Two kinds of immigrant women can be found at Golden Oaks aka the farm. Ms. Wu, who runs the expensive concierge baby farm for really exclusive clients and the women who help her build her dynasty. Ate who is Phillipino born but has worked in the States as a baby nurse, nanny and now helps recruit young women like her cousin Jane, also Phillipino, to be surrogate mothers for Golden Oaks. Jane was trying to follow in her cousin's baby nursing footsteps but has a baby of her own. Morality and free enterprise play major roles in this scary look at what may become the future of childbirth. Many women are desperate to make money to take care of their families and they think they are helping parents have the children they desperately want but can't have on their own. When does the welfare of the surrogate mother become less important than the growing baby and pampered client? When do greed and success give you carte blanche to control people's lives? Reader beware, this book will make you angry.
This story centers around a family dynasty and their enchanted summer island home. Three generations will come to this island for summer family gatherings and will witness their finest moments and greatest disappointments. The war touches all of them and for the first generation, it will mean a lifetime of love, loss, and regret. The younger generation strives to break with tradition and needs to break free of the binds that tie them to the island while the older generations strive to keep those traditions strong and are at a loss when confronted with the moral dilemmas of race, anti-semitism and class distinctions. There is a sense of solid foundation in the family and in the enchanted house that holds their memories and secrets. Each character is illuminated, their best moments and deepest flaws exposed and then their stories are woven together beautifully. Sarah Blake uses her own personal summer memories and superb writing style to create the quintessential American dynasty complete with the uneasiness that the country faced over another European war and the diminishing upper-class elegance and power and racial tension. This house and the island where it rested hold memories and their history better than any photo album or handed down stories ever could.
A creepy debut that mixes old fairy tale thinking with psychological trauma after childbirth that no new mother should be allowed to read.
Postpartum depression and sleep deprivation can cause rational women to do some really irrational things but when Lauren is found locked in a bathroom with her children screaming that a strange woman tried to steal her babies, not once but twice, the police and Lauren's husband really don't know what to make of things. With little evidence other than "mother's intuition", a policewoman and journalist try to prove Lauren's claims. You too will fall into the sleep deprivation category because once you begin this twisty tale you will not stop until its chilling conclusion. This is the stuff that nightmares are made of.
An interesting look at one young woman's foray into the sexual revolution at the heels of the revolutionary herself, Helen Gurley Brown. We are privy to what the woman behind the office door was like as well as the fearless, smart and ready to kick some publishing butt woman we know. What the world didn't realize is that when the door closed after meetings or when the office was quiet, this courageous woman was often reduced to crying spells and long phone calls to her husband for support. Only her secretary and husband really knew how badly she needed to turn around Cosmopolitan and strike a blow for working women everywhere. This is not just a great historical look at a formidable woman executive at a time where there weren't many to be found, but also a look at the changing times and ways that Helen Gurley Brown influenced a generation of young women.
A naive couple find more than they bargained for on their honeymoon to Cape May, New Jersey. It is 1957 and sheltered Henry and Effie are not prepared for marriage let alone the wild welcome they receive from a group of socialite Cape dwellers. In a GREAT GATSBY style fall from innocence, their lives become a constant party and reoccurring hangover where these two are engulfed in an atmosphere of sin and decadence. Clearly, they have little or no understanding of the consequences of their relationship with Clara, Max and Alma will mean to their future. Nothing is too outlandish, no escapade too risky and no bond that can't be broken for this group.
This is a great scientific book to read if you don't normally read scientific books and let's face it - we are already dealing with DNA issues so it makes sense to be smart about it. Jamie Metzl provides insight through funny anecdotes, plain speaking English and sifts through all the facts and figures to give us a history of our DNA, what we know already and most important of all, where we are going in the not too distant future. Our children probably will be picking out our grandchildren from a catalog of desired traits and disease-free genes and great grandparents will be there to welcome them. Very readable and equally exciting and frightening in the same measure.
The information is especially valuable for people wanting to start a family in the coming years.
Sometimes you just shouldn't go home again but that is what Marianne does to relieve her sister in caring for their dying mom. She worked hard to get out of the little village, married well and had a fulfilling career but is on the brink of reconnecting with a toxic ex-boyfriend, the hateful mental asylum that now houses her new posh flat and getting pulled deeper into the secrets that drove her away in the first place. Everyone is messed up in this thriller and it just proves that you can never really forget your past nor can you sweep the secrets away forever.
Wow! I devoured this book and in true Alice Feeney style, was flabbergasted at the end. This is a fast-paced thriller with a victim you don't completely trust but because her story is so tragic on so many levels you root for her to come out on top. Aimee Sinclair is a successful actress whose husband has just gone missing and she is being stalked and set up for the crime. You don't blame the police for not believing her because the evidence against her is pretty strong and we know she has many, many secrets. Taunt, terrific and twisted, you will stay up late to finish this one.
Known only by an initial, 25 boys have grown up in isolation around only men and led by D.A.D. In another place, 25 girls known only by an initial, have grown up in isolation around only women and led by M.O.M What do you think will happen when they discover the lies? A grand experiment goes sour in this horrific dystopic thriller. Perfectly paced and a bit off kilter this book tops the don'ts lists in parenting - just don't tell M.O.M or D.A.D Fans of HANDMAIDS TALE, VOX, and of course Josh Malerman's BIRD BOX will relish this in one sitting.
Worldwide news producer heads back to a lonely country home in the Scottish Highlands with her younger half-sister in tow. Ailsa doesn't have fond memories of the old place or of the town that she and her mother left quickly as soon as her dad disappeared with a small fortune in diamonds never to be seen again. Now, she just wants to clear up the paperwork, find a buyer and get back to her job but that proves to be difficult because the house and someone else doesn't want her there. The younger generation of townies seem willing to have Ailsa and her sister stay but they seem to be hiding secrets as well. This is a first-rate thriller that will have you paying attention to shadows at the corner of your eye and all those spooky weird house sounds at night. There is plenty of building tension, sinister going-ons and a nice mix of creepy haunted house undertones.
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