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What's Yours Is Mine: A Novel About Sisters Who Share Just a Little Too Much
Grace and Susannah have grown up to be as opposite as sisters can be. Grace is smart, successful, and happily married—but the one thing missing from her seemingly perfect life is the baby she’s unable to conceive. Beautiful Susannah is like a car crash in motion: Always in trouble, she’s been estranged from the family since abandoning her two sons from a disastrous early marriage. When their mother falls suddenly and seriously ill, Grace reluctantly calls Susannah back home. As the two sisters try to repair their relationship, Grace realizes that Susannah might be the answer to her prayers: Her sister is willing to be her surrogate, to give birth to Grace’s longed-for baby. But when Susannah makes a reckless choice that threatens her life and the baby’s, how far will Grace go to save her sister if it means losing the one thing she wants most?From the Trade Paperback edition.read more
Stimson (Who Loves You Best) fumbles her way through her raunchy, lackluster latest. Grace has the perfect life in the Oxfordshire countryside until her doctor tells her she won't be able to get pregnant, and her husband Tom's minor heart defect prevents them from adopting. Her sister, Susannah, meanwhile, has cobbled together an existence in America that consists of drugs and casual sex, and has just received notice that she will be deported back to England. In one of several convenient medical catastrophes, their mother suffers a stroke and goes into a coma, prompting Grace to bring Susannah home to England immediately. Their mother, in spirit form, pops up intermittently to comment on the sisters' dramas, but this is both inconsistent and irrelevant. Susannah offers to act as surrogate for Grace and Tom, but during her pregnancy, she continues to drink, smoke, and sleep around, and Tom and Grace's marriage suffers. Susannah considers a more staid life, leading to a legal battle over custody of the baby, but another set of medical crises helps resolve any issues, albeit unsatisfactorily. What is not off-putting in this novel (crude sex, under-realized characters) is irritating (neglected plot points, irreconcilable characterization, and lazy resolutions) leading to a wholly unsatisfying novel. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.