Today I am delighted to be the next stop on the blog tour for Diane Chandler’s novel, Moondance. Not only am I sharing my thoughts on this wonderful novel but I am delighted to have an e copy up for grabs also, so make sure you scroll right down to the bottom so you don’t miss out on a chance to read this book for yourself.
IVF could create a baby but could it also destroy a marriage?
Cat has always been in control of her life. Happily married to Dom, but flying high as a political lobbyist, she dismisses his desire to start a family … until she herself is ready.
But what if it is then too late?
Complex and selfish, intelligent and open, if she is to succeed in having that elusive child, Cat must battle through gruelling fertility treatment and the emotional strain it places on her marriage. By her side, Dom, easygoing and ever the optimist, finds that he too risks being run ragged by their journey.
Both are forced to come to terms with their longing for a baby against the blitz on a relationship tested like never before.
Bittersweet, at times funny, and always emotionally raw, this is by far the most moving and honest novel you’ll ever read about IVF and its impact on a marriage.
Moondance is an emotional roller coaster of a read following Cat and Dom on their journey of getting pregnant and starting a family.
For Cat and Dom their careers have been very important to them and children is something they decided to leave until later on in their lives. To be honest in a world where women are more career driven than ever, I don’t think it’s unusual for women in their thirties and forties to be trying for their first child like Cat.
Unfortunately for Cat and Dom, falling pregnant is not as simple or as quick as they thought it would be. Within no time it seems to consume Cat especially, taking any enjoyment out of any sexual relations between the two, having it become more of a chore than for enjoyment. After plenty of tests they decide to go down the IVF route.
Having not had to go down this route myself, I don’t think I could fully appreciate what many couples that have to actually go through. Through Cat and Dom we get an upfront and personal account of what it is like and even though they both try to make light of the situation, deep down it affects them both differently.
I think as the story is told more from the point of view of Cat, poor Dom doesn’t get as much empathy as he probably should do from the reader as after all he is very much going through everything Cat is. Cat herself I wouldn’t say is an overly likeable character though I could fully empathise to everything she was going through. I’m not certain as to whether Cat was quite a selfish person but she certainly comes across that way when she has encounters with her family and friends. Personally I don’t think she meant to come across that way, but trying for a family herself makes her realise that she never really showed an interest in the others lives unless it benefited her in someway.
Cat’s IVF journey is without a doubt an emotional one. She really is put through the mill and at times I just wanted to reach out to her and just hold her tight. I felt like I was mentally going through all the highs and lows of IVF with Cat and it made me truly appreciate how lucky I was with my own pregnancies.
Moondance is without a doubt a story that will have you going through a whole array of emotions. We get to see how it affects a marriage as well as the relationship with family and friends. For me it felt like a brutally honest account of what any couple could go through when faced with trying to conceive. A novel that will have a great impact on it’s readers.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
Moondance is due out on the 1st of November and is available to pre-order from Amazon.
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