This email comes from Rebekka:
I don't know if you can help me, but I would really appreciate some recommendations of romances to read that address infertility. As you know, most books that even mention it barely do, and it's usually more a case of, “Oh! My dead husband was sterile!” or it's some other problem easily fixed by the Mighty Wang.
The only romance I have read that actually deals with the emotional aspects of infertility – and which isn't magically fixed – is the Julia Quinn “Bridgerton” book When He Was Wicked (Francesca's story). My husband and I have been trying to have a baby for a year now and are about to start our first round of IVF. Even though I am only 27, our doctors say that we have less than a 5% chance of having a baby without it. Reading about other couples supporting and loving each other through such an emotional and difficult issue would really help me feel more hopeful that things can turn out all right, and that you can get through all this hard stuff together.
I remember being where Rebekka is, and it can be terribly isolating. I know that AAR has a list of romances like this (I love those lists, holy smokes), but it was last updated in 2009, and I wanted to see what romances published since then you'd recommend that featured infertility. What do you suggest?