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The Surrogate by [Evans, C]
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About the Author

C J Evans is the author of The Surrogate, a romantic comedy about a rich bachelor who wants a child but doesn't want a relationship. Evans is a lecturer in Psychology, Sociology and English and lives in the North West of England. His previous careers include being a civil servant and a nightclub manager.

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  • File Size: 639 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: June 15, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L1RWP2C
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I almost quit reading about 30% in because the author could not decide where to take the story.

The opening scene is from some pulp mystery, then the next 1/4 or 1/3 of the book is told in flashback in excruciating and unnecessary detail. I learned more about Transformer action figures than I did about Tristan, the main character longing for a child. From what I did learn, he was a drunk womanizer who was emotionally distant from himself and those who cared about him.

The author made mysteries out of straightforward events going for the big reveal a few pages or chapters later rather than spit it out or lead to it in some interesting or plot advancing way.

Then there was the end... REALLY, was that what I get for slogging through this drivel?

I gave it 2 stars instead of one because SOMETHING about it, did keep me reading to the bitter end in spite of editing errors and the shotgun approach to telling the story hoping something would hit the mark. Very few pellets did.
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I absolutely loved this book! Right from the very start you know you are going to adore Tristan. Told from his point of view, you follow Tristan's decision to go from a confirmed and cynical bachelor to a man who wants a child of his own and will do anything he can to have one, including paying a single mom. This story had me from the very first page and kept me riveted to the heartwarming end.

Tristan was easy to like, very honest and had plenty of faults that were so realistic that you could easily relate to him. There were times when I laughed out loud, felt a tear form in my eye, and most of all felt the tug on my heart strings while Tristan fumbled his way through life and the momentous decisions he had made. Although sometimes I stumbled a bit with Marie's dialect, I loved her character and continued reading eagerly. Spunky, wise and caring, she did a fabulous job in grounding Tristan, and she was the perfect contrast for him. Mr. Evans did a fantastic job in expressing how much Marie teaches him during the story, and you cannot help but admire her strength. I cannot recommend this story high enough. A five-star + for feel-good factor!
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This is one of the best books I've read in a long, long time. The characters are richly well-rounded and completely unpredictable. Tristin is a man, much like myself. Caring and loving while judgmental (especially after a few toddies). But he is warm and sincere in his want's and desires. The ending astounded me! And finally the only question was ? or ?? Fred Paxton

By the way, you've already read the synopsis and the reviews, so just hit the button on the right and buy it!!!! You won't be disappointed.
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This book had the potential of being a good one. But plodding through a somewhat tedious and circuitous plot didn't encourage me to pick it up and read it every chance I got. Tristan, the main character, was not really likeable or believable to me. The plot took me on too many side trails with his journey, as if the author wasn't sure which direction to take. Marie was a sympathetic character and I'm not sure the author's efforts at helping her made Tristan appear to be a better person.
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I bought this book because of the title, it seemed an unlikely subject choice! Although possible, it is an unlikely story, but it is heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. For most of the book Tristan is a bumbling, immature young man who has somehow succeeded in business, while his social life remains a tangled mess. I loved how this young man finally grows up emotionally through his involvement with a group of people from the poorer part of Edinborough, encountered through his desire to become a father. His integrity and moral sense is revealed by the genuine gratitude and love shown to them as the story winds down. The end is impossible to predict, or to guess even, as one is kept waiting until the very last page. A good end that left me sad, but there would always have been a loser, whichever girl he finally chose!
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This is a new spin on contemporary fiction, mainly because it is from the Man perspective. Well written, I did struggle a little with the Scottish accent which slowed the flow of my reading, however, that is more about my ability to read dialects not a reflection on the writing!

It was a great twist on the subject of parenting, Tristan was desperate to have a child of his own and going to huge risks/cost to be able to do this. I loved the surrogate character Marie, I loved how she told how parenting really was!!

Many parts of this book are very funny and will really make you laugh out loud but also very emotional passages as you near the end. I wonder if there will be another book to follow this as not all the ending were totally explained, however that doesn't stop you enjoying the story and you long for the happy endings for everyone.

All in all, I really enjoyed the book and would certainly read more books by this Author.
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Should the joy of a family to raise be as easy to obtain as a common unwanted pet? Why are there not more single parents who are fathers instead of mothers? After a collection of failed romantic relationships, Tristan in The Surrogate begins to fear that he will never find a woman to settle down with. As a man who finds himself comfortable in his bachelor life, this is no problem! At least it isn't one until he finds himself becoming attracted to the idea of becoming a father.

Tristan's friends all find the notion of their carefree single friend suddenly wanting a family to be something of a joke. Either some form of cynical self amusement or nothing more than fabrications designed to lure in unsuspecting women for a one or two night stand. When he actually goes so far as to hire a woman to get pregnant and have a child for him, nobody will believe it. Well almost no one. Marie McDonald, the hired surrogate mother insists that he respect her and treat their relations as nothing more than standard business.

This unusual relationship between expectant father Tristan and surrogate mother Marie develops on more levels than seems likely or possible while remaining just about platonic. So close the two of them are pushed together, it's almost painful how far they hold themselves apart. As Tristan struggles to remain respected in his professional world, he can't escape the need he finds to do what he sees as the right thing for Marie and her other young child.
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