Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Lives Between Us

The Lives Between Us
by Theresa Rizzo

Genre: Women's fiction

Synopsis:  How far would you go to save the one you love?

Reporter Skylar Kendall has run from commitment all her life, pushing people away before they leave her, until her niece worms her way into Skye’s heart and settles in tight. Skye relaxes into a career she enjoys and relishes being a doting aunt.

Then her niece becomes gravely ill. Unable to bear yet another loss, Skye is determined to find a cure, but the girl’s only hope lies in the embryonic stem cell therapy Michigan Senator Edward Hastings repeatedly opposes. When Skye fails to find alternative treatment in time, she vows to end the senator’s political career.

Curious about the woman behind the scathing articles on his best friend, Mark Dutton pursues Skye. Dating Mark gives her access to Hastings’s life and secrets that would launch Skye's career and satisfy her need for retribution… Only she hadn’t counted on falling in love.

Can she avenge the lives lost to politics at the expense of her new love and friends?
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Review:  Ah!  I just finished this book and I NEED to talk to someone about the ending!  You all better read this book soon so I can ask you what you think happened at the end.  Go on, get reading!

After reading the beginning chapters I thought this book was going to be a romance which is not what I normally read but I am happy to report that the novel gets much deeper.  There is still a romance storyline but the book delves into the ethical dilemma for stem cell research.  Skylar (Skye) is a young reporter who is out to get Senator Edward Hastings because of his views on using embryonic stem cells.  Skye was a bit immature at times and I found it hard to read about some of her misadventures because she did some stupid things.  Luckily she seems to grow up a little through the novel.  Once I got into the book it was so hard to stop reading.

The stem cell debate, cord blood vs. embryonic, was quite an interesting topic for the book and one I didn't know too much about.  I felt that I learned something from this book in regards to this topic.  I am still a little hazy on some details and I felt that some things could have been explained better.  There are still some details that I'm not sure about-I feel like I was left hanging on some of the side plot lines.  The author does include some ambiguity at the end but I'm sure that was purposeful.

This book was thought provoking and intriguing but still easy to read.  I very much enjoyed reading it.

**I was contacted by Theresa Rizzo, the author, to read the book and give an honest review of the story.  Thank you for sending me the book.

Rating: 4 stars

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