Gretchen Fox has her life meticulously planned, and everything goes according to those plans. Her career as an event planner is fulfilling, her marriage to Frederick is great, and they are both fine with waiting until they are ready to have children. But as might typically happen, the best-laid plans often get thrown out the window. Gretchen discovers she’s pregnant, and while Frederick is thrilled, she takes a little more time to warm up to the idea of motherhood.
Throughout the next nine months, Gretchen experiences everything natural to do with pregnancy—good and bad. She also goes through changes with her friendships that she didn’t imagine would be possible even a few months before. Can Gretchen survive this huge event without altering her life plan? Or is that really such a bad thing?
Nine Months in August is a fantastic book. It's well-written, and anyone who has been pregnant and given birth will be able to completely identify with Gretchen’s physical, emotional, and lifestyle dilemmas and changes.
Every detail is incredibly realistic and heartfelt; such books often border on either being too technical or too emotional, but Nine Months in August truly balances the two sides.
The extra dimension with Gretchen and her friends Meredith and Louisa adds depth and meaning to the story. And Gretchen’s mother adds quite a few laugh-out-loud moments to balance the more poignant ones. I suppose Nine Months in August could be considered chick lit or mom lit, but it really goes beyond the light nature of those two genres. This is a highly recommended novel that moms and moms-to-be
will both savor.