UK Reviews

‘A topical subject treated with insightfulness and care that makes for a wholly absorbing story with a touching ending that’ll prompt a tear or two.’
Easy Living

‘In evoking ordinary lives invaded by a deep, primitive yearning, Rayner’s portrayal of her characters’ interior landscapes is carefully crafted and empathetic… She tackles the cruelties of the situation head on.’
The Sunday Times

‘Sarah Rayner explores an emotive subject with great sensitivity.’
The Sunday Express

‘This moving tale of sadness, joy and love inspires hope about a subject matter sensitive to so many women. But be warned, it’s a tear-jerker.’ 4/5 stars

An addictive page-turner that delves deep into the importance of love and friendship.’
The Manchester Evening News

‘In creating the story of two strangers brought together by one wish – to have a child of their own – Rayner has written a novel that as well as having colourful and resonating characters is also intensely emotive and even educational.”
The Yorkshire Evening Post

‘Each chapter in The Two Week Wait energetically switches between the lives of two women… Sarah Rayner has got the balance just right.’ 8/10
The Birmingham Mercury

‘A must read! The exploration of characters is compelling – a real page turner.’
g3 Magazine

‘A writer with a gift for conveying raw emotions and the intricacies and subtleties of relatonships between family and friends, The Two Week Wiat is a moving page turner about two very different women each yearning for a child of their own.’
Fertility Road Magazine

‘Sensitively written, The Two Week Wait is interesting and educating as well as entertaining. It has wide appeal and kept me hooked from page one. Highly recommended, it’s a juicy page-turner you’ll want to swallow up whole.’ 4.5/5 stars

‘Incredibly compelling… Rayner has clearly done her research and the result is a story that reads more like non-fiction than fiction due to its unashamed honesty. Through all the hormones, tests, judgements and moral dilemmas is a story that captures the joy and heartbreak of the struggle many people endure in the faint hope that they will one day manage to become parents and the repurcussions this can have on their relationships and sanity. Beautifully written and heartbreakingly honest.’ 8/10

‘Absorbed me more than any book in a long time… The story is told from alternating snapshots featuring Lou and Cath which makes for a great pace and gripping reading. I was so wrapped up in events that I was telling my husband about them as though they were happening to friends of mine. I highly recommend it to readers looking for a sensitive, warm and absorbing read. Absolutely deserving of 5/5 stars .’

‘I would seriously recommend Sarah Rayner’s books, she writes with huge sensitivity and captures emotions perfectly. Her focus is very much on female characters but all her characters are individuals and each brings something different to the story. The Two Week Wait is a really good read, you don’t need to have read One Moment, One Morning but I probably would as it is another great book.’ 5/5

The Two Week Wait is of those books with a really emotive storyline that embraces you – a great read, not just for people going through fertility treatment and their friends and family, but for anyone who wants to be taken on a journey with characters who are brought to life and share themselves generously with the reader.’

‘Sarah Rayner shows a real understanding of the emotions of infertility and the book will resonate with anyone who has had personal experience of problems. I finished the book with tears in my eyes – it’s a great read and you won’t be able to put it down!’
Kate Brian, author of The Complete Guide to IVF,

I finished reading The Two Week Wait over my over-sugared venti latte. Unlike my coffee, this is not a froth-filled novel – Rayner is not afraid to tackle contraversial topics; in One Moment, One Morning it was bereavement and sexuality, in The Two Week Wait, it is infertility. Rayner has really done her research. I also enjoyed meeting One Moment’s characters again. But while One Moment is a fantastic read, The Two Week Wait is a standalone novel. I guarantee that, like me, it will have you sobbing into your caffeinated drink of choice.’

‘A well researched and well thought-out story…The detail Rayner provides leaves the reader very well informed on what might be involved in undergoing fertility treatment. Both an educational and emotional read…I applaud Rayner for her insight’
Bio News

‘I read One Moment, One Morning over two years ago and I still praise and recommend it on any given occasion, so I jumped at reading The Two Week Wait. Like its predecessor, it focuses on important – and often controversial – issues: motherhood and infertility. And now, as before, Rayner excels at dealing with such personal matters with compassion and understanding. The Two Week Wait is a well-researched novel that has a lot to teach. If you’ve read One Moment, it will feel like meeting old friends. If you haven’t, you’ve two whole novels to discover enjoy. You’re in for a real treat!’