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Henry suggests adoption (p337) and then says (p339) that he doesn't feel incomplete without a child of his own and that Clare is obsessed with having a baby. Did / do you ever feel that one of you wants a baby much more than the other and if so, how did you cope with it?
When we first began the saga that is infertility treatment, I mentioned adoption. H was adamant that that wasn't an acceptable path. He just didn't want it, he wanted his own DNA passed on or nothing. I never cared one way or another. I would like to be a parent and family but I don't really care where the child comes from. Now that we have been through so many cycles and issues, H has finally accepted that adoption may be our only chance and he is getting to the point of knowing he would be able to care about an adopted child. He still is not ready to 'give up' on a DNA child though. I find the whole IVF process painful and exhausting, and, to be honest, not really worth it. I would love an adopted child or children. That is not an issue or concern, nor is passing on genes. But for H the genetic tie is so important that we continue down this path until someone tells us to go home.
Before he died, Henry wrote Claire a letter telling her that he would see her again. While the knowledge clearly gave her comfort, it led her to spend the later part of her life waiting for him. Was it fair for Henry to give that information to Claire?
I almost think it is unfair, but then I believe it is kindness. When you have a loss like a death of someone you love dearly, who wouldn't want to have been told, "We will see each other again, I promise". I mean some people have the faith that you will see those you love in the afterlife, but not all people have that. If you were told that your loss was not permanent, wouldn't that make the immediate loss a little easier to bear?
If you read the book without knowing about the pregnancy/miscarriage aspect of the storyline, how did you feel when you got to that part of the story? If you were unprepared for that aspect of the storyline, did you find it particularly jarring or upsetting? Or, if you read the book already knowing about this storyline, do you think that changed how you reacted to it? Did you find the pregnancy/miscarriage aspect made you relate to the characters more?
I read the book initially before treatment and then reread it for this tour. The first time, I don't think I paid much attention to the infertility storyline. I think I read it more for the scientific solution and the love story. This time through it was more impactful. I don't know that I would have been able to go through as many miscarriages as Clare goes through. I have had 2 and they were each horrible. Debilitating. And we don't get pregnant that easily so there is a lot of time for recovery between miscarriages. I can't imagine becoming pregnant with relative ease and then losing child after child after child. It is horrifying. Had I not had Clare's foreknowledge of a successful outcome, I don't believe I could have continued down that path.
The book ends in 2053, when Claire is 82 years old. Prior to the ending, we are left in the year 2008. Were you satisfied with the ending of the story? What do you think happened to Alba, particularly with her time traveling? In those 45 years, do you think they found a "cure" to the "involuntary" aspect of the time traveling?
I feel that Alba has such a strong nature that she is going to be ok. I feel like Clare and Henry have given her a good foundation to build upon and that she has a different understanding than Henry did growing up. It is like any kind of impediment that is embarrassing before being understood. If Henry were dyslexic and passed that on to Alba, when he was young he might have been tormented for being 'stupid' but as we now understand more people can be more understanding and helpful to this generation, so Alba doesn't have the same hangups that Henry has/had. I think Alba learned to control her gift more and more as she aged. Henry learned to predict when it would occur and know the triggers, Alba had more control than that even at a very early age. I would guess that would only improve with age and understanding. I would think that a 'cure' is unlikely. For many reasons, there are too few people to make solving the problem useful and as long as time travel doesn't seem to be damaging a person then non 'travelers' may not see the benefit of curing the 'problem'.