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Ms. Conception by [Cumming, Jen]
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She's traded drug cocktails, injections, and early morning line-ups at the fertility clinic for juice boxes, playdates, and evening PTA meetings. She's also the author of an honest but light-hearted novel inspired by her first-hand knowledge of the ups and downs of fertility treatments and the huge emotional burden that rests on those having trouble conceiving, making her a unique voice in this seldom-mentioned topic. Sometimes it helps to find a way to laugh during the hard times, a coping mechanism Jen and her husband learned in their similar quest to become parents.

Having accomplished both goals, Jen’s latest dream is to live in a small village in France and eat croissants. Being allergic to wheat might hamper that dream, so in the meantime she does her best to balance life with two young children and run a business with her husband in Toronto. She loves to spend time at the cottage in the summer, ski in the winter, and travel whenever she can.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 632 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Tryst Books (May 4 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00UW0FMWO
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #556,328 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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What a great read! Having only known about IVF from a distance through friends, I had no idea of the exhaustive cycle it can be for women, couples, and even their families and friends. This book flowed perfectly - like having a conversation with girlfriends over a bottle of wine (I finished it in less than two days!) I became so engaged with the characters and their personalities and the dynamics of family and work and how they are so integrated when struggling to conceive. I laughed and cried and realized that it must have taken the author a tremendous amount of courage to share her story and be so transparent (with fantastic humour!) about her experience. Thanks for sharing.
Highly recommend! This is the perfect book for the dock or the couch to laugh out loud and simply warm the heart.
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A terrific read on a little discussed topic. Jen's approach is witty, intelligent and touching. This is a must read for Women and Men alike to gain a better understanding of IVF and how it impacts the lives of those going through it. Thank you for writting this book.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa12ededc) out of 5 stars 10 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1335c00) out of 5 stars good story! May 9 2015
By Leeann Wright - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Having a baby comes naturally to most, but for some it is not so easy. This is one couples journey chasing their dream to have a baby of their own.

Abby & Jack have been married for a couple of years & both have successful careers. The one thing they both want most to succeed in, they are not. Getting pregnant just does not seem to
happen naturally for them. So now, they are exploring other options.
Their story is at times heartbreaking but throughout it all, they both maintain their sense of humour. Their love for each other holds strong & where some couples would reach breaking
point, they manage to keep it together. Throw in a mother in law you would happily strangle, a hippie style family that you feel a bit out of touch with & a stressful work environment & you will forgive Abby
anything!! She is a saint.
Jack loves Abby, but at times I found myself wishing he would grow a pair & stand up for Abby in certain situations! But he quickly redeems himself as the story progresses & by the end he is quite a
loveable character. And he also puts up with a lot from Abby, because, although they are going through everything, there is only so much he can do to help move things along. He understands Abby is shouldering most of
the hard work & suffering & there is absolutely nothing he can do to make it better for her. He struggles with this, as I imagine most loving husbands would.

I understand this book, although fiction, is based on the authors personal experiences. I have to say well done for being able to write about such a sensitive & what I would imagine somewhat traumatic
Journey in such a humorous way but still highlighting the seriousness of a process that so many couples around the world have to go through just to achieve their dream of having a family.

This is a well written story about two people who love and support each other enough to want to go through fertility treatments together. Both Abby & Jacks character development is clear & easy to follow. The story line is
fabulous & although there are sad moments Abby & Jack always look at the big picture & that is what keeps them going.

Great read, I would recommend having a box of tissues, a glass (or bottle) of wine & some chocolate handy when you settle in to read it!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa147b3e4) out of 5 stars Great Book! May 4 2015
By LJT - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I loved Ms. Conception by Jen Cumming, primarily because the book was almost a carbon copy of my similar struggle with infertility, and the pressures that go along with working in a stressful, corporate environment.

This is the story of Abby Nichols and Jack Williams, a happily married couple that desperately want to have a baby. After trying unsuccessfully to conceive naturally, they decide to seek professional help, the infertility clinic. In addition to dealing with all the blood tests, ultrasounds, and stomach injections, Abby is on an emotional roller coaster. Luckily, Jack is practically a saint, as he struggles to ensure that they have the money to pay for all the tests and procedures, while providing Abby with lots of love and support.

Ms. Cumming tells a poignant story, with secondary characters that add some much needed humor and amusement to a disheartening situation. Jack's narcissistic mom and Abby's eccentric assistant are especially entertaining. Overall, this is a well-written, honest read with a very happy ending.

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa12c5a08) out of 5 stars Funny. Heart wrenching May 4 2015
By The Adventure List - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Funny. Heart wrenching. Tear jerker. Happy. Sad. Knowledgeable. Page turner.

All words I would use to describe this debut novel from Jen Cumming. I finished it about 5 minutes ago and had to write about it right away. I'm one of those women if you look at me funny I might get pregnant so I could not relate to the trials and tribulations Abby endured during her quest to become pregnant. But now that I've read the novel, I have a much great appreciation for the process and the agony couples, especially the women, go through in order to conceive their precious baby. I was crying by the end of the read.

The writing is straight from everyday life. I felt like I was reading about someone's actual life. Loved it. I could relate so much to Abby's relationship with her mother-in-law. Been there, done that. Urgh. Her husband though...he is real? Where can I get one like him? What a sweetheart! And her assistant at work - hilarious! The characters really came to life. We all know people similar to them.

Would I recommend the book? Absolutely! Ready for her next book!
HASH(0xa10e603c) out of 5 stars An emotional roller coaster! Great story! July 14 2015
By Jessica H - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I received this book for free from the publisher Tryst through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review

After the first few pages I was hooked! I loved Abby right off of the bat!

Blurb
Abigail Nichols has tried everything from rash-inducing herbal creams to acupuncture in a desperate, last-ditch effort to get pregnant. Wedged into her iPhone schedule among new business pitches and rebranding design meetings is Abby’s ovulation cycle, along with potential opportunities for illicit afternoon quickies. With all of their hopes and savings on the table, Abby and her husband Jack enter the whispered world of fertility clinics. Along with a meddling mother-in-law, competitive pregnancies, and constant obligatory sex, Abby’s baby-track mind conspires to ravage her career, her marriage, and her sanity. One thing she knows for sure: a healthy sense of humor (and the occasional glass of red wine) is the best coping strategy. One thing she wishes she knew: whether it will be enough. Ms. Conception is an honest but light-hearted novel inspired by the ups and downs of fertility treatments and the emotional burden that rests on those trying to conceive.

Abby has babies on the brain. Her & her husband Jack have been trying with no luck. From trying a yam cream on her thighs to acupuncture to fertility treatments. Ms. Conception is a roller coaster of emotions.

While trying to get pregnant her work is suffering. People are talking behind her back, everything seems to be falling apart.

I have to say I love love loved Scott!! He definitely was the comedic relief. I love him!

Jack and his mother got on my nerves quite a bit. I warmed up to Jack towards the end when he started to stand up to his mother Marilyn.

I have to admit I got teary-eyed quite a bit just reading the ups & downs of fertility problems and the lengths Abby would go to become a mom.

Its a wonderful story and I loved it!
HASH(0xa1476204) out of 5 stars LOVED IT! May 23 2015
By 7841pop - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
**ARC provided for an honest review**

Ms. Conception by Jen Cumming is a standalone ending with a HEA.

Abby and Jack have been happily married for three years and have been trying to have a baby. They took the let's wait and see approach until anniversary three came around, she turned 31, and he turned 40. Now it's crunch time and Abby is trying anything as she desperately wants to become a mother and a parent with Jack. While struggling to conceive they are also juggling married life, their jobs, and dysfunctional families. It seems nothing can go right and stresses are at an all-time high. At what cost and risk will Abby take to have the life she always envisioned? Will families and insecurities get in the way? Alternatively, will Abby and Jack's dream of becoming a family come true?

A lighthearted yet touching and emotional read about a tough topic rarely discussed or mentioned. Ms. Conception highlights all the important aspects of infertility. Along with all the heartbreak and struggles, too. It documents all the trials and tribulations a couple with fertility issues go through. Along with a flamboyant assistant, hippie parents, an obnoxious mother-in-law, and the best friend a girl could ask for who lives miles away.

Each negative pregnancy test. Each failed attempt at the fertility doctor. All of the injections. Each phone call confirming her being unable to become pregnant. All of it broke my heart to watch Abby crumble. Each time broke her just as hard and each time I cracked right along with her.

Marilyn. Gosh she is not a nice woman to her daughter-in-law. She's just not a nice woman at all. Always throwing her son's ex in her face. Always putting Abby down. She was one of the most infuriating characters I've ever read. In addition, when Jack would just sit by and let it all happen, it had my blood boiling.

It was sad to read about how calculated and clinical Abby and Jack's relationship became while trying to conceive. They lost the intimacy while focusing on Abby's desperation to get pregnant. Becoming pregnant became her sole focus, leaving the love and passion at the door.

Overall I think Jen Cumming's did a fantastic job at portraying the struggles, the pain, the sorrow, and the truths of infertility and IVF. It was clear she was very knowledgeable on the subject, but her ability to still make the story lighthearted and witty was amazing. I just wanted to wrap Abby up in a hug, to give Jack a swift kick in the pants, be best friends with Scott, and give Marilyn a good shake. Each character added their own element and had me either laughing, crying, loving, or fuming.

5 Stars

Written by Alycia for Summer’s Book Blog.