Then Came You

Then Came You

A Novel

Book - 2011
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Baker & Taylor
The plans of four women including a Princeton senior egg donor, a working-class housewife egg donor, a wealthy pregnant woman and her stepdaughter are thrown into turmoil when the pregnant woman's husband suddenly dies and names the stepdaughter the unborn baby's guardian.

& Taylor

The plans of four women--including a college student egg donor, a working-class surrogate mother, a wealthy woman, and her stepdaughter--are thrown into turmoil when the wealthy woman's husband suddenly dies and names the stepdaughter the unborn baby's guardian.

Simon and Schuster
An unexpected love story…


Jules Strauss is a Princeton senior with a full scholarship, acquaintances instead of friends, and a family she’s ashamed to invite to Parents’ Weekend. With the income she’ll receive from donating her “pedigree” eggs, she believes she can save her father from addiction.


Annie Barrow married her high school sweetheart and became the mother to two boys. After years of staying at home and struggling to support four people on her husband’s salary, she thinks she’s found a way to recover a sense of purpose and bring in some extra cash.


India Bishop, thirty-eight (really forty-three), has changed everything about herself: her name, her face, her past. In New York City, she falls for a wealthy older man, Marcus Croft, and decides a baby will ensure a happy ending. When her attempts at pregnancy fail, she turns to technology, and Annie and Jules, to help make her dreams come true.


But each of their plans is thrown into disarray when Marcus’ daughter Bettina, intent on protecting her father, becomes convinced that his new wife is not what she seems…


With startling tenderness and laugh-out-loud humor, Jennifer Weiner once again takes readers into the heart of women’s lives in an unforgettable, timely tale that interweaves themes of class and entitlement, surrogacy and donorship, the rights of a parent and the measure of motherhood.

Publisher: New York : Atria Books, c2011
Edition: 1st Atria books hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781451617726
Branch Call Number: FIC WEI
Characteristics: 338 p. ;,24 cm.


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Apr 20, 2018

I had high hopes but the story fell flat for me. The story line is typical and it didn't hold my attention. I put it down and read a couple other books, then came back to it. I picked it up and didn't have to re-read anything.

Mar 12, 2018

What makes a woman a mother, and how much ability do mothers have to shape their own lives? Many possible answers to these questions are explored in this novel.
The four women from whose prospective this story is told are so diverse, I had to make notes to myself about who was who until I got into the book enough to remember them.
This book certainly examines the themes of class and entitlement from a critical perspective. As the mother of a daughter who needs IVF in order to realize her lifelong dream of motherhood, I realize how out of reach the costs of infertility treatments are for the average person, and hope this novel won't dissuade people from supporting women who have a sincere desire to conceive.

Apr 16, 2014

I'm a big fan of Jennifer Weiner to begin with. Her writing style is easy to get into, and her stories flow well. This story involves the lives of four women, told from the point of view of each woman as they endure their own challenges but are wound together with the lives of the other women. I enjoyed this book; it may be my favorite of hers thus far. The ending was a little more neat and tidy than I think was realistic, but I suppose that's part of why we suspend reality to read a good book. Overall, very enjoyable.

Feb 01, 2014

very enjoyable book. interesting how the characters intertwined. i will definitely read more from this author.

Kaytee33 Dec 15, 2013

I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would Some of the background stories of the women will stay with me for a while.

sharonb122 Jan 30, 2013

It was very interesting how Jennifer Weiner wove these women's lives together. At first couldn't figure out how each would fit in. I found the ending to be a little trite, (spoiler alert) but then, I do like a happy ending--sometimes even if it is not realistic.

Jan 09, 2013

As usual , Jennifer provides us with solid characters , and an interesting plot . However , I wish she'd lighten up on the endless detail - enough , already !

Jul 23, 2012

Wow! Great book. Weiner saves little nuggets of information about the characters so there are surprises as you read, love it!

Jun 26, 2012

No one exposes women’s complex relationships with themselves and others better than Jennifer Weiner. In Then Came You, the lives of four women cross when fertility challenged India and her husband decide to have a baby via egg donor (Jules) and surrogate (Annie). India’s husband’s twenty-something daughter (Bettina) who’s less than happy about her new step-mom and soon to be sibling is also thrown into the mix. The story is told from each woman’s perspective, allowing the reader to see how each woman’s decision to participate in the baby-making process impacts herself and her family.

Feb 27, 2012

I think this is my favourite book of hers so far. It was a really good story line and quite different from her usual story line.

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