Late to the party, but I just wanted to respond: I heard the author speak before I got a chance to read the book. While she didn’t speak directly about any experience regarding adoption or surrogacy, she did say that she shared her first draft with her writing group, and they told her she came down too heavily on the side of the natural parents. She said she really had to balance things out for her final draft. After I read the book and realized what she considered “balanced,“ I can only assume that in her first draft they were harvesting May Ling’s body parts.
I cannot stand Mia because Pearl was also biologically Mr. Ryan’s daughter, and she told him Pearl was dead and stole her from him. He had a right to know his daughter, and Pearl had the right to a stable home growing up.
I hated this book passionately. Hated it. I tried a little of the series because I love so many of the actors involved, and I had hoped they would fix some of the awfulness of the book. Nope.