Their marriage may have ended, but the love affair was from over. Love takes a holiday and comes back stronger than ever in author Laurel Greer's, From Exes to Expecting. Lauren and Tavish are in for a few surprises as they make their way back to love. We all want to believe in the power of true love. Happily ever after may seem like a fantasy just out of reach, but it's hopeful optimism of authors like Ms. Greer and her motley crew of misfits in love that give us the courage to seek out our own happy ending. Small town romances with their kooky matchmaking and lovable characters are favorites of mine.
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Cairo Santa Domini is the heir to the throne of Santa Domini. Thinking that it was the best thing for his people, living under a dictatorship, he's always creating scandals around him. He feels guilty about the "death" of his sister (book 2), and considers he's not the king that Santa Domini needs. In order to finish disenchanting those who saw him as the hope of the country, he decides to marry in a marriage of convenience with the woman most unsuitable for the role of queen consort: paparazzi beggar, Brittany Hollis.
Around the Year Reading Challenge #TBD: A book you are embarrassed to read in public
I wasn't actually embarrassed to read this book in public, but I was reading it before I had announced that I was pregnant, so I was keeping the book secret.
Now that I'm no longer keeping a secret (and couldn't if I wanted to if you saw me IRL), I'm happy to talk about this book.
I am not an economist like Oster, but I very much related to her obsession with knowing exact numbers and exact reasons behind different pregnancy outcomes and advice. I've spent countless hours Googling (often in vain) for specific statistics and studies to back up general pregnancy/conception advice. Oster looks at a lot of these studies so you don't have to. I loved the tone of this book, which is empowering in that Oster believes women are capable of weighing the risks themselves and making their own decision rather than blindly following conventional wisdom.
Oster's overall takeaway is that women can be much more permissive during pregnancy than one might believe -- moderate drinking is OK, moderate caffeine is OK, invasive genetic testing is not really that dangerous. While she can back all this up and a lot of women will probably feel freed by her information, I still ended up following pretty much all of the "conventional" wisdom because I am so risk averse that even a small increase in the chances of something going wrong is more than I'm willing to take. But it is nice to know I don't need to stay up all night worrying if I give in to the craving for an occasional coffee or sip of beer.