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Bring in your unwanted books and set up a trade account to save some money, pick up something for yourself, pick up something for a gift, or just take a stroll around. We look forward to seeing you! The item on this page is adapted material based partly on material provided by Outpan and is used under the terms of CC BY 4. I liked this book rather than loved it. I didn't particularly like Romily at the start, but I really warmed to her character with her relationships with Posie and Jarvis.

I didn't like Claire as a character at all and just did not warm to her. I found the ending to be really rushed, predictable and far fetched be honest. I have problems with characters who say or do something that in reality just wouldn't happen and I feel this way about the conclusion of this book. I thought the subject matter o I liked this book rather than loved it. I thought the subject matter of fertility and surrogacy was really interesting, which is what drew me to read it, but I feel as though this book was a bit too light and easy reading and felt that Claire's individual story of fertility problems wasn't as perhaps dark as in reality they would have been.

I picked up this book whilst on holidays, mainly because I loved the cover and the blurb on the back instantly drew me in. I wasn't disappointed.


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It's a page turner that required all my strength not to flick to the final chapter and see how it would all pan out. Great read. Great characters. Loved it. Everyone hopes for the happily ever after, and Claire and Ben expected that once they were married, once they had the house with a garden big enough for a swing, that the babies would naturally follow afterwards. So what happens when the babies don't? How long do you try to get pregnant?

How long do you endure IVF? At what point do you say enough is enough, and let go of the dream?

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And what if, at that moment of feeling you simply cannot take any more, your best friend offered to be a surrogate mother, and carry your baby? This is a story of surrogacy. It's also a story of marriage, and friendship, and love. Claire and Ben are the married couple who have been unable to have their own children, and it is Ben's best friend, Romily, who offers whilst drunk to carry their child for them. What complicates matters somewhat is that Romily is in love with Ben.

She has been ever since she met him. Not that she'd ever do anything, or that she expects anything from him. She's a single mother herself, with a seven year old daughter called Posie. Ben and Claire have been involved in Posie's life right from the start and, indeed, Posie even likes to pretend they are her parents sometimes since they are a lot more normal than her own mother. Claire and Romily, meanwhile, have barely shared a word, or a moment alone together, the whole time that she and Ben have been together. Claire is jealous of Romily and her beautiful, intelligent daughter, and also a little scared of her too.

Romily is unsettled by Claire who is a teacher, highly organised, very efficient, great at mothering, bakes perfect cakes and hosts perfect birthday parties for Posie. And of course Claire's married to the man Romily loves. And into all of this they're going to bring a brand new baby? It's a recipe for disaster I think before I begin properly I should explain that I know the author of this book.


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We met through our children and became friends. I have often listened to her talk about her writing, the wrestles with her characters and the niggles with her plots, but usually it's just like listening to anyone else talk about their work. This book, however, was different.

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She was writing it when I was pregnant with my second child, and the more we chatted about these characters and their pregnancy struggles and problems and stresses, the more involved I became in their lives. My own morning sickness merged with Romily's, and as my pregnant belly grew, so did hers. And so I have waited and waited for the book to finally be published, so that at last I could read this story I'd heard so much about. I expect that was rather a lot of pressure for Julie!

I was a little nervous myself. But I don't just read Julie's books because I know her - I read them because I know she writes a really great story. She has that knack with stories, where you become involved in everyone's lives and when you get to the end you feel sad that you won't get to spend any more time with your new 'friends'. I always enjoy the mixture of sadness and laughter too, and this is certainly a book that had me laughing and crying.

There are some incredibly sad moments in the story. Claire's miscarriage after her final IVF implantation is heartbreaking. I've miscarried. I know. I found it deeply moving. Romily's stumbling life, as she crashes her way through motherhood and fights with her own feelings for Ben, her pregnancy hormones, her growing attachment to the baby and her new-found friendship with Claire is also both funny and heartbreaking.

As is Posie, her super-intelligent daughter. I expect that opinions will be divided over both Claire and Romily. When Julie was writing the book I felt desperately, horribly sorry for poor, poor Claire, to the point where I was begging Julie to just please write one really nice day, where everything went right, so that I could feel content in the knowledge that at least Claire had had that! Somehow, in reading the book, it balanced out for Claire. She does have some awful traumas and heartache to bear, and sometimes you wish she'd stand up for herself more. But then, slowly, she does. And, slowly, she begins to understand herself, and others, much better too.

Romily is bonkers, obsessed with insects, totally disorganised and I loved her for it! Again, I had my opinions before the book was complete, about how Romily was bringing all this trouble on herself and so really she deserved whatever morning sickness she got and really, she'd get over it all.

But as I read I felt terribly close to her, understanding who she was and why she was doing what she was doing and knowing it was foolish and dangerous, but still understanding why. The letters to the baby, scattered through the book, are moving and intriguing as you wonder for a while who is writing them. I love the way the relationships ebb and flow through the book, particularly the way Claire and Romily edge closer to friendship.

The fallouts are traumatic, and convincing. The birth scene was one of my favourite parts of the book. I think the only relationship I found that left me a little bit underwhelmed initially was between Claire and one of her students. It grew on me, but I felt that the first beginnings of it were too much off stage and I needed to see a bit more to care what was happening. Anyway, you probably won't be all that surprised that I wept at the end of this story. I expect it was at least partly hormones, but I'm pretty sure a good deal of it was to do with the beautiful, beautiful story.

It's incredibly moving. I read until late in the night, ignoring the fact that my own little boy would be waking me up in just a few hours. I just had to get to the end! I had to see what happened! Even after I'd finished reading I kept crying on and off, so it was an extra late night that night! I'm not, of course, going to tell you anything more about how it ends - you can go ahead and wonder like I did until you can read it for yourself to find out.

Give yourself a good long stretch of time to read, lots of cupcakes, and a large box of tissues What makes a family? Julie Cohen digs deep into the heart of her characters to help us find an answer to this question.


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Dear Thing is a precious, human, heartfelt story, not just about surrogacy but about human nature, love in all its guises, and about children. Dear Posie, dear sweet Posie who for me, in her own way, is the central character around whom everyone else circles. It's not about Posie but it's about Posie. It's about Ben, Claire and Romily but Posie is the star. This story deals wit What makes a family? This story deals with motherhood, parenthood, surrogacy, parent-teacher incidents, teacher-student circumstances, love, marriage, single-parenting, the entire gamut.

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Julie Cohen draws us wholeheartedly into the complexity of the original question. Read this wonderful eye-opening story to find out. Jun 15, Carole P. Roman rated it really liked it. Claire and Ben are desperate to have a child. Despite numerous fertility issues, Claire finally becomes pregnant and ends up miscarrying right away. Enter Ben's best friend Romily, a single-mother who volunteers to have a child or them. Dear Thing is the nick-name for the child that brings them all together in a triangle of hurt and anguish.

Author Cohen keeps the plot moving rapidly, and you feel and angst of each of the characters. It was a quick and entertaining read filled with provocative i Claire and Ben are desperate to have a child. It was a quick and entertaining read filled with provocative issues.

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Romily's growing love for her unborn child, Ben's infatuation, Claire's unraveling, Posie and Jarvis, Romily daughter and her long-lost father all enter into the fine madness that propels to a climax that will have the reader guessing where each of them will end up. Ben and Claire have a wonderful life, they have a nice house, stable jobs, and they are very much in love.

After endless hospital trips and attempts at IVF, Claire has given up on ever having a much longed for child of her own. Romily is a single mother to her daughter Posie, living a chaotic life as she tries to juggle work and looking after her daughter. With no desire for another baby herself, but having working eggs and wanting to help her friends out, Romily says she will have a baby for them. And is being a surrogate as straightforward as it seems? However, Julie Cohen really excels in her portrayal of surrogacy, not only from the prospective parents point of view, but for the surrogate who is carrying the baby too.

In Dear Thing we get to see things from different points of view: there is Ben who desperately wants a child and is willing to take any option as he is focused on the end result. Then there is Romily, who is suddenly struck with the idea of being a surrogate, but when the pregnancy gets going, she finds her hormones may be overwhelming her, and emotions and feelings may be developing no matter how she tries to stop them. Julie Cohen really enlightens her readers to many aspects of surrogacy, and the fact that although surrogacy is a wonderful and very kind thing for someone to do, there are also many emotions, scenarios and consequences that need to be taken into consideration before embarking on such a choice.

Would I be able to go through it? Would it be the right option for me? The characters were very well written, they each managed to draw many emotions out of me, including sadness, empathy, frustration, and happiness. Romily was my favourite, I warmed to her straight away as she was a woman who was trying to make the best of all she had and get by in the world, whilst trying to juggle all aspects of her life. I LOVED Posie, I loved her interest in the world around her, the way she was so logical about events, her affection for Ben and Claire, and her questions that had me thinking too! These scenes broke my heart and were very emotional, and at times I had a lump in my throat and a few tears in my eyes.

I liked that throughout the story, even though there are times where the characters can be frustrating, we as readers are given the opportunity to individually feel for these characters, to relate to them, and to understand them. Dear Thing is an emotional read, as it covers guilt, love, hidden feelings, jealously, sorrow and hope among many others. It is a complex novel with many layers to unravel and devour, and it is a truly gripping read that will have you turning the pages desperate to know what is going to happen next.

This an excellent novel from Julie Cohen and I would thoroughly recommend it. Jun 17, Els rated it it was amazing. What a treasure! The emotions jump out of the book, grab you by the hand and drag you in. Perfecly chosen title, beautifull cover, wonderful story, fluent read. It's hard to put it down. Mar 11, Zoe rated it it was amazing. This was a seriously amazing book. Happily married couple Ben and Claire can't conceive.

After many failed attempts and another painful miscarriage, Claire gives up. Ben, however is determined for them to have their baby and vows to find a way. One drunken evening in the pub, Ben's lifelong best friend Romily offers to have their child FOR them. But little do any of them know, Romily is in love with Ben. Always has been.

My own views on surrogacy remain the same - a selfless, wonderful act but c This was a seriously amazing book. My own views on surrogacy remain the same - a selfless, wonderful act but can it really work in situations like this? My opinion? This story however was flawless. Weirdly realistic, honest and beautifully told. A MUST read.

Jan 27, Olga K. First off, shame on me for what I am about to say next: this book attracted me by its cover. Thankfully this book did!

After Claire and Ben got married, they expected that once they had the house with a garden big enoug First off, shame on me for what I am about to say next: this book attracted me by its cover. After Claire and Ben got married, they expected that once they had the house with a garden big enough for a swing, the children would naturally follow.

This is a story of surrogacy, marriage, friendship, and love. Claire and Ben are a happily married couple who unfortunately have been unable to have their own children. What complicates this is the fact that Romily is secretly in love with Ben and she has been ever since she met him. Romily is a single mother herself, with a seven-year-old daughter named Posie.

Ben and Claire have been involved in Posie's life from the start and sometimes Posie likes to pretend they are her parents. Meanwhile, Claire and Romily haven't shared much with each other. Claire is slightly jealous of Romily and her beautiful daughter. Romily is unsettled by Claire who is a teacher, highly organized, very efficient, great at mothering, bakes perfect cakes and hosts amazing birthday parties for Posie. After artificial insemination, Romily soon finds out she is pregnant. Willing to get as close to the baby as possible, Claire assigns a little homework assignment for Romily: to write letters to the baby in the journal so it comes into the world knowing it was very much wanted.

Romily starts each letter out as "Dear Thing,.. This is the first novel I ever read about the topic of surrogacy and I imagine this must have been a very touchy and personal subject to write about. Julie Cohen impressed me with her portrayal and was able to capture the points and angles of every character in this book.

From Claire's view, we got an insight into how she has gone through countless medical appointments and went through the troubles and grievances of miscarriage numerous times. There is also Romily's view where we observe how she was struck with the idea of being a surrogate and all the feelings she develops no matter how she tried to stop them. Dear Thing was definitely not my usual cup of tea, it covered guilt, love, hidden feelings, misery, jealousy, hope, and multiple others. With the plot of this book, I found it very appealing.

All the points made it easier to understand everyone's emotions with such a subject like surrogacy. I would definitely recommend this book to someone if you like women's realistic fiction since this book does deal with a sensitive topic in a honest way which depicted it in a very emotional yet captivating way. It was an absolutely amazing novel.

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So when I heard about her new novel, despite the disappointment of her previous novel, I was really excited about Dear Thing. It sounded like a departure from her previous works, a bit of a new direction, and I was interested to see if it would be a good thing or a bad thing. I like a bit of unrequited love, it speaks to me, but not that way. Though I thought women were way more perceptive than that. Nov 05, Kathy rated it really liked it. Dear Thing by Julie Cohen is an emotional, poignant and thought-provoking novel about infertility and surrogacy.

Ben and Claire Lawrence are the perfect couple. Happily married and successful, they have been trying unsuccessfully to conceive and after their latest IVF ends in a miscarriage, Claire is ready to give up. Upset over Claire's decision, a drunken Ben confides in his best gal pal and single mom Romily Summer. Romily impetuously suggests that she be their surrogate and Ben does 4. Romily impetuously suggests that she be their surrogate and Ben does not have to think twice before eagerly accepting her generous offer. Needless to say, he is stunned by Claire's hesitation to move forward with the plan.

After careful consideration, Claire's desire for a baby outweighs her many reservations about the arrangement and Romily is soon pregnant with their baby. While the plan seems simple enough, things quickly become complicated as the months pass. Claire is hesitant to believe their good fortune and although grateful for Romily's willingness to be their surrogate, she cannot help but feel like a failure.

Despite her assertions that she will not become attached to her unborn child, Romily's longtime love for Ben changes her feelings about the baby she is carrying. Ben becomes confused about his emotions when he begins viewing Romily as the mother of his child instead of his best friend. Claire is a little uptight and reserved so she sometimes appears emotionless and distant.

She and Romily have never been particularly close and things are often awkward between them without Ben acting as a buffer. Angry and a bit resentful that Romily can have a baby while she cannot, Claire refuses to become involved with the pregnancy for the first few months. A teacher at a local school, she becomes over involved with a trouble student and even though her heart is in the right place, Claire loses her objectivity and jeopardizes her career.

A scientist, she is analytical and logical so she is taken off guard by the emotional impact of her pregnancy. Friends with Ben since college, Romily has been in love with him almost since their first meeting. Before she could work up the nerve to confess her feelings, Ben fell in love with Claire and Romily was content to stay his friend although her love for him never waned. After a casual fling years earlier, she gave birth to daughter Posie who is now a precocious but charming seven year old.

No one is more surprised than Romily when old flame Jarvis re-enters her life and once he discovers he is a father, he wants to get to know his daughter. What did you think about the book? I am passionate about Dear Thing , I must admit, and I found it moving and puzzling at the same time, as I fought with myself over what I wanted to happen. Help yourself to a glass or a cup of something nice and then share your thoughts about this novel…. Do you think that Claire and Ben want to have a baby for the right reasons? We do battle with nappies and Calpol. Look upon our offspring, ye mighty, and despair.