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The Favor

By Adele Griffin
The Favor by Adele Griffin digital book - Fable

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From National Book Award finalist Adele Griffin, an insightful and warmhearted story of two very different women who make an unexpected connection when one decides to carry a baby for the other.

At I'll Have Seconds, a high-end fairytale vintage dress shop in Manhattan, Nora Hammond loves nothing better than pairing a rare find with the perfect client.

At home, Nora grapples with the bleaker reality of enormous debt, a tiny apartment, and ever-dwindling hope that she and her husband Jacob will have a family of their own.

When socialite Evelyn Elliot charges into Nora's life, the women spark an immediate connection, and Nora is jettisoned into the heady whirl of New York's moneyed elite. As Evelyn's stylist and confidante, Nora needs to learn all new rules of engagement for the uber-wealthy. But it isn't until Evelyn decides her next cause is to carry a baby for Nora, that these rules— and this unlikely friendship—are tested.

A contemporary story that celebrates alternative routes to family, The Favor is an incisive examination of what it means to long for a child and what relationships cost us—and what they're worth.

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“Wow. I was not prepared for this book to hit me emotionally. Seeing the perspective of a couple with infertility struggles really made me think of a few people in my life, most present but some past. Seeing Nora and Jacob’s reactions to friends having successful multiple pregnancies or surrogacy had me reevaluating my past behavior with baby announcements. The Favor examines the pain and longing for one’s own baby under seemingly impossible circumstances. Enter Evelyn, the millionaire socialite who offers the most intimate and generous favor a person could do for another. There are strings attached to Evelyn’s altruistic actions throughout the book, but I didn’t see her as callous or calculating. She knows no other way of life and gets what she wants and needs effortlessly. Nora is both enchanted and cautious about Evelyn, which leads to some pretty interesting dilemmas and soul searching. I liked Nora and Jacob’s realistic and grounded marriage, and everyone needs a friend like the supportive and uplifting Meg. I personally enjoy reading about fashion so I was all in for Nora’s career at the vintage couture boutique, but the spotlighted garment that dictated many plot lines just felt a bit unrealistic. I wanted Nora to have a happy ending and this book does a nice job with details and tying up loose ends. Very satisfying and enjoyable, and I am certainly interested in Adele Griffin’s other work now. Thank you to NetGalley, Sourcebooks Landmark, and the author for the opportunity to provide an honest review in exchange for this ARC.”

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