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Publisher's Summary

A new mother must adjust to a life she never asked for - and learns that sometimes the worst thing that can happen is exactly what you’ve been waiting for - in this spirited novel from the New York Times bestselling author of How to Walk Away and Things You Save in a Fire

“Charming...cleverly told and uncommonly appealing.” (People)

Very pregnant and not quite married, Jenny Harris doesn’t mind that she and her live-in fiancé, Dean, accidentally started their family a little earlier than planned. But Dean is acting distant, and the night he runs out for cigarettes and doesn’t come back, he demotes himself from future husband to sperm donor. And the very next day, Jenny goes into labor.

In the months that follow, Jenny plunges into a life she never anticipated: single motherhood. At least with the sleep deprivation, sore boobs, and fits of crying (both hers and the baby’s), there’s not much time to dwell on her broken heart. Then things start looking up: Jenny learns how to do everything one-handed, makes friends in a mommy group, and even gets to know a handsome, helpful neighbor. But Dean is never far from Jenny’s thoughts or, it turns out, her doorstep, and in the end she must choose between the old life she thought she wanted and the new life she’s been lucky to find.

©2007 Katherine Center (P)2020 Random House Audio

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Fantastic!

Once I started I couldn't stop. Me & my dog Bear relaxed and listened to the entire story, it's Friday and I'm retired so we can do whatever we want! I think he really recognizes her voice after almost 80 books
Therese Plummer once again brings the characters to life majestically. Thank you Katherine Center for a great story.

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Beyond the baby obsession a sweet listen

This was well written with a good bit of humor woven in and narrated by the exemplary Therese Plummer, who got me through the first half.

If you're planning on having a baby, are pregnant or just had a baby, then this is totally the book for you! Otherwise, you may not make it through the first half. Having had three home births, thirty years ago, the massively detailed account of pregnancy and post baby blues (though spot on) is no longer what I care to wade through. BUT, after all that is a realistic, humorous, good story with an excellent ending.

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Good until the end

I love the humor and the story was good until the last few chapters. The lead female turns into a wimp and it took everything I had to finish the book.

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Good Book

I had a hard time not rolling my eyes or groaning at some of the new mom quirks, like really shut up!!, it was hard for me to keep going but I pushed on and I am glad I did.

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Sweet but predictable

I enjoyed the character development and the angst of thinking you love someone not worthy of love. However this book was pretty predictable from the first chapter. Read it if you want Italian no brain required romance.

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Fictional what to expect when your expecting

The narrator was very good. The story and plot were predictable. If you are pregnant and want to hear about impending motherhood then you might enjoy this book. Understand that there are other thoughts on childbirth, babies first year and motherhood than what is brought to light in this book. This just wasn’t a world I wanted to be taken to during my reading time.

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Fabulous

I am hooked by this authors wit and depth . of joy and pain with great attention to detail! I Have gobbled 4 of her books this past 30 days

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Terribly slow and not interesting

I’m more than half way through this book and ready to give up. So far the book details are more interesting than the actual story. I’ve turned the speed up on the book so I can get through it faster and possibly to something worth the listen.

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Another great book by Katherine Center

I love Katherine Center's style and this book didn't disappoint. Real life sprinkled with humor. Great read!

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Full of trite cliches

The main character is so self centered, stupid and unlikeable. She acts like she’s the first single woman to have a baby. Don’t waste your time.