Tuesday, November 9, 2010

When You Least Expect It ~ Whitney Gaskell

Sentence Summary: After several disappointing fertility treatments, India and Jeremy decide to adopt a baby.

My review: From the outside looking in, India and Jeremy appear to have it all. Jeremy gave up the corporate world to pursue his dream of becoming a science fiction writer. India is self-employed as a photographer. They have a good, solid marriage and are completely head-over-heels in love with each other. The one thing...one person that would make their lives complete is a baby.

Lainey is headed to L.A. She has big dreams of becoming a reality TV star. Her plans are set in motion and money has been saved. There's just one problem: she's pregnant. This is SO not part of her plan. Especially because Trav is the father. He certainly isn't "daddy material". To Lainey, her pregnancy is just a minor setback. She can give up the baby for adoption and still pursue her dream of moving to L.A.

When Lainey meets Jeremy and India, things immediately are awkward followed by complicated. As Lainey's baby bump grows, her relationship with the couple takes an interesting turn.

In When You Least Expect It, Gaskell tackles the subject of infertility. She illustrates the hopelessness a couple feels following several, unsuccessful fertility treatments, the financial worries of living paycheck to paycheck in order to adopt and finally the pure elation of holding your baby for the first time.

Lasting impression: When You Least Expect It is a book once you start, you will not put down until the last page is read. Told in alternating chapters, the reader can easily relate to the three main characters.

Reason for reading: I have several of the author's previous books on my TBR list. When I saw When You Least Expect It at the library, I immediately thought this would be a good book to introduce myself to the author's collection.

Recommend: Yes! If you're looking for a story with real characters and an engaging storyline, then you will definitely enjoy When You Least Expect It.

My rating: 4/5

Book details:
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Pub. Date: June 22, 2010
Pages: 320
Source: Library


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