What happens when you find out the child you gave birth to isn’t really yours.. find out in The Swap by Fiona Mitchell

What happens when you find out the child you gave birth to isn't really yours.. find out in The Swap by Fiona Mitchell
The Swap by Fiona Mitchell

The Swap

Publication date: September 19th, 2019 
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Pages: 304
Genre: Fiction
Buy: Book Depository | Wordery


What would you do if you found out your child wasn’t yours? Two women. Two children. But whose is whose?

When two strangers, Tess and Annie, undergo IVF at an American clinic, their embryos are mixed up and each woman gives birth to the wrong child. And whilst they are ignorant to this fact something has always felt a bit ‘off’ in regards to their children.

The women only discover the devastating error three years later, after one of them is involved in an accident. Tess will do anything in her power to swap the children back; Annie doesn’t want to. As the pair wrangle, neither of them expect what unfolds.

This is a novel full of the complexities of how what happens when things can go wrong with IVF and the impact this can have on so many people. The moral issue about whose is whose child, the right versus the wrong and nature verses nurture. This is a powerful and thought provoking novel about making the best decision for your children no matter how painful that can be.

– My Thoughts –

The Swap is a story of two women separated by oceans but connected by their children.

Tess Rossi, a 40-something british woman, couldn’t be more different from Annie, a wannabe American artist; yet, fate brought them closer together during an IVF transfusion. Tess and Annie have always felt that there was something “off” about their kids. It wasn’t until Tess got into a car accident with her two kids that the truth saw light. It wasn’t until Tess was informed by a nurse that Freddie – Tess’s son – was not genetically hers.

When Annie receives the news that her daughter Willow isn’t genetically hers, she doesn’t want to get in touch with the other family involved in this swap. However, after an emotional interaction, Annie can’t stop herself from meeting her “son”. What follows next is an emotional meeting where both Tess and Annie will have to make some very important decisions that could change all of their lives.

An IVF mixup has happened before and it’s traumatic, to say the least. The process of IVF itself is not a walk in the park and on top of that, these women had their embryos swapped without their knowledge. I can’t imagine the maelstorm of emotions that the family -especially the women and the children involved- have to go through. This is a wonderfully engrossing story that made me emotional at times. However, I expected the ending to be a bit more sensational but that’s just a personal preference.

Overall, I would recommend this book if you’re looking for a thought provoking read or a interesting book for your book club!

Thanks to the publisher for gifting me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Many Thanks to Hodder and Stoughton for including me in this blog tour! I’m seriously late in posting my review so please accept my apologies for the late posting!

– About the Author

Fiona Mitchell is an award-winning writer and has worked as a journalist for many years. She spent almost three years living in Singapore and now lives in London with her husband and daughter. Her debut novel The Maid’s Room was published in 2017.

Thank you for reading! Have you read any similar stories where characters have been switched before or after birth? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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