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The Offering: A Novel (English Edition) di [Hunt, Angela]
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One innocent mistake… a lifetime of consequences.

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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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
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  • Editore: Howard Books; Original ed. edizione (14 maggio 2013)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B008J4RPFW
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6 di 6 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
HASH(0x9811896c) su 5 stelle The Offering 2 luglio 2013
Di Megan - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile
The Offering is an extremely moving and touching story. I got misty-eyed several times and believe I would have cried had it not been for the synopsis giving SO much of the story away. If you have not read the description, PLEASE DON'T! If you're anything like me it will ruin the book for you! I hate it when the synopsis tells you things that don't happen until the last third of the book! I was reading and kept thinking "okay, when is such and such going to happen?" and I hate that! This doesn't effect my rating, much, because I don't believe the author has much say in this.

The story is about military wife Mandy's decision to become a gestational carrier as a way to earn some much needed extra money for her family. The emotions she went through were so well describe, that I couldn't help but connecting with her right away.

One issue I had with the story was when Mandy was deciding for which couple she would be a carrier. She had three applications, all three of the couples were well off, two of them were your traditional couple (man and woman), but the third was a gay couple (two men). This alone wouldn't have been a problem, I know there are probably many couples of this nature who go this route. What bothered me was Mandy's response to them. The only reason she excludes them is because of there desire to only have a male child, they wanted her to terminate any female embryos and that was something she wouldn't do. I personally felt this was an easy way for the author to exclude them without seeming judgmental.

Overall, this story was great and well worth reading. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a touching story.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book to review. I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book - which I have done.***
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HASH(0x985ef0a8) su 5 stelle A topic that hits close to home... 27 giugno 2013
Di Maggie C - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile
I have to start out saying that this was a very tough book for me to read. I don't know why I signed up for the blog tour, knowing that post-partum hormones would be rampant while I read it. But sign up I did, and I got through it, slowly. I don't mean this in the way in that book was terrible, but in that it was emotionally hard. I consider this a tribute to the skills of the author - I felt many of the emotions that Amanda felt throughout the book.

Actually, I do know why I signed up to review this book, even knowing it would be an emotional read. Many people don't know this, but I carried twins as a gestational surrogate a few years ago. I wanted to see how factual the book was and I have to really applaud the author or not perpetrating the various myths about the process. There was only one little detail that was wrong but other than that I feel that the book stands as a tribute to gestational surrogacy and the miracles it can bring to life.

On another topic, it was interesting to see how Amanda interacted with her Cuban in-laws. While she didn't always get along with them, they totally stepped up to help her and her daughter in her time of need, even while they themselves were grieving. That's a true family, one that has your back no matter what. Even though Amanda later finds out the truth behind her relationship with her mother and begins to heal that rift, she is extremely lucky to have the loving family that she does.

Overall, I enjoyed this book, if it did need a couple of (boxes of) tissues while reading. When I finally got past the "hard part", the rest was smooth sailing and I finished quickly. While I know this is billed as Christian fiction, I think it would be better classified as women's fiction. It is definitely not focused on God or the characters' spiritual lives or needs.

I was given a copy of this book for free in order to provide a review as part of my involvement with Litfuse Publicity Group.
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HASH(0x988d9210) su 5 stelle Not My Favorite 29 maggio 2013
Di Mikeylynn - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile
This is the first book by Angela Hunt that I have read. I had no idea what to expect. The start of the book sucked me in and I couldn't put it down. By the end I wanted to throw the book across the room. The back cover gives away the entire plot line, so you won't be surprised except for the final decision.
I can see this book becoming a best seller because it is what people want to read about and many can relate with this story line. I did not enjoy it as much but I do know others who would really enjoy the story.

"I received this book from Litfuse for free in exchange for an honest review."
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HASH(0x985936c0) su 5 stelle The Offering 23 maggio 2013
Di Jersey Girl Book Reviews / Jersey Girl Sizzling Book Reviews - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle
If you had the chance to be a surrogate for a couple who couldn't have a baby, would you do it? Now, what if a tragedy strikes at the end of the pregnancy that leaves you in terrible grief, and two years later you see a picture of the baby boy you carried for the couple, and he looks like your daughter. Could it be possible that the boy you carried was biologically yours? What would you do? This is the heart wrenching dilemma that Amanda Lisandra found herself in two years after being a surrogate for a childless couple.

In author Angela Hunt's poignant novel The Offering, the reader follows the bittersweet journey of military wife Amanda Lisandra as she contemplates what to do when the issue of paternity arises from the surrogate birth of the baby boy she had carried for a childless couple two years ago. Written in the first person narrative and set in Tampa, Florida, this thought-provoking story about surrogate parenting takes the reader on a heart wrenching roller coaster ride that will leave them emotionally spent.

Amanda is a military wife who is looking for a way to make some extra money to help secure the financial future of her family. When a pregnant military wife comes into her husband Gideon's family's Cuban grocery store, she tells Amanda about being a surrogate for a childless couple. This information gets Amanda thinking about the potential of raising extra money for their future as well as helping a childless couple have a baby.

Gideon is in the Army and leads an elite 16-man counterterrorism unit under the Special Forces Command based in Tampa's MacDill Air Force Base, and is frequently deployed on special secret missions. After much discussion, Gideon reluctantly supports Amanda becoming a surrogate for a French couple. Tragedy strikes when Gideon is killed in action and Amanda gives birth to a baby boy on the same day that she learns that she is a widow.

Two years later, Amanda receives a picture of the child she bore for the couple on his second birthday, and she is shocked by how much he resembles her husband and daughter. Having kept a lock of his hair, she has a DNA test taken with the results coming back that the boy is Amanda and Gideon's biological son. Amanda now faces the difficult moral choices of what to do: seek custody of her son or leave him in the care of the French couple.

This poignant story transports the reader into Amanda's story, you can't help but become emotionally invested and step into Amanda's shoes as her journey leads her down a difficult path to decide the best course of action to take for her son and family. Author Angela Hunt thoughtfully tackles the difficult issues surrounding surrogacy, and the emotional, moral, legal dilemmas and consequences that come with it.

The Offering is a captivating story that deals with death, loss, grief and family support; it has an engaging cast of characters, dramatic dialogue and interactions; and a realistic storyline that has tender moments, riveting twist and turns, and a surprise hope-filled conclusion that will pull at your heartstrings.

The Offering is a poignant and tender story that will simply touch your heart and soul, and resonate with you long after the last word has been read.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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HASH(0x98024378) su 5 stelle facing painful the bioethical decisions of our modern day 23 maggio 2013
Di Joan N. - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile
We live in an era when medical procedures present previously unexperienced ethical issues. In this novel, Hunt tackles the practice of surrogacy.

Amanda is the wife of Gideon, a soldier in military special ops, and the mother of their young daughter. Gideon had dreamed of opening up a music store when his time of service was over but money is an issue. Mandy hears of a possible way to earn more money in nine months than Gideon would make in a whole year. She would act as a gestational carrier for a childless couple.

Amanda is shocked when, two years after the birth of the boy, she sees a photograph of the child she carried. Could it be? He looks like he belongs in her family, not theirs.

Amanda faces a dilemma that was unknown before our time of "miracle" medical procedures. And the thrust of Hunt's book is all about facing these terrible dilemmas.

Be warned: This is a heart wrenching book. It is not a fluffy, feel good novel. The issues Amanda faces are serious and painful. And the choice she makes is certainly controversial. I thought she made the right choice but I know that others would violently disagree. Because of that, I think this would make an excellent novel for a reading group. I know there will be strong feelings all around. There are questions at the back of the book for discussion, but I think there would be lively discussion even without them.

In "A Conversation with Angela Hunt" at the back of the book, she says she has "no problem with IVF or surrogacy as long as everyone involved fully understands the bioethical issues and resolves to preserve all human life." I think she has done an excellent job in this novel of bringing all of those issues to the forefront. I know there were several aspects of the process that I did not know about - ones that are certainly troubling for Christians.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
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