By rhonda, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Need lots of tissue. I cried sad, happy, joyful, compassion and grateful tears. This story touched me in so many different ways. These have not been my trials, but know a lot of people that have or had to deal with these issues.
These characters felt so real to me. Boy did I go on a rollercoaster ride reading this book. I hope I am not the neighbor that says the wrong thing to someone and brings more pain to their table. Or that I am not the one that keeps someone away from church for a hurtful remark about being a teen mother. So many people that I know I have thought of while reading this story.
I like what Olivia tried to do to get over her anger and disappointment, especially on Mothers Day.
Olivia always wanted to be a mother but month after month the answer was no. People in her ward thought she had chosen to be a career nurse instead of a mother. They would say things that really hurt Olivia.
Allison Campbell made a mistake one time and ended up being pregnant. She went right to her Bishop to talk to and get counseling. When she showed finally she heard women talking bad about her and just wanted to stay away from church because of it.
This story is written in three parts. The first is Olivia story of what she is going through. The second is Allison's story. I cared for both Allison and Olivia and what they were going through the highs and lows of their stories.
This book talks a lot about the love the Savior has for each of us, The Atonement, free agency. It is a very clean read.
The pacing was good. I only put the book down to blow my nose and grab more tissue.
I will be reading Jennifer's new book Discovering peace real soon!
I was given this book by the Author for the purpose of reviewing it. This is my own opinion.
By Shauna, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I picked this book up on a Saturday morning and spent the entire day wrapped up in its story. I felt embraced by the amount of love conveyed in this book...I couldn't put it down...until it was finished!
I LOVE how Wesley D. Hutchins, Esq, stated in the front of the book "Somewhere in the world a pregnancy test is negative...and a woman weeps. Somewhere else in the world a pregnancy test is positive...and another woman weeps."
I was AMAZED at the feelings that infertility can cause both in the husband and the wife.
I am also amazed at how much LOVE it must take to give your child up for adoption.
My heart is full of gratitude that I was able to read this WONDERFUL book and be part of these two families' lives...albeit...in a fictional portrayal...
I will forever more look at pregnancy and adoption with a more humbled attitude...life is precious!
I am also grateful for a Savior who does heal ALL...for only HE knows ALL.
By Erin, Submitted on 2015-02-25
As a mother this book was beautiful to read. As an infertile woman this book felt like my own personal journal. Jennifer was able to tell what seemed like every infertile womans life. This book was not only a wonderful story, but true to life. Thanks Jennifer for getting my feelings out on paper. Every mother, soon to be mother, and infertile woman needs to read this book.