I absolutely loved this book! A very compelling read. I started it yesterday evening and finished it today. Just couldn't put it down!
A young women trying to get out of her debts agrees to be a surrogate for a famous family. They hide her on their ranch where she soon learns the scary truth.
Great story. Very suspenseful, with a great ending. By the author of A Good Man and The Girlfriends Club.
A young girl in desperate need of money decides to become a surrogate. She enters into a top secret, strict contract with the country's most well-known and influential evangelist, and ends up being held hostage, her identity practically erased. When she learns the truth about the child she carries and the danger she is in, she has to escape and find a way to show the world the truth, before it's buried. This book felt very much like Rosemary's Baby at times. Reading group guide included.
Excellent book that kept my attention. Ending was predictable, but decent.
Absolutely loved this book..OMG I can't believe the things that Jamie went thru just to get money. I would probably read this again if someone hadn't requested it!! *****
This book is sort of John Grisham meets V.C. Andrews.
To a penniless twenty-year-old like Jamie Long, surrogate motherhood seemed both an act of altruism and a financial opportunity. But once pregnant and under contract to Amanda Hartmann, the head of a famous evangelical family, Jamie realizes that she's getting more than she bargained for. Whisked away to the vast, isolated family ranch, she's closely supervised and carefully cut off from the outside world. She learns the family's dark secrets -- and sees the enormity of their ruthlessness. When Jamie hears Amanda's plan to claim the baby as her natural-born child, she begins to suspect that her own life is in danger and resolves to flee.
Alone with a tiny newborn, she calls on the one man in the world she can trust -- her high school crush, Joe Brammer. Their love unites them in a struggle to escape, and soon enough their flight becomes a fight for their lives.
Brilliantly weaving some of today's most controversial social issues into a captivating page-turner, The Surrogate is Judith Henry Wall's greatest triumph to date.
Wow someone missed the class on showing vs telling (or maybe the class on where to start a story ... I dunno) cuz the whole first five or six pages was nothing but telling telling telling, backstory, backstory, backstory, info-dump hell.
It didn't help that this was the book club edition, and the font was extra small to fit the book club format. I gave up. Just coudln't be bothered. Maybe if it had been told better??
Dip the likeable heroine into a bucket of problems, preferably not of her own making--great formula to keep me turning the pages. I did wonder how Judith Wall was going to wrap up all the details before the end of the book, but she managed, and in memorable fashion. Great read!!