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about the book...
From bestselling author Angela Hunt, the heart-wrenching story of a young mother who unknowingly gave away her own child after serving as a surrogate for a childless couple.
Amanda Hocking is a typical young wife and mother struggling to make ends meet. She decides to help a childless family by becoming their gestational surrogate, hoping to achieve some financial stability of her own. After a few false starts, Amanda finally gets pregnant with another couple's embryo, but just as she is entering her final month of pregnancy, her soldier husband is killed. Devastated, Amanda goes through the motions trying to regain her equilibrium and raise her daughter alone.
Three years later, Amanda finally sees a photograph of the child she carried for the other family. He looks remarkably familiar; is it possible she gave birth to her own biological baby and unknowingly gave him away? When a DNA test confirms her mistake, Amanda must choose between the desires of her grieving heart and what is best for the child she has never truly known.
Angela Hunt has long impressed me with her ability to come up with plot ideas like I've never read before, and "The Offering" is no exception. I devoured this book in one day because I simply had to see how everything resolved, and I can tell you that I absolutely loved this book! I wasn't expecting to cry - but I did. I wasn't expecting to put down the book feeling deeply moved - but I did. I was, of course, expecting to be entertained - and I certainly was! The premise of the book is a fascinating one, and there were moments when I thought to myself that Amanda was simply crazy to even consider the idea of becoming a surrogate mom in order to achieve financial stability. Yet as I met all the different characters in the book, from Amanda willing to be a surrogate to the parents desperate for a child, I realized that this issue is not simply black and white, that there are no easy answers. I found myself considering what lengths I would go to if my wife and I had been unable to have children. I thought about how challenging it would be to carry a baby as a surrogate mom, and then have to walk away. And I cannot even imagine facing the decision Amanda must deal with at the end of the book!
If you are looking for a very well-written contemporary novel that will engage your emotions and leave you thinking at the same time, then look no further than Angela Hunt's "The Offering". You will find it to be time well spent! 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Howard Books (a division of Simon & Schuster) and the Litfuse Publicity Group, for the purposes of this unbiased review.
about the author...
With nearly four million copies of her books sold worldwide, Angela Hunt is the bestselling author of more than one hundred books, including The Tale of Three Trees, Don't Bet Against Me, and The Nativity Story. Her biggest bestseller, The Note, sold over 141,000 copies. Hunt is one of the most sought-after collaborators in the publishing industry. Her nonfiction book Don't Bet Against Me, written with Deanna Favre, spent several weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Angela's novel The Note (with sales of over 141,000) was filmed as the Hallmark Channel's Christmas movie for 2007 and proved to be the highest rated television movie in the channel's history. Angela's novels have won or been nominated for several prestigious industry awards, including the RITA, the Christy Award, the ECPA Christian Book Award, and the Holt Medallion. She often travels to teach writing workshops at schools and writers' conferences, and she served as the keynote speaker at the 2008 American Christian Fiction Writers' national conference. She and her husband make their home in Florida with mastiffs. In 2001, one of her dogs was featured on Live with Regis and Kelly as the second-largest dog in America.
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