A Year of Second Chances by Kendra Smith
Three women. Three very different lives. One life-changing adventure.
Charlie is a single mum unlucky in life. Her multiple jobs make barely enough to feed the family cat, never mind being able to give her son the life he deserves. So when an opportunity to make a lot of cash comes along, she simply has to take it.
Suzie has always wanted to be a mother. But fate has been cruel and now time is running out. Soon her final frozen egg will be destroyed and her last chance of having a baby will go with it. With her husband resolved to their childless life Suzie takes matters into her own hands.
Dawn is about to turn fifty and seems to have misplaced her mojo along with the car keys. But with an interfering mother-in-law and a gaggle of judgemental mums at her children's school, it's proving harder to find than a decent fitting bra. Especially after a series of highly embarrassing incidents...
Over the course of a year three lives are about to collide and as they do be prepared to laugh, cry and fall in love with these women as they discover how life can give you a second chance.
Although this book is uplifting and with a definite heart-warming, feel-good factor, it's not as light-hearted as the cover might suggest. In fact, the opening chapter was a delightful surprise - I wasn't expecting the story to be as intense as it was. It deals with the complex issue of surrogacy as the main topic and one woman's overwhelming drive to become a mother - serious stuff indeed.
I thought the author handled it well within the confines of the genre.
The plot is well developed and complex enough to keep me guessing for most of it, and the HEA is multiplied by 3 (more if you count the subsidiary characters).
Definitely one I recommend.