Ms. Conception delivers a good story about a woman's struggle to get pregnant, which parallels the author's personal experiences in fertility resolutions. Abigail has always wanted to be a mother and she and her husband Jack have been trying for a good while, with negative results and increasing frustration.
They decide to pull out all the stops and invest an obscene amount of money on the fertility clinic route, where the procedures she has to endure sound horrific and made me question whether it was worth it as there are still disappointments ahead of them.
Eventually Abby does get pregnant and for me, that is where the book fell a little flat. I just felt that everyone kind of went, "our work here is done". I found the story of Abby and Jack's experiences before she got pregnant more enjoyable as well as the issues Abby's facing at work. Her assistant, Scott, was fabulous and would be a hoot to hang out with. He initially comes across as a great stirrer of the pot and total drama queen but in the end he has Abby's back and goes above and beyond for her.
Readers looking for an interesting and light read centred on a serious issue will enjoy Ms. Conception. The characters are realistic and the subject matter is both beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. Abby is a real trooper for what she goes through to achieve her dream of motherhood and I can't help but admire her strength of spirit and tenacity. (SB)