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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
In Emma: Desperately Seeking Baby by Joanna Butler, Emma has just married her long-time boyfriend Jeff and they decided straight away that they wanted to start a family. Only it isn’t happening for them. After months of trying, Emma decides that they need to try fertility diets and monitoring her cycle so that they can have sex when the time is right. On top of that, she is becoming addicted to chat rooms on the subject of conception but, no matter what they try, nothing is happening. They turn to a fertility clinic for help and a diagnosis they didn’t expect leaves them with no option but IVF treatment. Emma lets it take over her entire life and her hormones and emotions run wild; her obsession starts to put at risk all she holds dear.
Emma: Desperately Seeking Baby by Joanna Butler was an amazing story. I take my hat off to any woman who has to go through this and comes out at the end still sane! I think that Ms. Butler has written a true winner here. She’s got a great story and amazing characters all rolled into a book that runs the whole gamut of emotions – laughter, tears, despair, joy - you name it, it’s all in there. I understand this was based somewhat on personal experience and, although this is a fictional novel, that does bring it home to you just how real this situation is for many couples. Well done to Ms. Butler, a wonderful story.