Frank talk about monthly cycles, IVF, money, and personal values are part of an unconventional co-parenting agreement in Malaysian author Ho’s sensitive portrayal of two people who long to be parents but are not able to follow the usual route of love and children with a committed partner...As in her stellar debut, Last Tang Standing (2020), Ho skillfully employs humor to make heartbreaking truths more bearable.
Lucie Yi knows she wants a child, but her journey to parenthood has been bumpy...After having a miscarriage, she suffers another devastating blow when her boyfriend cheats on her...The dating pool isn’t offering any potential fathers, but then she discovers Co-Family.com, a platform that one of her friends describes as 'Tinder for would-be parents'...A platonic co-parenting situation is just what Lucie wants—she can’t deal with another heartbreak...When she meets Collin, she knows he’ll make the perfect father for her child...He’s willing to move to Singapore, where she wants to raise their child, and best of all, she doesn’t have any pesky feelings for him...But when she gets pregnant and they make the move back to her home country, things get complicated...A beautiful exploration of both grief and romance starring a lovably hilarious heroine.
A pragmatic woman takes a shortcut to motherhood in this lopsided romance from Ho...Career-driven New Yorker Lucie Yi has given up on love, but a breakdown in a children’s boutique has her realizing she still longs to be a mother. She signs up for a website that connects individuals interested in platonic co-parenting arrangements and hits it off with charming software engineer Collin Read...Though Lucie is determined to keep things platonic, deeming Collin “Mr. Right Enough,” she can’t deny the spark between them, especially after their passionate attempt at conceiving is successful...Ho hits her stride in this second act, introducing a larger cast and a meatier plot and peeling back her characters’ layers. Readers will have to stick with this to get to the goods.