Wednesday, November 6, 2013

To Know You by Shannon Ethridge & Kathryn Mackel

I've not heard of Shannon Ethridge before reading this book, but I've read Kathryn Mackel's adult fiction and have really enjoyed her so I thought I'd give this one a shot.
The story did a lot of back and forth between characters and decades and felt a little choppy in parts. I didn't like being left on edge in one characters story to go see what the other ones were up to. I like a story that flows smoothly and this one kept annoying me.
The story itself was good though. I think it could bring healing and hope to people who are going through similar situations. One thing I didn't quite understand was the whole "Baby Doe" thing and why the main character thought she was redeeming the baby. It was an odd placement.
The book was a good reminder that people are just people, that we all mess up-no matter who we are or what we are.

From the back cover:
Julia and Matt Whittaker's son has beaten the odds for thirteen years only to have the odds-and his liver-crash precipitously. The only hope for his survival is a "living liver" transplant, but the transplant list is long and Dillon's time is short. His two older half-sisters, born eighteen months apart to two different fathers, offer his only hope for survival.
But can Julia ask a young woman, someone she surrendered to strangers long ago and has never spoken with, to make such a sacrifice to save a brother she's never known? Can she muster the courage to journey back into a shame-filled season of her life, face her choices and their consequences, and find any hope of healing?
And what if she discovers in her own daughters' lives that a history of foolish choices threatens to repeat itself?
Julia knows she's probably embarking on a fool's errand-searching for the daughters she abandoned only now that she needs something from them. But love compels Julia to take this journey. Can grace and forgiveness compel her daughters to join her?
In To Know You, Shannon Ethridge and Kathryn Mackel explore how the past creates the present...and how even the most shattered lives can be redeemed.

This book was provided for review by LitFuse.

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