One innocent mistake . . . a lifetime of consequences.
After growing up 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.
My Comments: The content of books never ceases to amaze me. Angela Hunt takes an issue I have had questions about and weaves it into a great story! Struggles are a part of life – some are thrust upon us and some are due to choices we make. This book covers a struggle which is a result of a choice. Carrying another person’s baby is not a choice I would have ever made mainly due to the fact that I hated being pregnant. My hormones worked overtime and I felt sick for 9 months. It’s worth it for your own child, but for someone elses’? and to get paid for it? Wow, this book made me think. One thing I love about reading is that you live vicariously through someone else – you see their struggles and you work out in your own mind how you would solve their problems. There were a few twists along the way, but this makes for a great story. I usually read everything Angela Hunt writes – and enjoy her writing. She did a great job of putting me into Mandy’s head, so that I could feel what she felt and see what she saw. Her relationship with her mom was interesting and I felt it could have been developed a wee bit more, but enough information was given. Her relationship with her in-laws was even more interesting to me. They seemed more like her birth family, and they were of another culture! Great writing Ms. Hunt!
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