This Beating Heart

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by Barnett, Laura

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Published 18/08/2022 by Orion Publishing Co (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) in the United Kingdom.

Hardback | 288 pages

145 x 223 x 30mm | 404g


...ISN'T THE FAMILY YOU NEED?'It was up to her now; everything was up to her;she needed only to make a choice and step towards it, out from the shadows and into the light.' At forty-three, Christina Lennox thought her future was settled: marriage to Ed, children, a house of their own. But this is not that future: her marriage has ended, fractured by the stress of five rounds of IVF and two miscarriages. Overwhelmed by grief and disappointment, Ed has relocated to San Francisco and Christina's dream of becoming a mother rests on persuading him to let her go ahead with one final round of IVF, using the last frozen embryo they have stored at the clinic.

But when Ed drops a bombshell that threatens to undo everything Christina has strived for, she is forced, once again, to realign her plans.

Is this the end of her dream, or an opportunity to consider a different - perhaps happier - version of her future?