Family Size

Family Size

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by Maria Hoagland
     
 

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Is it one-size-fits-all, or all sizes fit? A novel about friendships, faith, and fertility by LDS women's fiction author Maria Hoagland.

Jessica loves being the mom of an ever-expanding family, but when an ultrasound throws her a curve, can she adapt with grace?

Dragged away from home, Maya feels deserted by her workaholic husband in a land of confusing accents

Overview

Is it one-size-fits-all, or all sizes fit? A novel about friendships, faith, and fertility by LDS women's fiction author Maria Hoagland.

Jessica loves being the mom of an ever-expanding family, but when an ultrasound throws her a curve, can she adapt with grace?

Dragged away from home, Maya feels deserted by her workaholic husband in a land of confusing accents and church cliques. What will it take to acclimate and save her marriage-or does she even want to?

Sloane is an algebra teacher and runner who would give up both to be a mom, but no matter what she does, pregnancy remains elusive. Can she adjust her thinking and find purpose in her life?

As their lives intertwine, can friendship and faith help these women hurdle expectations of an ideal family size?

"Hoagland has a talent for taking us into people's hearts, allowing us to see both the bad and the good, and showing us the strength that comes only from trial. The characters in Family Size could be your neighbors or anyone from your ward. They think as we think, learn as we learn. They fail and weep, and then they dust themselves off and try again. In the end they come through for each other-and brilliantly. I very much enjoyed this novel." -Rachel Ann Nunes - Bestselling Author of Line of Fire and Before I Say Goodbye

"Family Size is a touching story of three women who know heartache and trial, but also know where to turn for help. I loved this book. I laughed. I cried. I believe every woman will relate to the different tales of heartache and hope and come away with more compassion and understanding for others. I would recommend you not only read Family Size, but share it with all the sisters in your life." -Cami Checketts, The Broken Path

"Family Size is a touching story of three women's struggles with motherhood. Their issues with pregnancy, health, and fertility are well balanced and told so any woman can relate to them. Another great book by Maria Hoagland." -Heather Justesen, The Switch

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781481151290
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
02/14/2013
Pages:
262
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

Meet the Author

Maria Hoagland graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in English where she married her especially-devoted home teacher. She and her husband have three children and have lived in Texas, Missouri, Utah, and Idaho. Maria enjoys watching anything her children are involved in, going to book clubs and lunch groups, long-distance running, walking barefoot in the green grass, and eating raspberries from her backyard. Family Size is Maria's second novel; her first, Nourish & Strengthen, is also available online.
Maria loves to hear from readers, book clubs, and other writers. You can connect with Maria Hoagland on:
Website: mariahoagland.com
Blog: mariahoagland.blogspot.com/
Twitter: MariaHoagland
Facebook: Maria Hoagland, LDS Author

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Family Size 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the story of these women with their different personal struggles but common goals...motherhood, faith, family. I'm a "non-denominational" Christian so I had a difficult time with the LDS beliefs woven throughout but really liked the book nonetheless. Well-written.
lovingthebooks More than 1 year ago
This book is AMAZING at bringing out the fact that we never truly know what someone else is going through...therefore....we need to be careful how we judge. It is easy to say things that can be taken wrong... And it is easy to misunderstand things that are said... We need to have unconditional love and try to see the best in others....as these three women finally do. Jessica is struggling with having a baby so close after her last one especially after finding out that the growing fetus has some complications...people question her decision to be pregnant again so soon. Maya is struggling with a husband who is gone all the time while she is trying to deal with abdominal pain...pain so strong she is has to take pain killers to even function. And on top of that people keep asking her if she is ever going to have another baby. Sloane has prayed for years and gone through many medical procedures just to have a baby...and all find out it didn't work yet again. Now she is going through the trial of adopting...and being turned down at the last minute. Will her righteous desires ever be fulfilled? What is the right family size? Can anyone make that decision for you? What if your decision isn't the decision the Lord has planned for you? Read as these women find friendship and faith through their fertility trials. A really tender read! Worth every word! This book would be PERFECT for a book club!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I related to the characters in this book on many levels. Having experienced some of the issues told in this book, I though the author did a wonderful job of describing the feelings that are associated with them. The heartache of infertility. The roller coaster of emotions that go along with not being able to have something your heart desires and aches for. Feeling as all women do at one time or another of not being good enough or being judged for things others know nothing or little about. Finally, acceptance and understanding gained through acknowledgement of others situations and how true friendship can flourish through a listening ear and an open  caring heart.  I could not put this book down. A must read!    -TXStevens