The New Person, a review by Shelley

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THE NEW PERSON
Loretta Nyhan

Lake Union Publishing
Expected Publication November 29th, 2022
299 pages
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This book surprised me in the best way. It was a lovely story about making a family and finding some connections along the way. What constitutes a family? Mine is an immediate family of three, me and my two adult sons. But my extended family contains multitudes, including those not related by blood or marriage. Most of the characters in this book were of the kind variety but they were well-rounded and had some flaws and were selfish at times so they seemed true to life. Roxy was my favourite character as she was so strong and stood up for herself when she needed to. I saw a lot of myself in her, she being a single mother working two jobs and doing what she needed to for her son.

My favourite part of this book was the connection between Roxy and Nora and the fact that we got the point of view from the expecting father as well. That was a refreshing change of pace. The book doesn’t focus on surrogacy too much, it is really about the feelings and relationships surrounding the procedure and how the people involved deal with hope, loss, and grief. This was such a hopeful story, without being saccharine, for the most part, and I so loved the ending, it was really unexpected.

(Thanks to the author I will never order a Frosty from DoorDash or SkipTheDishes, ever!)

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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