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Dear thing [text (large print)] / Julie Cohen.

By: Cohen, Julie, 1970-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Charnwood: Publisher: Leicester : Charnwood ; Thorpe, 2014, c2013Edition: Large print edition.Description: 440 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781444818741 (hbk.); 1444818740.Subject(s): Friendship -- Fiction | Pregnancy -- Fiction | Mothers -- Fiction | Surrogate motherhood -- Fiction | Infertility -- FictionGenre/Form: Large type books. | General fiction.DDC classification: 823.92 Summary: "This is the story of Claire and Ben, who are perfectly in love - in fact, perfect in almost every way. Except one. They can't have a baby. It's also the story of Ben's best friend Romily, who, after years of watching Ben and Claire suffer, offers to have a baby for them. But being pregnant stirs up all sorts of feelings in Romily - feelings she'd rather keep buried, but can't. Suddenly this situation involves two mothers - and one baby who belongs to both of them, but whom only one of them can keep..." --Publisher description.
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A bittersweet story about love and motherhood: Claire, who desperately wants a baby, and Romily, the woman who's carrying it for her - who is secretly in love with Claire's husband.

Complete and unabridged.

Originally published: London: Transworld Publishers, 2013.

"You'd give your friends anything... but what if they wanted your baby?" --Cover.

"This is the story of Claire and Ben, who are perfectly in love - in fact, perfect in almost every way. Except one. They can't have a baby. It's also the story of Ben's best friend Romily, who, after years of watching Ben and Claire suffer, offers to have a baby for them. But being pregnant stirs up all sorts of feelings in Romily - feelings she'd rather keep buried, but can't. Suddenly this situation involves two mothers - and one baby who belongs to both of them, but whom only one of them can keep..." --Publisher description.

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Booklist Review

Ben and Claire have it all: perfect jobs, perfect house, perfect marriage. There's only one thing missing a baby. After years of trying to get pregnant and suffering through miscarriages and heartbreak, Claire is ready to give up and has come to terms with the fact that she will never have a child. That is, until Ben's friend Romily offers to be their surrogate. Romily doesn't think it will be a problem being a surrogate because, being a single mother, she's already been pregnant before. There's one big problem, though the fact that Romily has secretly been in love with Ben for years. Romily thinks she can disregard her feelings, but as her pregnancy progresses, her feelings begin to overwhelm her and threaten to ruin everything. Claire and Romily are two completely different women, but readers will want to reach out and hug them both. Cohen weaves a story of friendship, love, and betrayal, but ultimately, this is a story of what it means to be a mother.--Wathen, LynnDee Copyright 2016 Booklist

Kirkus Book Review

Cohen (Where Love Lies, 2014, etc.) explores the emotional complexity of a single mother entangled in a modern-day love triangle. Romily seems to have her life in control. She has a successful career and gives an abundance of love to her young daughter, Posie. Her child's godparents, Ben and Claire, also seem to have it all, except the one thing they want most in lifea child of their own. After years of failed pregnancies, Ben and Claire are at their wits' end until Romily steps in with the ultimate gift. While Ben welcomes the surrogacy, Claire is cautious in adjusting to the idea of another woman carrying her baby. Cohen presents a realistic depiction of the emotional challenges of surrogacy, for both the surrogate mother and the mother-in-waiting. Layered in with the already challenging relationship is an additional emotional entanglement: Romily cannot squash her romantic feelings for Ben. Her buried feelings not only threaten her relationship with Ben and Claire, but also jeopardize her chance at love with Jarvis, a man who stands by Romily's side despite his rejected heart. Cohen is a master at bringing to life the intricate details of love, hope, and sacrifice. Her prose is vivid and sensual, and her characters take on lives of their own in full dimension. At times, it's hard to tell where Ben's loyalty lieswith his wife or the woman carrying his child. His unstable emotional journey, like Romily's and Claire's, is necessary for Cohen's story to unfold as convincingly as it does. A gripping work of women's fiction with a satisfying emotional punch. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.