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A House for Happy Mothers

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  6,310 ratings  ·  594 reviews
A stunning new novel—full of wit and warmth—from the bestselling author of The Mango Season.

In trendy Silicon Valley, Priya has everything she needs—a loving husband, a career, and a home—but the one thing she wants most is the child she’s unable to have. In a Southern Indian village, Asha doesn’t have much—raising two children in a tiny hut, she and her husband can barely
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Miramira Endevall
May 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own-e-book
2.5 stars. I kept reading because while I have given some thought to the concept of surrogacy, I wasn't aware of the surrogacy market in India and the book kept me thinking, sometimes very uncomfortably.

**Spoilers Below**

The thing is, the big takeaway I got from this book is that the type of surrogacy portrayed is completely, utterly, disgustingly exploitative. Not to mention heartbreaking. (Note that this is the message I took away from the book. I have not done extensive research into the surr
“If I were asked to define Motherhood. I would have defined it as Love in its purest form. Unconditional Love.”

----Revathi Sankaran

Amulya Malladi, a bestselling Indian author, has penned a thoroughly refreshing and alluring contemporary fiction called, A House for Happy Mothers that surrounds around two women, one wants a baby desperately thus choosing the surrogate route to India away from her posh Silicon valley life with her darling husband and aristocrat friends, and the other is desperate
In America, one SF Bay area family, Madhu and Priya, husband and wife, childless, multiple miscarriages, hearts broken, breaking over their multiple losses. Madhu was born in India, Priya’s mother is Indian, her father “American.” Priya can’t imagine a life without a child, so she investigates what options there are left to her.

In India, one family, Pratap and Asha, husband and wife, their two children, Manoj and Mohini, son and daughter. Born into poverty, and knowing that their son Manoj is v
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
There are so many underlying themes in this book from the desire to have a baby, family dynamics, the economics of the poor, the ethics of surrogacy and privilege. The heart of the story belongs to Priya who desperately wants a baby. She has been trying and trying; she’s suffered several miscarriages and failed IVF treatments. She is OVERWHELMED with wanting to have a baby. Her husband supports her but he’d be fine with or without and it’s leading to strains in their marriage. Priya learns of a ...more
Theresa Alan
Jun 30, 2016 rated it liked it
What is interesting about this book is the moral questions that arise about surrogacy. In this story, Priya and her husband Madha, who live in America, tried to have a child the natural way three times, but each time ended in miscarriage. While adoption is an option, Priya has a friend who went through a service that uses impoverished woman in India to act as a surrogates, so Priya convinces her husband (who would be just fine with not having a child at all) to go the surrogacy route.

The book sh
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this novel as a Kindle first and found the book to be instantly compelling. The characters felt believable and the issue of surrogacy against the backdrop of modern India makes for a rich story that is thought provoking and revealing. I especially loved the characters especially Asha and the way she put her son's educational needs and then a desire for a flat in such realistic perspective. As a parent I always think about what sort of legacy I want to create for my daughter and truth is a ...more
This story deals with the issue of surrogacy.
The problems faced by surrogate mothers and the donor mothers ..and their spouses and close family.
The discrepancy between rich and poor lives..
This was an emotional rollercoaster ride lasting 9 months with occasional flashbacks into their lives.
Was an interesting topic, compasisonately told.
Janita Shah
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Rarely you come across a book that grips you not because there are a lot of twists and turns, but because it grips you emotionally. I finished this book over 2 days and just could not get myself to put it down. (view spoiler)

I could totally relate to the story as it is against an Indian backdrop and the idiosyncrasies that come with Indians bac
The concept is intriguing: an Indian couple in America cannot have children, so they turn to a surrogate in India. The book follows their different backgrounds and motivations.

This book could have been a great exploration of the surrogacy market in India, the emotional toll it takes on both families, cultural differences, etc. Instead it is a collection of trite conversations and terrible parties where people keep judging each other and talk about materialistic things. I always hated those part
The surrogacy market is thriving in India, or at least was before the government started talking about shutting it down as they deemed it was an exploitation of Indian women.
I've watched quite a few documentaries on the subject and it's heart breaking, even if it can be a win-win situation for both the couples that can't have children, and for the mothers, who can improve their normal lives due to the money they get as surrogates. And I say it "can" be, as how can we know if we're not in that s
Stephanie Anze
Nov 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Priya and Madhu are a well-to-do, Indian-American couple from Silicon Valley. Though they lack for nothing, they struggle to have a baby. After several miscarriages, Priya opts for a surrogate mother. In a small village of India, Asha and Pratap and their two children live in a hut. When neccesssity arises, Asha decides to become a surrogate but not without reservations. Thus, when Asha is chosen as Priya´s surrogate, both women embark on a difficult and emotinal journey.

Having previously read a
Farnoosh Brock
Jun 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I chose this book very randomly from the Kindle Unlimited selections. I had just finished a very long novel and was looking for a quick and easy ready and for familiarity. When the story started out with an Indian couple in the tech world in Silicon Valley, I felt almost at home (I used to travel to San Jose all the time and worked at a tech giant and have a lot of Indian friends!) I think it is a very well-written story that flows and reads very quickly. I finished this book on the bus rides an ...more
Jun 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Even though they had all the creature comforts they could dream of, none of the women in the Happy Mothers House was happy. Asha saw it everywhere. The frustration of being away from their families, the humiliation of lying to everyone about their pregnancy, the conflict of having a baby inside them they mustn’t bond with –these were definitely not Happy Mothers.”

The best part about reading diversely, is that occasionally I come across books that teach me something new about things I think I k
Sarah Obsesses over Books & Cookies
Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read this ! 3.75 stars. It's a basic story of two couples one couple who can't have children and another couple that can. We have Priya and Madhu in America who are Indian but live in California. Priya has suffered a few miscarriages and turns out she won't be able to carry her baby to term so they go through a surrogacy outfit in India and another woman Asha becomes a surrogate.
The story is about what it's like to have to do things because you want a
Poppy-Kathryn Dews
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'm picky, and seldom give a five star review, unless it's meaningful. And I can't waste anymore time reading this book. There is too much detail...he said, she said, he felt, I felt....which, for me, diluted anything worth telling. It's another book with a good story line, but it NEVER delivered.

First of all, I take umbrage with the crude words and expressions which the author casually sprinkles through-out the conversations of her main characters. This language is not what I've heard, nor expe
Mahoghani 23
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you had the opportunity to give another woman a precious gift of life, would you? This story tells the role of each woman; their issues, financial status, their family and so forth. The major difference is one woman can't have children and the other can. The surrogate mother lives in India and needs the money to find a place to lve and better schooling for her son.

Each woman deals with the hardship of pregnancy from different perspectives. Priya keeps having miscarriages but wants a baby so
Chinara Ahmadova
Well, I got this book free as Kindle first through my Prime Amazon account and read it before its release date and happy that I've got to read this book! As a new mom, this topic was especially interesting and challenging for me. Basically, the story talks about a family using surrogate mother in India to have a baby and all moral and social attitude of families are well described over here. It was a good surprise to me to know about this business in India, its impact on families and development ...more
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.0 out of 5 stars -- If you were really desperate for a baby, what would you do to get one? Is there really hope after a series of miscarriages and barrenness?

That question is at the heart of this contemporary fiction novel that begs for debate and discussion. In this case, a surrogate is hired in India to carry the baby that a US couple, Priya and Madhu want so badly. In the awkwardness of the encounters between the surrogate and the natural parents are the twins angst and doubt. Who is using
Natasha David
May 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Perhaps it was the heading on the product page describing this book as ‘full of wit and warmth’ that led me to believe that it would be an uplifting choice.

Unfortunately, I found it to be such a sad story with no offsetting levity. Surrogacy is such an emotional issue for both the parents as well as the surrogate mother and the setting amidst the poverty of India makes it even more heartrending.

On the plus side, it was interesting to learn more about the Indian culture at the various levels and
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Readers who loved "A Breath of Fresh Air" will find this a significantly different read. It reads much lighter than "Breath" and does not feel formulaic in topic or writing style.
An American-Indian woman is infertile; an Indian woman is trying to build a future for her children. Each gives what they can in order to achieve their goals. Priya and her husband pay Asha to be their surrogate, and Asha plans to use the payment to pursue her son's education. Ethical questions arise as we see the sacr
What a great story! I felt it really showed the cultural issues of both women very well. I got this book as an Amazon First read and very glad to pick this book. Nice book to read on Mother's Day! Happy Mothers is the name of a surrogate clinic in India (It is not really so happy for the surrogates)! Would recommend this story!
Cindy Roesel
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
“Gangamma, like Asha, wondered if she was going against the wishes of God by giving a barren woman a baby. “If she can’t have a child, it’s because God doesn’t want her to have one,” Gangamma said. “Don’t you think we’re doing something wrong here?” “And if God gives us cancer, we still get treated, don’t we? We don’t sit around and think this is God’s will,” Keertana said. “This is the same thing.”” A HOUSE for HAPPY MOTHERS (Lake Union Publishing)

Amulya Malladi’s novel, A HOUSE FOR HAPPY MOTHE
Yet another 3.5 stars if I could. Thought provoking, but too neatly wrapped up. Author spends a lot of time telling how everyone feels but not a lot on showing it. TONS of background info dumping at the start, and then randomly interrupting the story later on (like she'll mention - as a totally made up example - "the time we had that cat that we loved, and then it ran away, and now every time I see cats I'm sad." And then flash back to now detail the story of the cat and its outcome that was alr ...more
This is the first Kindle First Read book I’ve actually read and I think I came into it not really knowing what to expect other than that it was about international surrogacy. Having finished, I can only say WOW. There were a lot of ideas and opinions presented here and, while I don’t think I’ve left this book with a clear thought of yay or nay in terms of 1st world parents using third world surrogates, I think the ideas and conflicts explored here will really stick with me. The narrative is shar ...more
Tanya (mom's small victories)
A House for Happy Mothers showcased the hope, love and lengths mothers will go to for the sake of their children. Both Priya's and Asha's stories are compelling, but what makes A House for Happy Mothers is the ethical and social perspectives that are brought to our attention in surrogacy and exploitation of the poor. I think this would be a particularly interesting discussion for a mom's book club.

For my full review and a free printable of book club discussion questions, see my blog at Mom's Sm
Sandy Harris
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
A HOUSE FOR HAPPY MOTHERS takes us on a fictional couple’s journey from infertility into surrogacy. What makes the novel work are the strong central characters: a wife desperate for a child, a husband not sharing her desperation, and the surrogate mother with mixed feelings but taking part for the financial wellbeing of her economically challenged family in India. I didn’t feel like an onlooker; I felt like a participant in this true to life drama. (My thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a ...more
Sharon Jones
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I can highly recommend this book. It is a realistic look into the mind of surrogate mothers and the people that are compelled to use their services. I could hardly put it down as there was no way if predicting how the story would end. Wonderful character development and being set in India one understands a little more if what propels people to decide to allow someone else's baby to grow in their womb.
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This was fascinating and heart-felt. At times the writing felt rushed like the author wanted to get to the next big conflict and couldn't wait. However, it's solid and really opened my eyes to surrogacy. Obviously, this isn't the end all be all, but I never read anything about just that it's a way for a family to have a child. It was interesting to see the conflict on both sides. 3.5 bumped up to 4.
May 02, 2016 marked it as to-read
Shelves: on-kindle
A kindle first book for May, it will be delivered 6/1/16, it's publication date.
Mary Ann Kierych
Seeing a problem from both side

Would recommend to any women who has ever given birth or wanted a child. Seeing from different perspectives and different circumstances
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Amulya Malladi is the bestselling author of seven novels, including The Copenhagen Affair. She knows her airports well because in her "spare time," she works full-time as a marketing executive for a global company. After fourteen years of mostly bad weather in Denmark, she moved to Southern California a few years ago, where she now lives with her husband and two sons.

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