All the Good Parts

All the Good PartsAll the Good Parts by Loretta Nyhan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Leona is 39, a nursing student close to gaining her degree and living in the basement of her sister Carly’s house whilst helping her bring up her four children. In her opinion, and that of everyone around her, her life is drifting by and she doesn’t have much to show for it. Then her gynaecologist asks a question that sets her world spinning – does she want to have a baby or not because time is running out.
Carly and her husband Donal have four children and a problem with the Immigration Department. Leona’s home-health care clients have their own issues that she tries to help them with varying degrees of success, and the friend Leona makes via her online course doesn’t seem quite so straight forward.
This book doesn’t rely on trite answers and its not all wrapped up neatly with a bow on top. What I loved about this book is that it wasn’t an instalove romance. Instead it is a story of a woman being challenged by those around her as to her motivation for wanting a baby (the old justification question) and the fact she has no boyfriend, in fact almost no men in her life to speak of, to ask if they would donate to the cause.
This book tells a great story of a woman really searching for meaning in her life, finding her place in the world. The side characters are real and strongly drawn, the situation relatable and the ending is unexpected but left open enough to write a follow up novel.
This is a highly satisfying read.

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