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The Surrogate

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  802 Ratings  ·  122 Reviews
To a penniless twenty-year-old like Jamie Long, surrogate motherhood seemed both an act of altruism and a financial opportunity. But once pregnant and under contract to Amanda Hartmann, the head of a famous evangelical family, Jamie realizes that she's getting more than she bargained for. Whisked away to the vast, isolated family ranch, she's closely supervised and careful ...more
Paperback, 339 pages
Published May 2nd 2006 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2006)
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Dec 30, 2009 Wendy rated it it was amazing
This book was incredibly hard to put down. Jamie Long, after losing both parents and her grandmother and amassing huge credit card debts to care for her grandmother, decides that surrogate motherhood sounds like a good way to make some money to be able to get out of debt and go back to school. The first call she makes brings her into the world of Amanda and Gus Hartmann, a sister and brother who are legendary in religious and political circles. Amanda and her husband Toby enter into a contract w ...more
The story was interesting enough, though I did find myself bored at times. The religious/political portions are where I started to yawn and consider skipping ahead. There was a lot of political hidden messaging (though not very hidden) throughout the book. I thought, "My, this author really has an agenda!" Then I read the interview with the author at the end, and realized I was correct.

All of that aside, the rest of the story was very interesting, and I did really enjoy it. I found Jamie to be
Rebecca McNutt
May 02, 2016 Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it
The Surrogate is such a haunting and unforgettable thriller, a story of a desperate couple who'll go to extreme lengths to get a baby... even if it means doing something sinister to have one to call their own.
Jul 21, 2009 Valerie rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009
This was a sad read for me in the sense that it had such potential but fell short in so many ways. The characters never really seemed to come to life, especially Jamie. I never got a sense of who she was. The love story between her and Joe was downright cheesy in parts. And some of the lines they pulled were so cliche I was rolling my eyes over and over. Ack, it was difficult to read in parts. Too bad because the topic was really intriguing but the author didn't pull it off.
Crystal Craig
Nov 06, 2015 Crystal Craig rated it really liked it
I'd never read this author before so I had no idea what to expect. It turned out to be a quick read and a book I had a hard time putting down. In the beginning, I thought the lead character was going to be weak and wishy-wash, but she surprised me and turned out to be strong and very resourceful. I really enjoyed this book.
Jul 20, 2008 Carolyn rated it it was ok
i admit. i tired of it, so i actually skipped to the end and read what happened.
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Dec 19, 2010 Shelby *trains flying monkeys* rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2010
I read this book in one day because I couldn't put it down.
Jan 19, 2014 Sammantha rated it liked it
Recommended to Sammantha by: My friend
A friend had recommended this book to me. She had read it and said she loved it. I was definitely hooked after reading the synopsis. I can only imagine deciding to become a surrogate mother. I'm not sure if that would be something I could personally do. But for the character Jamie, it was something she thought she could go through with and really being a young woman in college, she could definitely use the money. I really wanted to drive right into this book. The beginning of the story was very ...more
Jan 15, 2010 Ann rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
I have mixed feelings about this book. The characters were interesting (I could easily see this being adapted into a movie), and the storyline was definitely thrilling. However, some parts seemed to drag on too long, and I was distracted by the constant explicit foreshadowing...I felt like the author repeatedly thought I wasn't bright enough to figure things out for myself and needed to know what was coming up right before it happened. You know that when Jamie packs her bag with extra clothes an ...more
Sep 04, 2010 Kristen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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May 04, 2016 TaBetha rated it liked it
This book was average. The story line as well as the writing was just "ok". I didn't dislike the book, but I didn't love it either.

At some parts it seemed that the story line was dragged out a bit too much. Then at other parts, it seemed rushed. The characters weren't as relatable as I had hoped. Also, my feelings towards the MC lacked compassion and emotion. Had this character been more emotionally depicted, I believe I would feel quiet differently.

This story follows a time in a young (virgin
Mar 27, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people that enjoy Jodi Picoult
Shelves: 2011
I thought that was a very good read. I really wanted to know what happened next and kept reading with my pulse racing and my heart in my throat. The reason I gave it 4 stars instead 5 is because there were parts that were just a little out there and parts of the book were very slow in reading. All in all a great book that kept me up into the wee hours of the morning hoping for a good resolution.
Kaiti Rae
Jan 26, 2011 Kaiti Rae rated it liked it
Overall an okay "quick read".. but the ending was lacking... I found the whole book to be extremely far-fetched.. and predictable.. The flashback ( or flashforward i guess) at the very begining was somewhat of a spoiler to me. :( I agree with others that it could make a good lifetime movie.. but as a book.. it is simply lacking.
Jul 22, 2016 Tiff rated it really liked it
Totally cheesy, but I couldn't put it down. Should be a movie on Lifetime. (Probably already is.)
May 05, 2010 Brittany rated it it was ok
This book was okay. I kept thinking that I would rather watch it play out on the Lifetime channel, rather than read it! It's kinda cheesy, and way far-fetched. But it was an easy and somewhat suspenseful read. Overall, I am not disappointed.
Feb 21, 2010 Marci rated it liked it
Fairly easy to predict but it was a nice break from vampires. Jamie is a fairly strong woman but some of the circumstances are a bit unbelievable. Again, easy reading but good.
Jul 09, 2011 Tamara rated it really liked it
This was a good read. I found it at the local library and it was a pleasant surprise.
Jun 29, 2011 Jill rated it it was amazing
Very good book! Very raw and full of suspense. I could not put it down!
Melinda Elizabeth
Oct 06, 2014 Melinda Elizabeth rated it really liked it
The Surrogate is a fast paced thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Jamie is left destitute and alone at an early age, and this kid has had some hard knocks in her life. She's lived with an elderly relative since her parents died and her older half sister ran out of inheritance to spend and palmed her off - she's had to struggle for every small reward in her life.

When her hopes for a college scholarship are dashed when she can no longer compete in sporting competitions, and she
Dec 15, 2011 Alexandra rated it liked it
The first paperback edition of The Surrogate was published in 2006. But the book felt very dated to me. Not at all in a bad way, it's just that it didn't mention anything recent in it. No cell phones, no ipods, no brand name clothing. There were quarters and pay phones and dirty convenience stores, pick up trucks and back roads. Abandoned houses and crazies. That's kind of why I liked it so much. It was very nineties. Who knows? Maybe that's when it was written. But it just felt like one of thos ...more
Feb 01, 2013 Michael rated it liked it
Jamie Long is a penniless woman without any money or ambition. After losing a close family member to her, she does not know how to ever find hope again. Despite the fact that the people at her school are finding love, she never been in love or never experience the warmth of a body close to her side. Joe Brammer is her high school crush who she secretly pines for but she is certain that he only sees her as a little girl. When they get older, she parts ways from him but she always hold a place dea ...more
May 27, 2009 Mick rated it it was ok
Try as I might, I still can't stifle my perpetual yawn having read Judith Henry Wall's THE SURROGATE. Excited to see an Oklahoma author with a Simon & Schuster trade paperback title, I began this book with great expectations. Yet I was instantly disappointed by writing that was trite, uninspired, and one-dimensional--prose as flat as the Texas panhandle where much of this novel is based. And what makes matters worse is this tired prose tries to tell the story of a young mother on the run fro ...more
Goodreads Description- To a penniless twenty-year-old like Jamie Long, surrogate motherhood seemed both an act of altruism and a financial opportunity. But once pregnant and under contract to Amanda Hartmann, the head of a famous evangelical family, Jamie realizes that she's getting more than she bargained for. Whisked away to the vast, isolated family ranch, she's closely supervised and carefully cut off from the outside world. She learns the family's dark secrets -- and sees the enormity of th ...more
Jan 12, 2013 Ashley rated it it was amazing
A novel by the author of A Good Man

From the acclaimed author of The Girlfriends Club, a heart-pounding tale of surrogate motherhood gone wrong - and the desperate measures people will take in the name of love, family, and religion.

To a penniless twenty-year old like Jamie Long, surrogate motherhood seemed both an act of altruism and a financial opportunity. But once pregnant and under contract to Amanda Hartmann, the head of a famous evangelical family, Jamie realizes that she's getting more tha
When I read the book’s synopsis I was expecting a book full of suspense, drama, and romance with some philosophical musing on what it means to be a parent and how surrogacy fits into the equation. I was expecting all the drama and suspense to be intense; so much so that I would be gripped by what is happening, making it hard for me to put the book down. Unfortunately, the book only provided a thin layer of these qualities that left me feeling disappointed and a little empty at the end.

I believe
Amy (amyb2332)
Dec 23, 2007 Amy (amyb2332) rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
This book is about a young girl that becomes a surrogate for a famous family. The woman she is having the baby for is a tv evangelist and the woman's brother is big into politics. When the surrogate realizes some shady information about the family, she runs away with the baby(not a spoiler you learn that in the first couple of pages).

I liked the premise of the book and most of the book was enjoyable but there were a few things that bothered me (no spoilers). First there is a death that I found
Mar 21, 2016 Brooke rated it it was ok
Not the worst book I have ever read, but almost. The plot holes were so frustrating and it was just plain poor writing. There were parts that intrigued me that kept me going, but in a lot of ways I wish I had just quit it. The sex scene was actually the worst I have ever read in a book and Jamie and Joe's relationship is just so convenient. It was sloppy writing throughout the whole book. There was a half baked idea in there but I'm sure this book was just published in the hopes of a lifetime mo ...more
Juliana Mae
Sep 16, 2014 Juliana Mae rated it really liked it
While there were some things about this book I didn't enjoy-the anti-religion vibes, for example. That's a major one-the moment I picked up this book, I found it compelling. It held my attention extremely well and I had the overwhelming desire to keep reading, to finish it, I needed to know what happened, and I really liked it. It's well written, and a good, original story.
Jasmine Dgk Ramos
Mar 27, 2013 Jasmine Dgk Ramos rated it it was amazing
Judith Henry Wall did an amazing job with the book The Surrogate. In this thrilling novel, young Jamie Long finds herself in a situation she would have never thought possible. Trapped on a ranch in the middle of nowhere, pregnant, and dying to escape, Jamie finds herself on the run, trying to evade some of the most influential and powerful people. As she runs for her life readers are given a thrilling and suspenseful story, with some unexpected romance along the way. Will Jamie escape, or will t ...more
Mary Beall
Apr 16, 2016 Mary Beall rated it it was amazing
A harrowing story of this popular evangelical couple who are infertile. They hire a young girl to be the surrogate mother of their baby. She learns during the pregnancy that her life is in danger and the couple plans to do away with her once the baby is born. Read this terrifying story of her escape and life on the run.
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