A memoir – Labour of Love


Labour of Love – released on 1st July 2016 by Simon & Schuster Australia/New Zealand:

Shannon Garner met and married the man of her dreams, had two gorgeous children and lived an idyllic life on the New South Wales coast. So why did she decide one day to pursue altruistic surrogacy? And what made her choose a gay male couple from Sydney?

Labour of Love is Shannon’s honest and engaging story– a rollercoaster of emotion set against the backdrop of a highly regulated ‘industry’. This is no account of heartache and conflict but an uplifting story of ‘a collective love’ – one that involves a handful of people from very different walks of life who end up being so much more than family.

As Shannon travels her journey of body, mind and soul, she lays bare the loving reality behind surrogacy, but also the trouble she found along the way – the internet trolls, the naysayers, and the critics keen to plant seeds of doubt, especially when international shock and controversy over Baby Gammy hit the media.

Finding strength from unexpected places, Shannon pushed past the negativity of others to find the courage she needed to selflessly carry and birth a baby that will not be her own – and to bring the gift of a precious life and soul into the world, to be loved and cared for by her new parents. – See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com.au/Labour-of-Love/Shannon-Garner/9781925368611#sthash.EAZKaMjn.dpuf

This intimate retelling flows effortlessly, with the impending birth and handover of the baby propelling the narrative. Just as Garner opened her heart to Jon and Justin, she does so to her reader, confiding her thoughts, fears, hopes and connections with the people around her… It gives hope to humanity that people like Garner exist.

Taken from a review by Joanne Shiells from Books+Publishing

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