The Surrogate

❴Read❵ ➳ The Surrogate Author C.J. Evans – Does a man really need a woman to have a childTristan Sheppard hates weddings From the little tissue paper invites that came floating through his door to the personalized polo shirts he was forced to Does a man really need a woman to have a childTristan Sheppard hates weddings From the little tissue paper invites that came floating through his door to the personalized polo shirts he was forced to wear on stag nights Unfortunately for Tristan he was of an age where weddings dominated his social calendar In his thirties single and relatively wealthy Tristan prefers the playboy lifestyle he has adopted Others however have plans for himTired of being set up by his 'friend' Stuart Robinson and with an unhealthy infatuation with Stuart's wife Emily Tristan grows tired of being told to settle down Tristan believes that the only true love is between a parent and child which gives him the idea of becoming a father The only problem is he doesn't want a mother After approaching ex girlfriends and lovers Tristan sees the solution to his problem is to pay Marie McDonald a single mother from a poor estate in Edinburgh to be his surrogate But little does he realise what he has let himself in for.The Surrogate

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  • Kindle Edition
  • 388 pages
  • The Surrogate
  • C.J. Evans
  • English
  • 08 April 2015

10 thoughts on “The Surrogate

  1. says:

    I absolutely loved this book Right from the very start you know you are going to adore Tristan Told from his point of view you follow Tristan’s decision to go from a confirmed and cynical bachelor to a man who wants a child of his own and will do anything he can to have one including paying a single mom This story had me from the very first page and kept me riveted to the heartwarming endTristan was easy to like very honest and had plenty of faults that were so realistic that you could easily relate to him There were times when I laughed out loud felt a tear form in my eye and most of all felt the tug on my heart strings while Tristan fumbled his way through life and the momentous decisions he had made Although sometimes I stumbled a bit with Marie’s dialect I loved her character and continued reading eagerly Spunky wise and caring she did a fabulous job in grounding Tristan and she was the perfect contrast for him Mr Evans did a fantastic job in expressing how much Marie teaches him during the story and you cannot help but admire her strength I cannot recommend this story high enough A five star for feel good factor

  2. says:

    Loved this book and thought if women can raise kids without a man then a man can raise a kid without a woman after all it is the age of euality

  3. says:

    I liked this a lot It's far outside my usual genre but it contains a fairly unusual idea Tristan is a successful man in lots of ways but after a string of unhappy relationships and after attending far too many weddings he gets the idea that a child would help him feel the bond with someone else he truly cravesHow he goes about this and the relationships that pushed him towards this decision are the bulk of the story and it never uite turns out how you'd expect I warmed to Tristan as he negotiated this difficult decision finding the titular 'surrogate' in an unlikely place It's a fast paced read and I really got a clear sense of the Edinburgh setting along with the Scottish accents that felt absolutely right as they were written The flashbacks were a little too numerous but it worked in he overall structure of the story It's a domestic drama but one shown entirely through Tristan's eyes which I feel is an unusual viewpoint I liked the initially fearsome surrogate and everyone's fairly realistic response to Tristan's decision I was drawn in by the style and eager to stay to the end Liked this very much and hope to read books by CJ Evans in the futureA FEW SPOILERS BELOWSmallest thing but Tristan's answer to raising the child did seem to be to get a nanny in to do almost all of the actual child care which is practical but felt slightly at odds with his emphasis on creating a bond with the child Not that I think you can't have a bond with a child with a nanny it just felt to me as though he would have sacrificed time even taken a year or two off to care for this baby he desperately wanted This is just a personal feeling about the scene where he talks about childcare although it does show how clueless Tristan is at first On this note I liked how Marie the surrogate soon made sure he understood what was involved in bringing up kids and she was a wonderful character prickly but warm hearted and very sensible In fact it's possible everyone ended up being a little bit TOO nice by the end which leaves a warm feeling nonetheless Hut that's another personal preference No villains here unusually Perhaps in the next book? Otherwise an excellent story

  4. says:

    Should the joy of a family to raise be as easy to obtain as a common unwanted pet? Why are there not single parents who are fathers instead of mothers? After a collection of failed romantic relationships Tristan in The Surrogate begins to fear that he will never find a woman to settle down with As a man who finds himself comfortable in his bachelor life this is no problem At least it isn’t one until he finds himself becoming attracted to the idea of becoming a fatherTristan’s friends all find the notion of their carefree single friend suddenly wanting a family to be something of a joke Either some form of cynical self amusement or nothing than fabrications designed to lure in unsuspecting women for a one or two night stand When he actually goes so far as to hire a woman to get pregnant and have a child for him nobody will believe it Well almost no one Marie McDonald the hired surrogate mother insists that he respect her and treat their relations as nothing than standard businessThis unusual relationship between expectant father Tristan and surrogate mother Marie develops on levels than seems likely or possible while remaining just about platonic So close the two of them are pushed together it’s almost painful how far they hold themselves apart As Tristan struggles to remain respected in his professional world he can’t escape the need he finds to do what he sees as the right thing for Marie and her other young child

  5. says:

    This heartwarming story is told through the eyes of Tristan the main character and I just wanted to hug him by the end He was so nice and well meaning if a little 'gung ho' in his approach to fatherhoodI was sad in parts the way some things worked out but the rest soon cheered me up I loved the what was it called? The seven stages of manhood or something like that since I haven't figured how to go backwards on my Kindle yet and it would take far too long to do it a page at a time oh for the good old days when you could just flick through a paperback at random to discover the exact place which you wanted to easily find I would very much like the author's 'take' on the seven stages of womanhood and what kind of men she'd need in her life?As for the Scottish dialect which is prevalent throughout some of the other characters lines Well I think it fitted perfectly and made it feel authentic to read But then again I could be a bit bias here because I have family on my husband's side who speak with a heavy accent and it reminds me of ChristmasEaster when I hear it Overall it was a well written book and I can only hope and encourage that CJ Evans is busy working on his next novel since I for one will be waiting to read it

  6. says:

    This is an unusual book as although I might think of it as chick lit in that is hasn't got a murder or a ghost the main character is a man and so is the author That probably makes me a massive inverse sexist but on the other hand I liked that this novel was enough about relationships to get me interested but not saccharine enough for me to scorn my genderTristan is a middle class man who wants to have a baby The only thing is he'd rather not have a woman around to complicate things which is a bit tricky when as rule men don't generally give birth This leads him to find a surrogate mother from the less salubrious area of Edinburgh and we follow what happens when two people who wouldn't normally meet make the ultimate a consumer transactionThis is another excellent indie novel I'm not normally a reader of this genre but it kept me turning the pages on my kindle until I had to find out what happened in the end The characters are well formed and Tristan's life is revealed in small chunks and we find out why he wishes to have a child without the relationship that would go with it It is well written and engaging and it would make a great film Definitely worth a downloading

  7. says:

    This is a new spin on contemporary fiction mainly because it is from the Man perspective Well written I did struggle a little with the Scottish accent which slowed the flow of my reading however that is about my ability to read dialects not a reflection on the writingIt was a great twist on the subject of parenting Tristan was desperate to have a child of his own and going to huge riskscost to be able to do this I loved the surrogate character Marie I loved how she told how parenting really wasMany parts of this book are very funny and will really make you laugh out loud but also very emotional passages as you near the end I wonder if there will be another book to follow this as not all the ending were totally explained however that doesn’t stop you enjoying the story and you long for the happy endings for everyoneAll in all I really enjoyed the book and would certainly read books by this Author

  8. says:

    The Surrogate is told from the viewpoint of the main character Tristan who after a number of doomed relationships decides he wants to become a single father Without a current partner on the scene he delves into his little black book and one by one ticks off any likely candidates The answer hits him; he must find a surrogate and ends up with the improbable MarieThere are parts of this story that are uite hilarious and the author draws the various personalities very well But be prepared for some poignant moments towards the end

  9. says:

    I really enjoyed this book the pace the characters and the storyIt held my attention right to the last page and in fact could have kept me gripped for another couple of chapters as I felt it came to an abrupt ending The pace was a little too fast at the endThat said it wasn't predicable and held a couple of surprises along the way

  10. says:

    I am really surprised how much I enjoyed this book Despite my constant struggle to say the accents correctly in my head and the book's need for a good thorough proofreading it was a really good read Very different from anything I've read with interesting well drawn characters an occasional surprise curse you for doing that to my heart and a nice moral at the end of the day

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