Thursday, November 21, 2013

To Know You By Shannon Ethridge & Kathryn Mackel

/ / To Know You / /

{Review By Madi}
Book Title: To Know You
Author(s): Shannon Ethridge & Kathryn Mackel
Source: The Litfuse Publicity Group
Number Of Pages: 358
ISBN: 978-1-4016-8866-0
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Year Of Publication: 2013
Madi's Rating: 1 Out Of 5 Stars
/ / Book Description / /

"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?"


/ / Madi's Book Review / /

 Julia and Matt Whittaker's son Dillion is in dire need of a liver transplant, but no matter how far he gets pushed up the list, it will be too late unless a compatible family member or friend donates part of their liver ASAP to the little boy with so much life left to live. Julia only has one option left: to find the two daughters she bore in her teens and put up for adoption to ask them to have mercy on her son. As hard as this is for everyone involved, it's Dillion's only chance at survival. 

Destiny Connors (Julia's firstborn daughter), was raised in a Christian home, but ended up going a bit wild. From doing tattoos and riding motorcycles to being a special effects person for boarder line gothic movies, she is anything but the perfect Christian that her parents envisioned she would become. One day while she is busy throwing her boyfriend out of her apartment and all the things he brought with him, a woman shows up on her doorstep claiming to be her birth mother. Although she was raised knowing that she was adopted at birth, she had never tried to contact her birth parents. It was a closed adoption, so that wasn't an option anyways. But why would she show up now, after all these years?

Chloe Deschene (Julia's second child), has a good life, with a good, steady, Christian husband. She is still going to college and preparing for a job in the medical field, and her life is completely routine. Everything has a time and a place, and nothing happens if it's not on the schedule. Chloe was beginning to become complacent when her birth mother showed up at her door one day. Talk about a change in routine! Her husband nearly has a conniption when this whirlwind comes into their life, but Chloe jumps at the chance for an adventure to meet her biological father.

I didn't like this book at all. It was one of those that you just want to finish it so that you can be done with it. When I requested this book from Litfuse, I got it because from the book description it seemed like an inspirational story about a long lost family coming back together. Well, It wasn't. It was completely inappropriate. Why, hardly any of it was about Dillion, the whole reason for all the madness! It seemed like at the turn of every page all the only thing you could count on was something inappropriate lurking in the next sentence. This is most DEFINETELY not a book for teenagers or young adults. 

~Madilyn For The Literary Maidens
Note: I was provided with a free copy of this book by the Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest opinion, and that's what I gave. I was not paid to write this review and all thoughts expressed are completely my own and totally unbiased.

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