Today I am very excited to introduce to you one of my favorite books so far in 2016: Inconceivable by Tegan Wren.
I can honestly say that it is a rare thing for me to encounter a book that I am as completely satisfied with as I was with this lovely read. (plus, this cover wins over just about every single book on my shelf right now, don’t you agree?)
So, to start out, here’s a quick In-Anna’s-Words rundown of the story: Hatty, native of Missouri but currently living as a successful journalist in Europe, encounters and wins the heart of a certain Prince John. Their relationship begins under the guise of an interview – but quickly blossoms into something more, eventually moving to marriage. There is a certain element of irony that comes along with an American journalist marrying into a royal European family – and it brings just the right mix of conflict and humor into this romantic tale. But soon, being in uncomfortable territory for a journalist is the least of Hatty’s concerns as she discovers that she is struggling to bear children. Beyond the desire to be a mother, there is the added pressure of the fact that Prince John must produce an heir. This story weaves together a beautiful romance with a very real struggle, painting what would seem like an unbelievable life of an instant-royal into a surprisingly relatable journey. I won’t give away the ending of this beautiful story, as it is something that must be experienced for itself. However, I will close my little description with the words that Tegan inscribed in the front of my copy of Inconceivable: “The best happy endings are the unexpected ones!”
There was so much to love in this brilliant story. Maybe it was the fact that both Hatty and myself are natives of the Ozark Mountains of Missouri, or it could have been our shared journalism roots. But I experienced a connection with this character that I haven’t encountered in a very long time. It was something that went beyond just our shared circumstances. Tegan brought this character to life in a very real, down to earth way – a way that would allow anyone who picks up this story to connect in the same way that I did.
The same clear, relatable style of writing that brought Hatty to life brings to life every element of this story, from the landscape, to the gorgeous palace, to each character you meet along the way. As I read, I found myself questioning… how is it that this story seems so real to me, even though I have never experienced marriage, or meeting a prince, or the struggle with infertility? The answer, I discovered, is a simple one. This story is so real to me because it is real to the author. Tegan really experienced living in the Ozarks, she really worked as a journalist, and she has really felt the hardship of infertility. However, rather than dwelling in bitterness – Tegan has chosen to move on in many ways; through becoming an adoptive parent, and through taking her story and sharing it through this incredible book. Inconceivable touched me deeply. It is incredibly rare to find an author who will pour their personal story into a book like Tegan has done, and I am so thankful to have discovered her writing through Inconceivable!
To find out more about Tegan and her story, check out her website: a great resource for book info as well as more of her infertility journey. teganwren.com
And, of course, here is the link to find her book for yourself. I know you will enjoy it as much as I did. And, just remember, “The best happy endings are the most unexpected ones!” INCONCEIVABLE! on Amazon