Title: The Choices We Make
Author: Karma Brown
Release Date: July 12th, 2016
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This book could have easily rated closer to a 5 STARS for me, but I have it a 4.5 due the fact that I truly did not get sucked into it until closer to halfway through the book. This is my first read by this author and I have to say it will not be the last. The writing style reminds me of one of my all-time favorite author – Jodi Picoult.
The Choices We Make is a beautiful written, powerful, heart-shattering story about friendship and motherhood. I first went into this story thinking it’s a feel-good story only to have my heart trampled on chapter after chapter.
Hannah and Kate have been best friends since 5th grade. A better description would be they are close like sisters, more so than their own. Hannah cannot help but feel envious of the little family Kate has – completed with 2 little girls. Meanwhile she just found out that she is unable to get pregnant after 6 years of trying every method that her and her husband had to endure.
Kate made the choice of being Hannah’s surrogate and this is when their journey began. Everything was going as plan until a shocking tragedy puts everything these two women have set out for at risk.
After reading this book, I found myself lying in bed replaying everything in my head to the point where it became a sleepless night for me. The emotions that the author was able to induced in me was so real and each choice and each action and each reaction that the characters depicted was so real that I was having a hard time deciphering between my fiction and reality world. That is truly amazing, I would say!
As a mother, I went from understanding Kate’s decisions to being disgusted with it and right back to loving her for being the best mother she knows how to be. I was completely invested in these characters that I lost myself along the way. I was an emotional wreck. It was utterly devastating to come from understanding to hating to love and back to loathing and felt the need to nurture each character all at once.
How far would you go for a friend?
How far would you go for your spouse?
How far would you go for your child?
All these questions are pretty easy to answer with a happy ending, but what if it wasn’t a happy ending? What if things go wrong and the only thing left for you to do isn’t anything you ever thought you would have done?