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Wishing on Baby Dust

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  105 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
Infertility stinks. No one knows that better than Megan. After six years of insanity-inducing hormone drugs and desperate prayers, all she has to show for her efforts are enough negative pregnancy tests to fill a bassinet. All around her women are accidentally getting pregnant—like her star piano student—while Megan remains hopelessly barren.

Megan’s never felt so alone. B
ebook, 322 pages
Published January 8th 2015 by Snowflake Press (first published January 1st 2015)
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Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Like the author, I too wanted to be a mother when I grew up. In fact, at my kindergarten graduation, I was able to loudly declare my future calling of motherhood into the microphone. And then I got married. And was told that I was infertile.

This book brought every thought and feeling from those dark days rushing back. I remembered details long buried in my mind. And I cried right along with the characters in the book. But instead of the pain I had once experienced, I saw victory. And determinati
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Aaaahhhh! This book is so needed and so enjoyable. Several of my friends struggle with infertility and I don't really know how to support them and I'm nervous about what's okay to ask. Walking along Christina's, Megan's and Kierra's unique journeys opened my eyes about the pure devastation infertile couples can feel while still making these characters feel like human beings who are more than just their infertility issues. The direct medical discussion, frank emotional expression and charming fri ...more
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
It is no secret that Kate did not come easily to our family. I have blogged more than once about the years we waited for her—first, when my health wasn't stable enough to think about pregnancy, and later, when we were trying and failing to get pregnant. I have lived my whole life with a terminal genetic illness and, since high school, dealt with a host of dramatically life-altering other medical problems as well... and yet, in all of that, wanting a baby and not being able to have one was one of ...more
Donna Weaver
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Infertility stinks. No one knows that better than Megan. After six years of insanity-inducing hormone drugs and desperate prayers, all she has to show for her efforts are enough negative pregnancy tests to fill a bassinet. All around her women are accidentally getting pregnant—like her star piano student—while Megan remains hopelessly barren.

Megan’s never felt so alone. But she’s not the only one struggling.

Christina has just entered the world of infertility, made worse by the fa
Megan, Christina and Kyra are three women dealing with infertility. Their stories and situations are different yet they have something in common. They meet each other and become a good support system for each other, once each of them is willing to admit what's happening. Their stories are heartbreaking and hopeful and their struggles are real. We also got to see how their husbands reacted and how it affected their relationships.

I like that the ending was realistic yet hopeful. It seemed like it
Deborah Andreasen
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Three LDS women suffering infertility find strength in each other and their faith.

Wow. Since I suffer from infertility, I don't like to read a lot of novels about the subject. I find them difficult to stomach for a variety of reasons. (It hits too close to home, the author obviously never suffered through infertility, they got facts wrong, etc.) This one, however, was beautiful and honest and painfully real. I feel like I'm Megan, Kyra and Christina all rolled into one. I can relate to every sin
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Three separate women struggling to deal with the reality of infertility.

This book struck a chord with me and brought back many emotions that I haven't thought about in a while. I only lived through 1 1/2 years of infertility. It was one of the hardest trials I have faced.

This book takes a look at three separate women who each have a different physical problem that makes them infertile. Each of the women face the issue differently. The experience is no less painful for their individual circumsta
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wishing on Baby Dust is an LDS (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) infertility story. If you have ever had problems with infertility or known someone who has, take the time for Baby Dust. If you are not a member of the LDS faith, this book might still be for you. Infertility is a hard road to travel, and if you could use some different perspectives on that journey, this is a good resource. The story might be fictional, but it is all too real.

One warning is that Wishing on Baby Dust br
I have to give some warnings about this book before I review.

1. This book is about three religious couples whose faith is an important part of the book. I'm Catholic, so I found it reassuring in their faith to trust in God. Thankfully whatever their religion fertility treatments were not against their beliefs.

2. You will need tissues, lots of tissues. Not everyone will have a happy ending. It's shocking and unexpected. That's real life though.

3. The narrator was difficult to follow. Felt as if
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book really touched me. I had no idea the amount of work that some of these mothers have to go through to get their sweet little babies into the world. I really loved each of the three characters. Megan is so open about the challenges that she's had to go through and can't really imagine anyone else not wanting to be that way. Christina is trying to be brave by saying she's been focusing on her career as a teacher, but she knows deep down that something is wrong and needs to be fixed. Kyra ...more
Stacy Carroll
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
After struggling with infertility for many years, I felt an immediate connection to each of these women and their stories. It was an emotional read, from start to finish. Anyone who is struggling with infertility can benefit and gain hope through the strength and daily trials that these three women endure. I also highly recommend this book to anyone who has a friend or family member struggling with infertility. Women who have not experienced the pain of having a body that doesn't work properly, ...more
Davidandkelley Crandall
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Seemingly being a taboo subject, Winters has expertly addressed infertility on several levels and in multiple situations. Those who are actually touched by experiencing infertility and those who know someone who has been, will have a much better understanding when done taking this journey with Megan, Christina and Kyra. This is a heart-warming and telling story of loyalty, friendship, personal struggle and overcoming it. I quickly became engaged in this page turner while appreciating the confirm ...more
Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
First I just want to thank the author for writing this book. What a hard topic and needed topic. I have lots of friends who have had fertility issues and this deals with their feelings in a very real and raw way. I also liked that we heard from the fathers in the situation as well. Nice to hear both sides.

The writing is excellent. Winters really helped me to understand the emotional pain of wanting to have children and not being able to conceive. I really felt for Kyra, Megan, and Christina. All
Maria Hoagland
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Through three characters with three individual and varying circumstances, the reader can feel the gamut of the emotions, challenges, and procedures many infertile couples put themselves through to have what they want most in the world. Lydia Winters does an amazing job of taking something medical and technical and weaving it effortlessly into a spellbinding story. It's a perfect balance between explaining to where a reader without prior knowledge can understand and also making it so those who ha ...more
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. Although I never struggled with infertility, my heart broke for these women and what they endured. Having pregnancies of my own, I related to their feelings of wanting a baby. The author did a fantastic job of capturing each woman's individual character, personality, and unique situation. I cheered for them, laughed with them, and cried with them. This book reads really fast, and I instantly was taken into the story. I could tell the author did her homework when it ...more
Karine Glenn
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I recently read this book and I LOVED it! I couldn’t put it down for days. Having gone to a fertility center myself to get the sweet angel I hold in my arms today, I admit I became very teary as I read these fictional women’s journeys through discovering and treating their different forms of infertility. Winters writes with such emotion that you can’t help but feel what each of the women are feeling in their individual stories. Whether you struggle with it yourself or you know someone who does, ...more
Julia Salemme
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was very touched by this story. The author clearly understands the struggle of women with infertility. As someone who has gone through that trial myself, I related deeply to the feelings and perspectives of the three women and felt the author portrayed their emotions authentically and respectfully. Her writing craft was excellent and she had me crying and rejoicing right along with the characters. This is a book that women in the Land of IF can draw empathy and hope from, and give those who do ...more
Sarah Slator
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book for many reasons. Firstly it gripped me early on, I wanted to find out how the characters and their stories evolved so it made me want to keep reading. Secondly, the storyline, the topic of infertility is not used lightly, neither is it shied away from, it is done from the perspective of someone who has had the doctors appointments, given themselves the injections and suffered the harrowing loss of miscarriage. Thirdly it involves another, usually shied away from, elem ...more
Roseanne Wilkins
I haven't ever read a fictional book that covers the topic of infertility so well. There is some sexual content, but only in a scientific context (referring to male and female reproduction). I didn't find anything offensive, and I think it would be an excellent book for anyone starting along the road to infertility treatments and for those (like me) who have been down that long, hard road. Lydia covered everything, from the agonies of first discovering infertility to the invasive procedures and ...more
A.L. Sowards
May 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lds-fiction, 2015, fiction
It’s not often that I read a book and think “yep, that was my life for a few years.” The author did a good job capturing the sorrows, frustrations, financial worries, and dozens of other emotions that come with infertility. And she captured how heaven-sent a friend going through the same thing can be. Best read with a box of tissues nearby, but it’s not a depressing book. It’s a book about hope even when life is just plain hard.
It was totally masochistic of me to accept this book for review. As a mental health professional/social worker that has had clients with biopsychosocials that would turn weaker people’s hair prematurely white and don’t mind fiction that is sad, raw, or real life I thought I could handle this one. I ended up having counter transference issues with this and was too close to the subject as a sister of infertility land. This was a 2 tissue box tearjerker for me.

This women’s fiction was about three m
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Infertility is a struggle for many women, and this book tells the story of three of them. Megan desperately wants a child, but she is dealing with the effects of PCOS. Christina put off having a child to get her life just perfect. Now it is, but she can't seem to get the one this she wants. Is this her fault for putting it off? Kyra has one child, but she hasn't been able to have another. When Megan, Christine, and Kyra's worlds collide, they soon find that they are not alone. Sometimes having s ...more
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Megan, Christina, and Kyra are three unique women who all have something in common, infertility. Wishing on Baby Dust chronicles their emotional journeys as they strive to have children of their own. All three women belong to a faith where family is central to their beliefs, so the devastation of infertility douses them in hard reality. Lydia Winter's book doesn't sugarcoat the many obstacles many women face in order to bring home a healthy baby. It deals with some very hard emotional issues, bu ...more
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I haven't picked up any book that has anything to do with infertility in years. Because I have infertility myself, I know the hard emotions will surface. The feelings came up, memories became clear, and even a few personal questions were raised, but I felt like this book was a safe place to re-visit the feelings.

What I liked about the book was that it was written with several different infertility stories. The reader learns about many aspects of infertility because of this. Also, it is refreshin
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wishing on baby dust by Lydia Winters was such a beautiful story. I just had to keep on reading to find out what was going to happen. Throughout the day my husband would come into the room and look at me and say, “what’s wrong?” and I would just hold up my kindle with tears streaming down my face, by the end of the day he didn’t even bother to ask, he knew it was because of the book. It brought me into the world of infertility with no candy coating and I loved that. I know several people who liv ...more
Donna May
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have not had to deal with infertility issues, but I have many close friends and family members that have. I read this book hoping to get a better perspective of what women have to go through. The author did not disappoint. Through the stories of three women, I learned the struggles, devastation, and heartaches of different infertility issues. The bond that these three women form is extraordinary. I love the fact that the author pointed out that infertility is a part of who they are but does no ...more
Sam B
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this ebook through ebooksforreview in exchange for an honest review.

First of all, I really liked this book. It’s the first published book by Lydia Winters and she did do a good job writing it.
I know this book was very close to the author’s heart as she herself struggled with infertility. She even dedicated the book to her twin sons.

The story was very touching. Of course, infertility is not an easy subject to tackles, but I think the author was able to do it in a realistic way. I have
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thought I knew about infertility, but this book was really in depth with procedures used. I learned I didn't really know anything about it. I never had a problem getting pregnant. While I did have two miscarriages, I didn't struggle with infertility. This was very enlightening. It would be a difficult trial as a couple. It could either make or break a marriage. I can see why they had faith issues when religious beliefs encourage families. I especially liked Megan's character. I liked that she ...more
Liz Stone
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Infertility can be a heart-wrenchingly unspeakable subject. Especially in a church where family is such a large focus. Even though my own struggles were not as severe as the characters in the book I still identified with their plight. Like Christina, I told many the reason we were childless was due to us focusing on our careers.

Even if you have never struggled with infertility, this book draws you in with the relationships. Not just between the three main characters and each other, but their re
Feb 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: lds-fiction
What a powerful and emotional story. I applaud the author for writing about such an avoided topic. I know so many women who struggle with infertility and this gives a moving insight into their world.
This story follows several different women struggling with infertility. Each has their own life to struggle through, but are able to be emotional support for each other. (They are visiting teachers--which may be hard for non-LDS readers to understand what is encompassed by that kind of assignment.)
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Lydia Winters decided in first grade that she’d grow up to be three things—a mom, a teacher, and a writer. She’s lucky enough to have accomplished all three tasks. Lydia received her bachelor’s in history education from Utah Valley University. Soon after leaving her teaching career behind, she became a mother to adorable twin boys, who guarantee her life is never dull.

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