I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Choice We Make
Published by MIRA on 7/12/2016
Pages: 336 pages
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Following her bestselling debut novel Come Away with Me, Karma Brown returns with an unforgettable story that explores the intricate dynamics of friendship and parenthood
Hannah and Kate became friends in the fifth grade, when Hannah hit a boy for looking up Kate's skirt with a mirror. While they've been close as sisters ever since, Hannah can't help but feel envious of the little family Kate and her husband, David, have created—complete with two perfect little girls.
She and Ben have been trying for years to have a baby, so when they receive the news that she will likely never get pregnant, Hannah's heartbreak is overwhelming. But just as they begin to tentatively explore the other options, it's Kate's turn to do the rescuing. Not only does she offer to be Hannah's surrogate, but Kate is willing to use her own eggs to do so.
Full of renewed hope, excitement and gratitude, these two families embark on an incredible journey toward parenthood…until a devastating tragedy puts everything these women have worked toward at risk of falling apart. Poignant and refreshingly honest, The Choices We Make is a powerful tale of an incredible friendship and the risks we take to make our dreams come true.
This book is about a topic I never thought I would read about. I must say it was a beautifully written, compelling story about friendship, children, siblings, parents and more.
Hannah and Ben Matthews, married for six years are a couple who want a baby, and you absolutely will fall in love with them as I did. In addition to the pressure they put on themselves trying to conceive and it not working, Ben’s Jamaican mother while not meaning to adds to the pressure on the couple to have her grandchildren but it’s not like they aren’t trying. Because of Hannah’s difficulty to conceive, they discuss various ways to have a child as they are not sure what the solution is, and everything is on the table to include in vitro and more.
Kate Cabot is Hannah’s BFF (best friend forever) and decides she has the plan to help them become parents. David married to Kate, is not sure he wants her to help as he doesn’t know how that dynamic will work for the friendship or his family. The plan Kate comes up with will change everyone’s life forever.
I loved the way Karma Brown writes because even when there is pain – you still want to know how the characters are going to react to the many issues that arise. There is more than just the problem of trying to have a child, but that is the primary focus. I was rooting for everyone involved as they all are the best of friends, and it shows with lots of love.
This is going to make a great book club read as there is much to discuss. I Recommend you buy this book!
Thank you, Karma Brown, for excellent story telling of a tough topic.
Reviewed by: Linda C