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Maybe Baby Paperback – March 23, 2014
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Kim Golden has a really beautiful writing style where sometimes it didn't even feel like I was reading, I was just THERE. Oh, and I can't not mention the way she weaved the fact that this all happens in a foreign(to me) country into the story. You don't miss the fact that you're in a new place, but it didn't feel strange. I felt quite at home with Laney and Mads and...*insert eyeroll* Niklas.
Definitely a recommended read!
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I gave this book 4 stars because I really don't like cliffhangers, especially when you don't have any idea when the next book will be released or ever released! When I got to the end, I was like, crap, not again!!
“Maybe Baby” by Kim Golden is an incredible book of one woman facing a fork in the road of her life. Told from a first person perspective, the book is incredibly well-written with characters that are full of depth. Main character Laney’s number one priority has suddenly become to have a child, yet her long-time partner isn’t so sure. In her quest to achieve her desire, she finds herself at a crossroads and isn’t sure which way to go.
The rich storytelling is woven in a beautiful manner with first person narrative, and the reader can really feel the pain of Laney while she is struggling to discover herself and what really matters in life. The story stayed with me long after I had stopped reading. The author knows how to make an impact with readers and connect them to the characters in a delightful way that allows them to watch the story unfold as if they are witnessing events firsthand. A great book that is highly recommended!
Golden’s main character, Laney Halliwell is not only humble and complex, but being an American living in Stockholm, Sweden (as is Golden), she gives reader a unique perspective with which to take in the setting and behaviors of the other characters. The story also takes Laney to Copenhagen where she visits a sperm bank and meets Mads, the man that makes her contemplate leaving her five-year lover Niklas and his two teenage children, whom she doesn’t have the best relationship with. Add to this that both of her romantic relationships are interracial, and you have a deliciously fresh cultural flavor palate that would spice up any romance story already told on either side of the Atlantic. Gorgeous, flawed, unique, and funny you can’t help but love Golden’s characters, especially Laney.
But while some authors give us too much description, Golden at times reins Laney in a little too tightly and leaves the reader wanting more. References to Swedish authors and locations are sometimes made with little or no description, and for the English only reader that is unfamiliar with Stockholm or Copenhagen it is at times impossible to know if it is a street or place being travelled past by the main character. While this is the Google age, it is a shame that many readers will have to stop reading to figure out where the characters are taking them as Golden’s prose deserve the reader’s full attention.Read more ›
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Laney suggests adoption. Again, he refuses, giving several reasons to dissuade her. His two teenage children from a previous marriage live with them. He believes although her role as stepmother is not formally recognized, she is their ‘mother.’
Niklas, a psychotherapist, has close ties with his former wife. He is indulgent with his children and shows no concern, ignoring their bad behavior. He particularly shows unconcern for his 18-year-old daughter’s conduct in their home and disrespect toward Laney.
Disappointed with Niklas’s decision, Laney decides to explore a fertility clinic without discussing it with him. Although business travel takes her to Demark for the Swedish firm she works for, she decides to seek the assistance of a sperm bank there recommended by her cousin.
In Denmark, Laney meets Mads, a skilled, imaginative Danish carpenter. Mads is a steadfast and sensitive man.
I do not want to give the story away, but Mads and Laney are immediately drawn to each other and become entangled in a passionate relationship. Later, thorny legal issues emerge.
What I liked about this book was it revealed the desperation of fertile and infertile women who want to have a child by their willing and unwilling partners or husbands.
I like that it revealed Laney’s childhood history with her parents. It gave you some aspect of her previous failed relationships with suitors. Maybe in the past, she didn’t elicit satisfying relationships with men prior to Niklas because of her father’s unloving and exceptionally critical behavior.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a great book and I am looking forward to Book 2! I would look forward to reading it daily! Great job Kim! Read morePublished 16 days ago by darry simmons
This was my first Kim Golden read and I must admit that it was an interesting and enjoyable read that was a little different from what I was expecting. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dst4T
This book engaged me from the first page and was a different take on other thirty-something women wanting a baby narratives. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kindling Micky
Realistic, Engaging, Dramatic, and don't forget Messy! Oh, I could scratch your eyes out because of the ending, but in truth I loved this book. I can't wait to read the next one.Published 8 months ago by Fay
Laney Halliwell is an American living in Sweden with her boyfriend of 5 years Niklas. They visit her Aunt in the US every year, but Niklas has 2 teenage children and an ex-wife in... Read morePublished 9 months ago by T. Tracy
I was pulled in to Maybe Baby from the first word. This beautifully written story was sexy and romantic with a touch of the forbidden. Read morePublished 9 months ago by BG73
A refreshing read, I so enjoyed Maybe Baby. I love books that not only take me to places I've never physically been to but also make me feel as if I had. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Madame LeFay
This book is wonderful. It's quite a page turner, I couldn't put it down. I read it in on sitting because I just wanted to know what would happen next.Published 10 months ago by OK
Maybe Baby offers us a chance to look at real life. Laney lives a life of security and one day realized she needs more than Niklas has given her in their five years together. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Eyeljay