Book Review: “The Offering” by Angela Hunt

May 30, 2013 at 12:25 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Angela Hunt in her new book, “The Offering  book coverThe Offering” published by Howard Books takes us into the life of Amanda Lisandra.

From the back cover:   One innocent mistake . . . a lifetime of consequences.

After growing up 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.

From a personal standpoint I don’t really understand the idea of surrogate parenting.  I do understand that, genetically, the child is the same as if the wife had carried it naturally.  The only difference here is that another woman is carrying the child to term.  Whatever my issue is this is the situation that Ms. Hunt has given us here in her book, “The Offering”.  Amanda was a surrogate parent and gave the child over to the parents after birth.  Two years later Amanda thinks she actually gave up the baby she was going to have with her husband.  Ms. Hunt has given us an emotionally riveting story that could have gone all soapy on us.  Instead she has given us characters that are real and, sometimes, far from likeable.  “The Offering” deals with issues of surrogate parenting, tragedy, loss, adoption and infertility.  These are issues that are not normally addressed in literature and Ms. Hunt has done a spectacular job in her presentation.  She has certainly given us much to think about whether we agree with the actions that are taken by the characters or not.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group for this review.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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