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The Choices We Make 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 supporterFrom 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 lossKate’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 friendshipsFrom contemporary domestic suspense chick lit family drama psychological and emotional a heartfelt story of the fragile ties of motherhood family and friendshipAn 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 makeKARMA 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 optionI 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 andor Kate’sTo sum it all up it was an emotional steady paced and a uick read with a satisfying ending Would recommendEarlier commentsDNFbecause 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 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 charactersKate 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 Four and a half starsHannah and Kate have been best friends since fifth grade and the first day Kate appears at their school Their husbands Ben and David have since become friends too But Kate has something Hannah can’t help feeling envious of Kate and David have two daughters Ava and Josie whereas Hannah and Ben have been battling for years to even have one child They have been through IVF and all to no avail Just as they start to explore other ideas like adoption and surrogacy Kate comes up with a plan built out of love for her friend Suddenly Hannah has hope that things will work out after all and she will finally have a baby of her own There are issues to work through but nothing that can’t be resolved Until tragedy strikes This is a beautiful exploration of friendship and the lengths one person will go to for another Once I started to read this book it compelled me to keep reading I had to know what happened Yes I admit not all worked out as I would have liked but it is I feel a very honest portrayal of how people could respond For when tragedy strikes suddenly it brings out the worst in most of those involved in the situation Some of the behaviour made me so angry But then before we become too judgemental of how these friends handle things we can never know how we would respond given a similar situation This is a book that certainly involves the emotions If you can get through it without anger and tears you’re built of stronger stuff than me I certainly went through my share of tissues I didn’t read the author’s note at the beginning until after I had read the book but it explains a lot of why the emotions of the characters feel so real Alternating mostly between Hannah and Kate’s points of view the reader gets a very clear picture of how each one is feeling I also liked the conversation with the author at the end about her inspiration and motivation for writing this book My first book by this author I would definitely be keen to read anotherIf you want a story that will tug at the heart strings and totally involve you this is it I simply had to keep reading till I reached the end An emotional honest story that captured me and held me throughout An involving and recommended read 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 55 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 uibble 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 acuaintances 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 matterIronically I had reuested this book on NetGalley in 2016 and been refused but this was definitely a book worth waiting for 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 droomKate 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 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 MakeKate 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 loveThere 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 expressI received this copy from Harleuin Mira in exchange for my honest reviewPublisher MIRA July 12 2016Publication Date July 12 2016ISBN 10 0778318931ISBN 13 978 0778318934Genre Women's FictionNumber of Pages 336Available from Barnes Noble | For Reviews More

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