In the captivating novel, “The Billionaire’s Hired Wife,” author Molly Jane explores the tumultuous journey of Amber Thompson, a bright and ambitious law student, who finds herself facing an unexpected and life-altering decision. The story revolves around Amber’s pursuit of financial stability for her struggling family, leading her to contemplate becoming a surrogate mother to a wealthy couple. As the plot unfolds, Amber grapples with the moral and emotional implications of her choice, ultimately questioning the boundaries between love, sacrifice, and ambition.
Chapter 1 – Loss or Gain
The story commences with Amber Thompson, a dedicated law student from Minnesota, pursuing her dream at the prestigious Chicago School of Law on a 100% scholarship. Her life takes a sharp turn when her father suffers a severe heart attack, leaving him bedridden and her family burdened with mounting medical expenses. With the weight of her family’s financial struggles resting on her shoulders, Amber feels compelled to make a significant decision that could change her life forever.
Amber receives an email with an unexpected opportunity from Mr. Grayson Carter, a wealthy businessman, offering a substantial sum of money for a mysterious task. Despite her initial reservations, Amber is intrigued by the chance to ease her family’s financial woes. However, she faces a moral dilemma as she contemplates accepting the offer and embarking on a journey filled with uncertainties.
Chapter 2 – Justifying Surrogacy
Amber, torn between her family’s dire circumstances and the ethical implications of surrogacy, finds solace in her best friend, Julia. Julia attempts to reason with Amber, emphasizing the long-term consequences of becoming a surrogate mother and the potential impact on her legal career. Amber remains steadfast in her resolve, believing this to be the only viable solution to her family’s financial crisis.
The story delves into the complexities of surrogacy as Amber begins to explore the process, visiting a fertility clinic and filling out application forms. Amidst the inner conflict, Amber starts to see surrogacy as a noble cause, bringing joy to an infertile couple while providing her family with the financial support they desperately need.
Chapter 3 – The Longest Wait Ever
All the questions that Julia had proposed before Amber appeared to be right. All these queries did not arise in her mind. The only thing that had made its home in her head was the money that she would be getting in return for the surrogacy. However, she did not want to stress over the misery and humiliation that she would have to go through to fulfill the financial demands of her family and get them out of the crisis.
“Julia, you know me, and you know that I do not like to travel much, and I don’t need to. Moreover, it is our last semester, and by the time the date of delivery approaches, we might have completed our degree. So eventually, this means that I won’t have to face anybody in college with the baby bump. And as far as informing my family is concerned, I would tell a lie that I have gotten a job in the city or maybe something like that,” Amber defended herself.
“But Amber, are you even aware of the complications involved in a pregnancy? This is the most crucial time for a woman. You would have to pay for regular visits to a gynecologist. You would have to go through numerous tests and endure all the complications. On top of that, you would have to deliver the baby and hand it over to somebody else. A surrogacy contract includes a clause stating that the surrogate mother and the child will never cross paths in the future. How would you do it? This isn’t easy, and it appears to be. Amber, why don’t you understand?” Julia tried her best to explain things to Amber and convince her to rethink her decision.
“I do understand your point, but this really is a big deal for me, Julia. And I would have to endure pain if I got such an offer. Nothing comes easily in life. And as far as giving the baby to somebody else is concerned, I do not want to have a child at this age. I would like to keep it thoroughly professional, and it would not have to do with my personal life. Moreover, I don’t think it is going to be that difficult for me. I can surely pull it off. From the very first day of the pregnancy, I would make it clear in my head that I have to give this baby to somebody else, and I do not possess any right over it,” Amber expressed.
“Oh, Lord… You are not getting my point, darling. I understand that you want to become a surrogate mother, but have you given thought to what would happen in your personal life after you deliver somebody else’s baby? Do you really think any guy would come up with a marriage proposal to you after knowing that you had been a surrogate mother once in your life? Would any guy accept you as his wife after the surrogacy?” Julia blurted out, using typical methods of persuasion.
Amber smiled at her friend’s orthodox reasoning and replied, “Julia, fancy words like love, affection, finding the perfect guy, and marriage do not exist in the dictionary of my life. If I go ahead with this decision, I cannot think of ever marrying anybody. And as of now, my only priority is my family and nothing else.”
“I could not let my friend willingly jump into a deep well that has no escape from it. Amber, I won’t let you take this drastic step. Please listen to me and withdraw your name,” Julia argued.
Amber did not want to argue any further with her friend. She was unable to persuade Julia as to why she had enrolled in the surrogacy procedure. She failed to let her friend understand why surrogacy was so important to her.
“Julia, I feel… You are right. Being a surrogate mother is indeed the most complicated job that I was going to sign up for. I will call the receptionist of the fertility center tomorrow and withdraw my application,” she said.
Julia was relieved that she had successfully managed to convince her best friend to opt-out of the procedure of becoming a surrogate. She embraced her in a warm hug and expressed, “Thank God you finally agreed to this. That’s like my girl.”
Amber could not sleep the whole night and kept pondering over the surrogacy thing. The deeper her thinking became, the more difficult it appeared to her. But then the money that she would be getting in return for becoming a surrogate mother overpowered all the complications and humiliation that she would have to endure. And nobody would pay her a hefty amount without any complications attached to the task.
She reached the conclusion that if she ever wanted to get her family rid of the financial crisis, she was bound to take the risk. She was determined not to withdraw her application.
And surprisingly, today she got a revert from the clinic stating that her application had been accepted.
As per the procedure, she had to fill out another form, and thereafter she would have to undergo a medical check-up.
Amber read through the contract that she had drafted once again and tried to understand it at a deeper level, but did not find any complications in it. After reading the contract one more time, she finished her work and came back to her hostel.
Julia was already waiting for her at the premises. When Julia saw her friend coming towards her, she perceived tiredness on her face.
“This Sharon, your colleague, is a useless fellow. She always imprints her work on you, and you can’t deny it. And there is one thing that I don’t understand: what urgent work comes around every three weeks?” She expressed her concern.
“How does it matter to me? It might be something urgent for her. Leave all that. Could we please head towards the cafeteria? I am starving,” Amber insisted.
After their meal, both of the girls went back to their rooms and began preparing for the tests the next day. Numerous books and notes were scattered all around the bed.
The room was filled with silence until Julia popped up a question, “So… Amber… what have you thought about it?”
Amber had the habit of putting the back of a pencil in her mouth while studying. And she was doing the same while reading. Amber was shocked to hear the question that Julia had asked.
She quickly drew out the pencil from her mouth and questioned her back, “What… What are you talking about?”
“I am talking about the mail that you have received,” Julia replied.
“I would have to do this anyway. I gave it a thought and could not find any other way to meet my financial needs. And I am not that fortunate to win the lottery overnight,” Amber said.
Julia listened to her and did not utter a word after that. Both the girls got back to their preparations for the tests they had the next day.
The next day, Amber and Julia walked out of the college and appeared way more relaxed while discussing their question paper. They went to the hostel’s cafeteria and had their meal.
They were in Amber’s room for a while when Julia felt the urge to sleep and went to her room, bidding goodnight to her friend.
After her departure, Amber was checking her phone when she stumbled upon an e-mail from the fertility center. There was a link attached to it. When Amber tapped on the link, she was directed to an application form that appeared to be the longest she had ever seen. It had all the questions regarding her height and weight, and it also inquired if she had an allergy. It was also asked if she had suffered an injury before and enquired.
Chapter 4 – Visit The Center
Amber and Julia were lying on the bed on a Friday evening, listening to music.
Amber had her eyes closed while she was listening to music when she was interrupted by a phone call. It was the call from the fertility center that Amber had been waiting for.
Amber was a bit hesitant before she picked up the call. She heard a girl speaking from the other end of the phone.
“Hello, may I speak to Miss Amber?” she asked.
“Yes, this is Amber speaking,” replied Amber.
“Hey, I am Nancy from the fertility clinic. This is a call to remind you that you have to visit our clinic tomorrow at noon,” she informed her.
“Oh… Okay, this might be for my medical check-up. I will definitely show up. Could you please let me know how much time it will take to conduct all the necessary tests?” Amber questioned curiously.
Nancy calmly replied to her query, “I would not be able to tell you that, ma’am. You won’t know how time-consuming the process is until you get here tomorrow. It depends from person to person.”
Nancy did not say anything further and disconnected the call.
The last words that Amber heard over the phone left her thinking. Julia, when she stole a glance at her, realized that Amber was lost in her own world.
“Amber? What happened? Whose call was it? And why do you look so worried?” Julia questioned.
Amber had her eyes glued to her phone’s screen while she replied to the question. “Umm… Actually, a woman from the fertility center had called. She asked me to come over tomorrow around noon.”
Julia was surprised at her statement and raised a question, “she has called you to the clinic.” But why?”
“Had I not told you that I would be undergoing some medical tests if my application is accepted? I am assuming that she had called me for the same purpose,” Amber answered.
Julia’s expressions changed from calm to furious within a split second. She was worried about her best friend.
“I’m still not sure, Amber, if you should literally go ahead with this. Please, babe, you still have some time left in your hands. Withdraw your application and don’t go to the clinic for the medical examination. I’m afraid I don’t know how you’d get through it all. I mean, Amber, are you sure about it? Like cent percent sure?” Julia insisted.
“Yes, I am sure. I’ll do it. Or I would say, I have to do it,” Amber replied confidently.
She portrayed herself as confident before Julia, but she was very anxious and nervous thinking about the consequences that might follow. She was frightened by the mere thought of how she would handle it all alone.
She might have played it smart and confident, but deep down, the truth was that she was scared.
The next day was a holiday, and Amber was accustomed to waking up late in the morning on her holidays. But today was different. She could not get proper sleep last night. Her mind kept reminding her that she had to visit the fertility clinic at 12 noon.
She did not even have a proper meal as she was stressed and anxious about visiting the fertility clinic for a medical check-up.
Julia had been noticing her restlessness, and she even wanted to talk to her about the same, but stepped back. She did not find Amber in a mood to have a conversation with her.
Amber was dressing up to leave for the clinic when Julia walked into her room.
Amber was surprised to see her friend all dressed up as if she was going somewhere.
“Hey, where are you going, Julia?” Amber inquired.
Julia replied with a smile, “I am coming along with you, darling.”
Amber was startled by the sudden gesture. She inquired while combing through her hair, “What… but why? I mean, you don’t need to come along. I can manage on my own,” Amber stated.
Julia sat down on the edge of the bed and asserted, “I know you are a strong girl and you can manage everything. But still, I want to come with you, and you better not deny it.”
Amber placed the comb on the dressing table before the mirror and sat beside Julia on the bed. “Please, Julia, try and understand. I want to walk alone, all by myself, on the road that I have selected. If ever I feel the need to have you by my side, I will definitely give you a call. Trust me.”
Julia placed her palm over the back of Amber’s hand and replied, “I trust you, Amber.” It’s just that I am more concerned about you. It’s such a bold step that you have taken, my dear friend. And I don’t want you to go alone.”
Amber placed her arm around her shoulder and confessed. “I know, babe. You are worried about me and my well-being. But trust me, you need not stress over it much. I know how to take care of myself, and I will be safe. Don’t worry.”
Julia had given up till now and sighed, “Are you sure, Amber? Do you really want to go alone?”
“Yes, my friend. Of course.”
Julia positioned herself opposite Amber as she made her statement. “Now that you have made up your mind to go all by yourself, promise me that you will take care of yourself and give me a call if you need any help.”
Her words put a smile on Amber’s face.
“Yes, boss. I’ll do as you say,” Amber declared with a laugh.
Amber was aware that her best friend was concerned about her well-being, but she knew that if she accompanied her to the fertility clinic, the stress might get elevated. This was the reason why Amber refused her offer to come along.
It was 11:30 in the morning when Amber left for the clinic. At a walking distance of 5 minutes, there was a roundabout from where she boarded a bus that would take her to the fertility clinic. After a half-hour-long bus ride, Amber was standing right in front of the clinic she was asked to arrive at.
She could feel a chilling sensation within her body as she was nervous about how many and what kind of tests would be conducted inside the clinic. She had trypanophobia, which is an extreme fear of medical procedures involving injections or hypodermic needles. She was beyond frightened of the tests that were about to happen.
Amber paused for a few seconds and gathered enough courage to enter through the glass door of the fertility center. There she saw a wide and large hall, and a few cabins were situated on the right-hand side. A few couches were positioned on the left-hand side for the visitors to lounge on while they waited.
Amber went straight to the reception and inquired, “Excuse me?”
The receptionist raised her gaze and looked at Amber. She smiled and greeted her. “Oh hi, Miss Amber. You can go straight to cabin number 5. Dr. Stella is already waiting for you.”
Amber found it a little bit weird that the doctor was waiting for her to come.
“Why would a doctor wait for me?” She wondered.
Doctor Stella was the same person who had conducted the counseling session with Amber when she had visited the clinic for the first time. She was the one who convinced Amber of the surrogacy and also elaborated on the whole procedure involved.
She had explained to her how surrogacy was a noble job to perform. Dr. Stella described how a surrogate mother could help childless couples get their babies and get financial help in return.
Amber was quite impressed with Dr. Stella. She was full of compliments for her. Amber was convinced that the reason she became a surrogate mother was the conversation that she had with the doctor.
Her nervousness disappeared while she was heading towards Dr. Stella’s cabin, as the receptionist had instructed. It was room number 5 on the right-hand side. She stopped by a room where she saw a nameplate that read “Dr. Stella.”
Amber opened the door and sought her permission, “May I come in?”
Dr. Stella had been reading through a file while she was sitting at her desk. Her reading was interrupted when she heard the sound of somebody speaking to her standing at the door. She lifted her neck and glanced at Amber, who was standing at the door asking for her permission to come inside.
Her lips curled into a smile when she saw it was Amber.
“Oh… Hi Amber, please come inside.” Dr. Stella greeted her warmly.
Amber entered the room with a smile and got seated in the visitor’s chair. She was struggling hard to put a calm expression on her face, but the anxiety within her overpowered her efforts and showed up on her face.
Dr. Stella had her gaze focused on Amber since the moment she entered the cabin.
“What happened, Miss Amber? I hope you are doing well,” she interrogated.
“Yes doctor, I am fine. Thank you for your concern,” Amber answered.
Dr. Stella passed on a smile as she asked another question, “Then… are you nervous?”
Amber looked straight into her eyes and answered, “Yes doctor, I am nervous about the medical checkup that might begin in some time. I mean, I was curious about the tests and wanted to know what kind of tests would be conducted.”
Dr. Stella’s face lit up with a bright smile while she described, “You need not worry about the tests as of now. You haven’t been called for the medical checkup, Amber. So you can relax.”
Amber was surprised as her assumption proved to be wrong.
“But… Why did you call me to the clinic then?” She raised a question.
She wondered why the doctor had summoned her to the clinic if it wasn’t for medical checkups.
What could be the reason for her calling me all of a sudden? “Did my application get rejected?” Amber thought confusingly.
Chapter 5 – Stuck in a Dilemma
Amber was a bit confused and started to wonder if the application might have been rejected.
Dr. Stella closed the file and kept it aside. She placed both her hands on the table and fixed her gaze on Amber. After taking a pause for a few seconds, the doctor stated, “Miss Amber, there was something important that I wanted to talk to you about.”
“Oh… Okay, doctor. You can go ahead,” Amber replied anxiously.
Dr. Stella’s voice was coated with sweetness and affection when she spoke, “Miss Amber, I remember you mentioned during our counseling session that you have decided to become a surrogate mother to support your family in their financial crisis. Am I right?”
Amber had her fingers on both hands intertwined with each other. She was restless and lowered her gaze before answering the question, “Yes, doctor. At this point in time, my family requires financial support at the earliest.”
Dr. Stella stared at Amber through her glasses. “Don’t worry, Amber. It will all be sorted out. As you already know, I have elaborated on the procedure of surrogacy for you. And today I would like to ask you once again. Do you really want to become a surrogate mother? If you have any confusion regarding the process, you can ask me without any hesitation.”
Despite the doctor’s warning her not to hesitate, she was reluctant to put forth opinions and insecurities before her.
“No, doctor. I have understood the whole procedure, and I am prepared for it too. You are free to conduct all the required tests so that the surrogacy can be processed further. I want help as soon as possible. My family needs financial aid at the earliest,” Amber responded.
Dr. Stella took a deep breath and asserted, “Okay. I can understand. Now listen to me carefully. Amber, there’s an offer for you.”
Amber was stunned to hear the word “offer.”
“An offer? What do you mean by that, doctor?” She questioned.
Dr. Stella got up from her desk and settled down on the chair opposite Amber.
“Amber, we got an inquiry about a surrogate mother yesterday. From all the profiles that we have shortlisted for surrogate mothers, the client has chosen your profile and considered it to be the best suited for him. They want to get in touch with you. So, are you prepared for it?” Dr. Stella informed her.
Amber was surprised to know that she had just filled out the form and had received an inquiry too soon. She never thought of getting an inquiry so soon after her application was selected. The truth was that Amber was not yet ready for surrogacy.
Amber stammered a little when she replied, “w… w… What? An inquiry? But don’t you think that it is quite early?”
“Yes… Why? It should be great news for you. You would not have to wait for a long time to help your family financially. I don’t think you have any problem regarding the same,” Dr. Stella stated.
Amber could not process the sudden news that had broken out for her. She wanted to make it quick but had not expected the procedure to pace up that way.
It was more of a shock to her, and she had lost her ability to think clearly.
“But doctor, my medical check-up is due, and I haven’t completed the procedure. Then how did the client come up with the offer?” Amber inquired nervously.
“Amber, your medical check-up could be conducted later. In fact, the surrogacy procedure would not be commenced without getting your medical check-up done. However, you are fortunate to have received an offer prior to the completion of your medical test. And you know, this could be the best opportunity that you have ever gotten. I know this client on a personal level. They are one of the most affluent and genuine families in the city. All of your financial problems could be resolved if you accepted this offer. It is one of those rare chances that life gives us. Think about it, Amber. They can pay you a lot more money than you ever imagined,” Dr. Stella elaborated, trying to influence and guide Amber at the same time.
Amber was still lost in her thoughts when she nodded her head partially. She wanted some time to think over the offer and to decide whether to accept it or not.
Dr. Stella noticed her silence and asserted, “There is no need for you to panic over it. You can politely decline the offer if you don’t feel like it. But I would suggest that if you have made up your mind about surrogacy, then you should definitely accept the offer. Or else you could do one thing. You can meet the client personally and then decide whether you want to accept his offer or decline it.”
Amber was still silent. And Dr. Stella chose not to disturb her this time. Amber took almost a minute to respond. “Okay, Dr. I am ready to have a meeting with the client. Could you tell me the place and time?”
“Don’t worry, he will contact you soon,” Dr. Stella smiled and answered.
Amber stood up from the chair and questioned Dr. Stella, “Okay, doctor, I am depending on you for how to go further with this client. Anyway, you’d be there with me at the meeting when I’d be interacting with him, right?”
“No, Amber. This is bound to happen privately between both parties. It’s totally your decision about what terms and conditions you want to be formulated in the surrogacy contract. We don’t have any interference in the process. I am sorry, but you will have to meet him alone. And trust me, there won’t be any problems. This person is quite genuine,” the doctor explained.
Amber nodded her head.
“That’s okay, Dr. I will take your leave now. Bye,” Amber replied.
Dr. Stella bid her goodbye, and Amber came out of her cabin.
She could not process what was happening inside the cabin. Amber was shocked about how fast she got shortlisted and received an inquiry too. It was quite tough to believe. Was it an indication for Amber to know that the universe was guiding her towards surrogacy and this particular client?
She walked out of the center and took the subway to her hostel. While she was walking back to the hostel, her mind replayed the conversation she had with the doctor at the fertility center.
Within a few minutes, she reached the hostel and walked straight towards her room. Amber hopped onto the bed. Her mind had become tired of thinking about all the possible consequences of the surrogacy and her restlessness to meet the client. Her brain had overworked and, as a result, she dozed off to sleep within seconds.
While she was sleeping, Amber had a dream. Or one could say, a series of weird dreams. She visualized herself as a pregnant woman and also saw herself going to college with a large baby bump. She saw in her dream how people were making fun of her in college. They were raising questions about her character and cursing her.
All of a sudden, she woke up from her sleep and was drenched in sweat. She peeped out of the window and realized that it was night, and she probably had a bad dream. Stepping out of the bed, she poured some water into a glass and took a sip of it.
She felt relaxed and decided to give a call to her home. She wanted to let them know that she would soon arrange the money for her father’s surgery.
Her younger sister Lisa picked up the call, “Hello Amber. How have you been?”
“I’m good. Lisa, how are you? And what about Dad? Is he keeping well?” Amber questioned.
“His condition is quite stable, but the doctors have advised us not to delay the surgery. It may cause harm to his health. But Amber, I am afraid of how we will make this surgery happen. Mum has been crying behind our backs. Could you please come here?” Lisa elaborated sadly.
Tears fell down Amber’s cheeks while she listened to her younger sister talking about her family’s miserable condition.
“No, darling. I am sorry, but I may not come home now. But don’t worry, I will definitely arrange the money soon and then get the surgery done. Until then, please take care of mom-dad and Kevin. OK, now pass the phone to Mum. I want to speak to her,” Amber assured lovingly.
Lisa did the same as she was instructed.
Amber’s mom then took the phone.
“How are you, Amber?” she asked. Her voice appeared to be quite low as compared to her usual self.
“I’m good, mom. What about you?” Amber responded, trying to sound strong.
“I’m fine, my child, but your Dad…” Her mom could not speak any further and burst into tears. Amber could not control her tears and broke down.
“You need not worry, mom. I would get the money arranged no matter how. Don’t cry and be strong. You’re brave, I know. Don’t lose hope,” Amber comforted.
Her mom was sobbing when she asked, “but Amber, I am afraid of how would you arrange such a hefty amount of money? And you know our financial status. We have almost sold all of our precious belongings just to save your father. The only thing that is left is this house, but if I thought of selling the house or even mortgaging it, where would we go then? My mind has stopped working, Amber.”
“Trust me, mom. I will make sure to get the money arranged and solve all the issues. Okay, I’m hanging up now. Please take care,” Amber assured and then disconnected the call.
Amber stood before the window in her room. Her eyes were fixed on the road, where vehicles could be seen moving here and there. But her mind was occupied with thoughts of how she would arrange the money.
While she was engrossed in her thoughts, her phone flashed with a message from an unknown number. Amber opened the message and read it.
Ch 6 – MEETING WITH THE CLIENT
Amber arrived at “Hotel Empire” on time with her heart pounding in her chest. The anxiety and nervousness were palpable as she stepped out of the cab and walked into the hotel. She approached the reception desk and asked for the room number 605.
The receptionist nodded with a smile and directed her towards the elevator. Amber stepped into the elevator, feeling her palms becoming sweaty. She pressed the button for the sixth floor and the elevator doors closed. As the elevator ascended, her mind raced with thoughts about the meeting.
What if something goes wrong? What if this client is not genuine? Should I have brought someone with me for safety? These questions kept haunting her, but there was no turning back now.
When the elevator reached the sixth floor, Amber stepped out, trying to steady her nerves. She walked down the hallway, searching for room number 605. Finally, she spotted it at the far end of the hallway. Taking a deep breath, she knocked on the door.
A few moments later, the door opened, and a man in his late thirties stood before her. He had a warm smile on his face and extended his hand for a handshake.
“Hello, Miss Amber. I’m Grayson Carter,” he introduced himself.
Amber shook his hand nervously, “Hello, Mr. Carter.”
“Please, come in,” Grayson gestured, allowing her to enter the room.
As Amber stepped inside, she noticed that there was indeed a woman in the room, sitting on a sofa. She appeared to be in her early thirties and had a gentle demeanor.
“Amber, this is my wife, Emily,” Grayson introduced.
Amber greeted Emily with a nod, still feeling a bit overwhelmed by the situation.
Grayson then offered her a seat and said, “Please, have a seat. Would you like something to drink?”
Amber declined the offer, “No, thank you.”
Grayson and Emily sat down across from Amber, and Grayson began, “Amber, we have gone through your profile at the fertility center, and we are really impressed by your willingness to become a surrogate mother. We have been trying to have a child for a long time, but due to certain medical conditions, it’s not possible for Emily to carry a pregnancy. We really want to become parents, and that’s why we turned to surrogacy.”
Amber listened attentively as Grayson continued, “We’ve heard wonderful things about you from Dr. Stella, and we believe that you could be the one to help us complete our family. We are willing to compensate you generously for your role as a surrogate mother.”
Emily added, “Amber, we understand that this is a big decision for you, and we want you to take your time to think it over. We are here to answer any questions you may have and to discuss all the details. We want this to be a mutual decision where all parties are comfortable and happy.”
Amber felt a bit relieved by their sincerity and openness. She appreciated that they were giving her the space to make a well-informed decision.
“I really appreciate your honesty, Mr. and Mrs. Carter,” Amber replied. “I must admit that this is a big decision for me, and I would like some time to think it over. Surrogacy is a significant responsibility, and I want to be sure I’m ready for it.”
Grayson nodded understandingly, “Of course, Amber. We completely understand. Take all the time you need. We are not in a rush, and we want you to be comfortable with the decision.”
Emily added, “We want to make sure that you are fully aware of the process and that you feel supported throughout. It’s crucial for us that everyone involved is happy and well-informed.”
Amber felt a sense of relief hearing their words. She was glad they were willing to give her the time and space to consider the offer. As the meeting continued, they discussed the surrogacy process, the legal aspects, and the emotional support that would be provided.
By the end of the meeting, Amber felt more at ease. She thanked Grayson and Emily for their understanding and for being forthcoming about everything. She assured them that she would think it over and get back to them soon.
As she left the hotel, she felt a mix of emotions. On one hand, she was excited about the possibility of helping this couple become parents and solving her family’s financial problems. On the other hand, she still had some reservations and concerns about the entire process.
Amber knew that she needed to take some time to think about this life-changing decision carefully. She decided to discuss it with Julia and seek advice from Dr. Stella. Surrogacy was not a decision to be taken lightly, and Amber wanted to make sure she was fully prepared for the journey ahead.
Ch 7 – I’M NOT MARRIED
Amber was taken aback by Grayson’s statement. Her heart sank as she realized that she had assumed incorrectly about his relationship with the woman. Her mind was racing, trying to process the situation.
“I apologize for the confusion. I thought she was your wife,” Amber stammered, feeling embarrassed about her assumption.
“It’s alright, Amber. I can understand the misunderstanding. Jenny is my secretary and has been assisting me with various matters, including this surrogacy process,” Grayson explained calmly.
Amber felt a mix of relief and awkwardness. She was glad to know that Grayson wasn’t married, but she also felt uneasy about having a private discussion with him in the room alone.
“I must admit, I was expecting your wife to be present as well. It’s just that discussing surrogacy feels more comfortable with another woman,” Amber confessed, trying to be honest about her feelings.
“I completely understand your concern, Amber,” Grayson replied empathetically. “Jenny is here to ensure everything runs smoothly and to take notes of our discussion. If at any point you feel uncomfortable, please let us know, and we can arrange for someone else to be present.”
Amber appreciated Grayson’s understanding and willingness to accommodate her feelings. She took a moment to gather her thoughts and then continued, “Thank you for understanding. I must say that this is all new to me, and I’m still processing everything.”
“I can imagine it must be overwhelming,” Grayson acknowledged. “Surrogacy is a significant decision and not something to be taken lightly. We want you to feel at ease throughout this process. So, please take all the time you need to think it over.”
Amber felt a sense of relief hearing his words. She realized that Grayson was considerate and genuine in his approach. It helped ease some of her initial fears.
“Thank you, Mr. Carter. I appreciate your understanding,” Amber said with a small smile.
“You can call me Grayson,” he said, returning the smile. “We want you to feel comfortable and at ease during our interactions.”
Amber nodded in response, feeling a bit more at ease now that she was on a first-name basis with him.
Grayson then proceeded to discuss the details of the surrogacy process, explaining how they had come to the decision of choosing her as a surrogate and how much they appreciated her willingness to help them start a family.
Amber listened attentively, asking questions and clarifying her doubts. As the conversation progressed, she found herself becoming more comfortable with Grayson. He seemed genuine and caring, and she appreciated his openness about the entire process.
“I must admit, I have my reservations and concerns about surrogacy,” Amber confessed. “It’s a significant responsibility, and I want to be sure I’m fully prepared for it.”
“I completely understand, Amber. Surrogacy is a life-changing decision, and it’s essential to consider all aspects before moving forward,” Grayson replied. “We want this to be a mutual decision where all parties are comfortable and happy. Take all the time you need to think it over, and if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to me or Jenny.”
Amber appreciated Grayson’s reassurance and honesty. She could sense that he genuinely cared about the well-being of everyone involved in the process.
“Thank you, Grayson. I will take some time to think about everything, and I’ll get back to you soon,” Amber said with a grateful smile.
“Take all the time you need, Amber. We’re not in a rush, and we want you to be fully comfortable with your decision,” Grayson reiterated.
With their discussion coming to an end, Grayson offered Amber some refreshments before she left. She declined politely, feeling grateful for his hospitality.
As she exited the hotel room, she felt a mix of emotions. Meeting Grayson had been a pleasant surprise, but she knew she needed to take her time to consider everything thoroughly.
On her way back to the hostel, Amber kept replaying the meeting in her mind. She appreciated Grayson’s understanding and kindness, but she also knew that this was a big decision that required careful consideration.
Upon reaching her hostel, she found Julia waiting for her in their room. Julia was excited to hear about the meeting and was eager to know how it went.
“So, how was it? How did the meeting go?” Julia asked eagerly.
“It was better than I expected, to be honest,” Amber replied, taking a seat on her bed.
“Really? That’s great to hear! So, are you leaning towards accepting the offer?” Julia inquired.
“I’m not sure yet, Julia. Grayson was really understanding and genuine, but I still need more time to think it over,” Amber explained.
“That’s completely understandable. It’s a significant decision, and you should take your time,” Julia reassured her.
Amber nodded, feeling grateful for Julia’s support and understanding.
“I’m glad you’re here with me through all of this,” Amber said, smiling at her best friend.
“Of course! You know I’ll always be here for you, no matter what,” Julia replied, giving her a warm hug.
Over the next few days, Amber spent a lot of time thinking and researching about surrogacy. She consulted Dr. Stella for medical advice and spoke to other surrogates to understand their experiences.
With each passing day, Amber became more certain that she wanted to help Grayson and Emily in their journey to become parents. She was touched by their story and their genuine desire to start a family. Moreover, she felt a sense of purpose and fulfillment in being able to help others in such a significant way.
Finally, after careful consideration and discussions with Julia and Dr. Stella, Amber made her decision. She reached out to Grayson to let him know that she was ready to move forward with the surrogacy process.
Grayson and Emily were overjoyed to hear the news. They expressed their heartfelt gratitude to Amber and assured her that they would support her throughout the entire journey.
As they embarked on this new chapter together, Amber felt a mixture of excitement and nervousness. She knew that the road ahead would be challenging, but she also believed it would be incredibly rewarding.
Amber had no idea that this surrogacy journey would not only change her life but also bring her closer to discovering her true purpose and strength. And little did she know that she would find unexpected connections and support along the way, making this journey even more remarkable than she could have ever imagined.
Ch 8 – AWKWARD MOMENTS
Grayson’s face softened as he listened to Amber’s explanation. He could see the pain and vulnerability in her eyes, and he regretted having pressed her with those questions. He realized that he had been too blunt and insensitive in his approach.
“Amber, I am truly sorry for putting you through such discomfort. I didn’t mean to make you feel like that,” Grayson said sincerely. “Your reasons for considering surrogacy are your own, and I should not have questioned them in that manner.”
Amber wiped away a tear that had escaped her eye, feeling a mix of emotions. She appreciated Grayson’s apology, but she still felt hurt by the way the conversation had unfolded.
“I understand your reasons, Amber, and I deeply respect your decision to support your family in this difficult time,” Grayson continued. “I want to assure you that we value your well-being and happiness above all else. If you feel uncomfortable or hesitant about proceeding with the surrogacy, we completely understand, and we won’t hold it against you.”
Amber nodded, feeling a sense of relief knowing that she had the option to back out if she wanted to. However, she also felt torn as she didn’t want to let her family down or lose the opportunity to help them financially.
“I don’t want to let my family down, but this is a huge decision, and I’m not sure if I’m ready for it,” Amber confessed, her voice trembling with emotion.
“You don’t have to make a decision right now, Amber,” Grayson reassured her. “Take all the time you need to think it over. If you decide that surrogacy is not right for you, we will understand, and there will be no hard feelings.”
Amber appreciated Grayson’s understanding and kindness. She knew that he genuinely cared about her well-being and that of her family.
“Thank you, Grayson. I need some time to think things through,” Amber said, wiping away another tear.
“Of course. Please take all the time you need, and if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to me,” Grayson replied with a warm smile.
As Amber left the hotel room, she felt a mix of emotions swirling within her. The conversation had been awkward and uncomfortable, but she also felt a strange connection with Grayson, knowing that he too had faced challenges in his life.
Over the next few days, Amber spent a lot of time soul-searching and consulting with Julia and Dr. Stella. She weighed the pros and cons of becoming a surrogate and thought about the impact it would have on her life and her family.
Eventually, after much contemplation and emotional turmoil, Amber made her decision. She reached out to Grayson and Emily to let them know that she was ready to proceed with the surrogacy process.
Grayson and Emily were grateful for Amber’s decision, and they assured her that they would support her throughout the journey.
As they began the surrogacy process, Amber found herself growing closer to Grayson and Emily. They formed a unique bond as they navigated the ups and downs of the journey together.
With each passing day, Amber’s admiration for Grayson grew, not only for his determination to become a father but also for his resilience and compassion. She realized that there was much more to Grayson than met the eye, and she felt grateful for the opportunity to be a part of his life-changing journey.
As Amber embraced her role as a surrogate, she discovered that this experience was not only about bringing a new life into the world but also about finding unexpected connections, understanding her own strength, and embracing the beauty of life’s unpredictable moments. The journey was far from easy, but it was undoubtedly one that would leave a profound impact on Amber’s life forever.
Ch 9 – The Excitement and Buzz
“Amber, it’s Dad… he had another heart attack,” Lisa managed to say through her tears.
Amber’s heart sank, and she felt a rush of fear and worry. “What? Is he okay? What happened?” Amber asked, her voice shaking with anxiety.
“He’s in the hospital. The doctor said it’s serious this time, and he needs to undergo surgery immediately,” Lisa cried.
Amber felt her eyes welling up with tears, and she tried her best to comfort her sister. “I’m coming home right now. Don’t worry, Lisa. Everything will be alright,” she reassured her.
After hanging up the phone, Amber felt a sense of desperation and helplessness. She knew that her family couldn’t afford the costly surgery, and her heart sank even further when she thought about how she had declined Grayson’s offer to be a surrogate. She felt torn between her family’s needs and her own reservations about surrogacy.
Amber called Julia, who immediately rushed to her side upon hearing the news. They sat together in Amber’s room, trying to figure out what to do.
“Amber, you know that Grayson offered to pay you double the amount for being a surrogate. Maybe you should reconsider,” Julia suggested gently.
Amber nodded, tears streaming down her cheeks. “I know, but it’s not just about the money, Julia. It’s about the whole process and the impact it will have on my life. I’m scared, but I don’t want to lose my dad,” she confessed.
Julia hugged her friend tightly. “I understand, Amber, but think about it. Being a surrogate could provide the financial support your family needs for your dad’s surgery. It’s a tough decision, I know, but it could change your family’s life.”
Amber wiped away her tears and took a deep breath. “You’re right, Julia. I have to do this for my family. I can’t let my fear hold me back. If it can save my dad’s life, then I have to be strong and face it.”
With newfound determination, Amber picked up Grayson’s visiting card from her bag and dialed his number. Grayson picked up on the third ring, and Amber could hear the surprise in his voice as she explained the situation.
“Mr. Grayson, I have thought about your offer, and I’m willing to reconsider becoming a surrogate mother,” Amber said, her voice steady despite the emotions she was feeling.
Grayson sounded relieved and grateful. “Amber, I can’t thank you enough for reconsidering. This means a lot to me and my family.”
Amber smiled through her tears. “Thank you for your understanding, Mr. Grayson. My family needs the financial support, and I’m ready to go through with it.”
Over the next few days, Grayson and Amber worked out the details of the surrogacy process. Amber underwent all the necessary tests and screenings, and everything went smoothly. As the days passed, Amber also got to know Grayson and Emily better. She learned about their struggles with infertility and their deep desire to have a child.
Grayson and Emily were incredibly supportive of Amber throughout the process, and they made sure she was comfortable and well taken care of. They attended appointments together, and Grayson never missed a chance to express his gratitude to Amber for helping them build their family.
The day finally came when the embryo transfer procedure was scheduled. Amber was both excited and nervous as she prepared for the procedure. Grayson and Emily were by her side, holding her hand and reassuring her every step of the way.
As the days turned into weeks, Amber’s pregnancy progressed smoothly. She kept in touch with Julia, who was overjoyed for her friend and eagerly awaited the arrival of the baby.
Amber’s family was also grateful for the financial support, and her dad’s surgery was successful. He was on the road to recovery, and the burden on the family lessened with Amber’s decision.
The seminar at the college with Mr. Richard Carter and Joseph Carter as chief guests was a huge success. Julia was thrilled to see Joseph in person and even managed to take a picture with him. Amber, on the other hand, was occupied with her surrogacy journey and the bond she was forming with Grayson and Emily.
As Amber’s due date approached, Grayson and Emily were overwhelmed with excitement and anticipation. They were grateful to Amber for the selfless act she had chosen to help them become parents.
On a beautiful summer day, Amber gave birth to a healthy baby boy. Grayson and Emily were there to witness the miracle, and tears of joy streamed down their faces as they held their son for the first time.
The bond between Amber and the Carter family grew even stronger as they navigated parenthood together. Amber was delighted to see the love and care Grayson and Emily showered on their son. She had not only helped them become parents but had also found a special place in their hearts as a cherished friend.
As the years passed, Amber pursued her law career and built a successful practice. She remained a part of the Carter family’s life, and their bond became inseparable. They celebrated milestones together, from the baby’s first steps to his first day of school.
Amber often looked back on the roller-coaster journey that led her to become a surrogate mother. It was a decision she had initially resisted, but it had changed her life in unexpected and beautiful ways. She had not only helped a couple fulfill their dream of becoming parents, but she had also discovered the strength and compassion within herself.
Amidst all the excitement and buzz, Amber had found love and purpose in the most unlikely of circumstances. And she knew that life’s awkward moments could sometimes lead to the most profound and life-changing experiences.
Ch 10 – FRIEND IN NEED
The next morning, Amber woke up feeling a little more relaxed knowing that her dad was in the ICU and receiving medical attention. She was grateful for the support of Julia and Andrew, which had made it possible to get her father admitted to the hospital.
As the days passed, Amber visited her dad regularly in the hospital, balancing her law studies with her family responsibilities. She often talked to Grayson and Emily, updating them about her father’s condition and expressing her gratitude for their support during the surrogacy process.
Grayson and Emily were understanding and supportive, reminding Amber that her family came first, and they were glad to see her father getting the medical care he needed.
One evening, after visiting her dad at the hospital, Amber returned to her hostel room feeling emotionally drained. Julia was there, waiting for her with a sympathetic smile.
“How is he doing today?” Julia asked gently.
“He’s stable for now, but the doctors say it’s going to be a long road to recovery,” Amber replied, sinking into a chair.
Julia put her arm around Amber’s shoulder. “I’m here for you, Amber. If there’s anything I can do to help, just let me know.”
Amber gave her friend a weak smile. “Thank you, Julia. I don’t know what I’d do without you.”
“You don’t have to worry about a thing. Just focus on your family and studies. We’ve got your back,” Julia assured her.
Over the next few weeks, Amber juggled her responsibilities, visiting her dad, attending college, and keeping in touch with Grayson and Emily. Her bond with the Carter family grew stronger as they supported each other through life’s ups and downs.
Amidst the challenging times, Amber found comfort in knowing that she had friends who cared deeply for her. She also found strength in her decision to become a surrogate mother, as it had led her to Grayson and Emily, who had become an essential part of her life.
As her father’s health improved, Amber’s burden started to lighten. The hospital bills were significant, but with the support of family and friends, they managed to cover the expenses. Amber continued her studies diligently, focusing on building a successful career in law.
One day, Grayson surprised Amber by showing up at her college with Emily and their little son. He wanted to express his gratitude and admiration for Amber’s selflessness and the vital role she played in their journey to parenthood.
“Amber, you are not just a surrogate mother to us. You are family,” Grayson said, holding his son in his arms. “We will forever be thankful to you for giving us the gift of parenthood.”
Amber blushed and tried to hold back tears of joy. “Thank you, Grayson. I’m grateful to have been a part of your family’s journey.”
Emily hugged Amber warmly, and the little boy reached out his arms, wanting to be held by Amber. She took him in her arms, and he giggled happily, making everyone in the room smile.
“You have a special place in his heart too,” Emily said, her eyes glistening with love and gratitude.
As they spent time together, Amber felt an overwhelming sense of fulfillment and happiness. She realized that life’s twists and turns had led her to this beautiful moment, surrounded by the people she cared about.
The months turned into years, and Amber’s career as a lawyer flourished. She remained in touch with the Carter family, attending their son’s birthday parties, sharing holidays, and creating precious memories together.
One evening, as Amber sat in her office reviewing some legal documents, her phone rang. It was Grayson.
“Amber, Emily and I wanted to talk to you about something important,” he said.
“What is it?” Amber asked, curious.
“Emily and I have decided to expand our family. We would love for you to be the surrogate mother for our second child,” Grayson revealed.
Amber was taken aback but overjoyed by the request. She felt a surge of happiness, realizing how much the Carter family trusted and valued her.
“I’d be honored,” Amber replied, her heart filled with gratitude and love.
And so, the journey continued for Amber, as she once again embraced the role of a surrogate mother for the Carter family. This time, it was not just about giving the gift of parenthood; it was about the cherished bond she shared with her friends, the Carter family.
Life had indeed taken Amber on an unexpected and remarkable journey, full of excitement, challenges, and love. And in the midst of it all, she had discovered the true meaning of friendship, family, and the incredible power of helping others in their time of need.
“The Billionaire’s Hired Wife” by Molly Jane weaves an engaging narrative of sacrifice, ambition, and the complexities of surrogacy. Amber Thompson’s journey epitomizes the lengths one may go to protect and support their loved ones, while also exploring the ethical dilemmas surrounding surrogacy. This gripping tale leaves readers pondering the boundaries between personal ambition and selflessness, making it a must-read for fans of emotional dramas with a touch of romance and suspense. Amber’s transformation and resilience will undoubtedly resonate with readers, making “The Billionaire’s Hired Wife” an unforgettable read.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on “The Billionaire’s Hired Wife
Q1: What is “The Billionaire’s Hired Wife” about?
A1: “The Billionaire’s Hired Wife” is a romantic novel that follows the story of a young woman who agrees to be a surrogate mother for a wealthy billionaire. As she navigates through the complexities of the surrogacy process, she finds herself entangled in unexpected emotions and feelings.
Q2: Who are the main characters in the story?
A2: The main characters are Amber, a sincere and hardworking woman who becomes the surrogate mother, and Grayson Carter, the wealthy and successful billionaire who hires her. Other significant characters include Julia, Amber’s best friend, and Emily, Grayson’s wife.
Q3: Is “The Billionaire’s Hired Wife” a standalone novel or part of a series?
A3: As the provided excerpt doesn’t specify, we cannot determine whether “The Billionaire’s Hired Wife” is a standalone novel or part of a series. More information from the complete book would be needed to answer this question accurately.
Q4: What genre does the book belong to?
A4: Based on the excerpt provided, “The Billionaire’s Hired Wife” seems to belong to the romance and drama genres.
Q5: Is the book suitable for young adult readers?
A5: The provided excerpt doesn’t explicitly state the target audience. However, considering the romantic themes and drama, the book might be more suitable for adult readers.
Q6: Does the story have any twists or unexpected turns?
A6: The provided excerpt suggests that the story has several unexpected turns, such as the protagonist’s decision to decline the surrogacy offer initially and the subsequent request to be the surrogate mother for a second time.
Q7: Is the book available in e-book format or print?
A7: Information about the format and availability of “The Billionaire’s Hired Wife” would depend on the actual publication of the book. It is advisable to check with book retailers or the author’s website for the most up-to-date information.
Q8: What themes are explored in the novel?
A8: The novel seems to explore themes such as surrogacy, family, friendship, selflessness, and the impact of life-changing decisions.
Q9: Does the story primarily focus on romance or does it have other elements?
A9: While romance is a central aspect of the story, the excerpt also indicates the presence of drama, family dynamics, and the protagonist’s personal growth and challenges.
Q10: Can you provide more information about the other characters in the book, such as Joseph Carter and Richard Carter?
A10: The provided excerpt only briefly mentions Joseph Carter as Grayson’s son and Richard Carter as a world-renowned lawyer who will be attending a seminar. To understand their roles and significance in the story, more information from the complete book would be needed.
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