Is it one-size-fits-all, or all sizes fit? A novel about friendships, faith, and fertility.
Jessica loves being the mom of an ever-expanding family, but when an ultrasound throws her a curve, can she adapt with grace?
Dragged away from home, Maya feels deserted by her workaholic husband in a land of confusing accents and church cliques. What will it take to acclimate and save her marriage—or does she even want to?
Sloane is an algebra teacher and runner who would give up both to be a mom, but no matter what she does, pregnancy remains elusive. Can she adjust her thinking and find purpose in her life?
As the lives of these LDS women intertwine, can friendship and faith help these women hurdle expectations of an ideal family size?
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Praise for Family Size:
“Hoagland has a talent for taking us into people’s hearts, allowing us to see both the bad and the good, and showing us the strength that comes only from trial. The characters in Family Size could be your neighbors or anyone from your ward. They think as we think, learn as we learn. They fail and weep, and then they dust themselves off and try again. In the end they come through for each other—and brilliantly. I very much enjoyed this novel.” --Rachel Ann Nunes –Bestselling author of Line of Fire and Before I Say Goodbye
“Family Size is a touching story of three women who know heartache and trial, but also know where to turn for help. I loved this book. I laughed. I cried. I believe every woman will relate to the different tales of heartache and hope and come away with more compassion and understanding for others. I would recommend you not only read Family Size, but share it with all the sisters in your life.” -–Cami Checketts, The Broken Path
“Family Size is a touching story of three women's struggles with motherhood. Their issues with pregnancy, health, and fertility are well balanced and told so any woman can relate to them. Another great book by Maria Hoagland.” -–Heather Justesen, The Switch
"Wards in the church, especially those outside of Utah, tend to become not just a place for people to worship together, but the hub of social life for many LDS people . . . In Family Size, the women of childbearing age in a ward in Lubbock, Texas are not that different from women in many of the wards I've lived in . . . The book, told from the point of view of several women in the ward, shows not just the women's struggles to raise up good families, but also their struggles with identity, competitiveness, and with provincial attitudes. While I enjoyed the women's individual stories, what is more memorable for me is the critique of our culture that is implicit in the pages." --Shelah Books It: Reading, Running, Racing through Life (blog)
"I loved this book! It's about 3 women who know each other from being in the same ward, and they all have really different challenges when it comes to their family size . . . I really enjoyed how you see things from each of their perspectives, I enjoyed how it shows that you really can't judge anyone around you, because you just don't know what their situation is, or why they are the way they are. I like that it shows that we should all be there for each other, no matter the situation. I liked the characters, the plot and the ending of the book. This was a quick and fun read for me." --Cathy Jeppson, A Book a Day (blog)
"I have become a new fan of Maria Hoagland! This was a wonderful book that really helped soften your heart to all who struggle with deciding their personal family size. It was honest as all families struggle in deciding what is best for them. It showed how hurtful women can be when they don't think before they speak but also how they can apologize when they have hurt someone. Loved it!" --Erica Huff, Five Star Amazon Review
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