Then Came You

Then Came You

A Novel

Book - 2011
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An unexpected love story...



Jules Strauss is a Princeton senior with a full scholarship, acquaintances instead of friends, and a family she's ashamed to invite to Parents' Weekend. With the income she'll receive from donating her "pedigree" eggs, she believes she can save her father from addiction.



Annie Barrow married her high school sweetheart and became the mother to two boys. After years of staying at home and struggling to support four people on her husband's salary, she thinks she's found a way to recover a sense of purpose and bring in some extra cash.



India Bishop, thirty-eight (really forty-three), has changed everything about herself: her name, her face, her past. In New York City, she falls for a wealthy older man, Marcus Croft, and decides a baby will ensure a happy ending. When her attempts at pregnancy fail, she turns to technology, and Annie and Jules, to help make her dreams come true.



But each of their plans is thrown into disarray when Marcus' daughter Bettina, intent on protecting her father, becomes convinced that his new wife is not what she seems...



With startling tenderness and laugh-out-loud humor, Jennifer Weiner once again takes readers into the heart of women's lives in an unforgettable, timely tale that interweaves themes of class and entitlement, surrogacy and donorship, the rights of a parent and the measure of motherhood.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Atria Books, c2011
ISBN: 9781451617726
9781451617733
Branch Call Number: WEIN
Characteristics: 338 p

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annelmore
Apr 16, 2014

I'm a big fan of Jennifer Weiner to begin with. Her writing style is easy to get into, and her stories flow well. This story involves the lives of four women, told from the point of view of each woman as they endure their own challenges but are wound together with the lives of the other women. I enjoyed this book; it may be my favorite of hers thus far. The ending was a little more neat and tidy than I think was realistic, but I suppose that's part of why we suspend reality to read a good book. Overall, very enjoyable.

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gcnwilson
Feb 01, 2014

very enjoyable book. interesting how the characters intertwined. i will definitely read more from this author.

Kaytee33 Dec 15, 2013

I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would Some of the background stories of the women will stay with me for a while.

sharonb122 Jan 30, 2013

It was very interesting how Jennifer Weiner wove these women's lives together. At first couldn't figure out how each would fit in. I found the ending to be a little trite, (spoiler alert) but then, I do like a happy ending--sometimes even if it is not realistic.

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LDPBLM
Jan 09, 2013

As usual , Jennifer provides us with solid characters , and an interesting plot . However , I wish she'd lighten up on the endless detail - enough , already !

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jenco1
Jul 23, 2012

Wow! Great book. Weiner saves little nuggets of information about the characters so there are surprises as you read, love it!

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Oc2seattle
Jun 26, 2012

No one exposes women’s complex relationships with themselves and others better than Jennifer Weiner. In Then Came You, the lives of four women cross when fertility challenged India and her husband decide to have a baby via egg donor (Jules) and surrogate (Annie). India’s husband’s twenty-something daughter (Bettina) who’s less than happy about her new step-mom and soon to be sibling is also thrown into the mix. The story is told from each woman’s perspective, allowing the reader to see how each woman’s decision to participate in the baby-making process impacts herself and her family.

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terriflt
Feb 27, 2012

I think this is my favourite book of hers so far. It was a really good story line and quite different from her usual story line.

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morebooksplease
Feb 24, 2012

Another winner from a great storyteller. It's interesting to see the arc of the subject matter in Ms. Weiner's books as she matures as a woman. A good read.

RobinBartley Nov 20, 2011

A favorite author of mine. This one was interesting, but didn't care for the ending. There was a character you really hated and didn't want to see win. I guess once you know her whole story, you were supposed to feel for her and cheer that she still survived.

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