by Angela Hunt
I received this book for free, in exchange for my honest review - thank you Litfuse!
It is not often that I find myself up at 3am turning pages, completely engrossed in a novel these days. A family requires so much more of my time than I ever expected it would.
I was aware of - almost - the entire storyline from the very beginning, because of the description on the back cover, but I did not expect my emotions to be so effected. It has been a long time since I have experienced such emotions from a simple novel. My entire mood was effected, even after I closed the book: to come up for air in the middle or as I turned the final page.
Angela Hunt has written an amazing, fictional, story...that might as well be true, based on how strongly it effected me. Maybe, because I have experienced the joy of motherhood, the devastation of loss and the ties of love, this is why The Offering has effected me so - I don't know. But I can tell you that this is a book to read alone, in the quiet, when you have a moment to truly experience what an amazing story The Offering is.
"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."