Saturday, July 6, 2013

Litfuse: The Offering by Angela Hunt

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"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."

Angela Hunt definitely knows how to deliver an emotion-packed story! And she has chosen a topic not seen much in the book world: surrogates. It is clear that the author has done her research. As I've stated a few times in previous book reviews, I really enjoy a book in which I learn new things and Angela gave me an intellectual feast because, before reading this book, I didn't have much knowledge about surrogates.

In addition to her careful research, Angela has managed to craft a rather complex plot. The events that occurred in the book would have to be completely coordinated in order for them to actually happen; yet, the fact that it was medically and scientifically possible made it easier for me to accept the circumstances and, therefore, didn't hinder my reading experience.

Mandy was an easy character to relate to and, due to the heart-breaking experiences she lived through, it was no wonder that I shed tears with her a couple times. By the time the ending came, my eyes were steadily leaking. I didn't expect the book to end the way it did and, were it not for the epilogue, The Offering would've ended on a melancholy note. But, the epilogue definitely saved the book and left me satisfied and placated as to how the book ended.

An emotionally gripping story with an intricate plot and a lot of food for thought, I give The Offering 4 out of 5 stars. It can be bought at Amazon.

** Much thanks to Litfuse Publicity for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, which I have given **