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By the time she's 28 years old, British-born Quinn "Q" Boothroyd has worked her way through much of "The Modern Woman's List of Things to Do Before Hitting Thirty": a successful career with a New York law firm, check; an American husband she loves, check; and a soon-to-be child whom she likes to think was conceived during passionate, drunken grappling on the kitchen table, check. But for the last three months of her pregnancy, she's put on bed rest, left waiting for visitors, food and, hardest of all, her busy husband. When heavy exposition and the introspection of a self-absorbed protagonist don't weigh down Bilston's debut, written as Q's diary, it does offer a humorous glimpse into a pregnant woman's thoughts. Through her time-out on the sofa, Q questions the checklist and comes to terms with her marriage and herself. She rethinks her uncomfortable relationship with her mother and sisters, and establishes unlikely friendships with her visitors, a co-worker having an affair with a married man, and an elderly Greek neighbor, who involves her in a legal dispute that may jeopardize Q's marriage. Bilston, who spent time on bed rest herself, creates an authentic voice for Q, but her protagonist's housebound existence makes for a sluggish plot. (May)
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“Even if you’ve never been pregnant you’ll be as instantly hooked on this addictive novel as I was. ” (Plum Sykes, bestselling author of Bergdorf Blondes)

“Sarah Bilston reads like Sophie Kinsella’s big sister—a bit more serious, a little wiser, just as irresistable.” (Susan Elizabeth Phillips, author of Match Me If You Can)

“Prescribe yourself the same so that you can bask in the humor and warmth of this gorgeous novel.” (-- Elizabeth Noble, bestselling author of The Reading Group)

“[H]onest and irreverent ... I laughed out loud and I couldn’t put it down.” (--Marian Keyes, bestselling author of Angels)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (June 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060889950
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060889951
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,455,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Quinn, known as "Q" is a young up and coming lawyer in New York City working her way up the corporate ladder until life throws her a curve. At a regular doctor visit six months into her pregnancy Q learns that in order to save her babys life, she must get total bed rest until delivery time.

Written in journal entry form we spend three months at home with Q as she tries to reconnect with her work obsessed husband, mend relationships with her mother and sisters, help the neighbors fight a legal battle, and play confidante to a friend who is having an affair with a married man.

By the end of the story, Q has her baby but life will never be the same after spending 3 months on Bed Rest.

Sarah Bilston has put out a wonderful debut novel about motherhood, marriage, and bed rest and is currently working on another book titled Sleepless Nights. I sure hope it follows up with Q and Tom.
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Quinn "Q" Boothroyd is a young British lawyer married to an American. She works at the law firm of Schuster and Marks, in New York City. Her fast-paced life comes to a screeching halt after her obstetrician appointment. Dr. Weinberg is very concerned because Q's body is not producing enough amniotic fluid for the baby to develop properly. Q's fluid level has to rise or the baby will be delivered almost three months too early. The answer is strict bed rest. Q may not walk or lift anything. She may shower once a day, sit up for dinner, and go to her OB appointments. That is it! Nothing else!

Tom, her husband, goes back to his own hectic work zone quickly. Q is bored within eight hours. She can see no way to spend three months in a reclined position without going insane. Q begins writing in a journal to kill time. But soon she needs more. She begins trying to live through others. As she gives legal advice to her neighbor, tries to feel happiness for Brianna's (a friend) love life, becomes closer to mother and sisters, and tries to reconnect with her husband, Q finds her outlook on life changing. The time Q spends in bed rest teaches her a lot about herself, life in general, and most importantly, about the baby growing within her.

*** This is a humorous tale told in a first-person view point. If you have ever been pregnant, whether you've had a career at the time or not, you will easily empathize. ***

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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Format: Hardcover
My wife, who is seven months pregnant, put "Bed Rest" in my hands and told me that I should read it if I wanted to understand what she is going through. Even though she is not on bed rest (thank goodness), she identified with the main character Q's loss of control over her life. I've never read much "chicklit" -- really just "Bridget Jones's Diary" and Meghan Daum's "Quality of Life Report" -- but I found "Bed Rest" just as tightly plotted and often as funny as "Bridget Jones" (and much, much better than "Quality of Life Rpt"). What sets "Bed Rest" apart is the emotional depth that the author Sarah Bilston gives Q and her situation. There is real darkness in Q's life: unresolved issues about her job, parents, siblings and husband that rise to the surface when, temporarily and involuntarily, she gets off the professional treadmill. And all the while, there is the unimaginably sad possibility of a baby who won't survive birth. The scenes in the hospital are unforgettable. That Bilston can write so gracefully about the humor and the terror of being on bed rest is a tribute to her considerable literary gifts, keen intelligence, and resiliency, having spent months on bed rest herself.
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Format: Hardcover
This was quite predictable, and simple in plot. It was an easy read, and had some humorous moments.

Perhaps I am not at my most appreciative, since I am just halfway though a four month bedrest myself right now, and found some of the parts of the story ridiculous.
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By DevJohn01 on July 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
There is more to Sara Bilston's 'BED REST' than meets the eye. On the surface it is a witty tale of a woman ordered to be on bed rest for the remaining 15 weeks of her pregnancy. Quinn, or Q as she is affectionately called, decides to write a diary about her weeks on bed rest for her child to read one day but as bed rest starts to take it's toll, Q soon realizes that her life may not be the perfect life within which to raise a child.

Q and husband Tom seem to have it all. They are both high powered corporate attorneys with a small but great NY apartment who are both crazy about each other...that is when they actually get to see each other. After a rare passion filled evening, Q finds herself pregnant and thrilled but when she finds out that her amniotic fluid is low and she must be on bed rest for the remainder of her pregnancy she is obviously scared to death. However, during her time on bed rest (which is no easy feat for someone used to the hustle-and-bustle of life as New York City attorney) Q soon realizes a few things about her life. Her job is not all that it is cracked up to be, her family may be a bit more misunderstood than she imagined and most earth shatteringly that her marriage may not be as solid as she's once imagined. Workaholic Tom doesn't seem to have any time for her so what is going to happen when the baby arrives?

`BED REST' does not have the usual chick-lit clichés such as the doting husband the quirky friend or Q trying to scheme her way out of the bed every time you turn around. This is an honest take on life, the effects of a new baby on a marriage and the real life scares of a high risk pregnancy. This novel all though dragging at times was overall a fun read and certainly not predictable! 31/2 stars!
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