Advance Praise for Hold My Girl

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.

— Ashley Audrain, New York Times bestselling author of The Push

“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.”

— Shelby Van Pelt, New York Times bestselling author of Remarkably Bright Creatures

“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.”

— Heather Marshall, author of the #1 instant bestseller Looking For Jane

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.”

— Julianne MacLean, USA Today bestselling author of A Curve in the Road

“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!”

— Christy Ann Conlin, author of Heave, Watermark and The Speed of Mercy

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.”

— Joanne Gallant, author of A Womb in the Shape of a Heart

“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.”

— Barbara Conrey, USA Today bestselling author of Nowhere Near Goodbye

Cover of Hold My Girl Charlene Carr

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