Friday, December 7, 2012

Book Review: The Baby Game by James A. Thompson and Vidya Samson

Two babies born via surrogate, two families, two problems.

Samantha Morgan lost her husband two years ago.  She saved his sperm before his death and used that to have a surrogate in India carry a baby for her.

Matthew Carlisle and his wife wanted a baby, but she does not want to get pregnant.  They combined his sperm and her egg in a surrogate in India, of course, to carry the baby to term.  In the middle of all this, Matthew and his wife divorced, leaving him with the baby!

We have one story of two single parents traveling to India to claim their babies when they are born from the surrogates who are twin sisters.  There is a problem with the babies, though, a big problem!  I won't spoil and tell what it is, though.  If you want to find out you have to read the book.

The other plot involves Samantha.  At age fifteen she was seduced by an older man as was a friend of hers.  This incident has been placed in the past as it should be, but with the guy running as the Republican candidate for President of the United States of America, it has been brought to the forefront of her life as someone is now out to get her and her unborn child.

There are two plots going on here involving Samantha and the babies.  What's confusing is keeping up with both plots.  What do we know that the characters don't know?  What do they know and has it been accurately told to them?

There are two authors.  I guess they each had their own plot that was put together with a mighty big seam.  The story did not flow properly for both ideas to work together.  Each one would have made a great story on its own.  Together they just muddle each other up.

Something else I didn't like was the political nature of this book.  I was unsure who was supposed to be the bad guy.  The guy running for office was a Republican but I couldn't tell if the Republicans were out to get Samantha or if it was the Democrats.  Each party had a stake in if the story came out or not.  Each party had people working on it.  It was hard to tell who was involved with which party.

I read this book as a review request using the Kindle App on my laptop.  All opinions are my own.  I was not compensated for this review in any way.

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