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July 22, 2013

THE TWO WEEK WAIT by Sarah Raynor

THE TWO WEEK WAIT                                    3 STARS
A Novel
by Sarah Raynor


A memorable and moving page-turner about two very different women, each yearning to create a family of her own

What if the thing you most longed for was resting on a two week wait? From the author of the international bestselling One Moment, One Morning, comes a moving portrait about what it truly means to be a family. After a health scare, Brighton-based Lou is forced to confront the fact that her time to have a baby is running out. She can't imagine a future without children, but her partner doesn't seem to feel the same way, and she's not sure whether she could go it alone. Meanwhile, in Yorkshire, Cath is longing to start a family with her husband, Rich. No one would be happier to have children than Rich, but Cath is infertile. Could these strangers help one another? With her deft exploration of raw emotions and her celebration of the joy and resilience of friendship, The Two Week Wait is Sarah Rayner at her best.

This is a story  of two women desperate for a final try at pregnancy.  They are trying through egg sharing.  This author tells how it affected them and the people near to them. The primary subject of the novel is pregnancy and it wasn't quite for me. Infertility is a hard issue for some women who can't conceive.  I had difficulty with Lou's immediate decision to have a baby, while Cath thought it out.  It made me rather sad when the author only let one character succeed.  I also didn't quite understand the comments made by the singles in this book.  Were they necessary? Some of the good parts, at least I thought they were, were just barely noted in the book.  Not much time is spent on the two week wait. I think as the book went on, the interest didn't.  I think this book has the makings of a good read but I feel it needs more.

Some of the characters from ONE MOMENT, ONE MORNING were introduced again in THE TWO WEEK WAIT.  I enjoy when the lives of characters in one book continue in another.  It's like you are following them throughout their experiences. I believe th\is book will interest women who enjoy reading about motherhood and pregnancy.  I 'm just not one of  them. I would recommend this to readers that love those motherhood stories. You may have a total different opinion of this book than mine.  That's OK.  We all see and feel things differently.

I would give this book 3 STARS.

I received a complimentary copy of THE TWO WEEK WAIT by author, Sarah Raynor from Night Owl Reviews for this honest review.

Most readers today know Sarah Rayner from her bestselling novel, One Moment, One Morning, which has sold over 250,000 copies in the UK, and is currently being translated into 11 languages. But before that she published two rather different novels – The Other Half (Orion 2001) and Getting Even (2002), and these have been fully revised and updated by the author and just republished by Picador as ebooks.

Sarah's latest critically-acclaimed novel, The Two Week Wait, came out in summer 2012. She calls this is a 'sister' novel rather than a sequel to One Moment, in that it features some of the same characters and is also set in Brighton, yet is a standalone story and there's no need to read one to enjoy the other. Sarah is currently working on her fifth novel, which will continue the story of her Brighton-based characters.

You can find Sarah's website at and it always makes her day to hear from from her readers.


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