Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner

This year, my good friend Penny is trying to get me to join a number of reading challenges on Goodreads. One of them is pledge to read a certain number of new-to-you authors this year. This is a bit scary to me because there are already so many authors I want to read and am unable to keep up with, however, I think the universe must be sending me a message that I must look to widen my horizon because this week I got a lovely email from Carol at Simon & Schuster offering me a copy of Jennifer Wiener’s latest book THEN CAME YOU and another copy for one lucky reader of my blog.

I have never read a Jennifer Weiner novel but have only heard good things about her. This one sounds fabulous and I can’t wait to read it:

With her trademark humour and tender insight Jennifer Weiner brings us the heartfelt story of four women from very different walks of life.
Drawn together – in some cases reluctantly – by one woman’s quest to become a mother, the four women build a bond that will last forever.
Jules is a college student planning to use the $20,000 she will be paid for donating her eggs to save her dad from addiction.
Annie married her high school sweetheart and is a stay-at-home mother with two small boys. After years of surviving on her husband’s small wage, could surrogacy give them the extra cash they need?
India, 38 (really 43) wants to bind her relationship with her older husband Marcus. But when nature fails, she turns to Jules and Annie for help.
Bettina, 23 is India’s reluctant step-daughter who becomes the guardian to India’s unborn child when Marcus dies and India disappears.
This timely tale interweaves themes of class and entitlement, surrogacy and donorship, the rights of a parent and the measure of motherhood.
Through her unforgettable, true-to-life characters, Weiner deftly reflects how the family we build round us – from strangers we meet along life’s path – is often the family we are closest to.

Jennifer Weiner is the international Number One bestselling author of nine novels, including Fly Away Home, Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, and Certain Girls. In Her Shoes is now an internationally acclaimed film starring Toni Collette and Cameron Diaz. A graduate of Princeton University, Jennifer is also the executive producer for the ABC America Family TV show State of Georgia. She lives in Philadelphia with her family.

To win a copy of Jennifer’s book, please like me on Facebook , leave a comment on this blog telling me you’ve done so and also answer this question – Tell me about someone in your life who isn’t legally family or blood related but who you cherish as if they were?

One random commenter will go in the draw to win a copy of THEN CAME YOU! The competition closes Friday 13th at midnight Australian EST and the winner will be announced next Saturday.


20 thoughts on “Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner

  1. I have a friend who I went all the way through school with (primary and secondary) who was in my bridal party, who was married to my best friend for years but has since remarried, who is godparent to one of my sons, and who has never failed to be there when needed. I can't imagine a time without him in our lives, and I won't have to… he's become family 😉

  2. Rach, of course I “Like”d you!

    That book looks amazing.

    I come from a family that isn't all that close, so I have to say, blood ties mean less to me than friendship ties. What's that saying, “Kith not kin”?

    The people besides my immediate family and my husband who mean most to me are my writing buddies, who I've never even met. Does that make me sad?

    True though.

  3. Robyn – your friend sounds like real hero material!

    Jilly – I SO agree with you about writing buddies. It's amazing how my writing friends have become people I couldn't live without!

  4. Hi Rachael i already become your friend list. About your question I know an auntie who loves me like if I am her own daughter. She knows how I love romance novels so she oftens bought romance novels for me. She supports me when I am sad and need someone next to me. She is that someone I would like to put in my family list:).

  5. I have an extra “Mum” plus 2 sisters (and a brother-in-law) and two lovely neices – who arn't blood or legal relatives but really are like family. We our family finds really friends we tend to adpot them as family. People like that you can feel comfortable with always, and doesn't matter how long since you've seen them its like no time has past – the best kind!
    (oh and i “liked” you too – your new rural/romance book sounds good – is it out soon?)

  6. Hi Bec – I LOVE it that your family adopts extras. Sounds like the perfect family for a novel!! Thanks so much for your kind words about my rural – JILTED – it's out June (1st as far as I know)!

  7. My CP is pretty special *grin*.

    I have a friend from school who is like a sister. We lost both our mums to cancer within a few weeks of each other when we were around twenty and it helped to have someone knowing what we were going through.


  8. Hi Rach – you know I “like” you 😉

    There are so many good authors out there and I'd love to read more – it's finding the time!!

    BTW – the book excerpt sounds fab

    I have a couple of friends who are brilliant. When DH is away they always invite us over, call me and make sure I am fine. I feel very blessed to have them in my life 🙂

  9. Rach, how wonderful that you're being contacted by publishers with offers of books! You're an established blogger and multi-pubbed author!

    Jennifer's book sounds like it digs into some very painful territory with a fascinating theme.

    I have several girlfriends who have been with me for most of my life and are like sisters (although my own sister is still number one!). I also have a friend who I met when I started flying lessons and he's the little brother I always wanted. He recently got married and I couldn't have been happier for him – now I'm looking forward to a whole new family of nieces and nephews to spoil!

  10. I've liked your page! In answer to your question, is it wrong to fall a little bit in love with your own heros when you're writing them? I always find myself doing that!

  11. Love the post and the books concept.

    I have two children of my own and two step and believe me they bring a whole lot of extra loved ones through our door; whether they need love, help or to feel a part of a family. These are our adopted children.
    But dont think its just one way- my hubby and I were told we couldn't have children but we tried anyway because he thought he was a hero and that heroes and their damsels are supposed to have the HEA. He was right and we received more love then sometimes we can handle, appreciate or know what to do with and yet we wouldn't have it any other way.
    Thanks Rach.

  12. I love Jennifer Weiner! She is an amazing writer! I really enjoy her books!I have been wanting to read this book since it came out. I would LOVE to win a copy!! 🙂

    I like you on Facebook

    One of the most important people (besides my family) is my best friend Lea Ann. We have been best friends since we were in 2nd grade (WAY-WAY-WAY back in 1978!! Yeah! I'm that old!!) We have been there each other for absolutely everything: tons of school events, graduations, our weddings, the birth and adoption of our kids, deaths, illnesses, lots of happy and sad events, and the list just goes on and on and on……! We are there for each other for everything. I pray for this friendship to last for the rest of forever.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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