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The Two Week Wait

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  1,561 ratings  ·  246 reviews
A memorable and moving page-turner about two very different women, each yearning to create a family of her own

What if the thing you most longed for was resting on a two week wait? From the author of the international bestselling One Moment, One Morning, comes a moving portrait about what it truly means to be a family. After a health scare, Brighton-based Lou is forced to c
Paperback, 424 pages
Published December 24th 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published February 2nd 2012)
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Aug 14, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick, drama
I really didn't find this to be as strong a book as one moment one morning, which was a shame. The subject is a moving one although I did find it a little hard to connect with Lou's near instant decision to have a child, especially when compared to the more considered desire of Cath. Considering the speed with which Lou seems to come to this decision it did seem somewhat cruel to the characters and the readers that the author decided to only grant success to one woman in this story. There seemed ...more
May 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Heartbreaking and life affirming. Two words I used to describe Rayner's first book about the Brighton based women Lou, Karen and Anna 'One Moment, One Morning' and they could easily be used again for the review of 'The Two Week Wait'. Sarah Rayner once more reminds us that ordinary lives are filled with extraordinary events and once we are able to connect the dots an amazing story is unfolding right before us.

I love her no fuss way of telling a story. Written in present tense the events of the
Chris Chalmers
Feb 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read two of this lady's previous novels and loved them both.. This is a kind of sequel to the excellent One Moment, One Morning, though previous knowledge is not required to reap the full benefit of this moving and pacey tale. Her research on the subject of IVF is meticulous though worn lightly, and it's guaranteed to strike a chord with anyone who's been through a similar experience. After One and Two, you do wonder if a Third novel is in the offing - there's plenty of mileage left in Sara ...more
Kara Hansen
Mar 22, 2018 rated it liked it
A solid 3 stars. This book took me by pleasant surprise! When I first started to read it, I wasn’t too sure about this book. The topic can be a sensitive one ( infertility), and some of the avenues pursued can be difficult. However, the story had a nice flow and the characters were fairly realistic.
Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, novel, series
This is a story about two women who never meet but are bonded for life. Lou makes a visit to the doctor after finding a lump in her tummy. The doctors treat her fibroids and suggest that if she ever wants kids, to do so a.s.a.p. Lou’s partner, Sofia, is not ready to take on that responsibility and they end their relationship on friendly (but painful) terms. Lou is not a wealthy woman and the treatments are pretty expensive. She is approved for a program in which she is able to undergo the treatm ...more
Patrice Hoffman
*Won Through a Goodreads Giveaway*

At times I find my self wanting to binge on women's fiction and this novel in particular fit that bill. The story centers around two women who have found that their biological clocks are ticking or have already run out of time. After surviving a health scare, Lou's doctors tell her that if she wants to have children, the time is now. Cath, having dealt with cancer, was unable to have children of her own. These women don't know each other except through anonymity
Apr 05, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: half-read
The first book I read by Sarah Rayner, One Moment One Morning, was very good. It was sad but it had a certain type of story that people can identify with. The ending was good and provided a kinda happily ever after ending.

When I was last in the UK I looked for more books by Sarah Rayner, only to find that she had written a second book, kinda like a sequel, to the first one. The second book was called “The Two Weeks Wait” and of course I grabbed it and it made the top of my books to read list, w
Shelagh Rice
Feb 27, 2016 rated it liked it
A good solid follow up to One Moment One Morning, though you could read it without having read the first one. This follows the lives of four women and their children and the struggle some have with fertility issues. It follows two of them through the highs, lows and heartbreak of IVF. I liked the way the author used a forum the women use to educate the reader on the facts of IVF without feeling you were reading a medical paper. The story kept me engaged and I learnt at lot about a subject I thou ...more
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
Reviewed on Alexa Loves Books.

Ever since I was a little girl, I always knew I wanted to be a mother and raise a family. I thought the process was straightforward enough, but as I got older, I realized it was possible for many complications to get in the way - infertility, a lack of a partner, medical conditions just being some of the few I can name. The Two Week Wait is a beautifully written tale. Sarah Rayner takes us through the twists and turns with remarkable skill and just the right touch o
Juliet Loves Books
I loved One Moment One Morning and Sarah Rayner's new novel does not disappoint. The Two Week Wait is about the fertility struggles some women face - in this story, a gay woman who wants a child and a straight couple who are unable to conceive naturally.

Bizarrely, despite how common fertility problems are today, it doesn't seem to be a topic covered in novels, at least I haven't come across another, and reading the lives of Rayner's characters does feel like a realistic and close-up insight int
Gabrielle Kimm
May 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had absolutely loved 'One Moment, One Morning', so was very much looking forward to Sarah Rayner's new book. And then, as I began to read, I was delighted to find that the characters I had most cared about in that first book (especially Lou - my favourite from OMOM) were featuring in this new story.

There is a tenderness in Sarah Rayner's writing which I really love - her characters are real, believable, engaging. This second story revolves around IVF - not something about which I knew very muc
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think I found a new author! I enjoyed the story and the characters. Now I need to go back and read her first book and see which characters carried forward
Oct 21, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a really well written book. It may be about a sensitive subject, but it is explored in way that really teaches you something as well as being a really good novel. It is a proper page turner and the way the story twists and turns really leave you hanging onto every word. I really enjoyed this book, and it taught me a thing or two along the way.
Aug 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
It's an interesting topic that is core of Sarah Rayner's book: egg sharing. The story of two women that don't know each other, still are connected. Lou, a lesbian woman, hears after an operation that she shouldn't wait too long if she's thinking about getting children. Her partner Sofia is not ready for children (or will probably never be ready), so they split up. The other woman is Cath. Cath is cancer survivor and will not be able to get children in a natural way. Unless she gets the eggs from ...more
The story of two women trying for "last chance" pregnancies through egg sharing, and the impact it has on them and those around them.

I really enjoyed Sarah Rayner's first novel, One Moment, One Morning, so was greatly looking forward to reading The Two Week Wait. However, having now read it I can't say I really enjoyed it or thought it a worthy successor to her first book.

This is almost entirely down to the subject matter and my complete lack of interest in pregnancy, IVF and motherhood - as thi
Feb 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the author of One Moment, One Morning, and featuring the same characters of Lou, Karen and Anna, but this takes their lives in a wholly different direction. In this book, Lou steps into the forefront, deciding to have a child following a health scare. If you read the first book (and you really don't need to - this one will stand alone) you'll remember that Lou is gay, so there begins the search for a father, followed by IVF treatment which means she produces more eggs than she needs. I've n ...more
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Set in England, THE TWO WEEK WAIT follows Cath in Yorkshire and Lou in Brighton on their separate yet connected journey toward motherhood. Lou has recently dealt with having had a fibroid tumor removed and was told that if she wanted children she should do so sooner than later. Cath has survived cancer and with the help of an egg donor is told that she can carry a child. These women have never met yet their lives become intertwined. Telling the story in the present tense, the author makes the re ...more
Mar 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sarah Rayner is a good writer, I have read the book before this "one moment one morning" and think that it should be read after the two week wait as it fits perfectly. This book was a great joy for me despite the subject the writing was powerful and kept you gripped. It made me sad as well as things happened that left a lump in my throat. My favorite character was Anna, as she's the friend everyone wants to have. She is thoughtful and kind in both books.

The reason it's only four stars is becaus
Abbie F.
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
The Two Week Wait is a touching, heartfelt and uplifting story. The story follows two strangers, Lou and Cath, as they each struggle to form a family of their own. The characters feel like real people and I could instantly relate to everything they were going through, even though I've never been in a similar situation.

This isn't the type of book I usually pick up (I tend to go for love stories or action-packed books instead of those that deal with deep subjects like IVF and struggling to have ch
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I got this book from Goodreads Giveaway

It has been a long time since a book made me cry, and it took me by surprise. I finished the last page, closed the book and tears just poured down my face. Very touching story.

I really appreciate how the writer focused only on the feelings of the two women and not weather it was right or wrong, and not getting into the politics of this topic. The story hit close to home for me because my oldest daughter was born with no ovaries, she is 20 now, and I know ev
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I love the way the author just got right inside people's thinking. It is about two women's journey through infertility and the challenges and decisions they make in response to it. It's very much about their emotional journey which I find fascinating, but then as a former social worker I love hearing about people's emotional lives whether it's something I'm familiar with or not. I do think society as a whole is learning to understand and appreciate our inner lives and ...more
Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
While this was not my favorite book I did find aspects of it interesting. I found the whole process of egg sharing and IVF fascinating. The author did a great job of giving you enough information so you understood the process but not so much as to get too clinical and boring. My heart went out to poor Cath and Rich and their circumstances. I truly felt for them and their desperate desire to have children. The reactions of the different people in each of their lives and Lou's life to the process ...more
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved-books
I wanted to both cry and be happy for the characters ... I was with them every step of the way.
I suppose because I have been there in a 'baby situ' (8 miscarriages a still birth then two children) I was fingers crossed and holding my breath throughout the book whilst watching their lives played out like a game of russian roulette.

It helped that I had read her previous book and knew some of the characters but it does stand as a read on it's own without having read her first book. The st
Oct 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book through First Reads. Thank You! This was a very moving and emotional book for me. I felt a connection to both women, Cath and Lou even though I have never gone through what either of them had to. This book made me think about how lucky I am in my life and what strength and courage many families have to go through this process. This is the first book I have read by this author and I will read more!
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was excellent reading, it had me hooked from page 1!
Two women, both of whom have fertility problems, will never meet but help each other and are linked together forever. All the characters in this book were believable and likeable people and I felt their pain and happiness as I was reading.
By the final page I was in tears, and never before have I cried at a book.
Would highly recommend!
Sep 18, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nice book and good insight into IVF but I would have liked more detail, it seemed to miss huge chunks out and speed through important parts like the " two week wait" the writer failed to capture just how stressful a two week wait is. A nice read and fairly heartwarming but I'd have like to see the subject of infertility studied with a bit more depth and not just a rush through.
Maite De fuenmayor
Feb 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book tells the story of Cath and Lou; two woman that want to have a baby and for different reasons they can't. Their life is connected since the day that they decide to fight for it. You can live their problems, their emotions and you can feel the value of a friendship relation. I want to tell you more....Just take a deep breath and begin to read!!!!
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
I received The Two Week Wait as a first reads winner. This is the first book I have some what read by Sarah Raynar. It's also the first time I haven't been able to finish a book. I enjoyed the characters and the subject is a touching one. However, I just had a hard time getting into the whole IVF and egg sharing idea.
May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great book about two women in parallel stories that are facing struggles in starting families. The struggles are different for each woman but you feel for both the characters as they struggle to make decisions about their future. A great read
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Sarah Rayner ( is the author of the international bestseller, 'One Moment, One Morning' (2010). Her two latest novels, 'The Two Week Wait' (2012) and 'Another Night, Another Day' (2014), are also set in Brighton, England, and feature some of the same characters.

As a novelist, Sarah is known for tackling difficult subjects such as bereavement, infertility and mental illness wit
“Anyway, who’d ever want to be totally normal? Imagine having no quirks or idiosyncrasies. It’s what makes us us.” 3 likes
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