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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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This is a real page turner that you won't put down until it is finished. Shelby McDougall is a young, unmarried woman who has agreed to be the sarrogate mother of twins for Jackson and Diane Entwistle. Due to a conflict with her sister in law, Jessica, she is forced to reside in a small dwelling on Entwistle's property. This is not the perfect household Shelby has been led to believe. Clues as to what is really going on is slowly given to the reader as suspense builds. Nancy Wood does a good job entering the mind of the young protagonist and you soon start to identify with our young heroine.There is much reference to the pop culture of the day giving the novel a sense of reality. For these reasons I'm giving this a 5 star rating.
Shelby McDougall is a 24 year old with tremendous debt struggling to continue her education and even though she has family, she does not have much of a support system. She sees an ad in Rolling Stone for a surrogate and thinks that this would be perfect for her in so many ways...she'll get to stay in school, pay-off some of her mounting debt while helping a couple realize their dream of becoming parents, not to mention trying to balance the books with a past transgression she committed. To Shelby it looks like a win/win situation for everyone involved. For Shelby this would be one of the most selfless acts she could do for a stranger although her parents and her brother Dexter are against her decision, especially her self-centered, narcissistic, selfish sister-in-law Jessica. Jessica forces Dexter to kick her out of their home, with the justification being that her pregnancy is unhealthy for their daughter Ashley; which to all intents and purposes leaves her homeless.
Jackson and Diane, parents to her unborn twins, give her place to live until the babies are born. They offer to let her live in a cottage on their vast property. And here is where things start to become strange...things are just not adding up. Shelby starts seeing them as different, different than the happy parents to be that they should be. It could be her imagination she thinks since she feels isolated and because while checking her favorite news websites the headlines scream out `baby ring busted' in New York. This hits just a little too close to home for Shelby's liking. Given that her brother has never agreed with her decision to become a surrogate, he starts feeding her imagination that things really are not what they seem to the point that even she starts to see things his way and this is where the suspense intensifies.
This is not only one great suspense novel that has it all-mystery, action, adventure, and romance, but it also gets you to thinking about surrogacy with all the possible pros and cons. Is surrogacy a loving, caring, noble, self-sacrificing act...a precious gift to give or is it all about the self-interest, selfishness, and greediness of making money off of and taking advantage of the innocents? Nancy W. Wood has written one great book that offers something for everyone's taste. "Due Date" is well written, well researched, and very entertaining. Even though this is a work of fiction it could very well have been ripped from the headlines. If you enjoy your books with a little more meat on their bones then "Due Date" is the book for you. Ms. Wood is a talented writer that you can expect more great books from in the future.
As a mystery lover, it was exciting to find a fresh new author who has written a gripping, suspenseful, and contemporary novel! The lead character, Shelby McDougall, is a strong, resourceful, and compassionate woman who wants to help a childless couple create a family - even as she struggles to explain to her own family why she plans to accept payment as a surrogate and to give up the twins she's carrying. The story begins with excitement and book-gripping suspense, continuing to build and expand from there. With rich characterizations, twists, and unexpected plot turns, the author pulls us in to Shelby's world as she solves a series of mysteries, wrestles with the meaning of family, and courageously rescues herself and another pregnant woman from captivity. And then, just when it seems that Shelby's life is settling down, a new threat arises and Shelby boldly takes action to save a stolen child. Overall, a very exciting and refreshing read!
Wow, this is a story that pulls the reader in, be sure to read this when you have time to sit and read and enjoy--
Things are not quite what they seem to be in Nancy Wood's fast-paced, action-packed novel, "Due Date." The story is full of surprises. Characters, events and even settings are artificial facades that morph into terrifying, life threatening horrors for surrogate mother, Shelby McDougall.
From the opening car crash through the perfection of Shelby's cottage to her agonizing, sometimes heartbreaking, discoveries the reader is kept on an emotional roller coaster of continual suspicion and suspense.
Wood paints excellent word pictures filled with vivid detailed descriptions of everything from settings and characters, pregnancy and childbirth to interior emotions and fears.
Each of her characters has a unique personality and voice. Her brother, Dexter and Jessica, her sister-in-law, are clearly mismatched. Diane and Jackson the perfect couple with the perfect home, don't quite make the mark as future parents. Frankie, Shelby's elusive love object, is a strong, handsome, protective dream man. Shelby is an almost impossible combination of naiveté, intelligence and courage, but is able to master the difficult hurdles in her life.
If you love excruciating suspense, "Due Date" is the novel for you.
The novel was good. It grabbed my attention and held it until the very end. However, that didn't happen until a good ways into the book. I felt there was too much happening in the beginning to really grasp my undivided attention. But, when the story really gets going, I didn't want to stop reading! I read half of the book in one day just because I had to know the end. And now, I can't wait for the sequel!
I'm not usually a mystery reader so I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this novel. I was engaged from the first page to the last. Ms. Wood not only knows how to tell a great story, but she knows how to write, drawing the reader into the story with descriptions and dialogue that bring the story to life. It's not just a mystery, but a story about the interrelationships in a family, about trying to find your way, and about falling for the bad boy. The story is filled with twists and turns that kept my heart racing and made it hard to put the book down. I didn't want the book to end and can't wait for the next in the series.
Ripe with suspense! Nancy Wood's novel, Due Date, keeps you turning the pages well into the night. Wood's descriptive writing brings the goosebumps and the sights and smells of the forest alive in the reader's mind. Experience high emotional twists and turns as the reader follows Shelby's journey to her eventual due date. The thrilling climax, with Jackson and Megan, highlights the main character's true self value and worth, her strength and determination, and the reader can't help but side with Shelby's decisions all along. Hints of romance, family drama, and secrets galore plunge the reader into one tangled web! Excellent read- highly recommended.