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Bed Rest Paperback – June 26, 2007
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“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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was a cute book and certainly relatable. Quick read but amusing at times ans tugs at your heart in certain points.Published on January 13, 2013 by Kari
I enjoyed this book. I was on bedrest for both my pregnancies-my daughter was born @ 26 weeks, so this story line interested me. Read morePublished on October 17, 2011 by andrea sterling
This was another book my wife loved. She finished it in less than a week.Published on November 6, 2010 by S. Crane
My mom sent me this book after finding out I was pregnant. I haven't read a novel in years and quickly got into this book, the storyline and characters. Read morePublished on November 22, 2009 by C. Holland
What is most irritating is that some people who give their opinions on these books for Amazon do not know the difference between "synopsis" and "review". People listen up! Read morePublished on July 27, 2009 by bookreader
Boy, did this book bring back memories. "Q" is a British lawyer married to a American living in NYC. Read morePublished on July 15, 2009 by Nancy
I am a L&D nurse and deal with women with these issues everyday. I reed this book and found very funny. Read morePublished on May 16, 2007 by Mtcamp
Not the greatest book ever but definetly a cute one. Anyone who has had problems with pregnancy can relate to this character!!!Published on March 5, 2007 by H. Coleman
As someone who was on bed rest for the last trimester of my pregnancy I can relate to the character in that respect. However, the story is so-so. Read morePublished on November 10, 2006 by Korin Adamson