The Mothers by Genevieve Gannon. (2020).
**5 out of 5 stars**
What if the baby you gave birth to belonged to someone else? Grace and Dan are in their forties and have been on the IVF treadmill for some time – 6 attempts with no baby and their hope is dying. Priya and Nick are being treated at the same fertility clinic and have their own problems. Priya is booked for her next IVF cycle the same day that Grace has her final last-chance embryo transfer. They will get their results in 2 weeks. A year on, one of the women learns her embryo was accidentally implanted in the other’s uterus. It’s a devastating choice: know her son is being raised by strangers or seek custody of a baby who has been nurtured and loved by another couple…
Oh my this one was so heart-wrenching! What an absolutely horrific position to be put into. It just makes you wonder what you would do if you were either Grace or Priya; any decision is really going to cause utter devastation and you know there isn’t going to be a happy ending for one woman. You can’t help but feel for both women while you are reading. I had mixed feelings about Priya’s partner and I think most women who read this book and find out his actions would probably agree with me; he seemed so likeable but did a few things that were not ok in my opinion. I liked that there was a follow up ending set a few years into that future, it rounded off the story nicely.
I highly recommend this thought-provoking novel; extremely well written and not one you’ll forget.