Thirty-nine-year-old Adrienne has tried before to adopt a child, but this time, nothing is going to get in her way.
Sure, her husband, Gabe, is ambivalent about fatherhood. But she knows that once he holds their baby, he'll come around. He's just feeling a little threatened, that's all. Because once upon a time, it was Gabe that Adrienne wanted more than anything; she was willing to do anything. . . . But that was half a lifetime ago. She's a different person now. There are lines she wouldn't cross, not without extreme provocation.
And sure, she was bitten by another birth mother—clear to the bone—and for most people, it's once bitten, twice shy. But Adrienne isn't exactly the retiring type.
Enter Leah. At nineteen, she bears a remarkable resemblance to the young woman Adrienne once was. Which is why Adrienne knows the baby Leah is carrying is meant to be hers. But Leah's got ideas of her own. If Gabe and Adrienne let her live with them for a year, they get the baby, free and clear. All Leah wants is a fresh start in California, and a soft landing. Or so she says.
It seems like a small price for Adrienne to pay to get their baby. And with Gabe suddenly on board, what could possibly go wrong?
Sabrina-Kate - 5 Star
Unbelievably, this seems to be the first book by Holly Brown that I have read, but I definitely was sucked in from the first page. The story was completely riveting and her writing was so addictive that I stayed up really late one night charging through this book because I could not bear to not know what was going to happen.
Adrienne was the main character and at some times I found myself truly empathizing with her difficult situation and yet at other times I almost hated her because she could be really annoying. Her desire for a child was almost disturbing at times but I guess that sometimes not being able to have something makes it all the more appealing. I found the relationship displayed with her husband to be something that would have made me personally doubt the possibility of its longevity- but that may also have fueled her desire for a child all the more.
The entire book had many different twists that just made it become increasingly intriguing and I probably would not have expected the ultimate unveiling that happened at the end which just made me love this book more. I definitely loved Holly Brown's writing style and cannot wait to read her previous work.
This book is a definite must for anyone who loves a great story with a lot of heart pounding moments that will keep you on the edge of your seat and leave you wanting more.
Thank you to William Morrow for our review copy. All opinions are our own.
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