But what if it is then too late?
Complex and selfish, intelligent and open, if she is to succeed in having that elusive child, Cat must battle through gruelling fertility treatment and the emotional strain it places on her marriage. By her side, Dom, easygoing and ever the optimist, finds that he too risks being run ragged by their journey.
Both are forced to come to terms with their longing for a baby against the blitz on a relationship tested like never before.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Diane Chandler worked first as a political lobbyist in Brussels, and then at the European Commission for several years, where she managed overseas aid programmes in Ukraine just after the fall of communism. Ukraine soon worked its way into her heart, and she travelled there extensively. Back in London, when Diane married and her daughter was born, she was able to pursue her passion for writing in those few hours she could snatch. Ukraine became the subject for her first novel The Road To Donetsk, which won The People’s Book Prize for Fiction 2016. Her second novel, Moondance, about a high-flying career woman battling with gruelling fertility treatment, was informed by her personal experience of the emotional and physical impact of IVF. It will be published on 31 October 2016. She is currently working on her third novel.
MY REVIEW: When I was first contacted by Blackbird Digital Designs for an honest review, I knew I was in for a treat. This publisher only produces top grade, suspenseful novels which always hold my interest. Chandler’s Moondance was no different.
I was quickly propelled into the perfect life of long time married couple, Dom and Cat. These two had everything; important careers, a neat circle of friends and a beautiful home. They’ve read books I’ve never heard of, and travelled to places I could only dream. Cat is a beautiful, focused woman who believes she can achieve anything she puts her mind to, and her husband Dom proudly stands behind her. Every aspect of Cat’s life has been strategically put together, and now that she has finally reached the top of her career platform, she is ready for kids.
Only, she may have waited too late to be a mother…
Chandler’s book is like nothing I’ve ever read before, touching so close on the struggles a couple suffering, while trekking the long, hard journey of IVF. Dom and Cat appeared to be the strongest couple alive, but even their marriage was tested with the emotional roller coaster of hope and loss.
The most important thing in a book is character growth and Chandler displayed that brilliantly. I had such a love/hate relationship with Cat. Initially, I was rooting for the IVF to work, but as she began to drift back into her past, I was so adamant that she did not deserve a baby. She was such a sneaky, self-absorbed, narcissistic bitch. She equated success to money and anything less was not acceptable. She disliked children immensely, and wouldn’t even allow her own niece to attend her wedding. She had absolutely no family values and hated the fact that Dom was close to his family. She was a true witch.
But with each failed attempt at pregnancy, and the rapidly deteriorating state of her marriage, you can’t help but feel sorry for her. And though she may have had a few slips ups along the way, she grows! Her heart unfreezes and she develops a relationship with her niece, she makes an attempt to reconcile with her mother and becomes the sister she should have always been to her brother. She may have not gotten the happy ever after ending we’d all hoped for, but she got what she deserved. Cat and Dom are definitely two characters that will stick with me long after the pages in the book ceased and I wish them the best of luck in their marriage.