Saturday, May 25, 2013

Blog Tour - The Offering by Angela Hunt

Litfuse Publicity Group provided me with a free copy of The Offering for review. I was not obligated to write a positive review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own and may differ from others.

About The Offering 

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.

After growing up as an only child, Amanda Lisandra wants a big family. But since she and her soldier husband can't afford to have more children right away, Mandy decides to earn money as a gestational carrier for a childless couple. She loves being pregnant, and while carrying the child she dreams of having her own son and maybe another daughter. . . Just when the nearly perfect pregnancy is about to conclude, unexpected tragedy enters Mandy's world and leaves her reeling. Devastated by grief, she surrenders the child she was carrying and struggles to regain her emotional equilibrium.

Two years later she studies a photograph of the baby she bore and wonders if the unthinkable has happened---could she have inadvertently given away her own biological child? Over the next few months Mandy struggles to decide between the desires of her grief-stricken heart and what's best for the little boy she has never known.

Meet The Author

With over four million copies of her books sold worldwide, Angela Hunt is the bestselling author of more than one hundred books, including "The Nativity Story". 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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My Thoughts About The Book
Overall, I enjoyed reading The Offering. I loved the strong and loving relationship that Amanda shared with her soldier-husband, Gideon. Gideon's family is of Cuban descent and I liked seeing the importance they placed on family and their deep connections with one another. Because Amanda is an only child who lost her father at an early age and is not particularly close to her mother, she especially appreciates Gideon's extended family being such a big part of their lives.

While I found Amanda's decision to be a surrogate noble and giving, it also left me a little uneasy because I'm not sure it is something I could ever do. It was interesting to read about all the issues related to surrogacy and made me realize what a complicated undertaking it must be.

The book, at times, seemed to drag on a bit and was somewhat predictable. Nonetheless, I was thoroughly invested in the characters and the outcome of the story. Knowing everything that Amanda faced was daunting and definitely gave me some things to think about. It was painful to see how her relationship with her own little girl suffered while she was trying to get herself together. I found myself in tears several times but in the end, I was very satisfied with they way the story worked out.