Thursday, July 14, 2011

Book Review: Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner

I wish Audible had a better "you might like" engine algorithm, including upcoming releases of novels that might fall into that category - I'm stumbling upon great novels or new releases that audible (or amazon) really should be recommending - instead of some of the garbage that comes in my "just for you" recommendations.  Anyhow, I've enjoyed a couple of Jennifer Weiner's novels (most recently Fly Away Home) - but instead of a heads-up from Audible that a new release was coming out, I discover the new Jennifer Weiner novel via the QRANK daily literary trivia game. Not particularly helpful Audible (though I do LOVE my daily QRank).

The Audible Publisher's Summary:
An unexpected love story…

Jules Strauss is a Princeton senior with a full scholarship, acquaintances instead of friends, and a family she's ashamed to invite to Parents' Weekend. With the income she'll receive from donating her "pedigree" eggs, she believes she can save her father from addiction.
Annie Barrow married her high school sweetheart and became the mother to two boys. After years of staying at home and struggling to support four people on her husband's salary, she thinks she's found a way to recover a sense of purpose and bring in some extra cash.
India Bishop, thirty-eight (really forty-three), has changed everything about herself: her name, her face, her past. In New York City, she falls for a wealthy older man, Marcus Croft, and decides a baby will ensure a happy ending. When her attempts at pregnancy fail, she turns to technology, and Annie and Jules, to help make her dreams come true.
But each of their plans is thrown into disarray when Marcus' daughter Bettina, intent on protecting her father, becomes convinced that his new wife is not what she seems.…
With startling tenderness and laugh-out-loud humor, Jennifer Weiner once again takes readers into the heart of women's lives in an unforgettable, timely tale that interweaves themes of class and entitlement, surrogacy and donorship, the rights of a parent and the measure of motherhood.

I'm really enjoying my summer novel kick - interesting, yet light reading and a low commitment factor - I can put the novels down and come back to it later.. Then Came You fits beautifully into this genre. The characters are compelling - four women in different walks of life with the struggles that come with their stations in life - and how their decisions cause their lives to intertwine. Then Came You is a highly recommend from me - in the summer novel genre.

Then Came You was narrated by four narrators, each perfectly voicing one of the four women who tell the story of "Then Came You". The women truly came alive through their narrators - complementing their stories and enhancing the characters. The audio production was truly superb.

Then Came You was written by Jennifer Weiner and narrated by Karen Ziemba, Aya Cash, Jenni Barber and Annalynne McCord. Then Came You was published by Simon & Schuster Audio with a release date of July 12th, 2011. Then Came You has a runtime of 10 hours 53 minutes.

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