Amanda Lisandra wanted a life her military spouse could not afford, so she took matters into her own hands. She decided to become a surrogate mother for a couple who could not have children of their own. But just as the baby is due, tragedy strikes. Two years later, she receives a photo of the baby she bore and wonders if it could be possible she gave up her own baby. Will she make a selfish decision or will she do what’s best for the child? What is the best decision?
Angela Hunt’s “The Offering” is a novel that tackles the ethics and issues surrounding surrogate parenting. It’s a good, solid story. It deals with tragedy, loss, adoption and infertility in a unique way. Is surrogate parenting more about money or about a desire to do something sacrificial for another couple? Can it be both or does it have to be one or the other? Hunt doesn’t answer these questions, but she does tackle a what if question that may or may not cross a potential surrogate’s mind—what if I inadvertently give away my own child?
Amanda Lisandra isn’t a particularly likeable character. She seems selfish and focused on her own needs, not necessarily those of her own family. She wants a bigger house and a large family but isn’t willing to wait for it. Though she makes sacrifices so her daughter can go to a private school for musically gifted children, she doesn’t take her feelings into consideration when she decides to be a surrogate thinking she’s too young to really care.
Amanda has had a rough life. Her father died when she was young. Her mother remained distant and seemingly uncaring. She was unable to get a decent paying job because she didn’t have a college degree and not enough money to go back to school. She has her own little pity party throughout the book.
All in all, I enjoyed the storyline although I wish I could have liked the main character more. “The Offering” was thought-provoking, unique and well thought out.
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