Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Book Review, To Know You by Shannon Ethridge and Kathryn Mackel, WW

I finished my book from Booksneeze this week titled, To Know You by Shannon Ethridge and Kathryn Mackel.  It was a whirlwind of a story and I felt like I was going full speed to try and figure out who would be able to help the main character Julia's son. I really enjoyed learning about Julia and her families life and I felt her pain as a parent of young kids.  The cover of the book caught my eye, a perfect fit for The Heartbeat Magazine Blog!

In To Know You, Shannon Ethridge and Kathryn Mackel explore how the past creates the present . . . and how even the most shattered lives can be redeemed.
Julia Whittaker’s rocky past yielded two daughters, both given up for adoption as infants. Now she must find them to try to save her son.
Julia and Matt Whittaker’s son has beaten the odds for thirteen years only to have the odds—and his liver—crash precipitously. The only hope for his survival is a “living liver” transplant, but the transplant list is long and Dillon’s time is short. His two older half-sisters, born eighteen months apart to two different fathers, offer his only hope for survival.
But can Julia ask a young woman—someone she surrendered to strangers long ago and has never spoken with—to make such a sacrifice to save a brother she’s never known? Can she muster the courage to journey back into a shame-filled season of her life, face her choices and their consequences, and find any hope of healing?
And what if she discovers in her own daughters’ lives that a history of foolish choices threatens to repeat itself? Julia knows she’s probably embarking on a fool’s errand—searching for the daughters she abandoned only now that she needs something from them. But love compels Julia to take this journey. Can grace and forgiveness compel her daughters to join her?

My mother was adopted and this book is a great support for those that may have been adopted to understand why their mothers made the decisions they made. It also gives hope to people that one day may meet their parents and other siblings and connect with them.   Lastly, for those of you that have ever had relationship problems this book shares how each person deals with their troubles and resolves their situations.  

What book did you just finish or are reading now? 

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Nicole Flothe
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  1. Sadly I haven't picked up a book in quite a while. I need to correct that.

  2. This is something I really should read. I'm an adoptive parent, although both adoption stories are non-traditional. My daughter knows her birth father very well, enough that she visits him often, and my son was adopted as a teenager and was never, 'given up' as he made the choice independently. I don't like the word abandoned and I sincerely hope birth mothers do not think adoption plans are abandonment. I see adoption as the ULTIMATE gift of love for your child.

  3. I just finished Doctor Sleep by Stephen King - fabulous.

  4. great review! it looks like a captivating book!
    thanks for co-hosting the bloglovin blog hop! new follower at

  5. Thanks for the invite to join the community.:) I left a link to my blog on the google+ page...then realized I should probably come here.:) I blog to help children become lovers of books and reading and to connect with and help other picture book writers.

  6. I used to read books all the time. Now, I spend so much time reading blogs that I don't get near as much reading done. I followed you on BlogLovin. I am visiting with Social Media Sundays. I will follow your other social media. Here is my BlogLovin link. http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/11133059/

  7. Hello Nicole! Thank you for hosting the Bloglovin' Blog Hop. I'm following you via Bloglovin'. Please follow me back and have a great day!


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