Mar 15, 2015

Dear Thing by Julie Cohen


After years of watching her best friends Ben and Claire try for a baby, Romily offered to give them the one thing they most wanted.

But Romily wasn't prepared for the overwhelming feelings that have taken hold of her and which threaten to ruin her friendship with Ben and Claire – and even destroy their marriage.

Now there are three friends, two mothers and only one baby, and an impossible decision to make . . .


I bought this book.


Ben and Claire adore their goddaughter Posie, who fills their life with joy. They want a child of their own so badly, but after years and years of trying and numerous IVF treatment attempts Claire still hasn't managed to get pregnant without losing the baby really quickly. Posie's mother Romily is Ben's best friend. One drunken night in a pub results in a promise that will change their lives forever. Romily wants to carry a child for Ben and Claire. She wants to give her friends what they want the most. Ben happily accepts this offer without thinking about the consequences. Romily is in love with her friend, but he doesn't know it and Claire suspects that something is not right. Will this plan succeed or is it bound to go completely wrong?

For me reading a book about the topic of not being able to have children was tough. I'm a big fan of Julie Cohen's books and I bought this one as soon as it came out, but it took me a while to be courageous enough to read it. I'm really glad that I did, because Dear Thing is such an amazing book. The author describes Claire's heartbreak and feelings of despair and failure so well. Ben wants a child very much and Claire will never be able to give that to him while Romily can. She's such a sweet woman and I felt like she should be a mother, she deserved nothing more than that.

Ben and Romily are not thinking things through, they're taking a heavy decision lightly. Of course this pregnancy doesn't leave Romily completely unaffected and Ben is quite insensitive when it comes to the feelings of both women. Still I didn't hate him for it, he was more naive and blinded than anything else. I liked how the story evolved and how Julie Cohen managed to capture everyone's emotions so well. I love the way she writes with perfect descriptions. Even a difficult topic as this doesn't make this story sad and heavy all the time, it's wonderful with ups and downs instead. I'm really happy I've read this book as it's so good.


  1. From you, Lavender, that's quite some recommendation.

  2. Thankyou so much for the review. I think the topic was and is difficult for a lot of woman and Miss Cohen had guts to write it. Her attempt so far as I have read seems very very good.


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