Moondance: IVF could create a baby but could it also destroy a marriage? Kindle Edition
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For Cat and Dom their careers have been very important to them and children is something they decided to leave until later on in their lives. To be honest in a world where women are more career driven than ever, I don’t think it’s unusual for women in their thirties and forties to be trying for their first child like Cat.
Unfortunately for Cat and Dom, falling pregnant is not as simple or as quick as they thought it would be. Within no time it seems to consume Cat especially, taking any enjoyment out of any sexual relations between the two, having it become more of a chore than for enjoyment. After plenty of tests they decide to go down the IVF route.
Having not had to go down this route myself, I don’t think I could fully appreciate what many couples that have to actually go through. Through Cat and Dom we get an upfront and personal account of what it is like and even though they both try to make light of the situation, deep down it affects them both differently.
I think as the story is told more from the point of view of Cat, poor Dom doesn’t get as much empathy as he probably should do from the reader as after all he is very much going through everything Cat is. Cat herself I wouldn’t say is an overly likeable character though I could fully empathise to everything she was going through. I’m not certain as to whether Cat was quite a selfish person but she certainly comes across that way when she has encounters with her family and friends. Personally I don’t think she meant to come across that way, but trying for a family herself makes her realise that she never really showed an interest in the others lives unless it benefited her in someway.
Cat’s IVF journey is without a doubt an emotional one. She really is put through the mill and at times I just wanted to reach out to her and just hold her tight. I felt like I was mentally going through all the highs and lows of IVF with Cat and it made me truly appreciate how lucky I was with my own pregnancies.
Moondance is without a doubt a story that will have you going through a whole array of emotions. We get to see how it affects a marriage as well as the relationship with family and friends. For me it felt like a brutally honest account of what any couple could go through when faced with trying to conceive. A novel that will have a great impact on it’s readers.
Thanks to Blackbird Digital Books for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
I was quickly propelled into the perfect life of long time married couple, Dom and Cat. These two had everything; important careers, a neat circle of friends and a beautiful home. They’ve read books I’ve never heard of, and travelled to places I could only dream. Cat is a beautiful, focused woman who believes she can achieve anything she puts her mind to, and her husband Dom proudly stands behind her. Every aspect of Cat’s life has been strategically put together, and now that she has finally reached the top of her career platform, she is ready for kids.
Only, she may have waited a wee bit too late to be a mother…
Chandler’s book is like nothing I’ve ever read before, touching so close on the struggles a couple suffering, while trekking the long, hard journey of IVF. Dom and Cat appeared to be the strongest couple alive, but even their marriage was tested with the emotional roller coaster of hope and loss.
The most important thing in a book is character growth and Chandler displayed that brilliantly. I had such a love/hate relationship with Cat. Initially, I was rooting for the IVF to work, but as she began to drift back into her past, I was so adamant that she did not deserve a baby. She was such a sneaky, self-absorbed, narcissistic brat. She equated success to money and anything less was not acceptable. She disliked children immensely, and wouldn’t even allow her own niece to attend her wedding. She had absolutely no family values and hated the fact that Dom was close to his family. She was a true witch.
But with each failed attempt at pregnancy, and the rapidly deteriorating state of her marriage, you can’t help but feel sorry for her. And though she may have had a few slips ups along the way, she grows! Her heart unfreezes and she develops a relationship with her niece, she makes an attempt to reconcile with her mother and becomes the sister she should have always been to her brother. She may have not gotten the happily ever after ending we’d all hoped for, but she got what she deserved.
Cat and Dom are definitely two characters that will stick with me long after the pages in the book have ceased and I wish them the best of luck in their marriage and family.
Cat and Dom have been married for quite some time - although a relationship that started on the wrong foot was bound to have some ups and downs, I think. Both of them are driven, professional people and they think they can schedule in having a baby, the way they can their high-powered meetings - only they can't. So IVF needs to be accessed and this is where I cringed and laughed, probably in equal measure.
Cat is such an unlikeable person, that I nearly marked my review down because of it, but clearly Diane Chandler has done a wonderful job of portraying her or I wouldn't be feeling that way about her! Dom isn't much better, and there are some question marks about his behaviour and actions along the way as well, not all of which get entirely resolved in my mind.
I enjoyed reading about the secondary characters in this book as well: Billy, Cat's brother; Lizzie, her rather odd but endearing mother; Jackie, her best friend; Ash, her ex-lover.......and Diane's description of Cat's dad made me shed a tear, he really was such a lovely bloke.
Anyway, this is a very complex book, well worth reading and highly recommended.
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. With thanks to The Book Club and the author :)