May 07, 2015

MS. CONCEPTION by Jen Cumming ~ BLOG TOUR & REVIEW






MsConception Synopsis:
Abigail Nichols has tried everything from rash-inducing herbal creams to acupuncture in a desperate, last-ditch effort to get pregnant. Wedged into her iPhone schedule among new business pitches and rebranding design meetings is Abby’s ovulation cycle, along with potential opportunities for illicit afternoon quickies. With all of their hopes and savings on the table, Abby and her husband Jack enter the whispered world of fertility clinics. 
Along with a meddling mother-in-law, competitive pregnancies, and constant obligatory sex, Abby’s baby-track mind conspires to ravage her career, her marriage, and her sanity. One thing she knows for sure: a healthy sense of humor (and the occasional glass of red wine) is the best coping strategy. One thing she wishes she knew: whether it will be enough. 
MsConception is an honest but light-hearted novel inspired by the ups and downs of fertility treatments and the emotional burden that rests on those trying to conceive.

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Review by: Leeann 

Having a baby comes naturally to most, but for some it is not so easy. This is one couples journey chasing their dream to have a baby of their own.

Abby & Jack have been married for a couple of years & both have successful careers. The one thing they both want most to succeed in, they are not. Getting pregnant just does not seem to
happen naturally for them. So now, they are exploring other options.
Their story is at times heartbreaking but throughout it all, they both maintain their sense of humour. Their love for each other holds strong & where some couples would reach breaking
point, they manage to keep it together. Throw in a mother in law you would happily strangle, a hippie style family that you feel a bit out of touch with & a stressful work environment & you  will forgive Abby
anything!! She is a saint. 
Jack loves Abby, but at times I found myself wishing he would grow a pair & stand up for Abby in certain situations! But he quickly redeems himself as the story progresses & by the end he is quite a
loveable character. And he also puts up with a lot from Abby, because, although they are going through everything, there is only so much he can do to help move things along. He understands Abby is shouldering most of
the hard work & suffering & there is absolutely nothing he can do to make it better for her. He struggles with this, as I imagine most loving husbands would.

I understand this book, although fiction, is based on the authors personal experiences. I have to say well done for being able to write about such a sensitive & what I would imagine somewhat traumatic
Journey in such a humorous way but still highlighting the seriousness of a process that so many couples around the world have to go through just to achieve their dream of having a family.

This is a well written story about two people who love and support each other enough to want to go through fertility treatments together. Both Abby & Jacks character development is clear & easy to follow. The story line is
fabulous & although there are sad moments Abby & Jack always look at the big picture & that is what keeps them going.

Great read, I would recommend having a box of tissues, a glass (or bottle) of wine & some chocolate handy when you settle in to read it!!

4 Stars 


Review by: Amy 

The baby making process was a wild and wacky roller coaster for Jack & Abigail…and I got to tag along! This book was an up close and personal view of infertility told with wit and grace from the heart of a mother to be. It was a cute and heart breaking story of a couples extreme want to be parents and the test of their relationship through the process.

I loved Jack & Abby!! They were in love and carefree and had no idea what would face them as they tried to be parents. This is a subject that many take for granted and feel will come as easily as making the decision to get pregnant. But that really isn’t the case for all. Jen did an amazing job of taking me through the process and not making me feel like I was intruding in their space. I was able to see and feel all of Abby & Jack’s triumphs and heartaches first hand. I felt so much emotion as I read. 

This was an adorable easy read for me. I finished in one sitting and really enjoyed the book. It took a very serious subject and offered it respect and a little humor which was great. I was happy to read through with ease and the story’s flow was magnificent. I recommend this book for the easy seriousness that it was. Easy 4 star read for sure.

4 Stars 






Jen Cumming Bio:

 Jen Cumming had two dreams: to be a mother and a writer. The first was much harder than she’d imagined, but it gave her plenty of material for her second dream. Now she’s realized both and traded drug cocktails and early morning line-ups at the fertility clinic for juice boxes and evening PTA meetings. 
Jen’s latest dream is to live in a small village in France and eat croissants. Being allergic to wheat might hamper that dream, so in the meantime she does her best to balance life with two young children and run a business with her husband in Toronto. She loves to spend time at the cottage in the summer, ski in the winter, and travel whenever she can.




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