Stacking the Shelves [2]

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews featuring books added to our shelves and sharing our excitement for them. I haven’t done one of these in months, so here’s a two week haul.
Actual mailbox:
Hot Summer Nights [Goodreads win]
New Money by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal
Coming Clean by Sue Margolis
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano
Who Asked You by Terry McMillan
Insurgent by Veronica Roth [bought]

For Review via Edelweiss
Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan
Expected Publication: November 5, 2013
Ecco Books

The Last Forever by Deb Caletti
Expected Publication: April 1, 2014
Simon Pulse

For Review via NetGalley
[Never] Again by Theresa Paolo
Expected Publication: October 14, 2013
Berkley Penguin

Thanks to the following fab people… St. Martin’s Press, Simon & Schuster BYR, NAL trade, Viking, Ecco and Berkley Penguin!

That’s my haul. Link me to yours.


Review: The Truth about You and Me by Amanda Grace

The Truth about You and Me by Amanda Grace
Expected Publication: September 8, 2013
Format: E-Arc via NetGalley
Publisher: Flux
Rating: 4/5

Summary via Goodreads
Smart girls aren't supposed to do stupid things.Madelyn Hawkins is super smart. At sixteen, she's so gifted that she can attend college through a special program at her high school. On her first day, she meets Bennett. He's cute, funny, and kind. He understands Madelyn and what she's endured - and missed out on - in order to excel academically and please her parents. Now, for the first time in her life, she's falling in love.

There's only one problem. Bennett is Madelyn's college professor, and he thinks she's eighteen - because she hasn't told him the truth.

The story of their forbidden romance is told in letters that Madelyn writes to Bennett - both a heart-searing ode to their ill-fated love and an apology.

My Thoughts
I’ll be honest I didn’t know how I was going to feel about this novel. You know the told again tale of teacher falls for student. In many cases it can be…honestly….creepy. However this tale was different. It was different in the sense that the relationship was based on lies from the beginning. You see Madelyn never told her professor that she was of college age so in her eyes she didn’t actually lie, she just admit it. She kind of justifies her lies by saying “well he never actually asked, he just assumed.”

I gave this book a 4/5 not because of the storyline so much, but mainly for the writing. The author tells this tale in a very careful matter. This could’ve gone really wrong if it was told another way. You know creepy old teacher and young student. It’s told in letter form from Madelyn to Bennett. She tries to explain why she did what she did. While I can understand Madelyn letting things get out of control, I never think she truly understands how her actions hurt everyone around her.

The one I felt for was Bennett. He was an honest stand up kind of guy who just fell for the wrong person, or shall I say maybe the right person just at the wrong time. Call me crazy but I did believe and buy into their “love” story. I just feel they were at totally different times and paths in their lives.

While I enjoyed this book it may not be for everyone. I’ve read mixed reviews and while I can understand why you have to go into this willing to give it a chance. Although it’s a tale that’s been told over and over again, I totally got this one.


A to Z Blogger Survey

I’ve seen this survey floating around originally done by the fab Jamie from The Perpetual Page-Turner. It looked like fun so I thought I’d take a crack at it.

Here’s me from A-Z!

Author You've Read The Most Books From
 John Grisham & E. Lynn Harris

Best Sequel Ever
 Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. Does that count? I mean I liked it better than Catching Fire…more action!

Currently Reading
  Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Drink of Choice While Reading
  Either green tea or water

E-reader or physical book?
 Ummm… both. I actually always read one Kindle read and physical book at the same time.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated in High School
 Finn from If He Had Been with Me by Laura Nowlin. I just love him to pieces!

Glad You Gave This Book a Chance
 Divergent by Veronica Roth. I didn’t think I wanted to read another dystopian type series. Boy I was wrong! I was hooked from the get go!

Hidden Gem Book
 A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! Set in the 30’s it’s a love story like no other.

Important Moment in Your Reading Life
 When it comes to my love for reading I thank my mom 100%. She showed me the wonderful world of books at an early age. Library trips and book club memberships at like 4yrs old. Awesome!

Just Finished
 Justice for Sara by Erica Spindler. An awesome thriller…so check it out. A who done it murder that will keep you at the edge of your seats til the very end.

Kinds of Books You Won't Read
  Cheesy romance novels…yuck! Sorry if you like them, just not my cup of tea.

Longest Book You've Read
 The Beatles by Bob Spitz [864 pgs] I love the Beatles but dammmmnnn!!

Major Book Hangover Because Of
 If I Stay by Gayle Forman. Do I really need to explain??

Number of Bookcases You Own

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times
 She Comes Undone by Wally Lamb.  It’s literally falling apart.

Preferred Place to Read
 My bed or on the couch with lots of pillows and my blanket.

Quote [s] That Inspires You
 “We accept the love we think we deserve” from The Perks of being a Wallflower
  “I want to believe there is somebody out there for me. I want to believe that I exist to be there for that somebody” from Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares

Reading Regret
 I regret nothing. Even books I didn’t like, I just see it as finding out what I like and what I don’t.

Series You Started and Need to Finish [series is complete]
  None…at least none that are complete.  Actually don’t read that many series…odd I know!

Three of Your All Time Favorite Books
 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  Love is a Mixtape by Rob Sheffield
 Summer Sisters by Judy Blume

Unapologetic Fangirl For
 The Hunger Games! I chalk this up to karma. I always made fun of Twilight and Harry Potter fans so when The Hunger Games came out I figured I’d give it a try. WOW! Now I totally get why people go crazy over series!

Very Excited for This Release More Than All the Others
 Allegiant by Veronica Roth! I’m late to the Divergent game. Read it and I have Insurgent, just don’t know if I want to read it now or just binge read the last two back to back.

Worst Bookish Habit
 I don’t like fingerprints or smudges on my covers. Or when people dog ear the pages! Basically I don’t like people borrowing my books. Lol.

X Marks the Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book
  Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

Your Latest Book Purchase
 Let’s see technically the last book I bought was for my little cousin. He wanted to start the Harry Potter series so I got him that. However the last book I bought for myself was Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson

ZZZ-Snatcher Book [last one that kept you up way too late]
  On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves.  Man I was hooked and I couldn’t stop. I need to know how everything played out in the end.

That’s the nerdy chick in me! If you done this PLEASE leave the link below. I love reading about people!


WoW [43]

Waiting on Wednesday [WoW] is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
This week’s WoW feature is:

Sycamore Row by John Grisham
Expected Publication: October 22, 2013
Publisher: Doubleday

Summary via Goodreads...
John Grisham takes you back to where it all began . . .

John Grisham's A Time to Kill is one of the most popular novels of our time. Now we return to that famous courthouse in Clanton as Jake Brigance once again finds himself embroiled in a fiercely controversial trial-a trial that will expose old racial tensions and force Ford County to confront its tortured history.

Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier.

The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly? And what does it all have to do with a piece of land once known as Sycamore Row?

In Sycamore Row, John Grisham returns to the setting and the compelling characters that first established him as America's favorite storyteller. Here, in his most assured and thrilling novel yet, is a powerful testament to the fact that Grisham remains the master of the legal thriller, nearly twenty-five years after the publication of A Time to Kill.

Why I Can’t Wait....
First off I love John Grisham! Secondly A Time to Kill is one of my faves, so I’m glad to revisit these characters. Seems like classic Grisham, I can’t wait to dive into this read.

What are you waiting on? Please link me up to yours. I’d love to see your picks!


Top Ten Tuesday: Fave Secondary Characters

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.
This week topic…
Favorite Secondary Characters

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: Levi… Is it just me or am I the only one who smiles when you read he’s smiling??

If He Had Been with Me by Laura Nowlin: Finn…OMG! My instant book crush. He made my heart ache.

Too Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee: Boo Radley…one of the greatest characters…ever!

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: Augustus…Just love the banter between him and Hazel.

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins: Finnick… He had me at sugar cube!

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: Cinna… I just love this man!

Divergent by Veronica Roth: Four… I have a thing for the strong silent types.

A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams: Budgie...Though she’s a bitch...she’s the one you love to hate.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Patrick… a wonderfully written character who you cant help but feel for.

That’s my Top Ten [ok...9]…what’s yours? Link me below.


Review: Justice for Sara by Erica Spindler

Justice for Sara by Erica Spindler
Published: August 6, 2013
Format: Finished copy via publisher
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Rating: 5/5

Summary via Goodreads
When seventeen-year-old Katherine McCall awakened one morning to find her beloved sister, Sara, brutally murdered, her whole life changed in the blink of an eye. Kat was named the prime suspect and, on a string of circumstantial evidence, charged and tried. While the jury found her innocent, not everyone else agreed, and her only choice was to go into hiding. But she carried a dark secret with her, one that made her worry she might actually have had something to do with Sara’s death.

Now, years later, Kat is still haunted by her sister’s unsolved murder and continues to receive chilling anonymous letters, but she has tried to move on with her life. Until, on the tenth anniversary of Sara’s death, she receives a letter that makes the past impossible to ignore: "What about justice for Sara?" What about justice for Sara? And for herself? Kat realizes that going back to Liberty, Louisiana, might be the only way to move forward and find some peace. And there’s a killer out there who was never caught.

But the town she’s come back to is hardly different from the one she left. The secrets and suspicions still run deep. Kat has an ally in Detective Luke Tanner, son of the former Liberty police chief, but he may be her only one. With plenty of enemies, no one to trust and a killer determined to keep a dark secret buried, Kat must decide if justice is worth fighting—and dying—for.

My Thoughts
WOW! This is all I can say about Justice for Sara. I honestly hadn’t heard much about this book until it arrived at my doorstep. The synopsis drew me in and figured why not? Thank god for good surprises! This book had me from page one. It’s told in in alternating form, from present tense to the days leading up to Sara’s murder.

It’s told wonderfully by Erica Spindler who I will definitely be looking into her past books after this. She weaves you back and forth in a multi layered tale of the classic who done it. Just when you think you figured it out she throws you a curve ball you never saw coming. Talk about attention grabbing! I love how she gives us characters who we feel compassion for and those who we will surely despise.

You will feel for Sara and can’t wait to find out who her killer is and will want to make them pay. I also love how the author never makes you feel safe. She makes you doubt every character until the end.

With wonderful characters and excellent writing Justice for Sara is a MUST read! This is for anyone who wants a fast paced suspense thriller. All I can say is buckle up you’re in for a very bumpy ride. One that I guarantee you will never regret.


Feature and Follow Friday

Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.

Gain new followers and make new friends! Or just check out the weekly questions and see what others respond.

Q: Book Selfie! Take a pic with your current read.
A: Super duper happy!! Just got the finished copy in today. Great way to start off a new weekend!  I Love and Adore Rainbow Rowell!!

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Cover Reveal+Giveaway! That One Summer by C.J. Duggan

That One Summer [The Summer Series #3] by C.J. Duggan

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Loving Chris Henderson would be wrong. Diabolically disastrous. I mean, what is there about him to love? He’s moody, bossy, brooding, a control freak, and that’s on a good day … but there was one achingly obvious fact that haunted my every thought, every minute of every day …

He sure could kiss.

As the countdown to the new millennium begins, there is one thing everyone agrees on: no one wants to be in Onslow for New Year’s Eve.

So that can only mean one thing: road trip!

No longer the mousey, invisible, shy girl from years ago, Tammy Maskala is finally making up for all those lost summers. A new year with new friends, which astoundingly includes the bossy boy behind the bar, Chris Henderson.

She likes her new friends (at least most of them), so why does she secretly feel so out of place?

After chickening out on the trip, a last-minute change of heart sees Tammy racing to the Onslow Hotel, fearing she’s missed her chance for a ride. The last thing she expected to meet was a less-than-happy Onslow Boy leaning against his black panel van.

Now the countdown begins to reach the others at Point Shank before the party is over and the new year has begun. Alone in a car with only the infuriating Chris Henderson, Tammy can’t help but feel this is a disastrous start to what could have been a great adventure. But when the awkward road trip takes an unexpected turn, Tammy soon discovers that the way her traitorous heart feels about Chris is the biggest disaster of all.

Fogged up windows, moonlight swimming, bad karaoke and unearthed secrets; after this one summer nothing will ever be the same again.
The Boys of Summer [AZ/GR/IT]
An Endless Summer [AZ/GR/IT]
This is a shared giveaway that CJ set up for the reveal. The giveaway is international (INT) and the prize is a Signed paperback of The Boys of Summer or An Endless Summer (Winners choice) and there is also the chance for 6 additional winners to win a copy of TOS or AES (Winners choice)
Author Links:


WoW [42]

Waiting on Wednesday [WoW] is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
This week’s WoW feature is:

Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
Expected Publication: March 18, 2014
Publisher: Balzer+Bray

Summary via Goodreads...
What if you’d been living your life as if you were dying—only to find out that you had your whole future ahead of you?

When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, her prognosis is grim. To maximize the time she does have, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs—however she sees fit. She convinces her friend Harvey, whom she knows has always had feelings for her, to help her with a crazy bucket list that’s as much about revenge (humiliating her ex-boyfriend and getting back at her arch nemesis) as it is about hope (doing something unexpectedly kind for a stranger and reliving some childhood memories). But just when Alice’s scores are settled, she goes into remission.

Now Alice is forced to face the consequences of all that she’s said and done, as well as her true feelings for Harvey. But has she done irreparable damage to the people around her, and to the one person who matters most?

Julie Murphy’s SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY is a fearless and moving tour de force about love, life, and facing your own mortality.

Why I Can’t Wait....
Although this is a story about illness it’s not all what it is about. I love how it’s about living life and facing things head on. Not dwelling on the sadness but looking on the upside of things. Plus I get there might be a romance storyline as well and come on who doesn’t love a good romance?

What are you waiting on? Please link me up to yours. I’d love to see your picks!


Review: On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves

On the Island by Tracey Gravis-Graves [GR/FB/WS]
Published: July 10, 2012
Format: Copy via NetGalley
Publisher: Penguin
Rating: 5/5

Summary via Goodreads
When thirty-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family's summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts without hesitation; a working vacation on a tropical island trumps the library any day.

T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. He's almost seventeen and if having cancer wasn't bad enough, now he has to spend his first summer in remission with his family - and a stack of overdue assignments - instead of his friends.

Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.'s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a fatal heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Adrift in shark-infested waters, their life jackets keep them afloat until they make it to the shore of an uninhabited island. Now Anna and T.J. just want to survive and they must work together to obtain water, food, fire, and shelter.

Their basic needs might be met but as the days turn to weeks, and then months, the castaways encounter plenty of other obstacles, including violent tropical storms, the many dangers lurking in the sea, and the possibility that T.J.'s cancer could return. As T.J. celebrates yet another birthday on the island, Anna begins to wonder if the biggest challenge of all might be living with a boy who is gradually becoming a man.

My Thoughts
I will admit I was a bit cautious if I really wanted to read this or not. I was intrigued by the plot, people stranded on an island with little or no hope of being found much less survival. However I didn’t know if I was going to like the “love story.” I mean you have an “older” woman and a “younger” guy who you know will no doubt fall for each other. Could I actually buy this “romance” or would it just creep me out, much less buy into it?

My doubt quickly faded away. This wasn’t a rushed romance or anything shady like many younger/older romances can be written. This was about two people who basically only had each other. We grew to come to know both Anna and T.J. and their respective backstories. During their time together they became friends and eventually fell for each other. I liked how this wasn’t only about the romance but also about them as individuals. I enjoyed the alternating chapters told by each character prospective. You get to see what each one is thinking about and their true feeling about the situations around them. It’s like you get full effect of the story almost as if you were there. As they face many challenges on the island from dehydration to no food to physically elements that could take their lives, you will root for their rescue and for them as a couple also.   

This is one of those books that will have you glued by the first few pages and you won’t want to stop until the very end. It’s an unconventional love story but one that’s told at its very best.

Tracey Gravis-Graves is quickly becoming one of my favorite new authors. I can’t wait for the next installment in this series and once you read this you won’t either.


WoW [41]

Waiting on Wednesday [WoW] is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
This week’s WoW feature is:

The F-It List by Julie Halpen
Expected Publication: November 12, 2013
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Summary via Goodreads...
With her signature heart and humor, Julie Halpern explores a strained friendship strengthened by one girl’s battle with cancer.

Alex’s father recently died in a car accident. And on the night of his funeral, her best friend Becca slept with Alex’s boyfriend. So things aren’t great. Alex steps away from her friendship with Becca and focuses on her family.

But when Alex finally decides to forgive Becca, she finds out something that will change her world again--Becca has cancer.

So what do you do when your best friend has cancer? You help her shave her head. And then you take her bucket list and try to fulfill it on her behalf. Because if that’s all you can do to help your ailing friend--you do it.

Why I Can’t Wait....
First off love the title! I’m getting a different vibe and twist to other books whose storyline revolves around disease. I can’t wait to see how and if this book is indeed different.

Please feel free to link up your WoW.
Also be sure to add me on Goodreads…I love seeing other peoples book interests.


Book Blitz+ Giveaway!!: Camp Boyfriend by J.K. Rock

Camp Boyfriend (Camp Boyfriend #1) by J.K. Rock
Release Date: 07/02/13
From Spencer Hill Press


Summary from Goodreads
The summer of her dreams is about to get a reality check.

They said it couldn't be done, but geeky sophomore Lauren Carlson transformed herself into a popular girl after moving to a new school halfway across the country. Amazing what losing her braces and going out for cheerleading will do. Only trouble is, the popular crowd is wearing on Lauren's nerves and she can't wait to return to summer camp where she's valued for her brain instead of her handsprings. She misses her old friends and most of all, her long time camp-only boyfriend, Seth. This year she intends to upgrade their relationship to year-round status once she's broken up with her new, jock boyfriend, Matt. He doesn't even begin to know the real her, a girl fascinated by the night sky who dreams of discovering new planets and galaxies.

But Matt isn't giving her up without a fight. As he makes his case to stay together, Lauren begins to realize his feelings run deeper than she ever would have guessed. What if the guy she thought she was meant to be with forever isn't really The One? Returning to Camp Juniper Point was supposed to ground her uprooted life, but she's more adrift than ever. Everything feels different and soon Lauren's friends are turning on her and both guys question what she really wants. As summer tensions escalate, Lauren wonders if she's changed more than she thought. Will her first big discovery be herself?


“Can I ask you a question?” I’d been dying to ask him this for years, but the old me had been too afraid.

            “Shoot.” He wrapped his arms around his knees and locked a hand around his other wrist.

            I gathered my courage. “Why did you want to break up every year after camp?”

            In the quiet that followed, I traced the white stitching on the embroidery that outlined Madison’s initial.

            When Seth finally answered, his voice was low.

            “It’s easier to end things on good terms than risk something going wrong during the school year.”

            “Why assume the worst?” I’d never given him reason to doubt me. 

            “I saw what my dad went through after my mom left us.” He reached for a stick to shove the logs around in the dusty fireplace as I marveled that he’d finally admitted what I’d suspected.  When Seth’s mom abandoned him, she’d left a huge hole. No wonder he had trust issues. Still, we could have worked through that if he’d given me a chance. Opened up to me like this before.

“I always figured I’d wait to get serious with anyone until I was… really sure,” he continued.

            “And you were never sure of me?”

            His crooked grin made a surprise appearance, but his tone was dry. “I was hoping this would be the year we’d be ready to take that step.”

            Something inside me collapsed. My chest felt so tight that for a minute I couldn’t breathe. We’d been so close to developing something amazing.

            “Instead, I showed up with someone else.”

            Outside, the wind rubbed tree limbs against the cabin, making a squeaking scrape.

“It wasn’t just that.” He put the stick down and looked at me. Really looked me. “You showed up as someone else. Someone I didn’t recognize with a new look, clothes, interests.”

I opened my mouth to protest but stayed silent when I followed his gaze to my trendy sneakers.

“I didn’t know who you were anymore,” Seth went on. “Since when did you prefer dancing to stargazing, tanning to pursuing your Aerospace Scholar dreams? That wasn’t the Lauren I knew. Loved.”

 I flinched. Who knew a verb tense could cut as deep as a knife? Seth no longer loved me because I’d changed.

How ironic that I’d come back to camp to get back to the things I’d loved, especially Seth. But Matt had stopped that chance and, suddenly, I was glad he had. What was so wrong with liking dance and astronomy? Cheering and the science club? The popular and the outsider cliques? The problem was, I hadn’t realized I could do both, be both. If I’d gone back to Seth, I would never have learned that.

I looked over at my drying wedge sandals by the fireplace. They were awesome, even if they had slowed us down. And yeah, I was the girl who worried about weather-induced hair frizz.

So maybe I had changed. And Seth had a point about letting my dreams lapse. But why couldn’t he see through the make-up and clothes to the person who still thrilled at the site of a meteor shower and drew constellations on her notebook covers?

I laid back, tired of justifying myself. “That girl’s gone, Seth. I’m different now.”

Seth stretched beside me. His amber eyes searched mine in the shadows between us, a wistful smile lifting the corners of his mouth.

            “It’s not a bad thing,” he agreed, his fingers toying with my curls. “I just miss the old you sometimes.”

            I closed my eyes and enjoyed his touch, knowing it wasn’t going any further. After all, he cared about someone else, someone I’d never be again.

“Sometimes…” I edged a little closer to ease the empty ache inside. “…so do I.”  

About the Authors

J. K. Rock is the writing partnership of sisters-in-law Joanne & Karen Rock. Separately, they write adult romance. Together, they dream up Young Adult books like CAMP BOYFRIEND, the first in a three-book series. The summer camp stories continue with CAMP PAYBACK (4/14) and CAMP FORGET-ME-NOT (8/14), plus bonus free novellas in between stories. Visit http://campboyfriend.net to learn more about the series and the free prequel novella, CAMP KISS, which you can download here.
***Author Links***
Grand prize - Signed copies Amanda Ink's SUN, Jennifer Armentrout writing as J. Lynn's FRIGID and JK Rock's CAMP BOYFRIEND. Also included, advance sneak peek copy Laurie Halse Anderson's THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY and Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian's FIRE WITH FIRE, plus an "I <3 my Camp Boyfriend" tee shirt, friendship bracelets,  'I <3 Camp' temporary tattoos, and a bookmark with the download code for CAMP KISS.
Three other winners will receive $10 Amazon gift cards


Review: This Fragile Life by Kate Hewitt

This Fragile Life by Kate Hewitt
Source: via NetGalley
Published: August 20, 2013
Publisher: Carina UK
Rating 5/5

You love your best friend. You trust her with your life. But could you give her the most precious gift of all? Alex’s life is a mess. She’s barely holding down a job, only just affording her apartment, and can’t remember when she was last in a relationship. An unexpected pregnancy is the last thing she needs. Martha’s life is on track. She’s got the high-flying career, the gorgeous home and the loving husband. But one big thing is missing. Five rounds of IVF and still no baby. The solution seems simple. Alex knows that Martha can give her child everything that she can’t provide. But Martha’s world may not be as perfect as it seems, and letting go isn’t as easy as Alex expected it to be. Now they face a decision that could shatter their friendship forever. Provocative. Emotional. Affecting.

My Thoughts
Talk about heart-wrenching! This is a beautifully written story of love, hope and faith. It tests the true meaning of friendship, a story that will truly break your heart.

A story of two lifelong friends who couldn’t be any different yet they are more alike that either one could imagine. Alex’s life isn’t ready for children when she finds herself pregnant after a one night stand with her recently married ex. While having lunch with her friend Martha she finds out her last chance at IVF didn’t take. Martha later asks Alex if she could adopt her baby when she finds out Alex isn’t sure she can afford to have the baby. All the while Alex is struggling with the agreement she made. While the days past she finds herself growing more and more attached to the baby yet she knows she can’t break her friend’s heart and back out. Later it is determined that the baby has a genetic disorder and will not make it past a few months after birth. Martha decides she can’t take care of a sick baby and backs out of the adoption. Alex decides against abortion and realizes that she loves this baby too much to not have it no matter the grim outlook.

The aftermath of Martha and Alex’s decisions are ones that rocks their respective worlds to their cores. Martha’s marriage is tested like never before and Alex realizes that life is too precious no matter how short lived it may turn out to be.

This book is one of those that stays with you way beyond the last page. It shows you that life is indeed fragile and that if you’re lucky enough to experience love of any kind consider yourself truly blessed. This is a story that will bring you to tears but one that you will be happy you read.