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WIN 1 of 17 copies of The Mothers by Genevieve Gannon, thanks to Allen & Unwin.

What if you gave birth to someone else’s child? A gripping family drama inspired by a real-life case of an IVF laboratory mix-up.

Two couples. One baby. An unimaginable choice.

Grace and Dan Arden are in their forties and have been on the IVF treadmill since the day they got married. Six attempts have yielded no results and with each failure a little piece of their hope dies.

Priya Laghari and her husband Nick Archer are being treated at the same fertility clinic, and while they don’t face the same time pressure as the Ardens, the younger couple have their own problems.

Priya is booked for her next IVF cycle the same day that Grace goes in for her final, last-chance embryo transfer. Two weeks later, both women get their results.

A year on, angry and heartbroken, one of the women learns her embryo was implanted in the other’s uterus and must make a devastating choice: live a childless life knowing her son is being raised by strangers or seek custody of a baby who has been nurtured and loved by another couple.


The Mothers beautifully captures the desperation for a baby and the emotional roller-coaster of IVF … In the style of Jodi Picoult, it’s impossible to choose sides. These characters and their heart-wrenching dilemma will follow you off the page and have you asking what would you do? An intriguing, thought-provoking novel.’ – Petronella McGovern, bestselling author of Six Minutes


‘Engagingly and unflinchingly told, Gannon’s new novel, The Mothers, is the story of every parent’s worst nightmare. It is that novel that makes you muse on the most difficult of questions … What makes a mother? And can you ever un-become one? Like all my favourite books, The Mothers is both heartbreaking and heartwarming, and it leaves you with a lot to think about after you turn the final page. I sobbed my way through this wonderful book.’ – Sally Hepworth, bestselling author of The Mother-in-Law


To find out more about this great read, go to www.allenandunwin.com

Please note this competition is open from 5th January 2020 until 31st January 2020 and is only available to members of Mouths Of Mums. This competition is a game of skill – answer in 50 words or less. We are unable to accept entries posted via facebook. Facebook LIKE functionality is not a requirement of entry to this competition. The winners of this competition will be published on this page. Winners’ name and address will be provided to the promoter of this competition and prizes will be sent to the address you have in Your Profile. Please ensure your details are up to date so that you receive your prize.

Winners for this competition

  1. S. BanksVIC
  2. C. MacKenzieQLD
  3. R. PhillipsNSW
  4. C. AvardNSW
  6. G. PacaniSA
  7. T. HenricksTAS
  8. L. NelsonVIC
  9. D. WurstQLD
  10. J. SwainSA
  11. M. BuckleyVIC
  12. J. LoNSW
  13. K. MorrisQLD
  14. A. WeddingQLD
  15. C. CareyNT
  16. M. KervinQLD
  17. A. JennerSA
  • I would like a good book that I can read at night that distracts me from my anxiety. This book looks perfect

  • Have always been fascinated by how one moment in life can change everything. You wonder Is it fate, chance, luck. Moments! Are we really in control of our own lives! We can only be left to live by our decisions and trust our choices. Would love to read this story

  • I have been looking for a good book to read, and this looks and sounds like it will be a great book.

  • A very interesting read this would be of the struggle and emotional dilemna faced by a mother.

  • You know, every mothers story is unique. I love talking to mothers, sharing stories and supporting each other. This sounds like a read that is enjoyable but good for reminder or embracing our own experiences.

  • I’ve had alot of time to stay inside to read with this heat wave

  • ‘The Mothers’ resonates with me. I struggled with fertility and was finally blessed with twins following medical assistance and hormones. That was stressful enough without the added complication of a mix up of embryos. I am fascinated with the story line and think ‘The Mothers’ would be a page turner.

  • The story sounds gripping and I can’t even imagine what I’d do in a similar situation

  • I’d like to win a copy for my daughter who has 3 adorable boys and loves a good tearjerker to read.

  • The 3 children I have are my step children, I’m actually about to start my first IVF cycle in April and would love to read this

  • This book by Genieve Gannon looks like a perfect page turner! I’m an avid reader! And the plot sounds perfect for my eyes!

  • My close friend’s son and daughter in law have just been through IVF and been blessed with twins, one of each so this subject is very close to my heart.

  • Sounds really interesting and such a dilemma. Drama but with babies at stake. I think this would be perfect to gift to my sister-in-law who is having intestine surgery in the next week and will be laid up for weeks afterwards. I know she’d love it too.

  • I read everything and anything but am always looking for my next great read and this is it

  • My favourite way to relax is by reading. Even if my daughter only sleeps for half an hour reading is the best down time.

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