Sunday, November 13, 2016

(93)The Choices We Make by Karma Brown


Kate and Hannah have been best friends since the fifth grade. They have been together through thick and thin, through family issues and boyfriend troubles.  Now they are in their mid-thirties and are married to great guys.  Kate is married to David and they have two beautiful little girls. Hannah and Ben are desperate to start their own family.  They have tried everything and are getting ready to explore the adoption option when Kate steps up and offers to be their surrogate.  It is an offer that changes the dynamic of their relationship in ways they never thought possible.  When tragedy strikes it forces Hannah to evaluate what is most important to her and the choices she makes will have long lasting repercussions.

I had a hard time getting into The Choices We Make, but once I did get into it, the book started to go by rather quickly.  The story is told from alternate perspectives so you really get a feel for both Hannah and Kate.  They are both good people.  Infertility is such a personal struggle that I had to keep reminding myself of that when I thought Hannah was getting to be a bit over the top.  There is an "event" that happens that is pivotal to the story and even then I struggled to like Hannah as she was dealing with it.  I think her own husband had a hard time understanding where she was coming from and I was afraid that it was going permanently damage their marriage.   I want to say that there was a happy ending - but it was really the best possible outcome for the story.  But you still might be in danger of needing a hanky or three.  - CLICK HERE FOR SPOILERS

Bottom line - The Choices We Make is a heart-wrenching novel about two women, a decades-long friendship, and sacrifices they make in the name of love.   This book would be a good one to share with your best friend over a bottle of wine.

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