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The Baby Trap [Kindle Edition]

Sibel Hodge
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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"I loved the snappy writing style of THE BABY TRAP. The story frequently had me laughing out loud. Anyone who has dealt with fertility issues will tell you it's about disappointment and loss, the death of a dream. But there is plenty of living left to be done and that's what Sibel Hodge does best in THE BABY TRAP" -- Chick Lit Central                                                                                        
"What a fun read! I love books where I am nothing like the main character yet I totally get her. I think that is major kudos to the writer. The ending was super interesting, and I definitely recommend this book!" - Chick Lit Plus
  
Based on her own experiences with infertility and two attempts at IVF, Sibel Hodge's latest novel The Baby Trap will have you laughing and crying at the ups and downs of modern baby-making...

When Gina turns thirty-three her body clock unexpectedly begins clanging in her ear with annoying persistence. The only problem is, having a baby isn't as easy as she thought. Whether she's feng shui-ing the house to death with fertility symbols, throwing out her husband's tight boxers in favour of baggies, swapping wine and chocolate for green tea and yams, popping fertility drugs like M&M's, or having sex so precision-timed it makes international warfare manoeuvres look unorganized, her life is turned upside down. And when nothing seems to be working, her quest for the B-word turns into an obsession.

Can Gina stay sane, get pregnant, and keep her marriage together? Or will her baby trail become a baby trap?


PRAISE FOR SIBEL HODGE'S ROMANTIC COMEDIES AND WOMEN'S FICTION:


"Yet another winner by Sibel who is fast becoming my favourite 'chick-lit' author" -- Wistful Kimmie's Book Reviews

"Sibel Hodge has perfect comedic timing" -- Lisa Lim, author of Confessions of a Call Centre Gal

"Ms. Hodge is rapidly becoming a favorite of mine." --Coffee Time Romance & More

"Sibel Hodge does it again! -- Geeky Girl Reviews

"Sibel Hodge has a way of writing that really makes the characters come to life" -- Can't Put It Down Review Blog


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sibel Hodge is the author of bestselling romantic comedy Fourteen Days Later. She has 8 cats and 1 husband. In her spare time, she's Wonder Woman! When she's not out saving the world from dastardly demons, she writes quirky chick lit with a hefty dose of screwball comedy. Her other books include My Perfect Wedding, The Fashion Police (Amber Fox Mystery), Be Careful What You Wish For (Amber Fox Mystery), and How to Dump Your Boyfriend in the Men's Room (and other short stories).

Her work has been shortlisted for the Harry Bowling Prize 2008, Highly Commended by the Yeovil Literary Prize 2009, Runner up in the Chapter One Promotions Novel Comp 2009, and nominated Best Novel with Romantic Elements in 2010 by The Romance Reviews. Her novella Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave has been listed as one of the Top 40 Books About Human Rights by Accredited Online Colleges.


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"This is comedic chick-lit gold!" -- Lilac Wolf and Stuff
"One of my top reads of the year so far" -- Chick Lit Reviews and News

About the Author

Sibel Hodge is the author of bestselling romantic comedy Fourteen Days Later. She has 8 cats and 1 husband. In her spare time, she’s Wonder Woman! When she’s not out saving the world from dastardly demons, she writes quirky chick lit with a hefty dose of screwball comedy. Her other books include My Perfect Wedding, The Fashion Police (Amber Fox Mystery), Be Careful What You Wish For (Amber Fox Mystery), and How to Dump Your Boyfriend in the Men’s Room (and other short stories). Her work has been shortlisted for the Harry Bowling Prize 2008, Highly Commended by the Yeovil Literary Prize 2009, Runner up in the Chapter One Promotions Novel Comp 2009, and nominated Best Novel with Romantic Elements in 2010 by The Romance Reviews. Her novella Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave has been listed as one of the Top 40 Books About Human Rights by Accredited Online Colleges.

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  • Print Length: 258 pages
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  • Language: English
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mommy Wanna-Be-Badly January 20, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Gina wakes up one morning after drinking a lot of wine with her husband, Karl, and their friends, has a vision of a baby girl dressed in pink in their backyard and suddenly wants to become a mother! Shocking because up until that point, Gina has never had a maternal twinge!

"It's this feeling I can't explain. This desperate need inside me to have a baby. This urge that has completely turned my brain to single-train thoughts: baby, baby, baby."

Welcome to the beginning of best-selling author, Sibel Hodge's latest novel, THE BABY TRAP, loosely based on her own experience with infertility and attempts to get pregnant at IVF. You can expect to ride an emotional rollercoaster that is one hell of an E-ticket.

Once 33 year-old Gina and Karl decide to get pregnant, they figure all its going to take is sex, sex and well, some more sex. Gina doesn't end up pregnant right away so conceiving becomes her OBSESSION, while Karl tries to keep his high-pressure job and provide what is needed from him for conception at precise timely intervals. Gina and Karl are soon off the booze, heavy on doctor visits, green tea, vitamins, a bland diet, no more baths or cycling for Karl and he's wearing underwear ten sizes too big. A feng-shui expert is even called in, and she finds a new purpose for the most unlikely of objects.

Soon discussion is baby 24/7: basal body temperature, ovulation predictor kits, hormone levels, surge levels, clomid, Trigger ovulation, scans, stimulation injections, follicles, etc.

I loved the snappy writing style of THE BABY TRAP. The story frequently had me laughing out loud. In addition to Gina and Karl, several other characters, her Lady Garden and her father and her fertility.com friend, Poppy were a lot of fun!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Even for non-baby train people! May 31, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Since I'm not on the baby train, I wasn't sure if I would like The Baby Trap by Sibel Hodge. I mean, it's all about babies, infertility, and all of the tricks and tools of the trade. It all starts when Gina realizes that she actually does want to have children with her husband, Karl. However, after months and months of trying, there is still only one blue line on the pregnancy test. In this hilarious read, we follow Gina as she grows more and more baby-obsessed. She tries everything from the average (holding her legs in the air for 10 minutes post baby-making session) to the extreme (*attempting* to picture a healing white light traveling to her ovaries as part of a mediation technique). It goes without saying, but life changes quite a bit for Karl too!

I liked this book because it was actually funny. This could totally be a movie and Bridemaids star, Kristen Wig (or even Maya Rudolph), would play the lead. (I know, I know, they're American and this is set in the UK. I don't care that I'm Americanizing this hypothetical movie!) It's that kind of funny. Good funny. You'll find yourself in hysterics over all of the less-than-polite words, antics, and sometimes just rotten luck that Gina and Karl encounter on their journey to babyville.

Final word: I'm not even on the baby train -- let alone near the station -- and I thought this book was hilarious. Think about what this book will do for you if you or a loved one has suffered from infertility. Hodge has a real talent for making light of this serious subject while also making you painfully aware of how torturous this ordeal is for so many couples. (Maybe it's because these events are based on Hodge's real life struggle with infertility.) Your heart will break at times, but your tears will mostly be from laughter.

After reading The Baby Trap, I'm definitely going to put another book by Sibel Hodge on my reading list.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Loved This Book December 13, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
When I read the summary of this book, I was very curious to see how the author would pull off stirring humor into a very sensitive subject often steeped in disappointment and pain. It takes a deft hand to strike a good emotional balance, and Sibel Hodge is, I am happy to report, equal to the task.

Those who have undergone similar attempts to become pregnant can only be comforted by the writing of a woman who has shared and describes the experience with immense sensitivity. Those who have not will gain access to greater understanding.

I also learned a larger lesson from reading this book. Though the experience of trying unsuccessfully to become pregnant is specific, it's also a dramatic example of how often our own fears, resistance, and anxiety can keep us from realizing our dreams. This book proved a good reminder, and I thank the author.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I loved, loved, loved this book! It was fun, spunky and oh so relatable. Baby Trap definitely struck a chord with me. Like Gina, I struggled with infertility. It took me about 3 years before I was finally pregnant with my first child and I found myself nodding my head many times as I related to Gina's frustrations and exasperation. Baby Trap is hilarious but it also addresses a difficult, sensitive and often times complicated topic. It is a very relevant story and Sibel Hodge has brought her trademark sharp eye, witty humor and introspective storytelling to Baby Trap. It was a very satisfying and uplifting read with a wonderful message and lesson learned at the end. This is chick lit with a good dose of humor and plenty of heart.
I've read most of Sibel Hodge's chick lit novels and this is one of my favorites! Whether you've struggled with infertility or not, this is a must read. It is smart, entertaining and thought-provoking.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
It was a slow read, long and drawn out. The story went on longer than it really should have. Free
Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Not that good
It was good to read a story about ivf but some facts were incorrect such as 'eggs' being transferred when it's actually embryos and I agree that people do strange things in the... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Eileen Baulch
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny, but a little spastic.
I though the book at some funny moments. I would have liked it more without the course language. It was okay.
Published 1 month ago by Kristy L. Te Slaa
2.0 out of 5 stars A more realistic ending is needed.
Good read, albeit little too wordy, but the ending just ruined it for me. The heartache of infertility, the guilt and the all consuming madness that follows are very relatable and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Neenah
4.0 out of 5 stars The Baby Trap
I enjoyed this book. There were funny moments, tender feelings as well as an intimate view of a couple's fevered efforts to become parents. Read more
Published 7 months ago by K E Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Definitely Glad I Purchased!!!
A powerful story that shows you that you should live in the moment and see where life takes you. Things don't usually go as planned, but sometimes they turn out better than you... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Nakita
5.0 out of 5 stars Humorous and sad
It is rare for me to give 5 stars in a review. This book details the ups and mostly downs of trying to get pregnant. Read more
Published 8 months ago by mandalee
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING !
This is an amazing book! I have been struggling with PCOS and An-ovulation for the past 4 yrs. With no success with Clomid & have not decided on IVF yet. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kendy
3.0 out of 5 stars Expecting something different.
Guess I thought this would be a comedy, and it is, but somewhat cumbersome, at least for me. Not bad, but not a rapid page turner!
Published 9 months ago by pepitomom
2.0 out of 5 stars Hard to get into...
It was easy to relate to the main character. There was a sense of realism throughout the novel. But it did take more than a few chapters to actually get involved in the story. Read more
Published 10 months ago by dmb4500
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More About the Author

Sibel Hodge an International Bestselling and Award Winning Author. She has 8 cats and 1 husband. In her spare time, she's Wonder Woman! When she's not out saving the world from dastardly demons she writes an eclectic mix of genres.

Her work has been shortlisted for the Harry Bowling Prize 2008, Highly Commended by the Yeovil Literary Prize 2009, Runner Up in the Chapter One Promotions Novel Comp 2009, nominated Best Novel with Romantic Elements in 2010 by The Romance Reviews, Runner Up in the Best Indie Books of 2012 by Indie Book Bargains, and Winner of Best Children's Book by eFestival of Words 2013. Her novella Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave has been listed as one of the Top 40 Books About Human Rights by Accredited Online Colleges.

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