Wednesday, April 11, 2018

This Fragile Life by Kate Hewitt

You love your best friend. You trust her with your life.
But could you give her the most precious gift of all?


Alex's life is a mess. She's barely holding down a job, only just affording her apartment, and can't remember when she was last in a relationship. An unexpected pregnancy is the last thing she needs.

Martha's life is on track. She's got the highflying career, the gorgeous home and the loving husband. But one big thing is missing. Five rounds of IVF and still no baby.

The solution seems simple. Alex knows that Martha can give her child everything that she can't provide. But Martha's world may not be as perfect as it seems, and letting go isn't as easy as Alex expected it to be. Now they face a decision that could shatter their friendship forever.

Kate Hewitt is well known for writing about finding love. Her words flow with a gentle rhythm that embraces the reader's heart. This time Kate tackles something more difficult, even controversial. This is a topic with no simple answer or happily ever after. It definitely is about love, but also heartbreak.
This is a story about infertility and adoption and all that can go wrong with the process. It is a story about life and death. More than that it is a story of relationships and personal growth.
The book is told in alternating viewpoints from Martha, who has always dreamed of being a mother, and Alex, who has already had two abortions and doesn't see room for a child in her future. 
We learn about their friendship and about their relationships with their own families.
PERCEPTION is a major influence in this book. 

Although the writing is beautiful and the story flows, this is not an easy book to read. It tugs at every emotion and makes the reader look at herself and her own beliefs. 
One can not predict how she, herself, would respond or react in the same situation. 
When all is said and done, this is a book about love.

About Kate Hewitt: Kate is the USA Today-bsetselling author of over 60 books of women's fiction and romance. She is the author of the Hartley-by-the-Sea series, set in England's Lake District and published by Penguin. She is also, under the name Katharine Swartz, the author of the Tales from Goswell books, a series of time-slip novels set in the village of Goswell.

She likes to read romance, mystery, the occasional straight historical and angsty women's fiction; she particularly enjoys reading about well-drawn characters and avoids high-concept plots.

Having lived in both New York City and a tiny village on the windswept northwest coast of England, she now resides in a market town in Wales with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever.

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