Amy Levine wants to be a mother. After years of exhaustive in-vitro efforts and disheartening adoption attempts, she fears her marriage may not survive. But when she and her husband Mark learn of a young couple who want to give their baby up for adoption, Amy’s despair turns to joy. They will finally become parents.
Twenty-year-old Marnie Swanson and her long-time friend and now father of her baby, NFL hopeful Trent Dillard, aren’t ready to be parents. They believe that putting their new-born up for adoption is the best decision… until they sign the consent form to give him away. Now, they desperately want their son back, but it’s up to a judge to decide their baby’s future.
Fate and circumstance bring together two couples who find themselves on opposite sides of a custody battle. Waging the fight of their lives over a beautiful baby boy, one will leave court overjoyed and the other devastated…
Ah, I don’t think I have experienced the feeling of heartbreak, loss, failure, and then happiness, all of it bundled together in a book, in a very, very long time.
At first, when the Publishers approached me, I was a little hesitant regarding the premises. A custody battle, someone gain, and the other’s loss, right? But no, there’s a whole lot to it. Elayne Kaye managed to weave four beautifully flawed characters who just managed to crawl their way into my heart.
I was so engrossed in the book that at a point I had to get myself into an argument with my sister so she would let me READ in peace! So you can imagine my excitement. The 350+ pages just flew by in no time and the ending of the book was enough to bring the onions out.
More than anything, I loved how Amy’s character had developed throughout the book. From being a resentful woman to someone who was finally content with their life. And Marnie finally realized her worth. Both their stories are truly heartbreaking but inspirational.
It’s a roller-coaster ride. Two mothers on opposite ends, fighting for their son, who do you think would win?
My Rating: It’s a 5/5. A blockbuster.
Content Notices: Death of loved ones in the past. Infertility. Cancer.
Audience: Anyone above 12? I don’t recall any profanity.
Pages: 368, Paperback
Thank you, Novel Novels for the complimentary ARC. All thoughts are of my own.