Thursday, May 23, 2013

Litfuse Publicity Tours Presents: The Offering: A Novel by Angela Elwell Hunt

From bestselling author Angela Hunt, the heart-wrenching story of a young mother who unknowingly gave away her own child after serving as a surrogate for a childless couple.
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 The Author

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 Review:

Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down. Even though a lot is given away, by reading the back of the book, I kept hoping it wasn't true. It was almost like waiting for the other shoe to drop.
While I was questioning my Christian beliefs, with regard to the unused embryos. This is thorough talked about in the story. Not that I agree with it, but it does give thought.
What would you do? When my daughter experienced fertility, I thought about doing what Mandy did, but is it morally right? Each person has to answers these questions on their own. Also, once she felt that she and her husbands were the parents of the little one. What great harm is she going to do pulling him away from the only parents he has known. On the other hand, this little boy is a surviving part of her husband. Oh my, somehow someones heart will be broken.
There are some very tender loving moments here, the extended, wonderful Cuban family her husband comes from. We spend time with their gifted and talented daughter Marilee. We grieve for Gideon, and feel his loss.
Through out the book a poigant theme is spoken "Meet at the river." "Yeah, I'll be waiting under the tree."

I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.

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