Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The Lives Between Us by Theresa Rizzo

4 Star

How far would you go to save the one you love?

Reporter Skylar Kendall has run from commitment all her life, pushing people away before they leave her, until her niece worms her way into Skye’s heart and settles in tight. Skye relaxes into a career she enjoys and relishes being a doting aunt.

Then her niece becomes gravely ill. Unable to bear yet another loss, Skye is determined to find a cure, but the girl’s only hope lies in the embryonic stem cell therapy Michigan Senator Edward Hastings repeatedly opposes. When Skye fails to find alternative treatment in time, she vows to end the senator’s political career.

Curious about the woman behind the scathing articles on his best friend, Mark Dutton pursues Skye. Dating Mark gives her access to Hastings’s life and secrets that would launch Skye's career and satisfy her need for retribution… Only she hadn’t counted on falling in love.

Can she avenge the lives lost to politics at the expense of her new love and friends?

Sabrina-Kate - 4 Star

The first thing that comes to mind when I think about this book is just how impressed I am by the knowledge necessary to write such a complex and yet very heartfelt story. Skye is the main character in this tale about the difficult circumstances that she finds herself in and the renaissance that takes place in her own life when she opens herself up to caring for others.

A lot of the story was about things that I was unfamiliar with, like embryonic stem cell therapy so I really enjoyed learning about these new and fascinating topics. I couldn't help but wonder about just how much research went into this book beforehand as it seemed like a fairly complex topic to write about properly.

I really liked getting to know all of the characters and finding out how this story unfolded. I did find myself frustrated at times with some of the actions of the characters, especially Skye, but that is just because I couldn't imagine reacting in the ways they did. 

A lot of parts of this book were sad but there were also those moments of human triumph that just made the story so worth it. Quite lengthy, I didn't even notice the pages turning as quickly as they did and was astonished when the story was already over with. I am definitely looking forward to Theresa's next book.

Thank you to the author for our review copy. All opinions are our own.

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