Today I’m so excited to host a stop on my friend Tegan Wren’s blog tour for her debut novel, INCONCEIVABLE!, which comes out today! I was lucky enough to read an ARC of this book, and I can personally guarantee, this is one you don’t want to miss! Read on for an official blurb, my review, and a raffle to win a signed paperback of Tegan’s book!
So what’s INCONCEIVABLE! about?
A popular, young royal couple can’t produce an heir? INCONCEIVABLE!
When Ozarks native Hatty goes “whole hog” during karaoke, she catches the eye of Prince John. He isn’t what she expects the heir to a small European nation to be: he’s affable, witty, and isn’t put off by her tell-it-like-it-is demeanor. Their flirtation should be short lived, but a force stronger than fate—Hatty’s newspaper editor—assigns her to cover the royals. After spending time together, she and John soon begin dating, and Hatty finds herself making headlines instead of writing them.
But challenges loom that are even more complicated than figuring out how to mesh Hatty’s journalism career with life at Belvoir Palace. Hatty and John soon find themselves embroiled in an unusual sex scandal: they can’t produce an heir. Tabloids dub Hatty a “Barren-ess,” and the royals become irate. Hatty politely tells them to shove it. But beneath her confident exterior, she struggles to cope with a heartbreak that invades her most intimate moments with John. Pressured to choose between invasive medical procedures and abandoning John’s claim to the throne, the couple feels trapped until a trip to Ethiopia shows them happy endings sometimes arrive long after saying “I do.”
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About the Author
The best compliment Tegan Wren ever received came from her sixth grade teacher: “You always have a book in your hand!”
Guided by her love of the creative process, Tegan grew up acting in theatre productions and writing poetry, short stories, and plays. She turned her eye to writing about real life when she worked as a journalist, producing reports for various radio and television stations in medium and large markets in the Midwest and also filing some stories for a major national news network. Wren has both a Bachelor’s of Journalism and a Master of Arts in Communications. After completing her graduate degree, Tegan had the opportunity to teach journalism courses at a major state university. She absolutely loved training the next generation of journalists.
Tegan’s thankful that she’s had the opportunity to travel overseas, and uses those adventures to inform her writing. She also draws inspiration from her own struggles, joys, and other life experiences. Tegan and her husband, Patrick, experienced infertility for five years before becoming parents through adoption. Because she understands the financial stress of the infertility journey, Tegan is donating half the royalties from her book to Baby Quest Foundation. This charity awards grants to people all over the U.S. for fertility treatments. Tegan is thrilled to use her story to help other people find their happily ever after.
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He leaned closer and sang softly. I recognized the opening lyrics to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.” His singing voice was soulful and sexy, and something deep inside me responded, making my heart beat a little faster.
He stopped and looked me in the eyes. “That song’s about someone who’s alone. But that’s not you. You’re too lovely to be lonely.”
A nervous laugh escaped my lips. “Are you kidding? Aren’t we sitting in a sanctuary for the lonely?”
“I don’t feel lonely right now.”
“Me either.” I blew into my mug, then took a sip. “Have you had one of these?”
“I don’t think so. What is it?”
“It’s called a chocolate kiss. It’s peppermint schnapps and hot cocoa.”
He reached over and picked up the steaming mug. His movement conveyed authority while his neat fingernails screamed uppity. They looked better than mine, damn it. After taking a long pull from the cup, he handed it back. Our fingers brushed together, sending a flash of heat through my body.
“Thanks for sharing a kiss with me,” he said, reaching over and lifting my chin.
Our eyes met, and I couldn’t tear myself away from his gaze. Yowza. Was he going to kiss me? Did I want him to?
“You guys know each other?”
I flinched at Plato’s words―I hadn’t seen him coming toward us―and pulled back. I sloshed a healthy dollop of my drink onto Farmer Joe’s pants. We both reached for the stack of napkins, but I got there first.
“Sorry. Here, let me,” I sputtered, dabbing at the wet patch.
I blotted along his pants, and my hand moved a little too close to the inside of his leg. A burning sensation rose up behind my ears. “Umm. I’ll just let you do it.”
I dropped the wad of damp napkins onto his open palm. Glancing at his face, I saw a half smile. I closed my eyes and touched my forehead, gently rubbing the area above my eyebrows as I always did when embarrassment overwhelmed me.
Here’s my review of INCONCEIVABLE!
I am a total sucker for “royals” stories, and this one did not disappoint. INCONCEIVABLE tells the story of Hatty, a college student from Missouri doing an internship abroad in a small European country. One night at a bar, she accidentally meets Prince John Meinrad, the heir to the throne. It isn’t long before the two fall in love and get married. However, they find themselves in a predicament; the prince’s wife’s only role is to produce an heir, yet Hatty and John can’t conceive. This causes John’s prince father and queen grandmother to threaten a forced annulment of their marriage.
The first half of this story centers on Hatty and John’s romance, courtship, and marriage. Their banter and chemistry was awesome. I loved watching their relationship unfold. I loved Hatty’s character, and how she always said whatever was on her mind (even if that means dropping f-bombs in front of the queen…). I also loved the voice of this book.
The second half of the book shows Hatty and John’s struggle with infertility. It was gritty and realistic, and I love that the author didn’t shy away from this topic. Wren shows Hatty going through emotional reactions like disconnecting from her religion, blaming herself, and feeling jealous of her sister-in-law’s pregnancy – and then feeling guilty of feeling jealous. I love that these feelings weren’t glossed over – they were real.
While I’ve never personally struggled with infertility, I’ve had close friends who had. Not only was this a very well written and entertaining story (I flew through it), but I feel it’s also a very important story. Miscarriages and infertility are so common, yet so rarely discussed in our culture. Also, I appreciate that this book has a happy ending – I feel like so many books about infertility end tragically, which is sad. While Hatty and John’s relationship isn’t perfect, and they definitely have their ups and downs throughout the book, they really love each other. INCONCEIVABLE shows that being able to physically birth a child isn’t the only path to motherhood and happiness – a very important and very true message.
I would recommend this book to anyone – especially anyone who might be going through this difficult situation. I will definitely be checking out future books from this author!
Don’t miss INCONCEIVABLE!, available now in paperback and e-book, wherever books are sold! And a big thank you to Tasty Book Tours and Author Tegan Wren for inviting me to host a stop on the blog tour! To enter the raffle, click here!