This is the second book from Sarah Rayner, author of the very successful One Moment, One Morning. Those who have read her debut will be familiar with some of the characters, but don't worry if you have not read its predecessor as the The Two Week Wait works equally well as a stand alone novel.
The book focuses on two women, unknown to each other, who want to have babies in less than straight forward circumstances. Lou discovers just how much she wants a child after a health scare, and has been warned that time is running out- but does her partner share her desire? And Cath has been left infertile following a battle with cancer- is she ready for more medical treatments? Will her and her husband Rich find a way to have a longed for baby? The solution to their fertility problems links the two women without them ever meeting. We follow their stories concurrently through the emotional and physical demands of their journey. The book does a good job of portraying the highs and lows of fertility treatment- including the father and extended family's viewpoints and emotions too. As usual with my book reviews I will not spoil the story by giving away the outcome for either of them..
I found the writing easy, and the characters likeable. I was attached to their journeys, and willing them on. The final line of the book, read with my baby sleeping on my lap, made me cry.
An enjoyable book, with a comfortable, accessible writing style. A good, solid but not spectacular book.