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Sibel Hodge has become a chick lit icon! She’s always over at Chick Lit Central on Facebook talking about her books and sharing her thoughts on other books, as well. We’ve had her at our blog for an interview and even had the opportunity to review some of her books. She’s done several giveaways, as well. Sibel has a fabulous giveaway for International Chick Lit Month….TWO e-book packages featuring three e-books each, plus her short story collection, “How to Dump Your Boyfriend in the Men’s Room” to go along with both packages. (For lucky readers anywhere in the world!) We’re also sharing our reviews for two of her books.
Review of “The Baby Trap” (published at Chick Lit Central on December 21, 2011)
By Cindy Roesel
Gina wakes up one morning after drinking a lot of wine with her husband, Karl, and their friends, has a vision of a baby girl dressed in pink in their backyard and suddenly wants to become a mother! Shocking because up until that point, Gina has never had a maternal twinge!
“It’s this feeling I can’t explain. This desperate need inside me to have a baby. This urge that has completely turned my brain to single-train thoughts: baby, baby, baby.”
Welcome to the beginning of best-selling author, Sibel Hodge’s latest novel, THE BABY TRAP, loosely based on her own experience with infertility and attempts to get pregnant at IVF. You can expect to ride an emotional rollercoaster that is one hell of an E-ticket.
Once 33 year-old Gina and Karl decide to get pregnant, they figure all its going to take is sex, sex and well, some more sex. Gina doesn’t end up pregnant right away so conceiving becomes her OBSESSION, while Karl tries to keep his high-pressure job and provide what is needed from him for conception at precise timely intervals. Gina and Karl are soon off the booze, heavy on doctor visits, green tea, vitamins, a bland diet, no more baths or cycling for Karl and he’s wearing underwear ten sizes too big. A feng-shui expert is even called in, and she finds a new purpose for the most unlikely of objects.
Soon discussion is baby 24/7: basal body temperature, ovulation predictor kits, hormone levels, surge levels, clomid, Trigger ovulation, scans, stimulation injections, follicles, etc.
I loved the snappy writing style of THE BABY TRAP. The story frequently had me laughing out loud. In addition to Gina and Karl, several other characters, her Lady Garden and her father and her fertility.com friend, Poppy were a lot of fun!
It takes two to get pregnant, and between all the drugs messing with mommy-to-be, Gina and daddy-to-be, Karl’s lifestyle changes, it’s a miracle they stayed together. There was a good part of the book when all they did was bicker, but they loved each other and that was their foundation. It’s a Sibel Hodge novel – chick-lit – you know in the end it’s going to be happy!
Anyone who has dealt with fertility issues will tell you it’s about disappointment and loss, the death of a dream. But there is plenty of living left to be done and that’s what Sibel Hodge does best in THE BABY TRAP. Sibel’s novel is about the future; Gina and Karl’s future together, and it offers hope for other women who have faced the heartache of infertility.
Review of “Fourteen Days Later” (published at Chick Lit Central on May 3, 2012)
By Melissa Amster
I’m a fan of both “Bridget Jones’s Diary” and “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” When I was told that “Fourteen Days Later,” by Sibel Hodge, was like a marriage of the two stories, I knew it was something I’d have to check out. What I got in return was a charming and adorable story with an unforgettable heroine!
Helen Grey has been pining after her ex-boyfriend for about six months when her best friend, Ayshe, decides to put her on a 14-day plan to get over him once and for all. Her plan forces Helen out of her house–and out of her element–teaching her more about herself than she ever thought possible, and even allowing for a possibility of romance in her life.
I really liked the concept of this novel. It makes me wonder if anyone actually has been part of a 14-day plan or designed such a plan for someone else. I don’t know that the plan was all too structured in the beginning, as it had Helen running around all over the place and doing crazy things without a sense of purpose. As Helen became more confident, her plan got even more interesting and I couldn’t wait to see what was in store each day. Then there was the factor of her romantic interest, whom I really liked, even though his behaviors were hard to predict sometimes. (And since I watch “Smash,” I picture Raza Jaffrey a.k.a. Dev playing him in a movie version.) There were a lot of funny moments, thanks to Helen being klutzier than Susan from “Desperate Housewives.” She even made me feel graceful in comparison! She was an endearing character and I found myself rooting for her at her good moments and getting all frustrated when things didn’t go her way.
There were, however, some things that didn’t work as well for this novel. I wouldn’t have minded if the obscure British name drops had some explanation to them, so I wasn’t sitting and wondering who Helen was referencing each time. The dialogue tended to get awkward and sound forced at times, which made the humor seem forced in that respect. (I did laugh out loud plenty of times, but after a while, Helen’s embarrassing moments seemed a bit over the top.) I liked the cultural rituals in preparation for Ayshe’s wedding, but I would have loved some background about why they were done. I’m not that familiar with the Turkish Cypriot culture and beliefs. Finally, it was sometimes tough to keep track of characters. A character would be mentioned early in the story and then not appear again until much later. It took me some time to remember who they were. After that point, Ms. Hodge kept them in the story more often and they added to the humorous moments.
Since I had “Fourteen Days Later” on my Kindle for PC, I was mainly reading it in the mornings (as my breakfast book), but it definitely gave me something to look forward to after getting myself and my kids ready for the day. I genuinely wanted to know what was going to happen for Helen each day of her plan and I even got misty-eyed by the end. It was a sweet story that reminded me exactly why chick lit is still alive and stronger than ever.
Here’s what you can win:
Prize package 1: “Fourteen Days Later,” “My Perfect Wedding” and “The Baby Trap”
Prize package 2: Amber Fox chick lit mysteries: “The Fashion Police,” “Be Careful What You Wish For” and “Voodoo Deadly.”
Both packages will also include “How to Dump Your Boyfriend in the Men’s Room (and other short stories)”
How to win a prize package:
Tell us why you think chick lit is still alive and going strong. (One entry per person)
Giveaway ends May 20th at midnight EST