About the Book: 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.
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About Angela Hunt: 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.
My Opinion: I just finished this book and I have to say that it really got me to thinking about a lot of things as a strong, pro-life Christian. I never gave much thought to surrogate pregnancies – either the woman who carries the baby or the IP’s (Intended Parents) but that has changed, then again I’m not going to start wondering if every pregnant woman is a surrogate or not! Amanda and her husband, Gideon story picks up quickly from the first page and through a 1st person telling we see Amanda’s coming to grips with love and loss.
This isn’t normally the genre I’d really pick up but the plot intrigued me when I received the email about getting this book to review. I’m so glad I gave it a chance a though – Amanda’s inlaws are Catholic and she gives her daughter both a Protestant and a Catholic understanding of faith – and what love ultimately means. I knew a huge twist was coming but I wasn’t sure when, and when it came I had to pull out the tissues because I cried several times through this book.
It has even sparked discussion between my husband and I, as to whether we’d ever consider me being a surrogate, however there are a lot of ethical as well as our religious beliefs to consider and pray over. It’s raised some good questions, one that I hadn’t considered before – including surrogacy but I admit the money would be nice to have as well as helping a childless couple. If you’ve never given thought to it this is a great way to maybe seeing pregnancy, love and ultimately sacrifice and healing in a whole different light and definitely different from how a Christian novel usually goes.
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