Hold My Girl


Two women. Two eggs. One switch.

Katherine is a woman full of obsessions. Everything clean, everything perfect, all of the time. After seven years of trying – and failing – to conceive, she finally gives birth to Rose, her IVF miracle child. But, her pale skin not matching Katherine’s own, she’s fearful Rose isn’t really her daughter.

Tess never got her happy ending. She took on IVF alongside Katherine and a group of hopeful mothers, but hasn’t been one of the lucky ones. After a series of desperate choices, she’s divorced, broke, and stuck in a job beneath her skills.

When Rose is ten months old, they both get a call from the fertility clinic. The women’s eggs were switched. One woman has been raising the wrong daughter, while the other has spent a year grieving a child that wasn’t hers.

Katherine’s perfect life begins to crumble around her, but for Tess it’s the glimmer of hope she needs to get her life back on track. It’ll take a custody battle like no other to decide who really deserves to be Rose’s mother – a battle that will push both women to the brink.

Slide – Ashley Audrain, New York Times bestselling author of The Push HOLD MY GIRL deftly explores the tribulations of motherhood through a
compelling narrative that portrays both sides of a headline-making
controversy about biology, motherhood, and race.
Thoughtful, tense, and affecting, Charlene Carr has skillfully
crafted a page-turning story with compassion at its centre.
Sounds like my type of book!
Slide Shelby Van Pelt, New York Times bestselling author of Remarkably Bright Creatures “Charlene Carr pulls off an extraordinary emotional tightrope walk
with these imperfect characters and the impossible situation they’re thrust into.
Each fresh twist had me shifting my sympathies until the very end.
Hold My Girl is a beautiful, unflinching examination of what it means to be a mother.”
Yes, please!
Slide — Heather Marshall, author of the #1 instant bestseller Looking For Jane "In Hold My Girl, Charlene Carr unflinchingly pulls the reader into the broken hearts
and spiraling minds of two mothers who are thrust into an unimaginable situation.
With poignant insight and - at times - unsettling accuracy, Carr has crafted
not only a compelling, intensely propulsive page turner, but a deeply
emotional exploration into the very essence of what it means to be a mother.
I was spellbound from start to finish."
Hmm . . . looks like no sleep for me!
Slide — Julianne MacLean, USA Today bestselling author of A Curve in the Road “Hold My Girl is an emotionally complex, absolute triumph of a novel
that raises thought-provoking questions about what it means to be a mother, a wife,
and a friend. Charlene Carr writes fearlessly and brilliantly from the heart about motherly
love, loss, and difficult moral choices. Her characters are so real, you ache for them as
they struggle to do the right thing in impossible circumstances. I was riveted from the
first page and couldn’t stop reading. I needed to know how this beautiful,
heart-wrenching book would end. It’s an absolute must-read.”
Well, if it's absolute . . .
Slide — Christy Ann Conlin, author of Heave, Watermark and The Speed of Mercy “Hold My Girl is a pulsating page turner of a novel which will forever change how you
think about motherhood, biology and family. I tore through the pages of this gorgeous
gripping story of who gets to be a mother, and how instinct, love and longing
will either break us, or transform us—an incredible book!”
Okay, you've convinced me!
Slide — Joanne Gallant, author of A Womb in the Shape of a Heart “Hold My Girl is a deeply resonant story of loss, infertility, and the complexities
of motherhood. Filled with the ache of longing familiar to those who have hoped
for a child, Hold My Girl captures the painful experience of infertility and the lengths
many of us go to become mothers. For those who have experienced the loss of a baby
or those who have endured the trials of IVF, you will see yourself reflected in both
Katherine and Tess. For readers who haven’t, you will find renewed compassion and
empathy for those in your life who have. I’ve been waiting for a book like this to land on my
nightstand, and I am grateful it finally exists. I couldn't have loved it more.”
Ooo! Excited to get it on my nightstand too!
Slide — Barbara Conrey, USA Today bestselling author of Nowhere Near Goodbye “Charlene Carr’s poignant novel, Hold My Girl, holds nothing back in the story of
two mothers and one daughter. A story that is both every mother’s dream and every
mother’s nightmare, Carr bares the soul of her characters in ways few writers can as
she exposes their darkest secrets and desires.
An emotional and thought-provoking read I will not soon forget.”



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