Book Review: Nobody's Child by Austin Boyd

Publisher: Zondervan
Publication Date: August 2, 2011

Laura Ann has lost her best friend, her father, who raised her on his own after her mother passed away. As she struggles to learn how to go on in his absence, she has to face a power hungry, abusive uncle, while also dealing with choices she made to give up a part of herself in exchange for finances to pay the bills. When an unknown woman shows up on her doorstep, she brings with her news that will change Laura Ann's life forever.

I started reading this book with great anticipation, looking forward to a novel that delves into the murky world of bioethics. Austin Boyd does indeed deliver in raising some fascinating questions about parental rights, harvesting eggs, and artificial insemination, and he wraps such issues in a tender story that contains beautiful descriptions and vivid detail. Unfortunately, I found the first half of the story to be quite slow and I had to force myself to keep reading until the novel improved in pace in the latter half. Because of that, I can only give this book a mild recommendation of 3 out of 5 stars, recommending this book for those readers who are in the mood for a slower moving story that deals with interesting issues.

This review is based on an electronic copy provided by the publisher via netgalley for the purpose of completing this review.