Welcome to another Bookish Friday, in which I  share excerpts from books…and connect with other bloggers, who do the same.

Let’s begin the celebration by sharing Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader; and let’s showcase The Friday 56 with Freda’s Voice.

To join in, just grab a book and share the opening lines…along with any thoughts you wish to give us; then turn to page 56 and excerpt anything on the page.

Then give us the title of the book, so others can add it to their lists!

What a great way to spend a Friday!

Today’s feature is a new download:  The Unexpected Mother, by Susan A. Ring, a POWERFUL, CHILLING, TRUE STORY as featured in People Magazine and The Dr. Oz show 2016 -O, The Oprah Magazine 2003, and Oprah’s choice as one of the most talked about stories in O’s Top 10 Anniversary Special in 2010. 



Beginning:  As a surrogate mother, it never entered my mind that the intended parents, Michael and Jackie who I was working with for a second time, would change their minds and not want their triplets, the ones I was pregnant with.  At the time, I sensed they might be having marital problems, but never, ever gave any thought to the fact that they would demand a reduction to twins, and then inform me afterward they did not want the twins.


56:  I never gave thought to meeting him—ever.  It was wrong because he was married, but so was I.  He knew all about my divorce and tried his best to talk me out of it.  He preached to me to keep working on my marriage, but I wasn’t open to his counseling.


Synopsis:  Inside the life of a surrogate mother Susan Ring, a single mother of two who learns upon her second journey, with the same intended parents, she is pregnant with triplets. The parents demand a reduction to twins. The surrogacy agency informs Susan of the unbelievable, the parents no longer want the twins she is pregnant with, and the intended father is suffering from mental illness. The parents breach the contract, divorce, and abandon Susan and the twins at the hospital, ultimately insisting their children go to social services. Susan refuses to comply and boldly prepares to fight for parentage in a California court with no biological ties. It is a story of hope, love and letting go. This astonishingly honest memoir raises challenging ethical questions, redefines motherhood, and what it means to be a mother in today’s complex world of infertility. It recognizes how far advanced science has become, and how the law is lagging far behind. Above all, it is a story for our times.


What do you think?  Do the snippets pique your curiosity?



  1. Great snippets. I think I would have passed it by in the store. It looks more like a handbook for mothers to be so I appreciated your post. I need a memoir for a 2018 challenge. This is one I may choose.

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