Monday, July 7, 2014

Book Review: Expecting by Ann Lewis Hamilton

Title: Expecting
Author: Ann Lewis Hamilton
Links: Goodreads /Books A Million / Amazon /Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: A mom, a dad, a baby...and another dad.

Laurie and Alan are expecting, again. After two miscarriages, Laurie was afraid they'd never be able to have a child. Now she's cautiously optimistic -- the fertility treatment worked, and things seem to be different this time around. But she doesn't yet know how different.

Jack can't seem to catch a break -- his parents are on his case about graduating from college, he's somehow dating two girls at once, and he has to find a way to pay back the money he borrowed from his fraternity's party fund. The only jobs he is qualified for barely pay enough to keep him in beer money, but an ad for the local sperm bank gives Jack an idea.

Laurie and Alan's joy is shattered when their doctor reveals that Laurie was accidentally impregnated by sperm from a donor rather than her husband. Who is Donor 296. And how will their family change now that Donor 296 is inarguably part of it?

My Review: Laurie and Alan are happily married. Although their marriage is steady and full of love the one thing that could make it that much better is a child of their own. After a few miscarriages their hopes are starting to fade until they decide upon insemination.

Jack was a college student with little to no direction in his life when a woman older than him walks into it to tell him he's going to be a father.

"Why are the lights so hot? And why does Jack have two faces? With four eyes and two noses? Is this another sign? Will the baby born like that? Everything is supposed to happen for a reason, that's what people say. What people? Who would come up with a stupid saying like that?"

In this humorous life tale about loss, love and making the best of awkward situations, there is something for everyone.

Expecting makes you want to cry, laugh, and wish you had a glass of wine in hand. The dialogue is hilarious and the characters are all so unique. 

Witty and sarcastic with real emotions and life situations, Expecting is a feel good book that will lighten your mood and keep you laughing. 

Grace hands Laurie a gift bag wrapped with a gauzy ribbon. "It's really more of a present for after the baby." Laurie pills out a pair of neon colored margarita glasses. "They're cute, thanks," Laurie says. "But how am I going to survive nine months without margaritas?"
"I'm not kidding about morning sickness. Even if it were medically safe to drink when you're pregnant, you won't want to. The thought of tequila will make you vomit."
Laurie wipes the bottom of the bowl with her bread to get the last bits of pesto. She's not worried. Grace exaggerates everything. 

I hope to see more from Ann Hamilton Lewis! 

*A complimentary copy of Expecting by Ann Lewis Hamilton was received via Netgalley by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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