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.
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.