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A secret huge connected by DNA was what brought Caroline and Sela into each other’s lives.
My first book by author Jessica Strawser was filled with angst for the two protagonists. Caroline had a great life with a loving husband and family when a casual DNA test brought Sela into her life. Along with it came crashing the secret of her parents too.
Sela on the other hand was suffering from chronic renal failure and had a unique tissue type and needed a live familial transplant. And yes, you could guess the rest. But fear not, there were many unexpected twists too, spaced at the right time.
This was the story about both women and how they found a way to be comfortable with each other. The characters were real as their problems were understandable. Some sections about transplant meandered but overall, the story maintained its emotional pitch and showed how resilient humans were, especially women.
Many truths were hidden deep in the subplots, all to be revealed slowly. I quite enjoyed the book, but also admit it could have hit higher notes.
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When two strangers are linked by a mail-in DNA test, it’s an answered prayer―that is, for one half-sister. For the other, it will dismantle everything she knows to be true.
But as they step into the unfamiliar realm of sisterhood, the roles will reverse in ways no one could have foreseen.
Caroline lives a full, happy life―thriving career, three feisty children, enviable marriage, and a close-knit extended family. She couldn’t have scripted it better. Except for one thing:
She’s about to discover her fundamental beliefs about them all are wrong.
Sela lives a life in shades of gray, suffering from irreversible kidney failure. Her marriage crumbled in the wake of her illness. Her beloved mother and lifelong best friend passed away. She refuses to be defined by her grief, but still, she worries about what will happen to her two-year-old son if she doesn’t find a donor match in time.
She’s the only one who knows Caroline is her half-sister. That Caroline may be her best hope for a future. But Sela’s world isn’t as clear-cut as it appears―and one misstep could destroy it all.
After all, would you risk everything to save the life of the person who turned yours upside down?
From the moment Caroline meets Sela, both must reexamine what it really means to be family, the depths of a mother’s love, and the limits and the power of forgiveness.
Publication Date: March 2021
I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.
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