Review: Ms. Conception by Jen Cumming

Today I am pleased to start your week off with a wonderful book, Ms. Conception by Jen Cumming.  This is a wonderful novel about the ups and downs of making a baby.  With great humor and honesty, Jen Cumming illustrates this struggle wonderfully.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead.

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Ms Conception_Jen Cumming_coverBook Blurb:

Abigail Nichols has tried everything from rash-inducing herbal creams to acupuncture in a desperate, last-ditch effort to get pregnant. Wedged into her iPhone schedule among new business pitches and rebranding design meetings is Abby’s ovulation cycle, along with potential opportunities for illicit afternoon quickies. With all of their hopes and savings on the table, Abby and her husband Jack enter the whispered world of fertility clinics.

Along with a meddling mother-in-law, competitive pregnancies, and constant obligatory sex, Abby’s baby-track mind conspires to ravage her career, her marriage, and her sanity. One thing she knows for sure: a healthy sense of humor (and the occasional glass of red wine) is the best coping strategy. One thing she wishes she knew: whether it will be enough.

Ms. Conception is an honest but light-hearted novel inspired by the ups and downs of fertility treatments and the emotional burden that rests on those trying to conceive.


Abby and Jack have tried for many years to have a baby.  It has gone on so long that she has begun to look at alternatives and fertility treatments.  She isn’t the only one who has been looking into treatments for her.  It seems like everyone from her mother and sister to her best friend.  When they finally decide to go forward with treatments the commentary from all around increases as negative test after negative test happens.  It seems everyone is able to get pregnant except her even her meddling mother in law shares more than one pointed comment.  But in the end the journey is rough but can be rewarding.  If Abby can juggle fertility treatments, her job, her husband and all the other obligations than children should be easy.

This was a highly enjoyable read.  It was definitely a challenge to put down when I had to get some sleep.  This really is a great novel for anyone who has had trouble conceiving.  It portrays it in a humorous, honest and intelligent manner.  This makes it seem like anyone who has been unlucky in natural conception is not alone.  Abby is a wonderful character that any woman can relate.  Her husband, Jack, is a husband that all men should hope to be.  Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a laugh with a great story.

Jen Cumming_author photoAuthor Bio:

Jen Cumming had two dreams: to be a mother and a writer. The first was much harder than she’d imagined, but it gave her plenty of material for her second dream. Now she’s realized both and traded drug cocktails and early morning line-ups at the fertility clinic for juice boxes and evening PTA meetings.

Jen’s latest dream is to live in a small village in France and eat croissants. Being allergic to wheat might hamper that dream, so in the meantime she does her best to balance life with two young children and run a business with her husband in Toronto. She loves to spend time at the cottage in the summer, ski in the winter, and travel whenever she can.

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