Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this e-book from NetGalley for review purposes. No other compensation was given.
I needed a light read for my cross-country flight and Dear Thing was a great pick. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the story of a friend (Romily) who volunteers to be the surrogate for her best friend (Ben) and his wife (Claire) was appealing to me.
Romily and Claire are from two different worlds, but both women are connected by Ben. Ben and Claire have tried for years to have a baby with no success and after a drunken night at the pub with Ben, Romily agrees to carry their baby. She is a single mom with an established career and no real desire for another child. She would do anything in this world to see Ben happy, so if carrying his baby is it- then she’ll do it.
What unfolds, though, is a rollercoaster ride of feelings- both old and new- that Romily never expected. She begins to struggle with the decision that she has made.
The book is titled Dear Thing because Claire encouraged Romily to write letters to the unborn baby throughout the pregnancy. The letters become a cathartic way for Romily to process her feelings. What she doesn’t expect is for Claire to stumble upon this journal and all of the events that occur in her life because of this.
Cohen has a way with words. She is extremely detailed and takes care to let the reader get to know each character both as an individual and as a part of this large puzzle.
I would definitely recommend this book.