Description: Hannah and Kate became friends in the fifth grade, when Hannah hit a boy for looking up Kate’s skirt with a mirror. While they’ve been close as sisters ever since, Hannah can’t help but feel envious of the little family Kate and her husband, David, have created—complete with two perfect little girls. She and Ben have been trying for years to have a baby, so when they receive the news that she will likely never get pregnant, Hannah’s heartbreak is overwhelming. But just as they begin to tentatively explore the other options, it’s Kate’s turn to do the rescuing. Not only does she offer to be Hannah’s surrogate, but Kate is willing to use her own eggs to do so. Full of renewed hope, excitement and gratitude, these two families embark on an incredible journey toward parenthood…until a devastating tragedy puts everything these women have worked toward at risk of falling apart. Poignant and refreshingly honest, The Choices We Make is a powerful tale of two mothers, one incredible friendship and the risks we take to make our dreams come true.
Karma Brown’s “The Choices We Make” is a riveting story of two best friends – one with two kids filling out her family, and the other desperate to become a mother. Kate and Hannah had been best friends since the fifth grade with a relationship that was closer to family than mere friendship. Attached for nearly 3 decades, they were practically sisters. Hannah’s struggle to become a mother through in vitro and any medical treatments available was heartbreaking and as a true friend, Kate saw a way to help and offered to be her surrogate.
The choices we make at each and every junction of our lives affects the path our lives will take and the future decisions we will be faced with. In this story, neither family could have fathomed the direction their lives would go in when Hannah and her husband first got married.
Although starting the novel with a glimpse into the future, Karma Brown did an exceptional job of keeping readers (particularly me) on the edge of the seat unsure of what the outcome would be. The story bounces back and forth between chapters told from both Kate and Hannah’s perspectives, giving a clearer picture of how each character came to make the choices each made and how it affected everyone around them.
I do slightly wish that we could’ve heard from the husbands, David and Ben, and had a glimpse of their thoughts and feelings from their personal points of view, but this book was perfection. International bestselling author Karma Brown did an exceptional job of telling this story and letting it tell itself. I may not have picked this book up on my own, but I couldn’t put it down once it was in my hands.
*I received this book through BookSparks for participating in #SRC2016 in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.