The Davidson family have three healthy children thanks to the wonders of IVF. Sure their family was complete at the time they generously donate one of their unused embryos to a childless couple. But life can sometimes turn out differently than we expect. To their shock (and joy) Jessica and Matt conceive another child naturally, a son named Eeny. Tragically though he has a congenital illness that steals him away at age two. While they are still coming to terms with this loss Jessica comes across the woman she donated the embryo to at the primary school her kids attend and there in front of her is “her” daughter Mia.
I found Jessica a bit overbearing at times when dealing with the situation. It is revealed that Matt did not want to donate the embryo and I really felt for him, knowing that he had been railroaded into the decision and then having to be confronted with it whether he wanted to or not. The same goes for Mia’s “other” mother – she had not yet told her child the truth behind her conception and was forced into it whether she was ready or not. But my heart also broke for Jessica, knowing she had since lost a child and the inevitable thought that this child could be theirs.
I’m not sure the situation was really resolved by the end of the book – but then maybe in real life it is never really resolved either. Perhaps this is something that will unfold differently for every family it affects and there is no “right” way to work through it.
Sisters of Spicefield is an easy enough read. The writing is relaxed and the pace is good. I thought the characters were well developed and the premise behind the story was entirely possible. Given it was a small community, the way the news spread was also quite likely.Overall this was an enjoyable and interesting book that delved into a reality that will most likely become more complex in the coming years as egg/embryo donor kids grow up and discover their true origins.
Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.