Firstly, thank you so much to Veronique at Hodder for kindly sending me such a beautiful book following my request on Bookbridgr, and what is even better than that front cover, is the content!
‘Trying’; is a funny, light-hearted, very honest read of a journey in trying to conceive. So many couples go through this endless cycle; tirelessly having sex on said days and then frustratingly tiny red drops start off another month of heartache. Why can’t having a baby be as easy as 1, 2, 3?! This beautiful book shows you why.
Olivia and Felix, a seemingly perfect couple, are desperate for a baby but despite having sex when they should in her menstrual cycle, and all fertility tests coming back fine, it just isn’t happening for them. Unexplained infertility is what it is labelled, and it must be the most frustrating kind.
Olivia and Felix are surrounded by smug people falling pregnant without a care in the world, and there they are picking up the pieces of their heavy hearts, concealing their disappointment and showing nothing but joy for these expecting parents. My sister-in-law was an Olivia, and I remember so well when we told her I was pregnant, the heartache in her eyes, thinking ‘why not me?’. My heart broke for her but after years of trying she now has an adorable 5 year old boy. She fought the NHS to get her IVF treatment paid for as her postcode lottery meant that she wasn’t entitled to any. They gave her one free with no success, but the second treatment paid for is how it happened for her. You do have to keep on going, but this is so much easier said than done.
This book shows the strains that can be put on couples when it comes to ‘trying’, and the way in which our current generation deal with it. In the case of Olivia and Felix, they didn’t deal with it well at all. This book is so realistic, it is more or less a diary of a woman trying to have it all – a baby, a promotion, the perfect marriage, and I have to say that I was pleased with the ending. It showed that we can all have a happy-ever-after, just not always the kind we imagined.
Emily Phillips has written with such precision and beauty, on what is a very popular topic. This is what I believe to be the first of its kind in women’s fiction, a break-through read, and perhaps one to reassure those currently in this position that they aren’t alone.
‘Trying’ was released last week so if you like the sound of it then pick up a copy for yourself, you won’t regret it.
Bye for now!