“That Saturday, Lucie Yi headed to the pastel world of So Bebe, fully intending to purchase just a pair of lightweight summer booties and maybe a matching bobble hat for each of her best friend Weina Ling’s newly minted triplets.”
Genre: Rom Com
Number of Pages: 416
Date of Publication: 23 June 2022
My Review Summary: An excellent read, full of ups and downs – an emotional rollercoaster!
An ambitious career woman signs up for a co-parenting website only to find a match she never expected, in this unflinchingly funny and honest novel from the author of Last Tang Standing.
Management consultant Lucie Yi is done waiting for Mr. Right. After a harrowing breakup foiled her plans for children—and drove her to a meltdown in a Tribeca baby store—she’s ready to take matters into her own hands. She signs up for an elective co-parenting website to find a suitable partner with whom to procreate—as platonic as family planning can be.
Collin Read checks all of Lucie’s boxes; he shares a similar cultural background, he’s honest, and most important, he’s ready to become a father. When they match, it doesn’t take long for Lucie to take a leap of faith for her future. So what if her conservative family might not approve? When Lucie becomes pregnant, the pair return to Singapore and, sure enough, her parents refuse to look on the bright side. Even more complicated, Lucie’s ex-fiancé reappears, sparking unresolved feelings and compounding work pressures and the baffling ways her body is changing. Suddenly her straightforward arrangement is falling apart before her very eyes, and Lucie will have to decide how to juggle the demands of the people she loves while pursuing the life she really wants.
As you know I have been getting more into the romance genre and when I saw this book come up I had to go for it! I am so glad that I did. I was hooked from beginning to end!
The writing was light and humorous, with a dash of serious and emotional. It was well balanced and made for a compelling read. It was a very emotional journey and it wasn’t until the end that the final decision was made. I was content with how the story ended. Some of these types of stories can drag out, but I didn’t feel that at all with this book. It had just the right amount of will they/won’t they that made me feel invested and therefore I wanted to keep reading to see it through to the end.
The chapters were a good mix of lengths and as a result gave just the right pace for this story. Nothing lingered, yet there was still the will they/ won’t they, but done in a way that kept the story moving forward.
I loved the characters and the relationships that they had. The love and support of the main character’s friends balanced nicely with the negative relationship she had with her family and her co parent balanced her ex fiancé well. I also enjoyed the texts between the characters. It was a nice way to break the story up a bit as well as giving it a real life feel.
Lastly the settings. They were secondary to what was going on with the characters. Whilst they were based in Singapore, they could have been anywhere really. It didn’t matter to me where they were as their storylines were far too interesting!
Overall I loved this book and couldn’t give it any less than 5 stars. It was an emotional journey, but the characters got there in the end and I wasn’t disappointed.
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