Monday, March 30, 2015

Book Review: Wishing on Baby Dust by Lydia Winters

Wishing on Baby Dust, by Lydia Winters
2015, 332p, Contemporary Fiction
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy for an honest review

Infertility stinks. No one knows that better than Megan. After six years of insanity-inducing hormone drugs and desperate prayers, all she has to show for her efforts are enough negative pregnancy tests to fill a bassinet. All around her women are accidentally getting pregnant—like her star piano student—while Megan remains hopelessly barren.

Megan’s never felt so alone. But she’s not the only one struggling.

Christina has just entered the world of infertility, made worse by the fact her husband isn’t ready to be a father. Their marriage, already hanging in the balance, is being torn apart.

Then there’s Kyra, the mother of a precocious three-year-old. She’s shocked to be struggling with secondary infertility. A baby is priceless, but sometimes Kyra feels like she’s being forced to choose which commandment to keep: stay out of debt, or multiply and replenish the earth.

When Megan and Christina are assigned as Kyra’s visiting teachers, they all realize that what you see isn’t necessarily what’s beneath the surface. Some secrets aren’t worth the cost of keeping them.

Megan, Christina and Kyra are three women dealing with infertility. Their stories and situations are different yet they have something in common. They meet each other and become a good support system for each other, once each of them is willing to admit what's happening. Their stories are heartbreaking and hopeful and their struggles are real. We also got to see how their husbands reacted and how it affected their relationships.

I like that the ending was realistic yet hopeful. It seemed like it was going a certain direction and then it went somewhere different. Many years ago, I had my own infertility issues (although not to the extent that the women in this book have) so I cried a lot as I relived those feelings and memories.

There's quite of bit of explanation about medical procedures which I was interested in learning about. There are also some LDS references but this is a book that anyone can enjoy. This book will appeal to a wide variety of people. If you've gone through infertility, you will realize that you're not alone. If you haven't, it will give you a deeper understanding of how women who deal with this feel. This book is emotional so be sure to have tissues handy while you read it!

Lydia Winters decided in first grade that she’d grow up to be three things—a mom, a teacher, and a writer. She’s lucky enough to have accomplished all three tasks. Lydia received her bachelor’s in history education from Utah Valley University. Soon after leaving her teaching career behind, she became a mother to adorable twin boys, who guarantee her life is never dull.

Lydia is married to the most supportive man in the world. He regularly takes care of the twins and cooks dinner so she can escape with her laptop to chase her dream of being a writer. When she has time for hobbies, Lydia is a reality TV junkie, loves to cross-stitch, and sometimes even finds time to play the piano. She eats way too much chocolate and wishes she liked things like running or yoga.

Lydia also publishes under the name Lindzee Armstrong.


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