Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Offering

Book Review

The Offering by Angela Hunt takes an in-depth look at infertility. Hunt explores infertility issues by skillfully wrapping them in a good story. The book takes an in-depth look at gestational carriers and adoption. It also shows the healing power of family and the difficulties that arise for parents through false perceptions.

Protagonist Amanda Lisandra, married into a big, loving Cuban family. She and her husband have a talented, delightful four-year-old daughter. They would like more children but do not feel they can afford it. Mandy decides she wants to be a surrogate to bring extra money to the family budget.

I found the book interesting in that I knew very little about gestational carriers. Mandy swears that she will not become
attached to this baby because she realizes that she is only “babysitting.” When her situation changes, she suddenly becomes very attached to the child. Frankly, knowing nothing about being a surrogate, I have to say I think it would be difficult to not be emotionally involved. Hunt does a good analysis pointing out different issues that should be considered.

Mandy forcefully tells her childless sister-in-law that if she adopts that baby will be hers; bloodlines are not that important. Raising the child is what’s important. Amelia, the sister-in-law and her husband do adopt a baby. Then, suddenly Mandy’s position changes and bloodlines become a significant factor in how she feels. The adoption topic was interesting to me because I know of an instance where a couple adopted a baby and were told by the social workers, “Just take her home and love her like she’s your own.” They were given the impression that it was just a matter of loving the child. Reality was the child had issues that plagued her through adulthood because she believed her birth mother had abandoned her.

The book also portrays how Mandy’s in-laws, a large Cuban family, were an amazing support group for her. Her family surrounded her, loved her, and took

care of her. The book also addresses the issue of Mandy’s false perception about her own mother and the love and caring that her mother showered on Mandy with nothing but perfunctory caring in return. Hunt show the sacrifices parents make for their children.

This book was enjoyable along with challenging many perceptions. Hunt juxtaposes several social issues that are important to consider, along with writing a book that is a very good story. She gave me subjects to think about that I had not considered before, all enfolded in an interesting story. I received this book from the publisher in return for a review. All opinions are my own.

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About the Book

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.

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.

Angela Hunt is celebrating the release of The Offering with a Nook HD Giveaway and an Author Chat Party on Facebook {6/5}.

  One winner will receive:
  • A Nook HD
  • The Offering by Angela Hunt 
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 4th. Winner will be announced at the "The Offering" Facebook Author Chat Party on June 5th. Connect with Angela for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Angela will also share an exclusive look at her next book and give away books and other fun prizes throughout the evening.

So grab your copy of The Offering and join Angela on the evening of June 5th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 5th!

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