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Whitney Gaskell
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June 22 2010
From the celebrated author of Good Luck and Mommy Tracked, a funny and touching novel about the call to motherhood, the complexities of adoption, and the promise and peril of parenthood
India and Jeremy Halloway are happily married, have creative careers, and live in a remodeled bohemian cottage in a historic West Palm Beach neighborhood. The only thing missing from their charmed life is the baby they both desperately want. After two years of failed fertility treatments, they are cash-strapped and no closer to parenthood.  That’s when they decide it’s time to look into adoption. 

Lainey Walker’s unexpected pregnancy threatens to derail her dream of moving to Los Angeles and becoming a reality-TV star. She also finds herself homeless and alone when her unsupportive gym-rat boyfriend kicks her out of their apartment.

When the Halloways and Lainey are matched up through an adoption agency, India proposes an unorthodox solution that just might solve all their problems. But as these three are about to discover, a baby changes everything.

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"When You Least Expect It is clever, poignant, and refreshing. The crisp writing, smart voice, and strong dialogue make it a  fast-paced, engrossing read. Gaskell’s latest is hard to put down!" –Jane Porter, author of Easy on the Eyes

"With her signature wit, charm and irresistible voice, Whitney Gaskell knocks it out of the park with this emotional powerhouse of a novel about—above all things—hope."—Melissa Senate, author of The Secret of Joy

"Whitney Gaskell has so much talent, it makes me want to throw myself through a plate glass window. I loved When You Least Expect. Whitney brings us through all the heartache and triumph of the adoption process with relatable characters, memorable scenes, and much needed humor." –Kim Gruenenfelder, author of Misery Loves Cabernet

About the Author

Whitney Gaskell grew up in Syracuse, New York. A graduate of Tulane Law School, she worked for several years as a reluctant lawyer before writing her first novel, Pushing 30, followed by True Love (and Other Lies); She, Myself & I; Testing Kate, and Mommy Tracked. She lives in Stuart, Florida, with her husband and son.

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3.0 out of 5 stars About infertility and adoption July 17 2011
India and Jeremy are a happily married thirty-something couple living in West Palm Beach, in a cozy, welcoming cottage. They both have careers they love and their life seems perfect, except for the baby that never comes. Several expensive infertility treatments fail one after the other and finally, also due to the financial strain they are under -those treatments are very expensive-, they decide to adopt a baby with the last remnants of their money.

And adoption agency matches them up with Lainey, a young lady with dreams of stardom and a lazy boyfriend who gets her pregnant. She is not ready to be a mother, her boyfriend is not ready to be a father and despite the initial decision to terminate her pregnancy, she carries on with it, with the intention of having the baby adopted afterwards. The pregnancy is viewed just like an accident that, once over, will not disrupt her plans of stardom. In the meantime, she finds herself homeless all of a sudden and even her own mother is unable, or unwilling, to offer any kind of support. India offers an unusual solution to this particular problem.

The life of all main characters are, from now on, indisputably connected. Everything seems to proceed awkwardly at first, then things get a bit easier. But everyone underestimates the changes a baby can bring.

This book offer, in my opinion, a fairly good introspective at the desperation some people have to go through when unable to conceive and it also shows just how strong, tenacious and unbreakable the love of any parent is, especially a mother, adoptive or biological.

Each chapter is written, or viewed, alternatively by each main character, India, Jeremy, Lainey. A minor disappointment was, if I may, the conclusion which I saw coming from the first chapters.
My true vote: 3.5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars well written character study June 26 2010
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
In West Palm beach, Florida, India and Jeremy Halloway love each other. Each believes their life together is perfect except for the inability to have a baby. For two years they have tried fertility treatments that have only left them financially poorer. They have given up on the enhanced natural way and opt for adoption.

Homeless twentyish Lainey Walker is pregnant with no options for herself or the baby she carries as her boyfriend Trav kicked her to the street. She meets the Halloway couple and decides they are perfect to raise her child. They give her a place to stay and pay the medical bills. All is perfect until the chaos of birth.

This is a well written character study that rotates between the three prime players; each comes across genuine and ergo makes for a strong drama. Lainey especially is terrific as she knows she will never fill the hole in her heart, but sees few other options for her unborn to have a wonderful life. Readers will appreciate When You least Expect it as the cast provides a powerful poignant look at real choices people, especially women, have.

Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story! June 10 2012
By Obsidian Blue - Published on Amazon.com
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I started reading Whitney Gaskell years ago with Pushing 30, She, Myself & I, and Testing Kate. I thought she wrote chick lit very well and though I had some minor complaints about some of her novels I did end up re-reading all of them many times over. I bought her newest novel, When You Least Expect It and was surprised by it (in a good way). This novel is very grown up and goes into how hard it is out there for couples who are very much in love and unable to have children. She also goes into detail about surrogacy, adoption, and what makes a family.

This novel follow India and Jeremey Halloway who though very much in love are unable to have children. We have India desperately wanting to have a child and becoming somewhat obsessed about it. We have Jeremy wanting a chld too but more cautious about going forward with adoption concerned about the cost and what would they do if the birth mother decides at the last minute to give them the child. The Halloways end up meeitng Lainey Walker a pregnant young woman who is pregnant but wanting to become an actress on a reality t.v. show. At first we have all of the characters kind of circling each other, however, over time Lainey becomes a part of India and Jeremy's lives.

I was waiting on bated breath during the last third of the novel since I honestly didn't know what would happen. I know that I grew to love all of the characters and wanted them all to be happy. The novel had a bittersweet ending that I was not prepared for though was realistic and true. I was glad that Gaskell resisted the urge to have the novel end up in a highly unlikely ending like other novelists are prone to do these days.

Overall grade: A+
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4.0 out of 5 stars Realistic look at the strains of infertility Nov. 10 2010
By Shon - Published on Amazon.com
From the outside looking in, India and Jeremy appear to have it all. Jeremy gave up the corporate world to pursue his dream of becoming a science fiction writer. India is self-employed as a photographer. They have a good, solid marriage and are completely head-over-heels in love with each other. The one thing...one person that would make their lives complete is a baby.

Lainey is headed to L.A. She has big dreams of becoming a reality TV star. Her plans are set in motion and money has been saved. There's just one problem: she's pregnant. This is SO not part of her plan. Especially because Trav is the father. He certainly isn't "daddy material". To Lainey, her pregnancy is just a minor setback. She can give up the baby for adoption and still pursue her dream of moving to L.A.

When Lainey meets Jeremy and India, things immediately are awkward followed by complicated. As Lainey's baby bump grows, her relationship with the couple takes an interesting turn.

In When You Least Expect It, Gaskell tackles the subject of infertility. She illustrates the hopelessness a couple feels following several, unsuccessful fertility treatments, the financial worries of living paycheck to paycheck in order to adopt and finally the pure elation of holding your baby for the first time.

Lasting impression: When You Least Expect It is a book once you start, you will not put down until the last page is read. Told in alternating chapters, the reader can easily relate to the three main characters.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I had to write this review because I love this book! June 30 2010
By Erin Patin - Published on Amazon.com
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I would like to start by saying that this is my first review and I have bought and read many, many books from Amazon. I got this book on my Kindle and fell in love with it. I have enjoyed reading all of Whitney Gaskell's books, but this one was absolutely wonderful. I laughed, I cried, and I was left with a wonderful feeling at the end of the book. I would definitely recommend it and I can't wait for the next one!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 3 2014
By Andres Avendano - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book well worth reading.
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