Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Choice

Not since Francine Rivers' The Atonement Child has a book delved into the difficulties faced by a unwed teenage mother who decides to give up her child for adoption.

The choices we make determine the people we become.  This idea is wonderfully illustrated in this book.  The book opens with Sandy Lincoln confirming her pregnancy with her mom at the doctor's office.  The story takes off from there without slowing down or wasting a word.  This could have been a 400+ page book, and I am grateful that the author kept the book as short as he did.

The only reason why I gave this book a 4-star instead of a 5-star rating is that some of the characters were just too perfect.  Sandy's mother, for example, was an uptight Southern woman who was also kind and compassionate when Sandy discovered she was pregnant.  Only her classmates gossiped about her pregnancy, but no one was condemning or critical about her behavior.  Instead everyone was supportive, except the birth father as he did not want to give up his football career.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and recommend it.

Thomas Nelson provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for my review which I freely give.

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