All She Ever Wanted

All She Ever Wanted Chelsea Maynard has spent her lifetime planning for the much awaited start of her family the joy of caring for a new life in the world the intimacy of bonding with a child But after a difficult birt

  • Title: All She Ever Wanted
  • Author: Rosalind Noonan
  • ISBN: 9780758274984
  • Page: 163
  • Format: Paperback
  • Chelsea Maynard has spent her lifetime planning for the much awaited start of her family, the joy of caring for a new life in the world, the intimacy of bonding with a child But after a difficult birth, her careful planning is shattered by exhaustion Numbness replaces her connection to the people around her and the baby daughter who needs her Her husband Leo Green, herChelsea Maynard has spent her lifetime planning for the much awaited start of her family, the joy of caring for a new life in the world, the intimacy of bonding with a child But after a difficult birth, her careful planning is shattered by exhaustion Numbness replaces her connection to the people around her and the baby daughter who needs her Her husband Leo Green, her sister Emma and friends keep telling her she s not herself, but no one can seem to help her find her way back to the happiness that had warmed her life before little Annabelle came along.When Leo heads off for a business trip, Chelsea is overwhelmed by the endless duties of caring for a crying baby and the dark mood that pulls her down, immobilizing her Her sister says it s postpartum depression, but the doctor passes it off as the baby blues and encourages her to get exercise and eat right Easy for him to say He doesn t have a soft, pink baby shrieking at the top of her lungs, eliciting looks of annoyance and horror at the park and the grocery store Chelsea s collapse is inevitable, but what s the harm in letting a baby cry it out She collapses in bed Restored by sleep, Chelsea goes to the crib in the morning but finds it empty.Her baby is gone Maybe she left her in the stroller or the swing or the bouncy chair But her panicked search turns up no sign of Annabelle.Her baby is goneAnd Chelsea doesn t have a clue as to who would have taken her away.When the police respond with a thorough search and endless questions, Chelsea realizes she can t clearly recall the details of that night Why can t she remember Has she blocked it out Could she have done something to make her own baby stop crying Did she act on the dark visions that have paraded through her fractured mind The race is on to find baby Annabelle Time is of the essence in a case like this Her baby is out there somewhere and Chelsea is determined to cooperate with the police, even if the evidence points right back to her.

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    1. I gave this 4 stars because it dealt with two important issues: postpartum depression and child abduction. I was so very fortunate that I gave birth to 8 children and never even suffered from the baby blues. I do know someone who did have postpartum depression and her newborn was also colicky which made it all the harder. I love the way this author wrote so sympathetically about what the mother, Chelsea was dealing with and also her willingness to get all the help she could. This book also flowe [...]

    2. Very good read, especially about problems associated with postpartum depression. I enjoyed the book because of the very needed conversations it can spark about this topic. Noonan's main characters were just a wee bit shallow, lacking some refinement and believability. Leo never seems to get angry at Chelsea. He's always understanding even when their daughter is kidnapped away from their home while Chelsea is sleeping. This too, even before he learns that Chelsea was sedated by something someone [...]

    3. I picked up Rosalind Noonan's All She Ever Wanted on a whim. I wanted to branch out, try something I'd never sampled and a contemporary piece involving a new mother's struggle with postpartum depression certainly fit the bill. Though I didn't find her particularly appealing, Chelsea Maynard is quite a striking character. Her struggle to handle the day to day tasks of caring for in infant and the intense guilt she suffers over not being able to cope with her emotions makes for some very compellin [...]

    4. I really enjoyed this book and it has stayed with me long after I finished it last year. All She Ever Wanted is a heart wrenching and heart warming. New mother Chelsea Maynard who is suffering from postpartum depression. Never before having dealt with depression the new feelings are scary and sheknows she is not behaving as a normal healthy new mother would behave. Overwhelmed and exhausted.Then every parents worse nightmare - Annabelle goes missing. Chelsea cannot remember what happened and is [...]

    5. This novel had an interesting premise, and one that was understandably dark (and definitely not the genre I typically go for). It follows Chelsea Maynard, a new mother who's dreamed of having a little girl for as long as she can remember. She and husband Leo Green have only ever wanted to be parents, but as soon as little Annabelle comes, Chelsea is plunged into a deep dark depression. She knows she has postpartum depression, but her health insurance and doctor won't take her seriously. Much of [...]

    6. This book was beyond stupid. There was not a single likable character except maybe Emma. There was so much going on in this book, but at the same time I found it boring and repetitive. We have our main character, Chelsea, who is suffering from postpartum depression. Okay. She goes on and on about how she doesn't want her baby. She's really in a bad way, and when she tries to get help from her doctor, he is an ass and blows her off saying it's baby blues. I found that very unrealistic because wha [...]

    7. What happens when all you have ever wanted is a baby to make your family complete, then when that little bundle of joy arrives, all you can think about is getting as far away from the baby as you can?ALL SHE EVER WANTED is a heart-breaking tale of a new mother suffering from postpartum depression. Chelsea Maynard was a firecracker in her former life…her life before motherhood. She had a sense of self-worth before the days of total exhaustion and dread due to being the primary caregiver to a sc [...]

    8. It was a nice bookwith a plot-line different from what I usually read, and I could have easily given it a 4, if only by the end of the novel I didn't feel confused.I wasn't sure if this was supposed to be a book about a women suffering from PPD or this was a mystery novel about the search of a babyAlthough the story went on the line as was mentioned in the blurb, you can't help but feel a little cheated.I would have loved to have this novel delved a little more in PPD or how it was fought rather [...]

    9. This was an interesting read. The writing wasn't my style -- lots of one sentence paragraphs and characterization was a little shallow-- but it was interesting. I was thrilled Rosalind Noonan took on writing about postpartum depression & anxiety, which is so much more common than people realize-- it's about time someone wrote fiction about it! But then she combined that with stranger abduction of an infant, which is so statistically RARE but already oversensationalized in the media. In the e [...]

    10. Heart-wrenching tale about a mother, Chelsea, who suffers from Postpartum Depression and her infant daughter Annie that suddenly goes missing. Chelsea not knowing if she is the cause of the disappearance or if there is another suspect. She can't remember anything of that evening. Once I started this book I knew it was going to be roller coaster ride with twists and turns and my emotions all over the place. I never really knew anything about Postpartum Depression or how very dark your thoughts ca [...]

    11. I couldn't put this book down. Very interesting great plot. Well written. Can't wait to read another of Rosalind Noonan's novels!

    12. E-Book copy received from Kensington Publishing Corp. via NetGalleyI loved this book, the story, the way the story was told, the characters, the plot - everything about it was just perfect. I've read a lot of Jodi Picoult books and I'd say this author writes along the same lines, although I feel I enjoyed this one a tad bit more. Could be the way it was written, or perhaps it has to do with the fact that PPD hit close to home making it that much more real and understandable where I'm concerned. [...]

    13. Chelsea Maynard has spent her lifetime planning and waiting to start her family. But after a difficult birth, her careful planning was shattered by exhaustion. No one can seem to help her find her way back to the happiness in her life before little Annabelle came along. When her husband, Leo heads off on a business trip, Chelsea is overwhelmed by the endless duties of caring for a crying baby and the dark mood that pulls her down. She collapses in bed. Restored by sleep Chelsea goes to the crib [...]

    14. Thought provokingAs a mom with 2 grown kids, the themes in this book tugged at my heart strings. I never suffered from severe PPD like Chelsea’s, but I sure remember plenty of times when I cried right along with my inconsolable babies. The book addressed the issue head on in a sensitive way. Bonus points for the commentary on the ridiculous state of the health insurance industry.

    15. This book was hard for me to get into. The beginning was awfully slow with all the PPD stuff. But it got really interesting once I got into it and then I couldn't put it down. The ending seemed a bit far-fetched for me, but overall I liked this book.

    16. This is a depressing book about PPD and had me wanting medication for myself and Chelsea. It was a painful read and one I cannot recommend.

    17. This book is slightly frustrating to review because the beginning was so good. I really loved it and felt the author did an amazing job of portraying a woman suffering from post-partum depression. However, the abduction plot didn’t pack the same emotional punch and I became annoyed with some of the characters after Annabelle goes missing.I’ve never read a book with the POV of a woman who has PPD. Chelsea’s feelings were equally tragic and horrifying. The author did an amazing job of drawin [...]

    18. Why aren't Rosalind Noonan's books flooding shelves in my city bookstores or libraries? She writes wonderful books, this is the second I have read of hers, and they are really hard to find, I think I will have to go online to get more. This book is very emotional as was the last one of hers I read and gives a very real account of post partum depression, a condition that so many don't understand and can't figure out why the person doesn't just snap out of it. Chelsea was one of the luckier ones w [...]

    19. Author: Rosalind NoonanPublished By: KensingtonAge Recommend: AdultReviewed By: Arlena DeanRating 5Blog For: GMTAReview:"All she Ever Wanted" by Rosalind Noonan was a sad mystery contemporaryread. We find Chelsea Maynard after having a baby she has longed for so long is now battling 'sleep deprivation and feeling of isolation' and the baby Annabelle cries all the time only leaving Chelsea having 'dark visions fueled by exhaustion and self-doubt.' Chelsea goes to the doctor and doesn't get any co [...]

    20. I read the book "All she ever wanted", by Rosalind Noonan and I thought it was an amazing book. For several years, a girl named Chelsea Maynard was waiting to be a mother. She was deeply planning every detail in her head of how she wanted to care for her baby, and live in a lovely home that which her husband would stay in too. Later on she had a difficult birth, and she then had feelings of isolation and she was just severely depressed. Her daughter, Annabelle would cry nonstop, and Chelsea woul [...]

    21. Chelsea Green always wanted a family with her husband Leo. When she was pregnant with their first child, Annabelle, she decided to quit her job and be a full-time mother - possibly doing some free-lance work on the side. But, after a horrible delivery that ended with an emergency c-section, and a colicky baby Chelsea is having a very hard time adjusting to motherhood. When she begins have dark visions of all the accidents that could happen to a baby she finally realizes she needs help and makes [...]

    22. I’m still puzzling out how this one ended up on my to be read list as it doesn’t fit the genres I usually look into when looking for new reading material. Because it doesn’t fit my normal choice of reading, I’m probably not the best to review this as it just wasn’t my cup of tea.I really didn’t connect with any of the characters in this book. There was a whole lot of jumping around from perspective to perspective, even going to the baby’s perspective at one point (she is 4 months o [...]

    23. All She Ever Wanted is a beautifully written, both heart-wrenching and heart-warming and truly captivating novel. Noonan has captured the emotions of PPD superbly, you will feel as though you are right there beside Chelsea as she battles the mix of emotions that follow a newborn. The agony of "what-if" and the euphoria of holding your heart outside your body.This was the first book by Rosalind Noonan and believe me, it won't be my last. The suspense and intricate weaving of the storyline held me [...]

    24. Great book that takes a real look at postpartum depression and the effects it has on its victims. Chelsea Maynard thinks she has all she ever wanted in her life.a wonderful husband, a new baby, Annabelle, and a nice family home in the suburbs. But when the "baby blues" hit they take over every cell in Chelsea's body. She simply cannot function. She can't be the mother she wants to be and when she seeks help from her doctor he blows her symptoms off as something that will pass in time. However, C [...]

    25. Organized, successful, self-confident and goal-oriented, Chelsea Maynard finally has the baby she has always wanted, able to complete her loving family. She is married to a perfect guy, Leo, who is her best friend and rock, great dad, supportive, able to cook, clean, shop life should be perfect, right????New baby, Annabelle cries constantly, Chelsea, in spite of her family's support and help, is overwhelmed, sleep deprived and struggling with post-partum depression. She feels like a failure goin [...]

    26. Great book a true to life story that could be out of today's headlines.Chelsea and her husband Leo have a baby girl Annabelle, but after an emergency c section and Chelsea's mother dying shortly before Annabelle's birth Chelsea is struggling with post partum depression and her doctor won't give her any medication.Her husband's health insurance won't pay for a specialist or therapy and Chelseaquit her job before Annabelle was born to stay home with her.One night when her husband is out of town on [...]

    27. charlotteswebofbooks.I have never been pregnant so I have never had an opportunity to have Postpartum Depression, but the picture that Rosalind Noonan paints with her words is so very frightening. While Chelsea has the support of her family you can FEEL her desperation leaking off the pages because she realizes that her family doesn't realize just how desperate the situation has become. Then when Annabelle goes missing, we - the reader - don't know what happened. We don't know who did the unthin [...]

    28. The story begins with a mom that seemingly had the perfect life-dream home, great husband, newborn baby. You soon find out that she is suffering from severe postpartum depression and has thoughts and images of harming her daughter, giving her away, etc. One night, she falls asleep and upon waking, she realizes her daughter is gone. The story takes off from there are a whodunit mystery. Was it the husbands ex wife that is back in town? The crazy neighbor? The teenage babysitter's boyfriend? The s [...]

    29. I was fortunate to get the opportunity to read Rosalind Noonan's book "All She Ever Wanted." Thank you, NetGalley and Kensington, for that. I can truthfully say this is an honest review.This is an amazing novel about a young woman who has had her first baby and now is in the throes of Postpartum depression. Her doctor dismisses it as "Baby Blues." But it's more than that. This is the story of the agony and ecstasy of having a newborn. I loved all the characters, particularly Chelsea. She was so [...]

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