By and large, Amanda Keane makes pretty good decisions. Okay, she might not have the best taste in men, but she’s got great friends, a good job, and an independent spirit. That is, until her 30th birthday ushers in a whirlwind romance with a sexy Irish musician who leaves her, not at the altar as she imagined, but accidentally pregnant. And when he disappears, she’s downsized out of a job, her apartment is robbed, and lapsed health insurance coverage leaves her with a C-section to pay for, Amanda is launched headfirst into the life of a broke single mom. But her friend and uber successful ob-gyn, Joy, clues her in to an unlikely temp position with one of Chicago’s celebrity elite that just may be the answer to all her woes. Or could it be just the beginning?
It’s with serious trepidation that Amanda embarks on her surprisingly lucrative new career: underground wet nurse to the offspring of Chi-town’s rich and famous. Amanda must quickly understand how to live at the whims and mercy of the one percent as she deals with the irony of nursing – and loving – someone else’s child, while still making ends meet for her own daughter. And then there’s Cute Daycare Dad (aka Dan), who’s obviously interested in her. But can she afford to tell him what she really does for a living? Is her new job (something she thought went out with the 19th century) a shameful thing? Just another way of selling her body? Or does it have something to teach her after all?
A novel of motherhood, its many demands, and all the little triumphs along the way, MILKED is a warm and witty debut about making tough choices and traveling the roundabout road to happiness.
Lisa Doyle is a communications manager and freelance writer based in the Chicago area. A native of Hinsdale, Illinois and a graduate of Miami University, she spent several years editing business-to-business publications for the personal care industry before moving to the nonprofit sector, and currently works in advocacy for homeless families at Bridge Communities in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. She has written for major beauty trade publications (Global Cosmetic Industry, Skin Inc, Salon Today, Modern Salon, Renew, Suburban Life) and is a contributor to WOMEN REINVENTED: TRUE STORIES OF EMPOWERMENT AND CHANGE (LaChance Publishing, 2010).
Doyle is represented by Claire Anderson-Wheeler of Regal Literary, Inc., a full-service agency based in New York.
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I was given an ecopy of this book by Kim Nash (@kimthebookworm) in exchange for an honest review as part of a blog tour for this book Milked by Lisa Doyle.
When I read the blurb of this book I was intrigued - what a storyline a 21st century wet-nurse - how does that work, is it even legal I asked myself?
We're introduced to Amanda, the main character as she approaches 30 and the end of her 9 year career in publishing. Amanda is instantly likeable, she's the intelligent but ditzy member of her circle of friends, who all seem to have all done well for themselves. Amanda always seems to fall shy in more ways than one - stature, status, income, family, and relationships.
She comes across as a very likeable person, someone who is fun to be around but at the same time a little bit of a loose cannon. Her friends don't trust her choice in men, even Amanda would have to agree with them on that point - she's impetuous in her choices but the novelty soon wears off and she finds herself single again. It is at her 30th birthday celebrations, where her friend is trying to set her up with an older man that she makes the mistake of falling instead for the irish bar man - spending three, passionate months with him until his visa runs out with him leaving her a gift in the form of an unexpected pregnancy!
This story demonstrates how when the chips are down Amanda becomes a fighter. If becoming a single mother wasn't bad enough, losing her job just about tops it until her gyny friend suggests she becomes a 'wet nurse' for a highly, prolific couple. I loved how Amanda was at first appalled with the idea, then goes for it guns blazing when she realises the pay benefits. It really was time for decision making 'sink or swim' springs to mind. Ultimately she has no choice if she wants to be able to provide food and shelter for herself and Maddie her daughter.
This book demonstrates in so many ways the general characteristics born by Amanda and many people in her situation. She was impetuous and lived for the moment, believing in love, hope and happiness. Becoming a mother strengthened her character. She still had the same values but her outlook changed. Her priority was to provide security, love and happiness for her child at all costs. Taking on a job that at first appalled her, then she grew to like it or shall we say she liked the financial benefits!
Although this book is clearly a contemporary women novel the story line adds its own twist making it a totally unpredictable read. I laughed out loud, smiled, felt incredibly sad and moved at times too. There is love and romance as well as cute toddlers and sweet smelling babies - what is there not to love about this book. A different novel, that kept me fully, engaged from start to finish, I don't hesitate to recommend it to all chick lit readers who I'm sure will also appreciate the different subject matter and style Lisa has brought to this book 'Milked'.