Written by: Judy Mollen Walters
Published by: Trident Media Group ebook Division March 12, 2013
Length: 220 pages ebook
Source: Advance copy supplied by author
I’d like to preface this review by saying the author is one of my dearest friends. Judy and I met online nearly 16 years ago on an old AOL board for women expecting babies January 1998. We were just two people in a group pushing nearly 100. We were one of the most active boards on the AOL boards. Fiercely opinionated and diverse this group of women has supported each other through that pregnancy, and many more. Our “Janbabes” are now 15, all in high school and thriving. There have been quarrels and divisions, but the group we now belong to is 30+ strong and we have a private facebook group where we regularly brag, vent, cry, brainstorm our problems and joys. Judy and I have met several times, I attended both her of daughters’ Bat Mitvahs and our kids call each of us their Aunt…I love her dearly. For many years Judy has been writing, perhaps all her life, and inside this amazing woman are stories, tales of other women, families, struggles and imperfections. I’ve been privy to many of her works, unpublished and waiting to be shared. I am so very proud and honored to share this book review with you. I know self published works are skeptical to many, but we must remember that many great authors started this way in our ever changing world of ebooks and publishing. I hope the traditional reader in you will step out of your comfort zone and give this book a try, it is a tale of passion and love, and I don’t believe it will disappoint you.
Katie Cohen-Langer is living her dream, a mid-wife in a wonderful practice, married to the man she adores, but there is one thing missing. Katie can’t seem to have a baby. After years of infertility treatments and disappointments her husband wants to begin the process of adoption, but Katie doesn’t want to give up yet. She aches each time she helps another woman bring life into the world. Her sister Lila has an infant son, Jake, but Lila is still suffering with depression and can’t fully appreciate all the gifts she has been given. While Katie wants to help her, it’s yet another situation where she sees what others have that she doesn’t.
Katie also struggles with her personal identity, she’s adopted, and her parents never told her anything about her birth parents. She feels she knows nothing about her health history, and there is virtually no one to help her. Her only living relative is her mother’s sister, now living with dementia in a nursing home. Katie feels she has to try, to find out more, to learn what she can searching adoption records, agencies and anywhere she can. Will the truth really set her free? How far will she go to learn about her past, and to have the child she desperately wants.
Child of Mine is the story of one women’s journey, but many of the things Katie faces are familiar to millions of women. Infertility is a reality for many women, including myself. The honest way the struggle is revealed in this book is often sad and difficult to read, but it is reality. There are tests, and more tests, and when one thing doesn’t work, more testing. Failure is the obvious feeling each cycle when a woman yet again gets her period. Katie is now in the depths of IVF treatments, where medications and invasive procedures rule her life. Infertility is a major piece of this novel, it is most certainly not the only battle that the main character faces. I was heartbroken as Katie was helping her sister Lila, her depression and despondent relationship with her small son was hard to read. The journey to find her birth story, her mother, her family is also gripping. As Katie is on her search my emotions were running right with her, wondering what the outcome would be, hoping it would not bring her more sadness.
I enjoyed Child of mine very much, it was a story that I could relate to even though the character was in a much different place in life than I am. I would have enjoyed more attention to the relationship between Katie and her husband, and the compromises they made to become parents. The point of view was very much only Katie’s. The story keeps moving and changing and I couldn’t wait to see what was next. I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I think it appeals to lover’s of women’s fiction, those who enjoy Sarah Pekkanen, Sarah Jio, and Jennifer Weiner are authors that come to mind. I think book clubs would find the book good
Walters writes about infertility first hand as she suffered her own problems when trying to conceive. She has written openly about her own struggle in many published articles and on her own blog. She and her husband have served on many panels advocating donor sperm and support for other couples managing their infertility. You can learn more about Judy on her website, and she’s also on facebook and on twitter @judymwalters.
The e book is available today!! It’s selling for $3.99 and can be purchased from your favorite source, be it B&N, Amazon, etc.