Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Bed Rest by Sarah Bilston

Short on amniotic fluid, Quinn "Q" Boothroyd is confined to bed rest for the remaining 14 weeks of her pregnancy. To chronicle her days during her bed rest, Q keeps a diary where she records daily activities such as catching up on daytime television, devouring chocolate-chip cookies, and watching the elderly neighbors in the building across from hers. This is quite an adjustment to for a London attorney who has recently moved to Manhattan.

Fortunately, she has other distractions to keep the worries of her baby off her mind including learning of the affair between two of her coworkers, visits from her younger sisters, and playing matchmaker between acquaintances.

Furthermore, Q's homebound status gives her the opportunity to help her elderly Greek neighbor, Mrs. G., protest the demolition of the rent-controlled building next door. However, Tom's dedication to his work leaves Quinn questioning his commitment to her and their unborn baby, especially when she discovers his firm is representing the very management company that Mrs. G is fighting.

Quinn definitely reminds of Bridget Jones had she been pregnant. Although at times readers will feel as if there isn't enough there to drive the plot, Quinn's humorous antics will help to move the story (slowly) along.

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