#BookReview: The Choices We Make by Karma Brown


Following her bestselling debut novel Come Away with Me, Karma Brown returns with an unforgettable story that explores the intricate dynamics between friends and mothers

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.

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I received this ebook from NetGalley and Harlequin in exchange for an honest review.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I read The Choices We Make by Karma Brown. I always enjoy books about friendship and sisterhood that last a lifetime. I think having someone in your corner like that can mean so much during good times and bad. Everyone should experience that kind of bond during their lifetime whether it be blood related or not.

Let me tell you, I was truly touch and blown away by this book. Reading a story about how far a friend is willing to go to ensure their best friend becomes a mother was truly inspiring. It was eye opening for me to learn just what goes on and all the being a surrogate entails. The legal nuances and harsh realities even between two people that are more family than friends is enlightening and informative to say the least.

Hannah and Kate have an amazing relationship. The true to life conversations between these friends wasn’t unlike conversations I’ve had with my own friends and it was refreshing. Having bad dialogue can make the best book the worst. When you’re reading the interactions between these two woman and even the other characters in the book you don’t feel like you’re reading a book, you actually feel like you’re having the conversation.

It was very hard to read about Hannah and her struggles to become a mother. Some of us are extremely lucky and have become pregnant by surprise, accident or whatever and have never experienced what it’s like to try and try only to fail over and over.

My heart broke for Hannah after each procedure, situation and every let down. You see this woman with such a huge heart and a loving home wanting so very much to have a child that it just doesn’t seem fair. Of course life isn’t fair but sometimes you want it to be just once. That’s why when Kate offers to be Hannah’s surrogate you get so very excited! It’s like, “YES! This is exactly that way it should be!”

The unexpected that happens wasn’t what I saw coming at all! The author does an amazing job of mixing in joy and heartbreak, not unlike real life. The twist and turns this book takes on the journey for these two friends is something that will stay with you for days after you finish the book. I’m still thinking about it.

Definitely a book I would recommend to a friend or anyone really. I’m glad I got a chance to read something from an author unknown to me. I will search out more from her in the future.

Be sure to check out Karma Brown on Facebook and on her website.

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