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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

the nearness of you by Amanda Eyre Ward

The story is complex. It deals with the delicate modern issue of surrogacy and the fact that it is definitely not for everyone (though most people go into it not taking emotional factors into consideration). The overwhelming need of wanting a child, someone with your genes takes over common sense and basic human fears and then the snowballing situation of which of course one does not have control over takes over several people's lives.

Our husband and wife duo are quite placid or rather the wife is over their lack of conceiving. Until it appears that Hyland has been considering options unknown to his wife. Finding a surrogate and going along with it blindly Suzette does not realize how much hope and faith her husband has in this succeeding.

Once chosen Hyland is so into the health and well being of the surrogate much more than Suzette who is a little distant and reserved but as the pregnancy progresses they are both totally agreed on the outcome. That the outcome is not exactly what all wish for is of course heart breaking and out of the blue. It also reiterates that all plans do not follow a scientific course of action and that action 3 will necessarily follow 1 and 2.

The book dealt with human emotions of every nature and handled them well. It was a roller coaster of a  story which kept me in its thrall till the end.

Sent to me by Netgalley for an unbiased review, courtesy of Ballantine Books.


  1. I've read a few other books with surrogates and always find them fascinating. This sounds like another winner.

  2. Sounds like a very emotional read! I like the cover and the symbolism used.

  3. Sounds like a roller coaster read. Sometimes surrogacy works and sometimes not, can only imagine what people go through and books like this help.