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On the baby trail
The Baby Trail - Sinead Moriarty
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The Baby Trail - Sinead Moriarty
Advantages: light hearted way of looking at a sensitive subject, easy to read style
Disadvantages: sometimes reads a little bit like a medical journal
The Baby Trail is the first in a trilogy of books by Irish author Sinead Moriarty.
In this book we meet Emma, who is trying for a baby with husband James. Emma had thought getting pregnant would be easy. She had it all worked out in her head - come off the pill at Christmas, be pregnant by January, have the baby in September and lose all the baby weight in time for next years Christmas parties. Simple. Well, unfortunately, life's not always that straightforward as Emma is about to find out...
After months of trying for a baby, Emma is still not pregnant. It doesn't help that it seems many of her friends are currently pregnant or have young babies. This includes Imogen, Emma's sister-in-law, who is expecting twins, and not being overly sensitive about Emma's situation.
Emma suddenly finds she can't think about anything but babies and her life becomes filled with ovulation charts and fertility specialists. Will she ever have the baby she is longing for?
The style this book is written in is easy to read, and being only 300 pages long, it's actually a fairly short book, and I found myself getting through it in one sitting - unusual for me, being such a slow reader.
Emma is a likeable character, and despite her naivety in thinking that she would get pregnant immediately, I couldn't help but feel sympathy for her when she repeatedly failed in her attempt to conceive. Babies are of course an emotive subject with women, and I'm sure that this is a subject that many women will identify with.
What I liked about the way this book was written, is that Sinead Moriarty injected humour into what is quite a sensitive subject. Emma's desperation for a child leads her to do all sorts of crazy and irrational things, such as turning up at her husband's workplace when he is in a meeting, ripping the buttons off his shirt and trying to drag him into a cupboard for sex because she's ovulating! Although I'm in no way saying there is anything funny about not being able to conceive, I think taking a humorous slant on things was the right way to go, otherwise this could have ended up being an extremely emotional and frankly depressing story.
I suppose my one criticism of the book, would be that often when Emma was visiting fertility specialists, I felt that I was reading a medical journal rather than a novel. There are conversations with doctors that for me, could have been shortened down a bit, and still given the reader an idea about what Emma was going through without so much, for want of a better word 'technical' detail. Whilst I appreciate that certain drugs and tests are essential for those struggling to conceive, at times it felt like I was reading an FAQ on fertility drugs.
Overall though, I would say that I enjoyed this book. As I mentioned it is the first of three, the second and third being 'A perfect Match' and 'From here to Maternity', both of which I will look out for in the future.
Summary: A lovely read