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Dear Thing

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"First published in Great Britain [in 2013] by Bantam Press, an imprint of Transworld Publishers, a Random House Group company"--Title page verso.

After years of watching her best friends Ben and Claire try for a baby, Romily has offered to give them the one thing that they want most.

Romily expects it will be easy to be a surrogate. She's already a single mother, and she has no desire for any more children. But Romily isn't prepared for the overwhelming feelings that have taken hold of her and which threaten to ruin her friendship with Ben and Claire-and even destroy their marriage.

Now there are three friends, two mothers and only one baby, and an impossible decision to make...

Thought-provoking, heart-rending but ultimately uplifting, Julie Cohen's Dear Thing is a book you won't be able to put down, until you pass it on to your best friends.


St. Martin's Press
Book Format
Original Languages
Number of Pages
Julie Cohen
Publication Date
March, 2016
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.29 x 5.37 x 1.17 Inches

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This is a lovely book ...

This is a lovely book about friendship, unrequited love, and what people are willing to do for each other in tough situation. Romily is a single mom who is slightly aloof and very much married to her career. She's awkward and a little antisocial. Her closest friends are Ben and his wife Claire, who she has known since their days together in college. Ben and Claire would love to have a child but despite repeated attempts, have not been successful. Romily can't bear to see Ben suffer, and volunteers to be a surrogate. This puts all Ben, Claire, and Romily on a path that no one could predict. I loved the honesty in this book and the complexity of the characters. I was afraid this was going to become a predictable read but it exceeded my expectations. I definitely recommend it if you enjoy books about friendship, families, and relationships. *I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Ben and Claire appear ...

Ben and Claire appear to have the perfect life - a loving relationship, a lovely house, successful careers however the one thing missing from their lives is a baby. After many rounds of failed IVF treatment, Claire makes a decision to stop trying, however Ben does not want to give up on their hopes just yet and thereafter things become complicated. Romily, has been Ben's best friend since university. He is godfather to her 7 year old daughter Posie . Romily is a single mother, a scientist whose unconventional mothering skills sometimes leave a lot to be desired. On impulse, Romily offers to be a surrogate for Ben and Claire. She doesn't want any more children herself and she sees this as something wonderful she can do for her friend Ben and Claire. As the story and the pregnancy progresses, all three characters have to reassess their feelings about the surrogacy and the true reason for Romily's well-meaning intentions. I loved this book from the very start and was immediately drawn into the story. Initially, Claire came across as rather a prickly character, whose obsession with having a baby has now stopped her from interacting with anyone who is pregnant and withdrawing even from her family. Romily and Claire have a rather strained relationship - Romily has always been Ben's friend rather than Claire's and they both have to make an effort to get on, rather than it coming naturally. Ben is so overjoyed that his dream of becoming a father may now happen that he rather naively ignores the warnings from family and friends and it was obvious that he hasn't thought the surrogacy through in any great detail. For me, Romily was the most interesting character. Her life is rather chaotic, but she muddles through with Posie and her letters to her unborn baby (the 'Dear Thing' of the title) add an extra dimension to the story. Posie was a delightful character with a voice older than her years. Each character had enough depth to make the reader care about them and when a face from the past suddenly appears and complicates the arrangement, it is clear that this surrogacy is not going to be as straightforward as had been first thought. The issue of surrogacy is dealt with sensitively and the emotions of all three main characters involved clearly shine through. This was a compelling read and one which I would highly recommend. My thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the digital copy in exchange for an honest review

Dear Thing by Julie Co...

Dear Thing by Julie Cohen is a very predictable novel. Claire and Ben have been trying to have a child, but they have been unsuccessful (Claire's fault). Romily met Ben in college, and they are the best of friends (for the last eleven years). What Ben does not know is that Romily is in love with him (by the time she worked up the nerve to ask him out, he was dating Claire). Romily has appreciated Ben and Claire's help over the years. Romily got pregnant and they have helped her raise her daughter, Posie (short for Mariposa). Ben and Romily are enjoying their pub night (quiz night at the pub) when Ben tells Romily that they are giving up on trying to have a child of their own. So Romily suggests that she be the surrogate (you just know this is not going to end well). Ben is excited. The next day Romily is sorry she suggested it and hopes that Ben was too drunk to remember. Ben remembers. Claire reluctantly agrees to the scheme. Things proceed quickly thanks to Ben. Romily easily becomes pregnant, and Ben is very excited. Claire handles things by buying books, vitamins, and arranging for organic food to be delivered to Romily. But what happens when Claire finds out that Romily is in love with Ben? Then Posie's birth father returns to London (he did not know that Romily went through with the pregnancy). Will Romily be able to give up the baby after its born? You will have to read Dear Thing to find out what happens. Dear Thing was okay. Dear Thing plods on to its expected conclusion. I kept hoping for an alternative ending. I could have told you how the book would play out after I got through the first chapter or so (I kept hoping I would be wrong. Too much of the book was devoted to Romily's thinking and Claire's worries (which were numerous). I ended up skimming through these sections. My favorite character was Posie. She was a precocious young lady. I give Dear Thing (which is what Romily called the baby in her diary) 3 out of 5 stars. If you are looking for a light read (for an escape), then you should check out Dear Thing. I received a complimentary copy of Dear Thing from NetGalley in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.

Not my usual type of r...

Not my usual type of reading, but interesting take on surrogate parenting, and the sadness of infertility. Thought it ended a little too pat, but there really wasn't any other way for the author to go.

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