Sunday, May 10, 2015

(Quick) Book Review: Ms. Conception by Jen Cumming!

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. 

I received an ARC of Ms. Conception  in return for my honest opinion!

When I initially read the synopsis of this book I was highly intrigued. It sounded so refreshing and different. I hadn't and still haven't read anything quite like this book. It was quirky and fun, but also very heart wrenching and at times hard to read. Not because it was bad, no, because it was just hard to hear about the struggles the main characters, Abigail and Jack, were going through.

This was a debut novel for Jen and I think she did a phenomenal job. It was a very powerful and fun story about a couple trying to have a baby. They wanted a family, and Abigail would do just about anything to make that happen. I've never personally gone through something this tough. As I'm only twenty and single, I did find it a little hard to connect with the characters, but I could still feel the pain that they were going through. I thought Jen Cumming did a good job at making the characters feel real. I felt as if they were people that I could know, or someone that you see on the street. They were relatable, which is sometimes a challenge for authors. The scenarios and different situations that characters find themselves in are, at times, are a little unbelievable.  I loved the chemistry between Abigail and her assistant Scott. He was so funny and really brought a sense of humor to the book when everything else was so sad. I also really enjoyed the scenes with Jack's mom and Abigail. I pray to the lord above that I never have a mother-in-law like that one day. Please, Lord! :) The one problem I had with the book was the pacing and amount of time that lapsed throughout. I feel as though the book could have been a little shorter, and it became a little repetitive towards the end. Overall, I gave this book a 3.75 rating and will definitely be checking out more of Jen's work! 

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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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