He Gets That From Me
He Gets That From Me
by Jacqueline Friedland
To be published on September 7, 2021
Rating: 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Genre: LGTBQIA / General Fiction (Adult)
From The Publisher:
As a young mother with a toddler and a live-in boyfriend, Maggie Fisher’s job at a checkout counter in downtown Phoenix doesn’t afford her much financial flexibility. She dreams of going to college and becoming a teacher, options she squandered when she fled her family home as a teenager. When Maggie stumbles onto an ad offering thousands of dollars to women who are willing to gestate other people’s babies, she at first finds the concept laughable. Before long, however, she’s been seduced by all the ways the extra money could improve her life. Once she decides to go for it, it’s only a matter of months before she’s chosen as a gestational carrier by Chip and Donovan Rigsdale, a married couple from New York.
After delivering twin babies and proudly handing them off to the Rigsdales, Maggie finally gets her life on a positive trajectory: she earns her degree, lands a great job, and builds a family of her own. She can’t fathom why, ten years after the fact, the fertility clinic is calling to ask for a follow-up DNA test.
What makes a family? As soon as I read the premise of this book, I knew I wanted to read it. With a close male family member in a single-sex relationship, this story of two men who want to be dads resonated with me. I was very interested in their “adventure” with surrogacy. And this novel did not disappoint!
Without rehashing the entire plot, the essence is that the surrogacy happens and the men have two sons. Ten years later, they do one of those DNA testing services and find out something puzzling about one of their boys. What happens after that? You’ll have to read the book to find out!
Chapters are told from the point of view of either one of the dads, Donovan, or the surrogate, Maggie. I particularly loved that some events were told from both points of view. I really connected with Donovan. It was a bit harder for me to connect with Maggie but she grew on me near the very end of the book. It was also great to see some Jewish representation without stereotyping.
This book will take you on an emotional roller coaster ride. Highly recommended.
Thank you to NetGalley and Spark Press for the opportunity to read an advance readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own.