Moondance: An emotional rollercoaster love story as IVF enters 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.
My original reason for only awarding 4 stars was that I didn't like Catriona, the main character. I didn't warm to her at all, unfortunately. She is not someone I could imagine myself being friends with. Mainly because I imagine she would be the type of woman to look down on someone like me. I am not an ambitious person. I am a housewife and I have been a stay at home mum since I was pregnant with my first baby (who is now 16). Before that I was a carer in an elderly residential home. I was clever and achieved good grades at school and college, but I never had any big career goals. I knew I would want my children young, if possible, and I knew I would want to be the one at home, bringing them up myself when I did. I am one of those “fat housewives” who I imagine someone like Cat would have absolutely no respect for. I have huge respect for women who manage a career and a family, but it doesn't make them better people. Each to their own. Anyway, I've gone off on a tangent......
I could not relate to Cat in any way, but I did feel sorry that she was unable to conceive naturally. I can only imagine how heartbreaking that must be. I did feel, however, that in Cat's case she was more focused, initially, on getting pregnant to prove to herself and the world that she could because she had never failed at anything in her life before. She is a very self-centred character who obviously thinks very highly of herself and is very used to getting exactly what she wants, when she wants it, including her successful career and her husband, Dom. When she decides the time is right to fit having a baby into her busy schedule, she is naturally disturbed by the fact that it's going to be more of a battle than she anticipated. Of course, what she goes through is emotionally and physically difficult, but she has no sympathy for the effect it is having on Dom. It's all about her and what she is going through. I think we're all guilty though of neglecting the Dads when it comes to babies, however easy their conception is. I know my husband felt particularly helpless when I had our two. They have no control over what is happening to us which I imagine must be quite overwhelming. I can't say I really liked Dom either, but I did kind of feel sorry for him.
I have a very close relationship with my mother, so Cat's dislike of her mother was very odd to me also, although I am aware that many families aren't close. It just highlighted Cat's conceitedness (is that even a word?) further, for me.
I know I'm rambling (sorry), but there are so many thoughts going around my head about this book and Catriona really got under my skin.
The front cover alone, to me, gives the impression that this might be a luvvy duvvy story about a devoted couple and their struggle to have a baby, with a typical happy ending, but it isn't like that at all. It's a much more complex story exploring the emotions surrounding infertility, marriage, family relationships and friendship.
I think my point is going to have to be that although I didn't particularly connect with the characters, I found their story completely captivating! As much as Cat's selfish ways annoyed me throughout the story, I still wanted her to achieve her dream of becoming a mother. It's so brilliantly written that there is no way I could not have read until the end. I think it's a story that will stay with me for a long time to come and one I will no doubt talk about often.
Surely a book that kept me hooked to the very last page, despite not really liking the characters, is worthy of a full 5 stars!?
I urge you to read it for yourself.
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