My Book Club Pick
To Know You by Shannon Ethridge
Years ago, Julia Whittaker gave up two daughters for adoption. Now she must find them to try to save the life of her son. Julia and Matt Whittaker’s son was diagnosed with biliary atresia at birth. Dillon 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 transplant. He can receive a “living liver” transplant but neither his parents, nor various family members and friends, are compatible. The transplant list is long and Dillon’s time is short. Very short. He has two chances for a compatible liver: his two older half-sisters, born eighteen months apart and adopted at birth. But can Julia ask a young woman—someone she surrendered to strangers—to donate a portion of her body to a brother she’s never known? Will either sister even be a match for their half-brother? Will either of them show mercy and courage if they are? Julia knows she’s probably on a fool’s errand—reaching out to the daughters she abandoned only now that she needs them. But what other choice does she have except to try?
When reading the book description above, I had high hopes for the book. The story line presented seemed believable and it's been rated well on book sites and from online retailers. However, unless you read the reviews you'd have no idea that is a book with strong religious messages. While I am totally okay with novels that mention Christianity and the beliefs held by the characters (I am a Christian myself), this book was a bit too "churchy" for me. I thought the story was interesting, but the characters were a bit type-cast and the faith conversations were a bit forced. It wasn’t enough to make the story un-enjoyable, but enough that it wasn’t a completely smooth, believable story.
For May, I will be finishing The Mapmakers' Children by Sarah McCoy (Personal Pick) and adding The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand since I have less than 80 pages left in The Mapmaker's Children. May's Book Club Book is Me Before You by Jojo Moyes which I've already but can't wait to share it with you all next month.
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