Book Author: Sarah Ready
Book Cover Art and Illustration: Elizabeth Turner Stokes
Book Interior Art: Sarah Ready
Audiobook Narrator: Erin Mallon
Book Publisher: W.W. Crown an Imprint of Swift and Lewis Publishing, LLC
Publisher Website: www.wwcrown.com
Author Website: www.sarahready.com
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Book Copyright: Sarah Ready 2021
Book Page Count: 366 pages
Book Available in: Paperback, Jacketed Hardcover, eBook, Large Print, and Audiobook
Book Category: Fiction: Romance; Fiction: Romantic Comedy; Fiction: Chicklit; Fiction: Women’s Fiction
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-954007-22-2
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-954007-19-2
eBook ISBN: 978-1-954007-18-5
Audiobook ISBN: 978-1-954007-31-4
Josh and Gemma Make a Baby is a nitty gritty, honest look at the awkwardness, hilarity, and heartbreak of going through IVF, and wanting a baby as a single, thirty-something woman in NYC. When writing, Sarah Ready wanted to bring to the forefront the real-life struggle that is so common for women and couples in today’s world, yet so rarely addressed honestly and accurately in books, movies and television. From finding a sperm donor, to ultrasounds, injections, and unexpected love, this book details the journey of a lifetime. What does it mean to be a woman in today’s world? A mother? Can we have self-determination of our destinies, including when and how to have a family? This book will make you laugh, cry, and then laugh again, as Josh and Gemma make a baby.
When a reader said she’d read Josh and Gemma Make a Baby while in labor at the hospital and then listened to the audiobook while cuddling her newborn, we knew the book was connecting with people in a big way.
Josh and Gemma Make a Baby is a poignant, hilarious romcom about the desire to have a baby, the hilarity and rawness of IVF, and finding love where you least expect it.
Selected for Apple Books Most Anticipated Romance of Winter 2022.
Audiobook narrated by five-time Audie Award nominee, and six-time Earphones Award winner Erin Mallon.
One in eight couples struggle with infertility, it’s so common, yet so rarely discussed in movies, books, or the media.
Sarah Ready set out to write a book that honestly and accurately gives an up-close look at IVF. Josh and Gemma Make a Baby will have you rolling on the floor with laughter one minute and tearing up the next. It’s the book you didn’t know you needed, but really, really do.
So many advance readers and reviewers have written to say how deeply they connected with Gemma, to share their own stories of infertility and IVF, and to say that this is the first book they’ve ever read that so honestly portrays their own journey. They’re sharing it with their sisters, moms, aunts, and friends – everyone they know! Josh and Gemma Make a Baby gives a voice to what so many women and couples experience and it does so with humor and poignancy.
Author Sarah Ready writes contemporary romance and romantic comedy. Her books have been described as “euphoric”, “heartwarming” and “laugh out loud”. Her debut novel The Fall in Love Checklist was hailed as “the unicorn read of 2020”. Sarah writes stand-alone romcoms and romcoms in the Soul Mates in Romeo series.
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New Year’s Resolution:
Have a baby
Preferably with Josh Lewenthal
Meet Gemma Jacobs. She’s driven, energetic, and a positive thinker. She has a great career working for famed self-help guru Ian Fortune, she lives in a cute studio apartment in Manhattan, and her family is supportive and loving (albeit a little kooky). Her life is perfect. Absolutely wonderful.
Except for one tiny little thing.
After a decade of disastrous relationships and an infertility diagnosis, Gemma doesn’t want a Mr. Right (or even a Mr. Right Now), she just wants a baby.
And all she needs is an egg, some sperm, and IVF.
So Gemma makes a New Year’s resolution: have a baby.
Josh Lewenthal is a laid back, relaxed, find-the-humor-in-life kind of guy. The polar opposite of Gemma. He’s also her brother’s best friend. For the past twenty years Josh has attended every Jacobs’ family birthday, holiday, and event – he’s always around.
Gemma knows him. He’s nice (enough), he’s funny (-ish), he’s healthy (she thinks) and he didn’t burn any ants with a magnifying glass as a kid. Which, in Gemma’s mind, makes him the perfect option for a sperm donor.
So Gemma wants to make a deal. An unemotional, businesslike arrangement. No commitments, just a baby.
To Gemma’s surprise, Josh agrees.
They have nothing in common, except their agreement to make a baby and their desire to keep things businesslike.
But the thing about baby-making…it’s hard to keep it businesslike, it’s nearly impossible to keep it unemotional, and it’s definitely impossible to keep your heart out of the mix. Because when you’re making a baby together, things have a way of starting to feel like you’re making other things too – like a life, and a family, and love. And when the baby-making ends, you wish that everything else didn’t have to end too.
"Sarah had me laughing, crying - basically feeling ALL my feelings - in this delightful story about creating the life you want and not judging people too soon. I love me some Josh & Gemma!"
“Sarah Ready puts the “US” in “uter-US” as we join Gemma on her humorous and heart-warming journey to become a mother despite being single and having an infertility diagnosis. This book is a relatable tale that offers belly-laughs, romantic interludes, poignant moments, engaging characters, and a fun escape we all could use these days!”
“Heartbreaking, poignant and profound, but clever, charming and laugh-out-loud-spew-your-drink hilarious, this will definitely be one of your very best reads ever, so make sure you don’t miss it…you’ll fall nose over toes for these perfectly imperfect, delightful, unforgettable characters. You'll laugh till you cry and cry till you laugh, and your romantic heart will be ecstatically happy!”
“A woman comes to her first love with an unusual proposition in this romantic comedy.
Gemma Jacobs is running out of time to make her dream come true. The 32-year-old social media manager for a popular self-help guru always wanted a child of her own. But a cheating husband, a divorce, and a diagnosis of stage four endometriosis have significantly impeded the process. Enter Josh Lewenthal, a handsome comic artist whom Gemma’s known her whole life. Not only did Josh grow up in the same small town outside New York City, he also was Gemma’s brother’s best friend—and the one whom she lost her virginity to as a teenager. At Gemma’s family’s annual New Year’s Eve party, she proposes that Josh donate his sperm so she can finally conceive via in vitro fertilization. Though Josh resists at first, he quickly comes around and asks to be involved in the child’s life, as his father and only family member is dying. As Josh and Gemma start spending more time together, the chemistry they had as teens surfaces. At the same time, Gemma’s boss, the handsome and charismatic Ian Fortune, begins pursuing her with full knowledge she’s undergoing IVF. Will Josh stay a donor and co-parent or become something much more? And will Gemma be able to get pregnant? Romance author Ready gives Gemma rich and complex motivations for wanting a baby. The author also creates a vibrant cast of characters, especially the protagonist’s fertility support group, whose members range from a tough-talking attorney and a wealthy socialite to an optimistic hippie, all united in their desire for children. Josh is an ideal contemporary romance hero: devoted to his dad, more of a creative genius than Gemma originally thought, fully supportive of her decision to have a baby with his sperm, and with a body that includes “rock hard abs.” The details of reproductive challenges and medical interventions are explicit and not for the faint of heart, but can provide information and comfort to those who are curious or have experienced fertility struggles themselves.
An unusual and winning read about a little-discussed topic.”