Bed Rest is Sarah Bilston's first novel. It is an excellent first novel with its captivating plot of
transformation. It is a light and engaging read with humorous moments.
Bed Rest is an enjoyable read with great character development that will leave you longing for her
next novel, Sleepless Nights, the sequel to Bed Rest.
Quinn "Q" Boothroyd moved to New York City four years ago from London. She met her husband, Tom, within a few
months of moving to New York. Q works for one law firm while Tom works at another, larger law firm in the City.
Both attorneys work long hours leaving them little time for anything else.
Q is twenty-six weeks pregnant when during a routine examination with her obstetrician, Dr. Weinberg, it's
discovered her placenta is not doing its job properly. She is diagnosed with oligohydramnios and put on
complete, strict bed rest for the remainder of her pregnancy.
Q feels this bed rest time will help her marriage too. Lately she and Tom just don't seem as close as they
once were and with both of them working full time they rarely have time together.
Being used to working sixteen-hour days, Q finds herself lonely and bored. She reflects on the "Modern
Woman's List of Things to Do Before Hitting Thirty". She rarely sees Tom because he's putting in even more
hours trying to make partner at his law firm. Q spends her days reflecting on her life.
Mrs. G (a neighbor) and Brianna (a co-worker) are her two frequent visitors. Mrs. G lives in an apartment
downstairs from Q and Tom. Q begins helping the neighbors with a legal matter regarding tenant landlord issues.
Her mother and her two younger sisters also visit Q during this three month period of confinement to her couch.
With a husband who's barely home, boring friends, tiresome parties, and a career that doesn't interest her, by
week thirty-five of her pregnancy Q has figured out what's most important of all. And it's nothing on the
"Modern Woman's List of Things to Do Before Hitting Thirty".