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... and Baby Makes Two
by Judy Sheehan
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Ballantine, 2007 (2005)
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* *   Reviewed by Kerrily Sapet

Jane Howe is thirty-seven years old, and single. She's got a job that pays well, great friends, nearby family, and a fantastic apartment in Greenwich Village. All is well and good until she sees something that will change her life - an angelic child sitting in a stroller. Jane begins to question her life and her priorities. What does she want in life? And all she can see are pregnant women and babies everywhere.

Jane's adventures in Judy Sheehan's ... and Baby Makes Two are both hilarious and touching. While Jane once had a man in her life, her true love Sam slowly passed away from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Gehrig's disease. Heartbroken, Jane developed a whole new life, and a list of reasons why she didn't want to date. Her list ranged from disliking bars and dating services to not wanting to shave her legs to just claiming she was having a dry spell. But now at thirty-seven years old, Jane feels she must make a choice. Is she to become an aging childless spinster or a modern-day single parent? Her family and friends offer up all of their advice and opinions. But something, or someone to be precise, throws a loop into her plans. That someone is handsome and charming Peter, who happens to be trapped in a miserable marriage.

As Jane continues her quest for a good relationship, happiness, and motherhood, she evaluates her life and needs to be honest with herself. Sheehan's novel ... and Baby Makes Two offers a story that is both amusing and poignant. Jane's struggles and feelings mirror many women's in today's society. Many will identify with Jane's quest to unravel her heart and navigate through her maze of emotions.

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