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Surrogate mother Shelby McDougall just fell for the biggest con of all—a scam that risks her life and the lives of her unborn twins.
Twenty-three year-old Shelby McDougall is facing a mountain of student debt and a memory she’d just as soon forget. A Rolling Stone ad for a surrogate mother offers her a way to erase the loans and right her karmic place in the cosmos. Within a month, she's signed a contract, relocated to Santa Cruz, California, and started fertility treatments.
But intended parents Jackson and Diane Entwistle have their own secret agenda—one that has nothing to do with diapers and lullabies. With her due date looming, and the clues piling up, Shelby must save herself and her twins. As she uses her wits to survive, Shelby learns the real meaning of the word “family.”
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I loved the heightened level of suspense that the author maintained through out the story; the plot was so engrossing that I did not want to put the book down. One way she did this was to drop niggling and unsettling clues about characters forcing me to mentally play out possible scenarios and motivations. The subject matter of surrogacy is original and the author does a nice job of showing a nefarious aspect of it. Since I live in Santa Cruz, Calif., I really enjoyed the descriptions of local places I know.
From beginning to end, Shelby's savvy and determined-to-find-the-truth sleuthing skills kept my attention. I have to agree with so many of the previous comments that this story was a real page turner. I keep a pile of books by my bedside but Due Date stayed at the top of the pile in that "can't put this one down" kind of way. Having lived in the Santa Cruz mountains when I was the same age as Shelby in a little back studio geodesic dome behind a larger home and taking care of the couples baby during the day, I felt like I was right IN the experience of Nancy Wood's exciting novel. Shelby's scary nighttime explorations in the woods, the chair in the sunny meadow, the winding roads through the forests of this part of northern California...All were so well described I felt like I was right next to Shelby, fervently hoping she'd find the truth, but desperately hoping she wouldn't get into too much trouble with her persistent curiosity. What a delightful read. I'm in great anticipation in hearing more from this new author!
A real page turner, very difficult to stop at the end of each chapter, i finished it in two days. Shelby may be down on her luck, but she's no push-over. Pregnant, broke and virtually on her own, this gritty young woman takes matters into her own hands and defeats the bad guys, even that big hunk Frankie. A highly recommended quick read.
Suspenseful and beautifully written, Due Date is a page turner!
Ms. Wood has created An Original in a well-loved genre, complete with a believable female protagonist and many twisted and surprising plot turns. Her descriptions of the natural settings are exquisite and one of my favorite things about the book. She also expertly immerses us into a local's view of the quirky and loveable town called Santa Cruz. So much fun! A great summer read. Quit your day job Nancy---Can't wait for your next book!
Bought this because the author is local, and wanted to like it. As it turned out, I LOVED it. Read it on my Kindle, and last night one of the big plotlines was "solved" (or at least there was an apparent resolution), and I noticed I was only 67% through the book. WTF? I HAD to keep going...couldn't wait to find out where it was all going, and what was going to happen to Shelby. (who, by the way, became quite real to me as I read -- good characterization)
Nancy has captured a lot of Santa Cruz in this, and while this is a great story that could have taken place almost anywhere, as a local I enjoyed having some of the local places be part of the story, even with some name changes.
So, I only got 3 hours sleep because I was hooked. This is a fun read, with an interesting and rather unique plotline, and I am SO looking forward to the next in what I would think will become a series of Shelby McDougall books. (And Dexter really needs to dump Jessica :))
What a fantastic mystery story. I was totally taken into the book and had to keep reading, even when I should have been doing other things! I love it when I discover a good book with a unique plot and Due Date did that. The setting descriptions put me right there tensely watching the story unfold. The protagonist, Shelby had a lot of depth. I disliked her at the beginning of the read but liked her immensely by the end. She was real and I can't wait to read her next adventure.
Picking up this book the first time, I expected to read for about an hour and come back to it later that night. I was wrong! As the plot kept twisting and the characters kept getting more intriguing, I found myself sitting on the couch engrossed in the story for the entire afternoon and evening! The main character Shelby is relatable, strong, and funny, the perfect combination to make an incredibly interesting and realistic heroine. I strongly recommend this book, and eagerly await the second installment. Thank you Nancy!
This book was action packed right from the start - the first page had a car crash which resulted in a forest fire and a hospital stay for Shelby! Upon leaving the hospital Shelby moves in to a cottage, on the large estate belonging to Jackson and Diane, to await the arrival of the babies that will be theirs when born. Once there Shelby quickly realises that things are not at all as they seem and she, as well as others, are in very real danger.
As Shelby begins to piece things together we come to find that she may be naive but she certainly has courage and quick thinking on her side when it matters. She also has the support of her brother Dexter who, although he doesn't agree with her surrogacy, is there to help her solve the mystery of what's happening right under her nose. As the story progresses we see Shelby mature and make decisions that are not just based on her best interests but the interests of others too.
Due Date is a fast paced, well thought out, and well written mystery. My heart was seriously beating fast at certain points and I had that strange taste of adrenaline in my mouth! That's definitely the kind of reaction an author of a mystery wants from a reader!
Due Date also offered an intriguing look at the controversial and much debated subject of surrogacy and in some people's opinions "selling a baby made to order". I really enjoyed learning more about the subject and I think the idea to use it, along with the baby selling ring plotline, was genius!
I can't wait to read more from Nancy Wood, hopefully soon.
Due Date is a suspenseful, well-written novel by Nancy Wood. What a fun character Shelby is! I loved the plot and was able to picture the settings with such wonderful descriptions by Nancy. I didn't realize how hooked I would get on this story. And just when I thought the ride was over and the story would end, this mystery takes the reader on another page-turning journey. I can't wait to hear more from this author and a new adventure for Shelby!