First comes love, then comes marriage, then . . . things can get a little complicated.
Vanessa wants just one thing for her twenty-ninth birthday: an engagement ring from her longtime boyfriend, Eric. But when the ring turns out to be a mix CD and Eric turns out to be a guy who doesn't want to get married or have children, Vanessa considers a new path to having a family.
When Wendy and her husband, Darren, couldn't have children the old- fashioned way, a sperm donor seemed like the perfect solution. She never imagined she'd have out-of-control twins who'd drive her to cookie binges and scrapbooking while Darren escaped into the virtual world of computer games.
Single and career-driven, Laura didn't need a man to have a baby - at least not one that she ever met. Thanks to an anonymous donor, she shares her life with her adored eight-year-old son, Ian. She'll do anything for Ian - even fill their backyard with a bunch of noisy chickens. But the one thing Ian really wants is something Laura's never been able to give him: a sibling.
Now, to grant Ian's wish, Laura starts a search that will not only change her life but Vanessa's and Wendy's as well...
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Carol Snow lives in California with her family. This is her fifth novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I honestly didnt think this book was going to be as great as it was. It kept me intrested with its twists until the very end.
Three (3) women, all with different lives, and thoughts about marriage, children and family. Fate brings these three women together in a most usual way. Humor, along with great writing to make you feel like you are one of their neighbors, or even one of the women yourself. Carol Snow is definitely one author to follow.
Three women have one thing in common, wanting children. Vanessa is about to turn twenty-nine, and the only thing she wants is her boyfriend Eric, to propose. But what does Eric wind up giving Vanessa for her birthday? A mix CD, and news that he does not want to get married or have children. She starts to research alternative avenues to have children. Laura didn¿t want a man, but did want children. So she goes to a sperm bank. and is extremely grateful to the anonymous donor, who has helped bring her son, Ian, into her life. She loves her son with all her heart, will give him almost anything. But she can¿t give him the one thing he wants the most¿a sibling. After Wendy and Darren have exhausted all the ways to conceive together, they end up turning to a sperm donor. Five years later, with two hyperactive and uncontrollable twins, life isn¿t as magnificent as they thought it would be. The only ¿me¿ time Wendy has is attending her once a week scrapbooking group, while Darren is always on the computer playing video games, leaving the ¿taking care of the kids¿ all to Wendy. To say Wendy wants to scream and pull her hair out is an understatement. Due to one shocking phone call, these women will cross paths with each other, and their lives will change. I was captivated by this book just after the first few pages. This was my first time reading a book centered on women having children from a sperm donor, so from this stand point, it was quite interesting and intriguing. Carol¿s writing hooks you deep into the character¿s minds, thoughts and darkest secrets, leaving you hanging on to the edge of your seat wanting more. Even though the majority of the plot is centered around how these women¿s lives are intertwined, the reader does get to learn other facets of each character. I really enjoyed this. I love how determined each of the women are, and in this aspect I can relate to them. Because wanting to be a mommy is at the top of my ¿want¿ list, I totally relate to the yearning to have children. I have only critique, that being I wish Carol focused more on the other two women, and not so much on the relationship between Laura and Eric. At times it made the story feel a little off balance. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun, light-hearted read, but at the same time, one that makes you think, and realize that life isn¿t always as it seems. Sometimes we think other people have the perfect life, but you don¿t know what happens behind closed doors. If you enjoy Women¿s Contemporary Fiction, ¿What Came First¿ has to be on your list. Carol Snow¿s other books are definitely on my to-read-list.