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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Is it one-size-fits-all, or all sizes fit? A novel about friendships, faith, and fertility by LDS women's fiction author Maria Hoagland.

Jessica loves being the mom of an ever-expanding family, but when an ultrasound throws her a curve, can she adapt with grace?

Dragged away from home, Maya feels deserted by her workaholic husband in a land of confusing accents and church cl
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Paperback, 252 pages
Published February 15th 2013 by Sisters Ink Publishing (first published February 7th 2013)
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Kimberlee Stevens
I enjoyed this book on many different levels. I related to the characters and themes described in this book in ways I expected and ways I did not. Having experienced some of the issues the women in this book did, I though the author did a wonderful job of describing the feelings that are associated with them. The heartache of infertility. The roller coaster of emotions that go along with not being able to have something
your heart desires and aches for. Feeling as all women do at one time or anot
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Rebecca
What an amazing story!! I read this book in a day, I just couldn't put the book down. I was so enthralled with the characters and their life stories, their trials, their heartache and their happiness. The book is a story of three women and the trials they have to go through to obtain a forever family. If you like LDS fiction, this book is a must read! Way to go Maria!! GREAT JOB!! (And no I am not just saying that because you are my friend.)
Debbie
This is a good book. It is the story of three women and their families who have different trials in their lives. They get to be friends.
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
My guess is that every woman everywhere can relate to this book in one way or another. I know I did. If the struggle wasn't mine at one point or another, it was the struggle of someone close to me. There was an automatic connection all the way through the book.

These women struggle with self esteem, fitting in, motherhood, friendships, and illness. Every page is filled with struggle of some kind. While I know that life deals hard things every day, this book felt like living the lives of three mor
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Shauna
This book is AMAZING at bringing out the fact that we never truly know what someone else is going through...therefore....we need to be careful how we judge.

It is easy to say things that can be taken wrong...
And it is easy to misunderstand things that are said...

We need to have unconditional love and try to see the best in others....as these three women finally do.

Jessica is struggling with having a baby so close after her last one especially after finding out that the growing fetus has some comp
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Charissa
LDS women’s fiction. This follows the lives of 4-5 women in a church ward in Lubbock, Texas. Each has different challenges they face—endometriosis, addiction to pain pills, infertility, pregnancy of a handicapped fetus, large family; small families. The theme I came away with was not to judge others since we haven’t walked a day in their shoes; many of our trials are invisible to others, but the pain in hearts is very real. Great book.
Cindy
I really enjoyed this book. A group of women living in an LDS Ward in Lubbock TX struggle with different family issues and I really felt for each of them as her story unfolded. It gave me so much to think about because we can be so quick to judge others without knowing their interior lives and struggles. I loved how the women came become supportive friends to each other as they grew to know each other. Very, very well-written too.
Teresa Hirst
Unlike her first novel, Nourish and Strengthen, Maria writes Family Size from multiple perspectives of women. All struggle with issues related to having children. I like the rich dynamic these perspectives bring to this work. The conflict within each character and sometimes between them is obvious and creates the natural tension most women feel themselves about such decisions and circumstances of our own families. It does have an LDS focus-setting but it does not feel preachy. Rather the women f ...more
Cathy
I really enjoyed how you see things from each of their perspectives, I enjoyed how it shows that you really can't judge anyone around you, because you just don't know what their situation is, or why they are the way they are. I like that it shows that we should all be there for each other, no matter the situation. I liked the characters, the plot and the ending of the book. This was a quick and fun read for me.
LaDawn
Loved the story, but it took me awhile to get used to the switching perspectives all the time. I think I would have liked it better if it had a more seamless storyline. Jumping from one person to another was a little confusing. It took me a long time to be able to keep the characters straight. Once I had figured it all it, though, I didn't want to stop reading!
Jennie
I would rate this one higher, but it needs some serious proof reading.
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When Maria Hoagland is not working at her computer, she can be found walking barefoot in soft grass, remodeling houses with her husband, or enjoying campfires with their three children. She loves crunching leaves in the fall, stealing cookie dough from the mixing bowl, and listening to musicals on her iPod. Maria earned her degree at Brigham Young University, and although she adores mountain resor ...more
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