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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (June 22 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553386271
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553386271
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 263 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,479,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa7e4e1b0) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8292078) out of 5 stars well written character study June 26 2010
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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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HASH(0xa8091cb4) out of 5 stars Realistic look at the strains of infertility Nov. 10 2010
By Shon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.
HASH(0xa8113d38) out of 5 stars About infertility and adoption July 17 2011
By ELI (Italy) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.
HASH(0xa8d88b04) out of 5 stars Really enjoyable and well done! May 7 2011
By LadyoftheIvy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I read several other of Whitney Gaskell's books before I got around to this one, in part because this one seemed from the description that it had a bit more substance than many "chick lit" books do, so I decided it was worth saving for last. I've enjoyed her as an author quite a bit. Anyway, it really does have a bit more to it than a lot of other books of this genre, and more depth to it than a few of her other books as well. It's most definitely a worthwhile read. The characters in the book are (for the most part) well done, and I was really able to connect with them and their lives, despite not being in a situation like theirs at all. It's not hard at all to like India and Jeremy. Lainey takes a bit more work, but given how young she is and the type of life she's had, it's not necessarily hard to see why she's the way she is.

I was actually not expecting the twist in this book, and I'm not entirely sure why I wasn't expecting it. So that was a bit of a bonus to me. And while I could have wished for a bit more detail in the conclusion (where you can see where everyone's lives are), it was still enough that I wasn't left unsatisfied. It was more just a desire on my part to know *exactly* where Lainey's path has lead her, as opposed to the general idea that's given. It really was enough that I wasn't disappointed in the ending.

All in all, a very good read and one that was quite hard to put down!
HASH(0xaa344318) out of 5 stars if the author approves a cover like that the book can't be good Sept. 12 2015
By bookwormbug - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have had this book on my "to read" shelf for five years. I know, that's a ridiculously long time to have a book on the shelf waiting to be read.
The thing is that the cover is just not eye catching. When you hear "Don't judge a book by its cover" you think please, if the author approves a cover like that the book can't be good. Well, this book is one that the cover does not define the story. Whitney Gaskell is not a well known author. I stumbled across her while I was filing other books n my store years ago. Since then I have read her first seven books and have loved them all.
When You Least Expect It is a story about a couple who wants a child so bad they have spent everything they have to try to get pregnant. After every attempt has failed they meet a young girl who finds herself pregnant and not wanting to keep the baby. They all three form a relationship and set up all the legal guidelines foe adoption. Once the baby is born a whole series of events take place that will keep you guessing.

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