Cradled Dreams Book Review

Cradled Dreams

Author: Beverly  Hoffman

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Drama

Published: April 23, 2013 by Abbot Press

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3 out of 5 stars! I was given this book in exchange for an honest review as part of a Brook Cottage Books tour. I love reading about complicated ethical issues, especially related to the unprecedented situations technology puts us in. In this book, Georgie has been unable to get pregnant. Her sister-in-law, Robin, has a broken heart over it. At Thanksgiving, she blurts out that she is willing to carry a child for Georgie. The family takes nearly a year to decide if they want to move forward with the offer. They sit down and work through every question they come up with. They have a contract written. They seek religious advice. It appears as if everything has been thought out.

However, as Robin feels the baby growing within her, she begins to wonder how she can give it to Georgie to raise. She is torn between feeling like she is abandoning the life inside her and breaking Georgie’s heart. For much of the book, Georgie and her husband prepare for the child, not knowing Robin’s struggle.

There are many outside characters in this story that are somewhat (often very loosely) connected with the two main characters. I enjoyed reading about Elizabeth, Georgie’s mother and Robin’s mother-in-law, who is still recovering from the loss of her husband. Georgie and Robin attend different churches and various church members are profiled. I didn’t like this part of the story. It profiled “Christians” on completely opposite ends of the spectrum- those who are legalistic, judgmental, and self-righteous and those who believe every path/religion/spirituality leads to God. I am a Christian and I found most of the character’s belief systems to be inconsistent and unrealistic. I think the author was trying to make a religious point with the book, but it was very unclear to me what it was. I thought it would have been better to focus in on the two main characters. Perhaps she could have profiled their husbands’ thoughts and feelings rather than focusing on outside characters.

When the book was relaying the story of Georgie and Robin, I was engaged. Although I got frustrated with Robin, I did understand where she was coming from. My heart hurt so much for Georgie with the possibility that she might not end up with the baby she had longed for for so long. I definitely became attached to the characters and wanted to see them end up fulfilled and happy. I would recommend this book to those who are interested in the ethics of surrogacy and in reading about family relationships.

 

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