What They Say:
By and large, Amanda Keane makes pretty good decisions. Okay, she might not have the best taste in men, but she’s got great friends, a good job, and an independent spirit. That is, until her 30th birthday ushers in a whirlwind romance with a sexy Irish musician who leaves her, not at the altar as she imagined, but accidentally pregnant. And when he disappears, she’s downsized out of a job, her apartment is robbed, and lapsed health insurance coverage leaves her with a C-section to pay for, Amanda is launched headfirst into the life of a broke single mom. But her friend and uber successful ob-gyn, Joy, clues her in to an unlikely temp position with one of Chicago’s celebrity elite that just may be the answer to all her woes. Or could it be just the beginning?
It’s with serious trepidation that Amanda embarks on her surprisingly lucrative new career: underground wet nurse to the offspring of Chi-town’s rich and famous. Amanda must quickly understand how to live at the whims and mercy of the one percent as she deals with the irony of nursing – and loving – someone else’s child, while still making ends meet for her own daughter. And then there’s Cute Daycare Dad (aka Dan), who’s obviously interested in her. But can she afford to tell him what she really does for a living? Is her new job (something she thought went out with the 19th century) a shameful thing? Just another way of selling her body? Or does it have something to teach her after all?
A novel of motherhood, its many demands, and all the little triumphs along the way, MILKED is a warm and witty debut about making tough choices and traveling the roundabout road to happiness.
What I Say:
I would like to thank Kim Nash for sending me a copy of this book in exchanged for a fair and honest review.
When we first meet Amanda she is coming up to her 30 birthday with a career in publishing. I liked Amanda she was the dizzy one of all your friends, who doesn't always make the right decisions when it comes to her career, her family or relationships. Infact her choice in men reminds me of me, always picking the wrong one.
After a dizzying three months with an Irish Bar tender who leaves when his visa runs out, Amanda finds she could have made the worst mistake of her life. She is pregnant. Not only that he loses her job in the process. Not sure what to do a friend suggests she becomes a 'wet nurse' for another couple. Amanda is appalled. Who does that in this day an age? Surely it would be easier to use a bottle.
Amanda ultimately has no choice and her fighting spirit comes to the fore, for once will she make the right decisions for herself and her daughter?
I liked Amanda she is easily likeable, I laughed, I had tears in my eyes at points in the book and desperately hoped all would work well for her.
This is great story with a really great storyline, something different from the norm.
About The Author
Lisa Doyle is a communications manager and freelance writer based in the Chicago area. A native of Hinsdale, Illinois and a graduate of Miami University, she spent several years editing business-to-business publications for the personal care industry before moving to the nonprofit sector, and currently works in advocacy for homeless families at Bridge Communities in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. She has written for major beauty trade publications (Global Cosmetic Industry, Skin Inc, Salon Today, Modern Salon, Renew, Suburban Life) and is a contributor to WOMEN REINVENTED: TRUE STORIES OF EMPOWERMENT AND CHANGE (LaChancePublishing, 2010).
Doyle is represented by Claire Anderson-Wheeler of Regal Literary, Inc., a full-service agency based in New York.
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