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Author: Jennifer Weiner Narrator: Jenni Barber, Aya Cash, Annalynne McCord, Karen Ziemba Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2011 ISBN: 9781442340695
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner takes readers into the heart of women’s lives in an unforgettable, timely tale.

AN UNEXPECTED LOVE STORY . . .

Jules Strauss is a Princeton senior on a full scholarship who plans on selling her “pedigree” eggs to help save her father from addiction.

Annie Barrow, a struggling Pennsylvania housewife, thinks that carrying another woman’s child will help her recover a sense of purpose and will bring in some much-needed cash.

India Bishop, thirty-eight (really, forty-three) and recently married to the wealthy Marcus Croft, yearns for a baby for reasons that have more to do with money than with love. When her attempts at pregnancy fail, she turns to Jules and Annie to make her dreams come true.

But each of their plans is thrown into disarray when Bettina, Marcus’s privileged daughter, becomes suspicious that her new stepmother is not what she seems . . .

Told with Jennifer Weiner’s trademark wit and sharp observations, Then Came You is a hilarious, tender, and timely tale that explores themes of class and entitlement, surrogacy and charity, the rights of a parent and the measure of a mother. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Weiner revisits girls-are-their-own-best-friends territory with this savvy tale of a profoundly unorthodox family, unspooling the impossibly complicated and hopeful tale of how baby Aurora was born.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “In this warm and winning yarn, Weiner draws readers into the lives of each woman, and brings them together in an unexpected and ultimately rewarding way. Another surefire hit for the popular author of Fly Away Home.”

    Booklist

  • “Weiner has written a compelling novel that gradually reveals more about her characters as her page-turning plot propels the story forward.”

    Library Journal

  • “Weiner’s elucidation of socio-economic determinism is as sharp as ever.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times bestseller

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 2/16/2014

    " I read this book in 2 days. It was an easy read and hard to put down. Although it was predictable how all 4 women would be connected, it was very surprising how they ended up being united at the end. This was a great read!! It is one of Jennifer Weiner's best books-- in my opinion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaime | 2/12/2014

    " I have not read a Jennifer Weiner book that was bad. Another good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 2/10/2014

    " I really liked this one.. all 4 women had an interesting background.. I like the way the story unfolded to bring them, all strangers, together.. one of her better books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 2/8/2014

    " This was a quick beach read , but as always she gets you routing for her characters, and I enjoyed reading it a lot "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorie | 2/3/2014

    " I really liked this book - interesting topic! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 1/30/2014

    " Breezy and light...a beach read with sustenance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 1/27/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. An interesting premise that made for an entertaining read. Great read for the summer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tamara | 1/12/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. I have read many of her other books and this one was different but still very interesting. I didn't think I would like some of the characters in the beginning, but did by the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lara | 1/10/2014

    " Drew me right in... Fast read ( few days) very poinient to anyone who has had/known someone with fertility issues that has a beautiful baby today. At times I thought I was reading Jodi Picoult- so be prepared for some heavier topics than usual. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 1/8/2014

    " I can't help it....I love Jennifer Weiner and I just put this one down after 3 days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 12/20/2013

    " Jennifer Weiner doesn't disappoint. If you've liked any of her books you'll like this as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacki | 11/23/2013

    " One of the best books I've read it ages !!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 11/6/2013

    " As always, a great read by Jennifer Weiner! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 8/22/2013

    " Decent chick lit. Good vacation read. Nothing amazing here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 8/19/2013

    " Another one I tried really hard to finish, but I just couldn't make myself do it. I've loved every other book of hers I've read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheryl | 7/19/2013

    " Not stellar but readable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lianne | 2/27/2013

    " I would really give this 2.5 stars. I'm not a huge fan of chick-lit and just read this for a change of pace. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/14/2013

    " Too predictable, too stiff, too UN-funny :( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 1/1/2013

    " I thought this was a very good novel. Its been a while since I've read a Jennifer Weiner book and this made me remember why I like her work so much. Very engaging story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Polly | 11/20/2012

    " Different and good "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 10/5/2012

    " OK, I'm going to come clean. After a variety of 'literary' reads, I was looking for a quick fun read without complications. Instead Weiner came through with a most compelling and rich story with a cast of characters that were not only convincing, but downright perfect. Kudos to you, Jennifer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 7/29/2012

    " Couldn't stop reading. Four women, leading very different lives, end up with intertwined dramas leading to one daughter. Compelling, intriguing characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 10/30/2011

    " I read the book in one sitting. It was a quick easy read which is not the norm for me. But it kept me entertained. A nice beach read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 8/22/2011

    " Not my favorite Jennifer Weiner, but it was a good story. Told in the point of view of 4 different woman, I didn't feel attatched, really, to any of them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marla | 8/22/2011

    " Another outstanding book by Jennifer Weiner "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karly | 7/24/2011

    " Fun, easy read. Love the change of narrator perspectives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 7/21/2011

    " Couldn't put it down. Always enjoy Jennifer Weiner but this one was different and thought provoking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cara | 7/20/2011

    " Well, I didn't predict the ending, which is rare in chick lit. But this just wasn't my favorite by Weiner. It was slow to start; I had some difficulty figuring out how much time passed between chapters; and I wish she had spent a little more time with Bettina's back story.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 7/19/2011

    " This is the first book I've read by this author and it was a decent read. I may try another one of Jennifer Weiner's book before I make a decision on this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carey | 7/18/2011

    " Not as good as her other books, but a very interesting concept and a good read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cyndi | 7/17/2011

    " More like a 3.5....I rounded up. Jennifer Weiner is one of my favorite authors but I liked her earlier novels better. Also, sometimes the different narrators gets confusing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ellen | 7/17/2011

    " This book is not eventful. This book gets almost Jodi Picoult Dramatic and I don't say that lightly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karenzielinski | 7/17/2011

    " Compelling story and excellent writing about four very different women who become connected through the birth of a child. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 7/17/2011

    " A little disappointing...I was hoping for more action. But a quick read and definitely great characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 7/17/2011

    " I am a huge Jennifer Weiner fan. I especially loved Fly Away Home and Best Friends Forever, but I just couldn't feel the emotion in this book as I did her other books. It is still a great read, but I did enjoy her other books a little bit more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 4/18/2011

    " I absolutely love Lisa Kleypas novels! For a romance addict like me I like the way the storyline builds in heat and tension! The characters are likeable and interesting! Very good read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Moviesfreak89 | 4/11/2011

    " i like the plot "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vikisha | 3/21/2011

    " Another winner from Lisa Kleypas. I enjoyed Lily's spunk and her lust for life and to live it on her terms. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherri | 3/20/2011

    " Emotional on so many levels. Kleypas surprised me several times with the direction she took the story. Derek made me cry. ;-) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancyboat | 3/11/2011

    " Cute - but Lilly went from strong chick to slightly wimpy by the end of the book. I'm not a fan of blonde heros - and Alex almost seemed a little...obsessive??? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 MRS | 3/8/2011

    " I think 2.5 is the actual score I'd give the book if I could. I guess I just got tired of the formula...Lily is so much like the heroines of other Kleypas books (she's a rebel...how shocking) that I couldn't really like her that much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 3/1/2011

    " Good. Some strong areas, mostly average but very readable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 2/24/2011

    " My first read from the older Kleypas library. Alex and Lily were both great characters and I thoroughly enjoyed their story. LK's writing style was a tad rougher than I'm used to having read all her newest books, but she still knew how to get to the heart of a story. A definite four stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 1/13/2011

    " it is what it is. you get a dragged out secret and a missing child throughout the entire book but you get lots of romance. so yeah. it is what it is. "

About the Author

Jennifer Weiner is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels. After graduating with a degree in English literature from Princeton, she worked as a newspaper reporter in a number of states but became a full-time writer after the publication of her first novel in 2001. Her novel In Her Shoes was made into a major motion picture starring Cameron Diaz, and she is the co-creator and executive producer of the ABC Family show State of Georgia. As a public speaker, Weiner has appeared on the Today show, the Martha Stewart Show, and her work has appeared in such publications as Seventeen, Salon, Redbook, Glamour, and others.

About the Narrators

Jenni Barber is a seasoned stage performer who has appeared on Broadway in The Performers and the award-winning The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, as well as numerous off-Broadway productions. In addition to her stage work, she has appeared on television in Elementary, Smash, and Law & Order: SVU, and is the narrator of the Dork Diaries series.

Aya Cash is an American actress, the daughter of poet and novelist Kim Addonizio and Buddhist teacher Eugene Cash, and the granddaughter of Wimbledon champion Pauline Betz Addie and sportswriter Bob Addie. An alumnus of the San Francisco School of the Arts as well as the University of Minnesota, she has appeared on television series such as Brotherhood, Mercy, and three Law & Order series. Most recently she has appeared in The Newsroom, and Martin Scorcese’s The Wolf of Wall Street.

Karen Ziemba is an Earphones Award-winning narrator and a Tony Award-winning actor, singer, and dancer. In 2000 she received the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress, along with the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards, starring in Susan Stroman and John Weidman’s hit musical Contact. She also starred as “Roxie Hart” in Chicago and “Rita Racine” in Steel Pier, for which she received her first Tony award nomination as well as Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations. She is also active on tours to American cities and has made appearances in television series dramas.