The Choices We Make is my first book by Karma Brown and as I was warned by my Goodreads friends it was a sad and an emotional read that I was prepared for Even though I didn t need a box of Kleenex as I was reading I did find it sad and instead of my normal cup of tea I finished reading this one with a glass of wine The story is told through Hannah and Kate s perspective who have been friends since 5th grade and have been there for each other ever since Hannah is unable to have children and when she and her husband have exhausted their options, Kate offers a selflessness option The story not only explores relationships between friends but also between husband and wife, mother and child under distressing circumstances I found the characters were not always likeable and at times I was angry at them and sad by the things they said and did I found it to be believable and it reminded me that we don t always behave our best when our loved ones are at risk The story also explores grief and we see how grief can affect the choices we make I loved all the relationships and I felt for all the characters in this unforgettable story making this an emotional read for me with a satisfying ending All of Norma s my reviews can be found on our Sister Blog Canadian author Karma Brown returns following her bestselling debut Come Away With Me with her second unforgettable poignant story THE CHOICES WE MAKE the powerful bonds of friendship, motherhood, and the risks we take for those we love To further enhance your reading experience, please take note of this Author s Journey to Motherhood Redbook post also a note from the author included in the book Even though this is not her story her experience, personal connection, and passion reflected throughout the pages Commend her for her courage, to tell this story From love and loss, you will need some Kleenex handy Hannah and Kate have been linked at the hip since fifth grade, BFFs for forever and promises made cute story here As close as any sisters could possibly be, they are now adults and both married in their mid thirties Hannah, and husband Ben have been trying to conceive for years All avenues exhausted From treatments, and expensive fertility shots failed Hannah and her husband s relationship is strained from all the efforts Kate and David are parents to two healthy young daughters Kate and Hannah had envisioned having children together Kate s heart breaks for her friend, and she is her biggest supporter.From endless fertility tests and the final straw with the news from the doctor, there is no hope left Hannah begins looking into surrogacy, in secret Ben wants them to consider adoption since their last embryo did not work Hannah does not want someone s else child She is afraid the mother would back out, at at the last minute and heartbreak Hannah is desperate Things have a habit of spinning out of control, with desperation Hannah is obsessed with becoming a mother It is all she can think about She is envious of other mothers Even a possible surrogacy effort gets shut down due to discrimination she is depressed and grieving for her loss.Kate s heart breaks for her best friend She has an idea She gets checked out by the doctor and runs it by her husband, David which was totally against the idea of her carrying Hannah s baby Essentially she would be using her own eggs with Bens Then she would hand it over to Hannah and Ben How does David feel about this Will Kate be too close to the situation to hand over the baby Finally, David wants Kate to be happy, so he agrees and Hannah and Ben are delighted However, being close friends there are many lines which could spell disaster The legalities, moral ramifications, health risks, and the psychological aspects involved Are they willing to take the chance When all seems to be going well, a tragedy occurs, protesters, attorneys, media, and friendships threatened Everyone is taking sides Families are devastated Ethical and moral lines are crossed, a friendship tested, and the intensity heats up Kate suffers a devastating aneurysm and ends up in a coma Hannah and Ben know their baby is at great risk if delivered so early something Kate s husband, David, is pushing for, as he believes removing the stress of the pregnancy could give Kate s brain a chance to heal What follows is an emotionally charged story about two mothers one desperate to protect her unborn child, the other on the brink of death and the impact those struggles have on their families and friendships.From contemporary, domestic suspense, chick lit, family drama, psychological, and emotional a heartfelt story of the fragile ties of motherhood, family, and friendship.An ideal choice for book clubs and further discussions When reading you will have your own strong feelings, when it appears as though Kate is doing all the giving, and Hannah is being selfish and self centered, not taking into consideration her friendship and love for her friend My favorite character was Kate How much is one friend willing to sacrifice for another person At the same time, on the other end of the spectrum, the powerful bond of a mother s fierce love for her child A husband and two children are put in a difficult situation A position I would never want to find myself in Heartbreaking yet hopeful Compelling and thought provoking The risks some take to find their dreams Brown definitely knows how to get up close and personal delicate human dynamics crossing all boundaries, sprinkled with heartfelt beautiful prose Also purchased the audio after reading the book Narrated by Cassandra Campbell and Jorjeana Marie OMG my two favorite narrators on one audio think I am heaven Perfect voices for Kate and Hannah For fans of Diane Chamberlain, Jodi Picoult, Nicholas Sparks, T Greenwood, Sarah Pekkanen, and Rochelle Weinstein, and those who enjoy life s complexities After reading, the advanced reading copy, immediately purchased the audiobook, Come Away With Me As an added bonus, performed by a favorite narrator Jorjeana Marie Look for In This Moment Coming May 30, 2017 A special thank you to MIRA and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review JDCMustReadBooks Update I was finally able to finish this absolutely heartbreaking novel THE CHOICES WE MAKE by KARMA BROWN was recommended to me by a few of my close Goodreads friends after finishing IN THIS MOMENT and I was warned to have a box of Kleenex handy as it was going to be a sad and emotional read Well I needed that box of Kleenex I can usually hold back my emotions fairly well while reading a book but I wasn t able to control my tears with this one I was just hoping hubby wouldn t wake up and ask me why I was crying This was such a good book THE CHOICES WE MAKE by KARMA BROWN is an unforgettable and powerful story about love, friendship, loss, motherhood, and how grief can ultimately affect the choices we make.KARMA BROWN delivers a touching and heart wrenching story here that is told through Hannah and Kate s perspective who have been best friends since fifth grade and have been there for each other ever since Hannah is unable to get pregnant and when she and her husband have lost all hope, Kate offers them an alternative option.I really liked all the characters and their relationships and I really felt like I was feeling their pain, hopelessness, grief, and their excitement, happiness, and gratefulness I also found it to be an honest and believable portrayal of how one might react or behave if put in a similar situation, that of Hannah s and or Kate s.To sum it all up it was an emotional, steady paced, and a quick read with a satisfying ending Would recommend Earlier comments DNF.because I got bumped on Overdrive before I could I am so bummed I did not finish this book before I was locked out of reading it late last night on Overdrive I guess I shouldn t have waited for the last day to read this Now I have to wait until the book comes available to me again The Choices We Make is a beautiful written, heart wrenching novel about friendship and motherhood Hannah and Kate are best friends who will do anything for each other, and when Hannah and her husband are unable to conceive, Kate is ready to do whatever it takes to help them create a family A true testament to the power of family and friendship, made even moving by the fact that certain elements of the novel are based on events in the author s life Be sure to have plenty of tissues on hand you will need them After falling in love with Karma Brown s debut, I knew I had to read The Choices We Make, and was fortunate enough to get my hands on an early copy. Thanks to the reviews of my Goodreads friends Brenda and Melissa, I knew that this was going to be my next read Oh what an emotional contemporary fiction this book turned out to be I haven t cried this hard since reading KA Hancock s Dancing On Broken Glass Knowing that this was a very personal story to the author just added to that layer of emotion Alternately told through the eyes of best friends, Kate and Hannah, The Choices We Make, is the kind of book that I just couldn t stop reading The relationship between the two women and their relationships with their husbands were absolutely beautiful Like other reviewers, I felt so many different emotions during the last half of the book, including frustration If I had one little quibble regarding the story, it was that I would wish for a book to come along that wasn t so negative on adoption as a parenting choice I have friends that were adopted and acquaintances that have been foster parents that have also adopted and maybe it is through them that I notice how slanted our perception can be on adoption My two cents on the matter Ironically, I had requested this book on NetGalley in 2016 and been refused, but this was definitely a book worth waiting for This was the first book I read by Ms Brown, and WOW From the very first page, to the last page, it kept me wanting I had a very hard time putting this book down This book is perfect for book clubs and would certainly rouse some great discussion I give this book a 5 5 How much are your friendships worth to you How much are you willing to give to your best friend to stop her agony and pain Two lifelong best friends share the greatest gift anyone could give to another in Karma Brown s emotionally charged The Choices We Make.Kate has been blessed with children, a loving husband and her best friend, Hannah Hannah craves the joy of parenthood with Ben, but having exhausted every avenue, she is left devastated and broken Kate took her love and friendship to the limits and beyond when she made the decision to be a surrogate mother for Hannah This is their story, a story of grief, loss, determination and the ultimate gift of love.There was no way for me to prepare for the effect Karma Brown s writing would have on me I went from emotionally drained to elated to fearful to unpleasantly numb, not sure what was appropriate to feel until I took an honest look at the message behind this tale I ended up grateful for the opportunity to read something as powerful and heartfelt as The Choices We Make Ms Brown has brought a contemporary issue to life and colored it beautiful, real and one of the most amazing books I have read lately The entertainment value is in the message, the depths of the relationships between the characters and the pure love that they all shared I m not sure how many tissues I went through, but Ms Brown s writing was worth every tear This is a diamond just waiting to sparkle on your bookshelf This is the book you give as a gift to a best friend, it will say all you cannot express.I received this copy from Harlequin Mira in exchange for my honest review.Publisher MIRA July 12, 2016 Publication Date July 12, 2016ISBN 10 0778318931ISBN 13 978 0778318934Genre Women s FictionNumber of Pages 336Available from Barnes Noble For Reviews More I knew right away I was going to like this book There s something about the author s style that makes you feel as though you are living in the pages That you personally know the characters.Kate and Hannah have been best friends since they were kids Both marrried, Kate has 2 girls, and Hannah is struggling to have a baby Kate wants to help, and give the gift of motherhood to her closest friend I couldn t wait to get home to read, and turn the pages on this emotional book I ve already recommended it to my daughter and sister, telling them it made me cry for the last several chapters, the true mark of a good story Na vele mislukte behandelingen weet Hannah dat de kans dat ze een kind zal krijgen heel klein is Voor haar ondraaglijk, want al jaren is dat haar grootste droom.Kate, moeder van twee dochters, ziet hoe Hannah onder de situatie lijdt en besluit haar beste vriendin te helpen door draagmoeder voor haar te worden Een keuze die verregaande gevolgen heeftEen warme ode aan de kracht van familie en vriendschap. [Read] ➬ Fisica 1 - Principios y Problemas By Paul W. Zitzewitz – Kleankitchen.co.uk want al jaren is dat haar grootste droom.Kate ❰BOOKS❯ ⚣ The Beautiful Disruption Author G.G. Renee Hill – Kleankitchen.co.uk moeder van twee dochters ☉ Games Rednecks Play PDF / Epub ❤ Author Jeff Foxworthy – Kleankitchen.co.uk ziet hoe Hannah onder de situatie lijdt en besluit haar beste vriendin te helpen door draagmoeder voor haar te worden Een keuze die verregaande gevolgen heeftEen warme ode aan de kracht van familie en vriendschap. Karma Brown has written another very powerful novel I imagine that it is a challenge for an author to write a second novel when their debut was a runaway success Karma Brown rose to the challenge and wrote another outstanding book.I read this book in one sitting, 6 hours straight What does that tell you This is a book about relationships between friends, spouses, children, siblings and parents Each character and relationship in the book are so well drawn that you feel every emotion with the characters.You will be on the edge of your seat in this book and you will cry and laugh.I wish there were than 5 stars to award it.I received a digital review copy of this book for an honest opinion I honestly think it is perfect.