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Reviewed by Vera Pereskokova (Luxury Reading)

Jennifer Weiner’s newest novel, Then Came You, is told from the perspective of four women – India Bishop, Annie Barrow, Jules Strauss and Bettina Croft – as they navigate the joys and pitfalls of love and motherhood, and everything in between. A bit reminiscent of Jodi Picoult’s style, each chapter is told from the perspective of a different woman, allowing them to shed their own light on each situation.

Jules Strauss is a student at Princeton; attractive and intelligent, she is approached by an employee of a fertility clinic, who sees her as an ideal egg donor. Jules agrees to the donation in hopes that the $20,000 she earns will pay for yet another rehab stint for her father.

Annie Barrow struggles to raise a family on her husband’s meager military salary. When she learns of the money that surrogate mothers can make, she jumps at the chance to better their financial situation.

Thirty-something (or in reality a forty-something) India Bishop runs a small public relations firm in New York City. With a new name, new face and new body, India hopes to land the type of man who will make her efforts worthwhile. When she meets Marcus Croft, a wealthy businessman, at a local Starbucks, she knows that she has finally hit the jackpot.

At first, India’s desire to start a family with Marcus is nothing but a ploy to secure her own future. However, India soon realizes that her feelings have changed, and that Marcus is not only a way out of a substandard existence, but also her big love. Now, if only Marcus’ daughter from a previous marriage, Bettina would stop digging around for information about India’s past…

I sped through Then Came You, eager to know what would become of these women, and how their intertwining situations would eventually resolve themselves. I felt a bit let down by the last 50 pages or so as the events starts happening too quickly, and the story line lost some of the credibility I thought it had in the beginning.

Nevertheless, Jennifer Weiner has once again created a novel that will be a delight to fans of women’s fiction, and characters that many women will be able to relate to.

Rating: 3.5/5

The review copy of this book was provided free of any obligation by Simon & Schuster Galley Grab. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.