Date:March 29th 2016
Genre: Women's Fiction
Source:Publisher via NetGalley
After years of watching her best friends Ben and Claire try for a baby, Romily has offered to give them the one thing that they want most.
Romily expects it will be easy to be a surrogate. She's already a single mother, and she has no desire for any more children. But Romily isn't prepared for the overwhelming feelings that have taken hold of her and which threaten to ruin her friendship with Ben and Claire-and even destroy their marriage.
The more I read Dear Thing, the more I became taken in by the book and I just had to keep reading. It explores the pain and suffering of a woman who has had many attempts to have a baby and just can't. So much loss and heartbreak. Claire is a teacher and while I have never been in her situation I identified with her on other levels and really felt for her. I really loved her relationship with Max (a student) and the part she played in his life.
Romilly has one daughter Posie. Posie doesn't know her father, Romilly became pregnant with her back in university days, and while Ben, Claire's husband was not the father, there is a bond between himself and Romilly of friendship, although on Romilly's part that is not quite true... a little more?
When Romilly offers to be the surrogate mother of a child for Claire and Ben it all seems straight forward but the more time went on, revelations were found out, feelings changed and things twisted and turned. How tough for Romilly to hand the baby over at the end? Will she do it?
Romilly has considered herself as not much of a mother figure, yet in actual fact she is rather good at it. Posie though does have difficulties, not the least of all she hasn't got a father, although she loves Ben and Claire. I really enjoyed her and laughed out loud at some of the things she came out with. However she does have difficulty with making friends which as time goes on gets addressed. I also loved her letter at the end of the book.
This was a book I read quickly, felt for all the characters and just generally loved it.