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Babies are very much in the news at the moment here in the U.K. following the birth of a new little prince. Prince George, as he is to be called, caused quite stir when he was born. The photos of all the journalists lined up outside the maternity hospital waiting for news of his arrival were amazing. I would definitely have felt more than a little daunted if I’d been his proud parents!

Babies bring a lot of happiness into the world although sometimes their conception can raise eyebrows. I read an article in a magazine recently about a woman who was about to give birth to her first child… at the age of 60! I have to confess that my eyebrows shot up and then I read the rest of the story about how she had always wanted a family but had never been able to have children because she had been caring for her sick and elderly parents. It made me ask myself if I was right to judge her. Surely she has every right to fulfil her dearest wish.

Another story in the papers (yes, I do read an awful lot!) is about the model Caprice. She is in her early forties and after having suffered a miscarriage a couple of years ago, she was told that it was unlikely she would ever have a child of her own. Her consultant advised her and her partner to think about surrogacy and that’s what they did. The went to the U.S and found a surrogate to carry their baby for them. Everything went smoothly and the woman became pregnant with their child almost immediately and then – lo and behold – a few weeks later later Caprice discovered that she was expecting a baby as well. Her two sons will be born a month apart, a doubly happy ending.

Her inability to have a child, is the main reason why the heroine in my latest book, The Rebel Who Loved Her, turns her back on love. Becky feels that it would be wrong to rekindle her love affair with Ewan when she can never give him the child he longs for. Is she right to feel this way? Do you think that children are such an important part of a relationship, that a couple can’t be truly happy without them?

I know what I think and I would love to hear your views on the subject.

Jennifer.

P.S. I make no apologies for the photo of my grandchildren, It is just so lovely!

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