Reviewed by Vera (Luxury Reading)

When Alice Cohen tried to conceive with her then husband, doctor after doctor told her that she was infertile. The couple adopted a child and Alice embarked on a regimen of estrogen supplements. At age 44, Alice was engaged to an amazing man, happily raising her daughter and enjoying her career as a writer and theater artist.

Out of nowhere, Alice began experiencing a strange array of symptoms that her doctors could not explain. One told her that her bloated abdomen was due to a middle-age loss of muscle, another suggested she was menopausal. Six months later when she was desperate for any diagnosis including cancer, Alice found out that she was actually pregnant.

What I Thought I Knew is Alice Cohen’s brutally honest, no holds barred account of her experience with an unexpected high-risk pregnancy. Alice represented a huge liability for any obstetrician and her first obstacle was finding one that would accept her as a patient. In a span of a few weeks, she went through considering a late-term abortion, and then adoption before finally coming to terms with her pregnancy and the potential birth defects her child would have.

A slim book that can (and was) finished in one sitting, What I Thought I Knew had me alternating between laughter and horror at the graphic descriptions of Alice’s labor. Keep in mind, I’ve never gone through labor myself! I loved the feeling of intimacy that Alice created for me as a reader and the fact that she spared no details, even if those details cast her in a less than flattering light.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by BookSparks PR. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.