Then Came You
The lives of four very different women intertwine in unexpected ways in this new novel by bestselling author Jennifer Weiner (In Her Shoes; Best Friends Forever). Each woman has a problem: Princeton senior Jules Wildgren needs money to help her dad cure his addiction; Pennsylvania housewife Annie Barrow is gasping to stay financially afloat; India Bishop yearns to have a c...more
I told the book club girls I wanted something light and fun, and they gave it to me....sort of. It was an easy read, and it kept my attention. It really wasn't what I thought it was going to be at all. In the synopsis it tells you it is about a couple who have a surrogate and while the surrogate is pregnant the father dies. This doesn't happen until the very end of the book. There were just to...more
I've been a fan of Ms. Weiner's from the beginning, and I'm happy to report that she is back with her latest novel, which tells the story of several woman who start off as strangers, completely unknown to one another. The book has her signature shout-outs to food...more
The days must have been dragging for me that I let myself be distracted and displaced for a while but this time I did not slow my pace as I pored over the pages I felt myself reading toward my own demise. Reading and nothingness. . .
Then Came you is a gut-tightening, bone-melting...more
Annie Barrow, a struggling Pennsylvania housewife, thinks that carrying another woman’s child will help her recover a sense of purpose and will bring in some much-needed cash.
India Bishop, thirty-eight (really, forty-three) and recently married to the wealthy Marcus Croft, yearns for a baby for reasons that have more to do with money than with love. When her...more
First of all the audiobook presentation: It was very well done. Four different narrators represented each of the four major characters. All were distinct from one another. In particular the Bettina character was well done, the troubled rich girl was narrated with bitter cynicism by Aya Cash. Karen Ziemba as India is superb as are the other two, AnnaLynne McCord as Jules and Jenni Barber as Annie. Good clear speaking voices. I mention this in particular because I'...more
Basically, this reads as a modern-day fairy tale. Bad things happen, but Love Conquers All. Which is a nice thing to read while lounging by the pool, but I get the feeling that the author hasn't known too many real live women. If...more
"Shit," I said, and shut my eyes. "Shit, shit, shit, shit, shit."
"Oh, babe," said Marcus.
If he kissed you, you'd know you were kissing a man, not one o...more
The book begins with Jules' narrative. She is a stude...more
this book got really convoluted really fast, but a quick plot summary: a self-made PR guru marries a really rich dude. they want to have a baby together but don't have much luck conceivin...more
By Jennifer Weiner
“Then Came You” is the story of four women from different backgrounds that manage to come together as a family unit by the end of the story.
The four women take turns telling their story so the reader gets each point of view. India Bishop is the “trophy” wife who decides that she wants a baby. Since she has shaved some years off of her real age she is forced to find both egg donor and surrogate. Bettina, who is India’s step-daughter, is a young spoiled rich girl w...more
The concept was brilliant---4 total strangers who become intertwined over a IVF baby.
The story built steadily and logically. The characters becoming involved with each other made sense.
But the climax was just there---nothing special.
And the anti-climax could have been something brilliant but it didn't leave me breathless either.
This is definite "chick lit". It has a lot of discussion topics...more
Then Came You takes place during current times. Weiner tells her story from the poin...more
The story was a good one, with dollops of mystery and the characters facing high stakes. I'm sure it qualifies as "chick lit," but I love Jane Aus...more
Jules Strauss goes to Princeton University. She is approached one day while at the mall. A man tells her about a opportunity where she can make a lot of money. The catch is, Jules would have to give away her eggs. The man he is from the Princeton Fertility Clinic. Jules agrees to sell her eggs. She is really doing it for her father. He is an alocohtic. The money would help pay for him to go to rehab.
Annie Barrow is a mother of two boys and a wife. Her husband is in the military. They are strugg...more
Frankly, I've never read other Weiner books. In interest of full disclosure, I bought "Good in Bed" and it spent ages in my nightstand. Then when I got a new nightstand it was shifted to a bookshelf that holds all the books I want to read *next.* Never have gotten to it.
Jules is a Princeton senior f...more
We have: Jules, a senior at Princeton who is considering donating her eggs and using the money to help her alcohol-addicted father. Annie, a stay-at-home mom of two young boys who is considering unusual options for bringing in more cash for the family. In...more
Jules is a Princeton student, by scholarship, not a silver spoon, is offered a deal she can’t refuse. It comes in the form of a hefty check for her “eggs”. It’s her one chance to give her father what he needs, rehab.
Annie is a mother of two boys. She married her high school sweetheart, but wants more. Not necessarily from her husband, but...more
Having a way with words doesn't make for a great book, any more than being a good actress makes a great movie. There's so much more to it.
I fear that JW is a one-note writer, the way Goldie Hawn (to carry on the actress metaphor) is a one-note actress. No matter what movie Goldie is in, she's Goldie. Contrast that to, s...more
The basic idea is a good one: weave the stories of three women who come together to have baby -- the egg donor, the surrogate, and...more
My biggest complaint is that there wasn't a good way to tell how much time had passed in the story. Other than the epilogue, which had a year attached to it, I have no idea how much time passed in the story, and certainly not from one chapter to the next. In fact, things that were mentioned in one chapter would not have happened yet in t...more