It Takes a Village

Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner
In general I'm a big fan of Jennifer Weiner's books. Some of her books would probably rank as my favorite chick-lit type books (In Her Shoes, Little Earthquakes, and Good in Bed in particular), although unfortunately I haven't been as big of a fan of her recent books, Best Friends Forever and Fly Away Home. So while I was excited to read this one, I wasn't sure which side of the spectrum this would fall one. Thankfully though, I think this is one of her better books, and by the end really loved the story.

Within the story we meet all the women who play a part in the birth of a new baby. There's the egg donor, the surrogate, the "trophy wife" who can't get pregnant, and her the "trophy wife's" stepdaughter. With such a set-up you obviously know it's about babies and motherhood, but it's such a different story than her Little Earthquakes which does also deal with motherhood.

The book did start out a little slow for me, but I think part of that was having to introduce each chapter and keep them all straight. But about 2/3 through the book there was an unexpected twist that I hadn't expected, and from there I couldn't stop reading.

I'm not a mother (at least not anytime soon) but I would imagine anyone who is, or even someday wants to be, would love this book. But I think even if motherhood is the last thing on your mind, there are enough subplots going on here, that I think it'd be hard not to at least enjoy some aspect of it.


Today I'm linking up with Blonde Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday!


  1. I'll have to pick this one up. I've enjoyed some of her books.

  2. Sounds like an interesting book. I haven't read any of her other books, but I think a book involving the birth of a baby from in vitro fertilization would be interesting.

  3. I agree with you- I don't always love her books, but this one was really good, I thought. Jennifer Weiner is in DC next week, and I am going to see her, to hear about the newest book!

  4. She is one of my favs, but I agree that some of her latest weren't the best. This one was great though - great review!

  5. I just started Good in Bed so I was interested to read your review of her new book. So far, GIB is great. Hope she keeps it up!

  6. I love that you're doing book reviews because I really want to start reading more, and never know where to start. Recommendations are always awesome :)