Monday, January 16, 2017

The Nearness of You by Amanda Eyre Ward

The Nearness of You
by Amanda Eyre Ward

My rating: 4 stars

Publisher: Ballantine Books (February 21, 2017)
Publication Date: February 21, 2017
Genre: Women's Fiction
Print Length: 240 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble


In this profound and lyrical novel, acclaimed author Amanda Eyre Ward explores the deeper meanings of motherhood—from the first blissful hello to the heart-wrenching prospect of saying goodbye.

Brilliant heart surgeon Suzette Kendall is stunned when Hyland, her husband of fifteen years, admits his yearning for a child. From the beginning they’d decided that having children was not an option, as Suzette feared passing along the genes that landed her mother in a mental institution. But Hyland proposes a different idea: a baby via surrogate.

Suzette agrees, and what follows is a whirlwind of candidate selections, hospital visits, and Suzette’s doubts over whether she’s made the right decision. A young woman named Dorothy Muscarello is chosen as the one who will help make this family complete. For Dorrie, surrogacy (and the money that comes with it) are her opportunity to leave behind a troubled past and create a future for herself—one full of possibility. But this situation also forces all three of them—Dorrie, Suzette, and Hyland—to face a devastating uncertainty that will reverberate in the years to come.

Beautifully shifting between perspectives, The Nearness of You deftly explores the connections we form, the families we create, and the love we hold most dear.


The Nearness of You by Amanda Eyre Ward  
The Nearness of YouParenthood, family, all-encompassing love and the lengths a mother will go for her child, biological or not. THE NEARNESS OF YOU by Amanda Eyre Ward burrows deep into the lives of two women and the child they both love. Heart surgeon Suzette Kendall has never wanted anything to interfere with the life-saving work she does, including having a child. For Suzette and her upwardly mobile husband, Hyland life was good until Hyland decides he wants to feel the bond of a parent and child. For Suzette, it is not an option, mental illness runs rampant in her family and she refuses to pass along her curse.

After deep soul-searching and interviews, a surrogate mother is found, but when the baby girl is born, Dorrie is nowhere to be found. Although originally unsure of what they are doing, Suzette finds she will go to any length to find Hyland’s biological child and her newly awakened maternal heart’s reason for beating. Not until the toddler is sick, does Dorrie give her back and beg never to be hunted down.

As the years go by, this young teen questions her heritage, who her birth mother is and what her life would be like. Running away, she does discover who her mother is, but the fairy tale ending she hoped for becomes a deadly nightmare of pain for a troubled teen who longs for an identity and unconditional love. Has her young mind and heart missed the meaning of family, love and loyalty?

Amanda Eyre Ward will shred your heart as a young teen becomes desperate for answers and mistakes tough love for not caring. Explore the questions of a mothers’ pain, a mother’s love and a mother’s resilience to endure the worst for the child she loves. Is it biology or a matter of the heart?
You may not agree with the characters’ actions, you may find some characters harder to know and like, but in the end, you will see the lengths to which a mother will go for her child's welfare.

I received an ARC edition from Ballantine Books in exchange for my honest review.

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