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Inconceivable by Carolyn Savage
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Sep 27, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction

Inconceivable gives readers a seat on the emotional roller coaster that the Savage family experienced not only through an unprecedented embryo mix-up, but through their whole experience with infertility. The Savages share their unusual story with compelling honesty, even acknowledging that some have views that oppose IVF (In Vitro Fertilization). Whether or not you agree with the decisions they make throughout their journey, one thing is obvious, Sean and Carolyn are willing to make sacrifices for what they believe is right.

This is a quick read that is well thought out and organized. The chapters are divided into segments, some are written from Carolyn’s point of view and others from Sean’s. We are often able to see the same event from both the husband’s and wife’s perspective, making the book very interesting and, somehow, not redundant in any way. This style of writing is well suited to capture this story of two regular people finding themselves in an unbelievable situation and striving to do the very best they can. I was amazed at the intelligence and concern for others that they demonstrated throughout their ordeal, and felt they brought those same virtues with them as they recorded their experience.

Carolyn Savage sums up her experience and this book quite well when she writes: “It was a celebration of life and loss, all wrapped in a baby blanket.”

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