After years of watching her best friends Ben and Claire try for a baby, Romily has offered to give them the one thing that they want most.
Romily expects it will be easy to be a surrogate. She's already a single mother, and she has no desire for any more children. But Romily isn't prepared for the overwhelming feelings that have taken hold of her and which threaten to ruin her friendship with Ben and Claire-and even destroy their marriage.
Now there are three friends, two mothers and only one baby, and an impossible decision to make...
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publish Date: March 29 2016
Genre: Women's Fiction
Acquired by: St. Martin's Press via NetGalley
If I am going to be completely honest with you, and I am because that's just how I roll, I have absolutely no idea what to say about this book. Going into Dear Thing, I had certain expectations of what I thought would happen in the book and I'm just not sure if I'm disappointed or not. Because while the book didn't go in the direction I thought it would, it definitely ended in a much better way than I anticipated. You would think I would be happy with that outcome, but I'm just really conflicted.
Anyway, so from the blurb you can already guess what this is about. Well you won't even need to guess, you know what this is about. This honestly isn't something I would normally read. I always find these sort of stories too sad to even try to read them, but for some reason, Dear Thing piqued my interest.
Dear Thing is told in a dual perspective. One being from the perspective of Romily (The Surrogate mother), and the other being from Claire (The woman who cannot have babies). I really enjoyed getting to see the story from both perspectives, but it just made me feel even more conflicted. I'm the sort of person who likes to put themselves into other people's shoes. And when I do so I feel like I am experiencing everything they are feeling. So when I was reading this, I could feel the yearning Claire felt for wanting a baby, and the apprehension she felt about the surrogacy. but on the other hand, I could also understand Romily's point of view and I sympathised with her unrequited feelings and the confusion she felt about the "thing". But even though this book is a dual perspective, you get the feeling that it is predominately Romily's story. Although in the beginning I didn't really like Romily, yet I was mainly rooting for her throughout the whole book. I guess it's because she had the sadder story being the single mother pining after her best friend of eleven years who is married to the perfect wife etc. But even so, I thought she was a terrible mother, there was just no love in their relationship and I hate that. She even had her daughter call her by her first name because she didn't feel like "mum" suited her. The daughter would even pretend that her Godparents were her real parents and Romily was just someone she stayed with. Honestly I just don't know. Having said that, there was a lot of character development in this book and by the end, Romily finally got her act together and really started to show an interest in her daughter rather than just being an observer. So I was very happy about that.
With the plot of the book, I found it very captivating. The story was constantly changing and I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next. Even though it didn't really end up where I was hoping it would, I like how Cohen concluded the story (I think). I also liked the friendship in the story. It's not your conventional friendship but I still thought it was really nice.
I would definitely recommend this if you like adult women's fiction and if you like reading about some more controversial topics. Dear Thing deals with the topic of surrogacy in a respectful, yet honest way making it a very emotional and gripping read.
So this book was published in 2006, yet I received an eARC to review. So I am assuming that this book is being republished with a new cover? For those of you who have already read this, I'm not really sure if there have been any changes made to the story or not but my guess is it hasn't.
**This book was sent to be via eARC in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way affected my opinion of this book.
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