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The Swap By Fiona Mitchell

The Swap‘The Swap’ is Fiona Mitchell’s second novel.

When two strangers, Tess and Annie, undergo IVF at an American clinic, their embryos are mixed up and each woman gives birth to the wrong child. The women only discover the devastating error three years later. Tess wants to swap the children back; Annie doesn’t. As the pair wrangle, neither of them expect what unfolds.

‘The Swap’ is a story that is very parents nightmare when two couples find put that the child that they carried through to birth, is not theirs.

The story is seen through the perspective of both mothers, Tess in England and Annie in America, when they discover that their embryos were switched and they both ended up with each other’s child.

Tess, has always found it hard to love Freddie, her three year old is bold, violent and prone to causing mayhem at every social gathering. He’s the complete opposite to her other children and she finds it almost a relief to discover that her child is actually the little girl that she always dreamed off. When, Annie discovers that her little girl Willow, is not hers, it was always something she feared as Willow was so different to herself and her husband Carl.

Both parents have to come face to face with each other and meet the child that they always wanted and decide what their future is to be.

This story is a difficult tale to read. It’s heartbreaking to read as both mothers struggle with the possibility of losing the child that they know as well as struggle with wanting the child that is biologically theirs.

The story is sensitively written and explains the background of the characters to help the reader understand, why they came to this point in their lives, particularly Tess as she has faced some terrible demons in her life and is really struggling with the situation. Whereas Annie, is a bit more rational in the circumstances.

With a shocking storyline and fascinating characters, ‘The Swap’ is a deeply moving tale that makes for poignant and complex reading.

You can pre-order The Swap from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 19th September 2019.

The Two Week Wait by Sarah Rayner

The Two Week Wait

“The Two Week Wait” is the fourth novel by Sarah Rayner.

After a health scare, Brighton based Lou is forced to confront the fact that her time to have children may be running out. She can’t imagine her future without a baby being in it but it seems that her partner, Sofia doesn’t feel the same way. Lou knows that she wants to have a baby, but she’s not sure it can be something that she can do alone. Meanwhile in Yorkshire, Cath is longing to start a family with her husband Rich but Cath is infertile. Unaware that their fates are intimately linked, could these two strangers help each other out?

“The Two Week Wait” is the first book that I have read by the London author and I thought it was quite a deep read and of a topical nature that explores the yearning and desire to become a mother.

As a dual narrative, it was interesting to see both women with completely different situations and scenarios go through the same emotions as they explore the various options available to have children. As Cath and Lou deal with the trials and tribulations of IVF and egg sharing, I found it fascinating to discover that there were quite a few options available, as the topic of the story was a new one for me and also quite an eye-opener at times.

“The Two Week Wait” deals with quite a sensitive issue of infertility, and I thought it was handled beautifully. The book can occasionally make for sad hearing as they both struggle along on their hard and lonely journey. Written tenderly, this book is an absorbing and hopeful read, that explores the very importance of being an mother and finally finding your place in the world.

You can buy The Two Week Wait on Amazon and other good bookshops.