Friday, May 31, 2013

The Offering: A Blog Tour and Book Review

About The Book:

From bestselling author Angela Hunt, the heart-wrenching story of a young mother who unknowingly gave away her own child after serving as a surrogate for a childless couple.
After growing up as an only child, Amanda Lisandra wants a big family. But since she and her soldier husband can't afford to have more children right away, Mandy decides to earn money as a gestational carrier for a childless couple. She loves being pregnant, and while carrying the child she dreams of having her own son and maybe another daughter. . .

Just when the nearly perfect pregnancy is about to conclude, unexpected tragedy enters Mandy's world and leaves her reeling. Devastated by grief, she surrenders the child she was carrying and struggles to regain her emotional equilibrium.
Two years later she studies a photograph of the baby she bore and wonders if the unthinkable has happened---could she have inadvertently given away her own biological child? Over the next few months Mandy struggles to decide between the desires of her grief-stricken heart and what's best for the little boy she has never known.

About The Author:

With over four million copies of her books sold worldwide, Angela Hunt is the bestselling author of more than one hundred books, including "The Nativity Story". Hunt is one of the most sought-after collaborators in the publishing industry. Her nonfiction book "Don't Bet Against Me", written with Deanna Favre, spent several weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Angela's novel "The Note" (with sales of over 141,000) was filmed as the Hallmark Channel's Christmas movie for 2007 and proved to be the highest rated television movie in the channel's history. Angela's novels have won or been nominated for several prestigious industry awards, including the RITA, the Christy Award, the ECPA Christian Book Award, and the Holt Medallion. She often travels to teach writing workshops at schools and writers' conferences, and she served as the keynote speaker at the 2008 American Christian Fiction Writers' national conference. She and her husband make their home in Florida with mastiffs. In 2001, one of her dogs was featured on Live with Regis and Kelly as the second-largest dog in America.

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My Review:

I was hooked on Angela Hunt's writing from the very first pages of The Note, and I have been a fan of hers ever since. She takes tough topics and writes in a way that you cannot help but be effected. I have said it before and I will say it again, she reminds me so much of Nicholas Sparks, so once again be prepared for tears and have tissue near by. 

The journey experienced in The Offering are heart-wrenching and honestly, I have no idea what I would do in the same situation. Hunt writes sensitively about touch topics and you cannot help but feel like you are experiencing each scene right along the characters. You will be captivated from the very first pages, due in part to Hunt's writing style, engaging characters and dramatic story lines. And just when you think things cannot get more intense, Hunt throws in several surprises and twists. It is definitely one of my favorite books from this author, despite the difficult topic. It is a book that will cultivate much conversation and discussion, and even includes a Reading Group Discussion guide. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase The Offering online at Amazon.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of the publisher and LitFuse Publishing Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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