THE BEST LAID PLANS
THE BEST LAID PLANS (4) by Sarah Mayberry: Having put off having a baby while she established her law career in Melbourne, Australia, Alexandra Knight, 38, is now desperate for a child. With no father prospect in sight, she asks her friend Ethan Stone to donate sperm, and he agrees. But when both of them find the medical procedure daunting — and when they realize they’ve developed an attraction to each other, they decide to try the old-fashioned route. Mayberry’s depiction of her characters’ feelings and motivations is quite realistic. Alex’s desperation for a baby and Ethan’s emotional withdrawal come across as true to life.