MY THOUGHTS:The Offering is an extremely moving and touching story. I got misty-eyed several times and believe I would have cried had it not been for the synopsis giving SO much of the story away. If you have not read the description, PLEASE DON'T! If you're anything like me it will ruin the book for you! I hate it when the synopsis tells you things that don't happen until the last third of the book! I was reading and kept thinking "okay, when is such and such going to happen?" and I hate that! This doesn't affect my rating, much, because I don't believe the author has much say in this.
The story is about military wife Mandy's decision to become a gestational carrier as a way to earn some much needed extra money for her family. The emotions she went through were so well describe, that I couldn't help but connecting with her right away.
One issue I had with the story was when Mandy was deciding for which couple she would be a carrier. She had three applications, all three of the couples were well off, two of them were your traditional couple (man and woman), but the third was a gay couple (two men). This alone wouldn't have been a problem, I know there are probably many couples of this nature who go this route. What bothered me was Mandy's response to them. The only reason she excludes them is because of there desire to only have a male child, they wanted her to terminate any female embryos and that was something she wouldn't do. I personally felt this was an easy way for the author to exclude them without seeming judgmental.
Overall, this story was great and well worth reading. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a touching story.
***I received a complimentary copy of this book to review. I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book - which I have done.***
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- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Howard Books; Original edition (May 14, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1439182051
- ISBN-13: 978-1439182055
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 1 inches
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