Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Book Review and Giveaway: Leaving Haven by Kathleen McCleary

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from William Morrow Publishing, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

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Georgia longs for a baby, but she's had miscarriage after miscarriage, since her daughter was born more than a decade ago. Through a miraculous egg donation, Georgia is thrilled to find herself pregnant—until she makes a startling discovery that changes her mind about how much she really wants the baby…
Georgia’s best friend, Alice, has a happy teenage daughter, a faithful husband, and a perfectly organized life. But her world spins off its axis when she falls for a man who is everything she knows she doesn’t want…

Read an Excerpt HERE!

What is commitment? When the ties that bind are broken, can love survive? 
Which is worse the loss of fidelity, or the loss of a best friend's honesty? 
That is the kernel of the story that winds the reader up into the lives of Alice and Georgia, told in flashbacks, from the moment when Georgia leaves her much wanted second child at the hospital, post delivery. The story makes the reader understand and answer the above questions. While I wasn't fond of the back and forth, time not consistent, by chapters, I understood why the author wrote the book that way, and by doing so it mirrors the emotions of the characters. This might be a hard read for some, as there are so many issues addressed in the book, but it's a wonderful read about the truths of friendship and relationships. Call it reality fiction if you might, but it's an interesting read!

About the Author: 
Kathleen McCleary is a journalist and author, who has written two novels before this one. When she's not writing, Kathleen teaches writing, at Writopia Labs, a non-profit, that teaches creative writing to kids. She enjoys crafting things, and over the years has learned how to knit, hook rugs, sew, carve wood, make dovetail joints with hand tools, blow glass, and make butterscotch pudding from scratch. She is fascinated by remote places and has visited Scotland's Outer Hebrides, Alaska, the San Juan Islands, the Appalachians, and the Adirondacks. She currently lives in northern Virginia with her husband and two daughters.

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