The Offering: A Book Review

by Katie on May 30, 2013

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.

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Meet Angela:
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:
Amanda Lissandro and her husband would love to have more children, but right now is not the right time. They just can’t afford it. And they want to be able to have a nice home for future children. Amanda decides that maybe being a surrogate would be a great way for her to contribute for their dream…after all, they would get a large chunk of money to put towards their home. Her husband Gideon was on board with the decision so she went through with it.

They baby that Amanda carried was from a wealthy French couple who desperately wanted an heir from their bloodline, especially a boy, to take over the family winery one day. Just about the time she was due to deliver the baby tragedy strikes her life and she winds up in labor. With all of the emotional pain she has dealt with she can’t even look at the baby that she is going to have to give up.

A few years go by and the parents send her a pictures of their little boy. She can’t believe how much little Julien looks like her own daughter, Marilee. She is overwhelmed wondering is it is even possible that little Julien could be her biological child. She is faced with a very difficult decision to either leave things alone or to try to bring the boy home to her. What’s best for everyone?

Angela Hunt was a new to me author. I was excited to read this book because it is a very different story line than I have ever read before. I really enjoyed this book, and I look forward to reading more of her books!

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Disclosure: I received this book for free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Misty June 2, 2013 at 9:09 pm

This one sounds good. I am going to check it out soon!


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