Rachel is 35 and ready to be a mother – the only slight hitch in her plans is that she doesn’t have a husband, a partner or even a boyfriend. Rachel has never been one to let an obstacle in her path stop her though and makes the life changing decision to go it alone in her quest to have a child. Yes, she knows its not the “ideal” way, but faced with the possibility of parenthood passing her by, she believes it may be her only chance to be a mother.
I think this book explores the situation of single parenthood by choice very well and I’m certain the information was factual and well researched. Rachel explores many options and as a reader you learn a lot about what options exist for women considering this route to parenthood. Conversely, though, I felt like it sometimes blurred between being a novel and felt more like a memoir of somebody actually going through the process. That’s not to say it wasn’t interesting and readable – but it lost a bit of the “novel” feel I want when I read fiction.
I also felt Rachel’s emotions weren’t explored quite as fully as they could have been. Sure she was a career woman and as such had an organised and practical approach to life – but having a baby alone was a huge undertaking and I didn’t feel like I was really inside her head about just how this major life change was making her feel.
I really did enjoy The Rules of Conception – it was well written and engaging. The contemporary Sydney setting was also well depicted. As mentioned above my main issue was the blurring of fact and fiction that sometimes got in the way of the story and kept me at a bit of a distance.
Definitely a worthwhile read.