When a surrogate mother pretends the pregnancy has miscarried, and bears a daughter - to whom does the child belong? To her runaway birth mother, or her deceived father and his wife?
Scout, born as a result of a surrogacy arrangement, is kept by her biological mother, Joanie, who has deliberately deceived both the clinic and Scout's intended parents by claiming to have had a miscarriage. When this deception comes to light ten years later, a compelling moral dilemma unfolds as Joanie makes her situation worse in the eyes of the law and social services by going on the run.
Scout is a resourceful, anxious, perceptive child. She craves normality in the face of her mother's restlessness and unaccountability. She is loyal to her mother, and loves her deeply, despite being aware of her inconsistencies.
Will the Family Court make the right decision for this vulnerable and determined little girl?
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 19/01/2012
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781444736090
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Review by SmithSJ01
Oh my goodness; how this book moved me. Five stars really isn’t quite enough to sum up how much I enjoyed reading this novel even though I had an inkling all the way through (based on the title) what was going to happen. I reached the end with a tear in my eye and closed the book feeling very emotional. At the heart of the story is Scout – who isn’t named after a character in ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ but after Demi Moore and Bruce Willis’ daughter as she mentions a handful of times in the story. Even perhaps this on its own reveals where Scout’s true emotions lie, because of her love for learning and reading; showing the differences between her own nature and that of her mother’s. Scout Simpson is eleven and when she was conceived her mother Joan (transformed into Joanie) was acting as a surrogate for Ned and Elisabette Beecham. For reasons Joanie explores in the novel, she tells the clinic that she has miscarried but eleven years later she is spotted by someone rather surprised to see Joanie with a young child. From the events that unfold after this sighting, Joanie takes Scout on the run and the rest of the story is about this part of her life. My opinions and feelings towards Joanie changed back and forth whilst reading the novel but all the way through I thought Scout was marvellous. She was such a wonderfully written character and I could genuinely visualise her whilst I was reading. This is such a magnificent novel and I would recommend everyone to read it! Such a beautiful yet sad story.