After growing up as an only child, Amanda Lisandra wants a big family. But since she and her soldier husband can’t afford to have more children right away, Mandy decides to earn money as a gestational carrier for a childless couple. She loves being pregnant, and while carrying the child she dreams of having her own son and maybe another daughter…
Just when the nearly perfect pregnancy is about to conclude, unexpected tragedy enters Mandy’s world and leaves her reeling. Devastated by grief, she surrenders the child she was carrying and struggles to regain her emotional equilibrium.
Two years later she studies a photograph of the baby she bore and wonders if the unthinkable has happened-could she have inadvertently given away her own biological child? Over the next few months Mandy struggles to decide between the desires of her grief-stricken heart and what’s best for the little boy she has never known.
This was a very interesting book. I wasn’t really sure what the offering was at the beginning of the book, although I thought I knew.
The real offering comes closer to the end. You are going to need that box of tissues for this one. Some of it is heart wrenching.
This is the story of three families. It’s filled with sacrifice, misunderstandings and most of all, love.
There’s one event in this story that I kept anticipating, but the timing was a major surprise, but yet still heartbreaking.
This story takes place in my neck of the woods. I would love to drop in at Mama’s store for a visit with her and maybe her nudist. I would also enjoy taking the gringa for lunch at the Frog Pond. It’s been much too long since I’ve eaten there.
I don’t think I’m quite ready to let this family go yet. Do you have plans to include them in another book, Ms. Hunt?
***A special thanks to litfuse for providing a review copy.***
With over four million copies of her books sold worldwide, Angela Hunt is the bestselling author of more than one hundred books, including “The Nativity Story.” Hunt is one of the most sought-after collaborators in the publishing industry. Her nonfiction book “Don’t Bet Against Me,” written with Deanna Favre, spent several weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Angela’s novel “The Note” (with sales of over 141,000) was filmed as the Hallmark Channel’s Christmas movie for 2007 and proved to be the highest rated television movie in the channel’s history.
Angela’s novels have won or been nominated for several prestigious industry awards, including the RITA, the Christy Award, the ECPA Christian Book Award, and the Holt Medallion. She often travels to teach writing workshops at schools and writers’ conferences, and she served as the keynote speaker at the 2008 American Christian Fiction Writers’ national conference. She and her husband make their home in Florida with mastiffs. In 2001, one of her dogs was featured on Live with Regis and Kelly as the second-largest dog in America.