Along with a meddling mother-in-law, competitive pregnancies, and constant obligatory sex, Abby's baby-track mind conspires to ravage her career, her marriage, and her sanity. One thing she knows for sure: a healthy sense of humor (and the occasional glass of red wine) is the best coping strategy. One thing she wishes she knew: whether it will be enough.
Ms. Conception is an honest but light-hearted novel inspired by the ups and downs of fertility treatments and the emotional burden that rests on those trying to conceive.
Abby and her husband, Jack, are struggling to get pregnant. She is a top marketing agency wiz and climbing to the top, hoping for a partner position, but the position she really wants is that of mother. She believes she is capable of balancing family and work in the fast paced world of marketing, but her body has different ideas. Thus begins her journey through the world of fertility clinics, hormone and drug cocktails, injections and rushed trips home for sex when the calendar says it is time. The road is bumpy and full of disappointment for Abby and Jack. They are both tested and poked to death in the search for the one thing keeping them from getting pregnant. Abby is determined to keep all of this a secret from those she works with, afraid they will not promote her, but when she is faced with a new hire who is just as determined to make partner as Abby is, the stress just may be another road block to getting pregnant. The competition for the current partner’s attention becomes a distraction Abby just doesn’t need, but she has to trust that she has what it takes to move up. She eventually finds her backbone and stands up to the partners when there is an
obvious sabotage of the company and demonstrates her worth. The story is one that was written from the heart. The real struggle that couples face every day is handled with care and a lighthearted approach. Those who can relate will appreciate this while reading. I found myself skimming some of the book because the scenes involving the fertility issues seemed redundant. However, I think going through that personally had to feel overwhelming and frustrating, which was her point. The characters are likeable and relatable, and I found myself crossing my fingers for Abby, hoping for a positive outcome every time they did a pregnancy test. You’ll have to read to find out if Abby and Jack get their prayers answered, but it is worth it.
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Author’s site: http://www.jencumming.com/