Reviewed by Amanda Schafer
I do not begin to presume I have all the answers, but I love it when authors write books that tackle tough subjects and do it in such a way that leaves the reader satisfied with the decisions of the characters even if they might not particularly agree with it. The Offering is such a book.
Mandy Lisandra is married to her protective Cuban husband who is a part of a Special Forces Team with the military and they have a beautiful daughter named Marilee. Their extended family is loving and boisterous and full of pride in their heritage. Mandy works at her in-laws’ Cuban grocery but knows that money is tight and they’ll never get where they want to be without more income. Mandy decides to become a gestational donor, basically being a surrogate for a couple who cannot have their own biological child. Gideon is hesitant at first but comes around and agrees to Mandy’s idea.
After some time, Mandy becomes pregnant with a French couple’s baby and she begins the long journey of carrying their baby to term. During her pregnancy, Gideon goes on special missions a few times and Mandy struggles emotionally to make it through those weeks. She emails constantly with the Amblours in France to keep them updated on the progress and they are anxiously awaiting that one call to know that Mandy is in labor. When bad news comes from the military, it throws Mandy into labor and she gives birth to a healthy baby boy.
Dealing with her own losses, Mandy sells her house and moves in with her in-laws while she gains her footing and finds her way. Two years pass and Mandy is finally able to see a picture of the baby she bore for the Amblours. What she sees is her husband’s eyes, mouth, and coloring. Knowing in her heart that this is her own son, Mandy decides to embark on a fight to get back the child she handed over two years before. But can she do it? Can she really rip this boy away from the only family and only home that he’s ever known? Or does she love him enough to let him go?
Angela Hunt is a wonderful author and I believe she’s hit a home run with this novel. While some of her novels are intense, The Offering seems to tackle something that will resonate with every mother who picks it up. What would *I* do if it were *my* child living with another couple? How far would *I* go to get him back? I don’t believe any of us can know for sure how we would behave, but Hunt finds a way to show us both sides of the decision.
Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband, two sons, and one daughter. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and any Chick-Lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Howard Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.