It all begins one day when a Princeton senior named Jules Strauss decides to be an egg donor at a fertility clinic. She needs the money to pay for her father’s rehab. Jules is determined to reclaim the father she adored in childhood, as this addicted father is but a shadow of his former self. In a way, she is trying to resurrect her fractured family connections.
Meanwhile, India Bishop, a forty-something woman who married a very wealthy man, but who has many secrets in her past, seems to be seeking redemption. She and her husband Marcus decide to have a baby with a surrogate.
Of course, there’s a fly in the ointment. Stepdaughter Bettina hates India and is determined to ferret out those past mistakes she is sure that India has made, so she hires a private detective.
Annie Barrow married young to her high school sweetheart and has two young boys. She and her husband are struggling financially. Signing up to be a surrogate seems to be the answer.
What none of these women realize is how much all of their lives will turn upside down as a result of their choices. The issues of Then Came You: A Novel are timely and presented in a very unique fashion. The story is told in alternating first person points of view, which offers the reader an intimate connection to each of them.
What events will turn the “best laid plans” of these women upside down and force a very unique solution? What will one of the women do to rectify her own choices?
While I was very interested in this story from the beginning, I became so intrigued about 2/3 of the way through and as a result, I had to carry the book around with me, reading at every opportunity. For me, the story was totally captivating and earned five stars. I can’t wait for the author’s next book!