Verdict: Readers will be inspired and entertained by the author’s journey--and by the way she gracefully learns to fully appreciate the gifts that are already hers.
Victoria Hopewell, a middle aged clinical psychologist, has recently remarried and has two daughters from her previous union. But her new husband, a charming Jewish doctor, wants a biological child of his own, so despite her daughters’ misgivings, she embarks on a mission to please her new man. Unfortunately, she is told that a woman in her mid-forties has a slim chance of becoming pregnant, and so begins this fascinating, often funny memoir chronicling Hopewell’s three-year baby-making mission.
Determined to succeed no matter the odds, Hopewell doggedly investigates a number of avenues, including in vitro fertilization and donor eggs. Along the way the couple also grapples with their own feelings about adoption and surrogate mothers and the implications of egg donors (will the child one day want to meet its egg mother?).
Hopewell takes readers through every step, every near-success and every total failure with honesty, humor and insight, revealing that the process is much more complicated, convoluted, and expensive than one might ever imagine (the couple spends more than $70,000 on their baby dream).
“Grade A Baby Eggs” will be eye-opening and helpful for any couple considering this route, but more than that it’s a tale of courage, steadfastness, trust, and the ability to put one foot in front of the other and keep on truckin’. Hopewell’s optimism never seems to wane and she adds just the right pinch of wit and wisdom to her prose. Readers will be inspired and entertained by the author’s journey–and by the way she gracefully learns to fully appreciate the gifts that are already hers.
Reviewed by Kathryn Livingston for IndieReader