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- Print Length: 354 pages
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- Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press (November 16, 2015)
- Publication Date: November 16, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B014U6D2SQ
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Tegan Wren’s debut novel does not disappoint. This is a story that will make you laugh, make you rethink your pre-conceived notions of the royal life, and help you empathize with the real world challenges of infertility.
The writing is smooth, the characters are real, the dialogues witty, and their challenges rendered by an experts scalpel. I was pulled deep into the world, very quickly. I’ve always enjoyed stories of the rich and famous, so when I saw that this story is about a Royal Prince, falling for just an average American woman, I wanted to see how this story would evolve. The book did not disappoint. The impact of the paparazzi, the pressure of expectations from the royal family, and the potential betrayal of anyone was front and center. And when the couple face conception challenges, the world around them implodes.
On another note, I think most people don’t really get how hard it is on a couple who are dealing with infertility. Whether you’ve gone through it or not, the author puts the reader deep into the heart of the matter. You will walk alway with empathy and a renewed respect for those who are trying so hard to build a family.
I highly recommend this book!
A couple of nit-picky things first: I felt like the political system was poorly set up. It came across like an Americanized presidential system, rather than a monarchy. With the countries supposed origins in England, moving away from the three tier parliamentary system, especially while still in Europe where this system grew to be the major political set up for Monarchies, felt off.
Also, all the Australian references bordered on offensive with how cliche and stereotyped they were.
There were parts that were so cheesy I literally cringed.
Those things aside!
The story itself is kind of two stories coming together as one. In the beginning you have a great romance, well written, with a solid voice, even a little cheesy at times. The writing is good, with some telling, but not enough to be distracting.
Then the second part hits. The pace is... it feels like I'm skimming over things. Hatty and John are married, and suddenly their relationship is no longer important. Yes, she's struggling with concerns about infertility, but I have fertility issues, and although my husband frustrated me at times with his lack of understanding, our relationship remained central to our lives. The writing here didn't help it; it's almost like a different author stepped in to take over. The scenes became very clinical and moved in the blink of an eye. It was like I'd start reading a scene that I wanted to move me, and it ended a second later. I don't want to criticize, because the topic is something that's near and dear to me and I believe should be discussed, but the execution came up short in places.
Then Hattie hit rock bottom and the writing and pace returned to how good it was in the beginning. It's probably debut author "jitters." But the last portion of the book definitely improved.
I will admit, going in I was very concerned about how the succession would be handled with throwing adoption in the works, since an adopted child cannot be next in line. Without giving out spoilers, Wren handled this very well, and I appreciated it enormously.
Quote that says it all for me:
To tell the truth, it was a punch in the gut... By rote, I squashed my grief, longing, and heartache, making them compact enough to bury in the recesses of my heart.
Another punch. The grief threatened to erupt, but I suppressed it. At least... I wouldn't have to watch her body bloom into fertile fullness... But my line of thinking wasn't about them; it was all about self-preservation.
Those quotes are pretty much the anthem of infertile/limited fertility women. I have felt EXACTLY THIS while struggling through my own limits and fight with my body to conceive baby #2, and I've seen so many women I love feeling exactly this. I've seen it in their eyes when other women seem to glance at their husbands and fall pregnant. When teenagers fall pregnant. It's this deep pain that tears at the heart and makes it impossible to even LOOK at a pregnant woman without the pain resurfacing, or hear a pregnancy announcement and have to hide to cry your eyes out.
All up, this was an enjoyable read with a message that should definitely be talked about more. I wouldn't call it a "clean read" as there is some sex scenes, but they're not explicit, but rather tastefully handled.
I recommend it to all women, especially those who know someone who is struggling with having children, not just those in the throws of infertility.
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