The Choices We Make by Karma Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Kate and Hannah have been best friends since the moment they met and Hannah defended Kate’s honour. Naturally as they became adults their friendship stayed intact. They expected to enter motherhood and wife-life together but fate had a different plan. Kate had two beautiful little girls while Hannah was left battling infertility. Her only option is a surrogate and Kate jumps at the chance to help, but at what cost?
The Choices We Make is a beautiful story of friendship, love and going the distance.
I really enjoyed the dynamics of the girls friendship as well as their relationships. The book is told from both Hannah and Kate’s view and reads in very different tones for each person.
I’ve never dealt with infertility but the story made me feel close to Hannah’s struggles.
I found myself glued to the story, craving more, holding my breath and even crying for real.
This story will get into your feels. You’ve been warned.
Read it anyways, you won’t regret it.
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I finally finished “The Beginning of Everything” and my first thought was entirely accurate, it’s slow. Cute for a teenage coming of age, heartbreak, learning about true friends – type of book, but still dull.
I got around to finishing The Saddest Girl In The World.
It was beautiful and full of feelings. I cried. I held my breath. I wept with job. I can’t wait to read more from Cathy Glass. Stars: 5/5 *****
I haven’t started to read anything else yet, but my next read will be the next book in the beautiful disaster series. I cannot wait!
Today’s thankful: books of course! That I live in a country where I was able to learn to read, and that I have access to any book imaginable.
Late last week I finished up “Missing” by Karen Alvtegen, which I don’t even think I posted about. When I saw the book at Goodwill I thought it looks interesting.
Born into a life of privilege, Sybilla has spent the past many years living as a homeless person on the streets of Stockholm. Sometimes, to give herself a special treat, Sybilla visits the bar of the Grand Hotel where she charms a visiting businessman into buying her drinks, dinner, and a room for the night. But one night Sybilla picks the wrong businessman. When his mutilated body is found the next morning Sybilla becomes the prime suspect. And when another mutilated body is found soon afterward Sybilla is suspected of being a serial killer. Alone and on the run Sybilla has to look for a way to save herself.
It was slow, at first I thought it was because it was just the start and most books are slow to start, but then it got bouncy between the present and the past. I struggled with wanting to read it. I didn’t find much joy in continuing and no real need to find out what happens. It was just… boring. All the way through. I did end up finishing it, with hopes it would pick up, but it never did.
I went back to goodwill in search of something that would catch my interest, as I often do, and I found The Saddest Girl in the World by Cathy Glass.
The true story of Donna, who came into foster care aged ten, having been abused, victimized and rejected by her family. Donna had been in foster care with her two young brothers for three weeks when she is abruptly moved to Cathy’s. When Donna arrives she is silent, withdrawn and walks with her shoulders hunched forward and her head down. Donna is clearly a very haunted child and refuses to interact with Cathy’s children Adrian and Paula. After patience and encouragement from Cathy, Donna slowly starts to talk and tells Cathy that she blames herself for her and her brothers being placed in care. The social services were aware that Donna and her brothers had been neglected by their alcoholic mother, but no one realized the extent of the abuse they were forced to suffer. Cathy begins to wonder if she can find a way to help this child or if Donna’s scars run too deep.
I started reading the book over the weekend, and it hasn’t disappointed! I have a hard time putting it down, not wanting to wait to find out what happens.
A while ago I was contacted by Louie Lawent, an author of a children’s picture book. He wanted to know if I would review his story. Of course I said yes so he sent me a PDF of his ebook for review.
I peeked at it and my first thought was that it was cute. I read it and really liked the story, and the moral behind it. Finally I was able to read it to my own 6 year old, and we both enjoyed it.
The story is about a soon to be 6 year old little boy who thinks he is big enough to let go of his Momma’s hand. As a mom of a just turned six year old the story hit home because I realize that the days before my own six year old wants to let go of my hand are coming to an end soon enough, and I’m not ready. The story follows the little boy and his mother to the mall, where he gets lost. This part of the story opened up a conversation between my daughter & I about what to do if we get lost and was a great learning moment.
The story was adorable and well written. It caught my 6 year old’s attention and mine. It wasn’t so long it dragged on, but wasn’t so short that it was missing something. Most importantly the story opened the doors to a moment of learning, which is always great.
The only real downside of the book was that, while it did rhyme, it did lose it’s rhythm throughout the book. However it was still easy for a young reader to follow, which is definitely still a plus. This story will be one we read again, I’m sure.
Thank you Louie for allowing me the opportunity to review this book!
My Rating: 4/5 stars
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