Book Review | Misconception

Title:Misconception: One Couple’s Journey from Embryo Mix-Up to Miracle Baby

Author: Paul Morell, Shannon Morell

My Review:

Paul and Shannon Morell were a typical young married couple looking to expand their family.  Like so many others, they had difficulties with miscarriages and ultimately struggled with infertility.  Luckily, their first round of in-vitro fertilization was successful, and they gave birth to beautiful twin girls.  Because of their religious beliefs, they had the remaining harvested embryos frozen for future use, not wanting to harm or waste their frozen babies’ lives. When the couple was ready to try for another child, Shannon made an appointment with their fertility specialist.  The couple received devastating news:  Their remaining embryos had just been thawed and mistakenly implanted in another woman, and that woman was now pregnant with their biological child.

I was intrigued by the Morell family’s story and the clever book title.  I cannot imagine what my feelings or actions would be if I were in a similar situation. Unfortunately, I still have no idea how to empathize, as Shannon Morell skimmed over what I can only imagine were very complicated feelings.  I am sure an ordeal of that magnitude is hard to describe in 200 pages, but I did expect a little more insight into how it affected their lives.  The book also simplified the processes of fertility treatments.  I know this wasn’t the main focus of the book, but I think readers would have benefited from a little more background to what is a very long and involved process. Ultimately, I think that the simplistic overview of the events and very low reading level would have been better suited to a magazine article than a book.  Perhaps more details would fortify the effort, but it was interested, albeit vague.

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*