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The Surrogate [Kindle Edition]

C J Evans
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Book Description

Does a man really need a woman to have a child?

Tristan Sheppard hates weddings. From the little tissue paper invites that came floating through his door to the personalized polo shirts he was forced to wear on stag nights. Unfortunately for Tristan, he was of an age where weddings dominated his social calendar. In his thirties, single and relatively wealthy, Tristan prefers the playboy lifestyle he has adopted. Others however, have plans for him.

Tired of being set up by his 'friend' Stuart Robinson and with an unhealthy infatuation with Stuart's wife Emily, Tristan grows tired of being told to settle down. Tristan believes that the only true love is between a parent and child, which gives him the idea of becoming a father. The only problem is... he doesn't want a mother.

After approaching ex-girlfriends and lovers, Tristan sees the solution to his problem is to pay Marie McDonald, a single mother from a poor estate in Edinburgh, to be his surrogate. But little does he realise what he has let himself in for...

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About the Author

C J Evans is the author of The Surrogate, a romantic comedy about a rich bachelor who wants a child but doesn't want a relationship. Evans is a lecturer in Psychology, Sociology and English and lives in the North West of England. His previous careers include being a civil servant and a nightclub manager.

Product Details

  • File Size: 384 KB
  • Print Length: 247 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1468069187
  • Publisher: Oxton Red Publishing (November 21, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006C75WU8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #470,733 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A five-star + for feel-good factor! January 17, 2012
I absolutely loved this book! Right from the very start you know you are going to adore Tristan. Told from his point of view, you follow Tristan's decision to go from a confirmed and cynical bachelor to a man who wants a child of his own and will do anything he can to have one, including paying a single mom. This story had me from the very first page and kept me riveted to the heartwarming end.

Tristan was easy to like, very honest and had plenty of faults that were so realistic that you could easily relate to him. There were times when I laughed out loud, felt a tear form in my eye, and most of all felt the tug on my heart strings while Tristan fumbled his way through life and the momentous decisions he had made. Although sometimes I stumbled a bit with Marie's dialect, I loved her character and continued reading eagerly. Spunky, wise and caring, she did a fabulous job in grounding Tristan, and she was the perfect contrast for him. Mr. Evans did a fantastic job in expressing how much Marie teaches him during the story, and you cannot help but admire her strength. I cannot recommend this story high enough. A five-star + for feel-good factor!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It surprised me how much I liked this. May 11, 2012
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Should the joy of a family to raise be as easy to obtain as a common unwanted pet? Why are there not more single parents who are fathers instead of mothers? After a collection of failed romantic relationships, Tristan in The Surrogate begins to fear that he will never find a woman to settle down with. As a man who finds himself comfortable in his bachelor life, this is no problem! At least it isn't one until he finds himself becoming attracted to the idea of becoming a father.

Tristan's friends all find the notion of their carefree single friend suddenly wanting a family to be something of a joke. Either some form of cynical self amusement or nothing more than fabrications designed to lure in unsuspecting women for a one or two night stand. When he actually goes so far as to hire a woman to get pregnant and have a child for him, nobody will believe it. Well almost no one. Marie McDonald, the hired surrogate mother insists that he respect her and treat their relations as nothing more than standard business.

This unusual relationship between expectant father Tristan and surrogate mother Marie develops on more levels than seems likely or possible while remaining just about platonic. So close the two of them are pushed together, it's almost painful how far they hold themselves apart. As Tristan struggles to remain respected in his professional world, he can't escape the need he finds to do what he sees as the right thing for Marie and her other young child.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great spin on Parenting! April 14, 2012
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This is a new spin on contemporary fiction, mainly because it is from the Man perspective. Well written, I did struggle a little with the Scottish accent which slowed the flow of my reading, however, that is more about my ability to read dialects not a reflection on the writing!

It was a great twist on the subject of parenting, Tristan was desperate to have a child of his own and going to huge risks/cost to be able to do this. I loved the surrogate character Marie, I loved how she told how parenting really was!!

Many parts of this book are very funny and will really make you laugh out loud but also very emotional passages as you near the end. I wonder if there will be another book to follow this as not all the ending were totally explained, however that doesn't stop you enjoying the story and you long for the happy endings for everyone.

All in all, I really enjoyed the book and would certainly read more books by this Author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful February 27, 2012
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This is one of the best books I've read in a long, long time. The characters are richly well-rounded and completely unpredictable. Tristin is a man, much like myself. Caring and loving while judgmental (especially after a few toddies). But he is warm and sincere in his want's and desires. The ending astounded me! And finally the only question was ? or ?? Fred Paxton

By the way, you've already read the synopsis and the reviews, so just hit the button on the right and buy it!!!! You won't be disappointed.
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