The Choices We Make: A Novel by Karma BrownThe Choices We Make: A Novel by Karma Brown

The Choices We Make: A Novel

byKarma Brown

Paperback | July 12, 2016

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Following her bestselling debut novel Come Away with Me, Karma Brown returns with an unforgettable story that explores the intricate dynamics of friendship and parenthood 

Hannah and Kate became friends in the fifth grade, when Hannah hit a boy for looking up Kate's skirt with a mirror. While they've been close as sisters ever since, Hannah can't help but feel envious of the little family Kate and her husband, David, have created—complete with two perfect little girls. 

She and Ben have been trying for years to have a baby, so when they receive the news that she will likely never get pregnant, Hannah's heartbreak is overwhelming. But just as they begin to tentatively explore the other options, it's Kate's turn to do the rescuing. Not only does she offer to be Hannah's surrogate, but Kate is willing to use her own eggs to do so. 

Full of renewed hope, excitement and gratitude, these two families embark on an incredible journey toward parenthooduntil a devastating tragedy puts everything these women have worked toward at risk of falling apart. Poignant and refreshingly honest, The Choices We Make is a powerful tale of an incredible friendship and the risks we take to make our dreams come true.
Title:The Choices We Make: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 7.99 × 5.31 × 0.89 inPublished:July 12, 2016Publisher:Mira BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0778318931

ISBN - 13:9780778318934

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Moved me to tears This book was a quick read for me as I couldn't put it down. As a woman who suffers from infertility and who has not had the luxury of becoming a mother, this book spoke to me. Get out the Kleenex!!
Date published: 2019-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EXTREMELY WONDERFUL BOOK Oh my,,,,,this book was GREAT. Could not put it down and was in tears with the ending. I NEED to read more books by Karma Brown. A MUST READ.
Date published: 2018-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put this book down! I didn't know how well I'd be able to relate to the story, since I've never had the desire to be a mother (I mostly find this want for some women very confusing). Karma Brown tells such a true story with a depth of writing that this wasn't an issue for me. I felt like I was right there with Hannah & Kate, like I was a 3rd invisible friend in their group. I can not wait to read more by this author!
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loving this book! This book is an easy read, but really makes you think. I like that the chapters are short and are written from the perspective of different characters. Loving it.
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! This book, man so many emotions throughout it. It also made me stay up until 2:30 am to finish it because I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book that really makes you think! I loved "come away with me", so was eager to jump into "The Choices We Make" as soon as sent to me. I am a newly married wife and we're talking about starting a family. This book really opens your eyes to some of the struggles women go through trying to conceive and the feeling of loss and tragedy when you realise its not in the cards for you. I realised I needed to have a plan if things didn't go in our favour. Its a beautiful book and I am glad they were able to find some sunlight during a very sad tragedy!
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Book!!!! Very good book, emotional, good storyline from start to finish!!!
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 4 Stars This was a beautiful story about friendship, motherhood and the difficult choices me sometimes have to make in life. Be prepared for an all nighter as you won't be able to put it down. And be sure to have a box of tissue within reach as this story is packed with raw and honest emotion. It was a wonderful read! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read! I really enjoyed how the story was told from both women's point of view.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! An insightful story about the complicated ethics of surrogacy.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Choices We Make Is there ever a right choice to make for our loved ones? Find out... Simply amazing... I am so glad that the author showed us how others may feel about the choices we make...
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A tale of a true friendship This book is amazing. It tells of the struggles friends have when one has something the other doesn't. It shows the true strength of friendship, even if it may come at a cost. Grab a box of tissues, and cuddle up for a good read.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED EVERY WORD Not only is this book written exceptionally well, but the feelings conveyed and the amazing way I related to the characters amazed me. It has been quite some time since a book has made me cry like a little child. I am in love with this story and its characters and have since recommended it to my friends.
Date published: 2016-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thoroughly enjoyed this book! I just finished reading Karma Brown's latest novel and loved every page. I enjoyed the way she wrote from both women character's viewpoints. This book tore at my heart strings. I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2016-07-30

Editorial Reviews

"We adored Come Away with Me and are ready for more of Brown's powerful, heartfelt prose. She's the female Nicholas Sparks."-Redbook"Brown delivers an emotional punch in The Choices We Make. This is a good, old-fashioned tear-jerker of a book." -The Toronto Star"The Choices We Make presents gut-wrenching questions about friendship and loyalty, when a parent's responsibility starts, and how to make life and death decisions that mean choosing between people we love.... The Choices We Make should appeal to readers who relish Nicholas Sparks' sentimental stories combined with the kind of weighty issues often raised by Jodi Picoult."-New York Journal of Books"An involving story suffused with emotion but grounded in reality. Have tissues at hand for this one."-Booklist"A compelling premise with a plot that intensifies satisfyingly in the second half, this book is a good bet for readers who don't shy away from difficult moral questions." -Kirkus Reviews"Brown's second novel is as emotionally charged as her first. The author has an amazing ability to inject humanity into her characters so that they feel like real people struggling and rejoicing. Be prepared to shed a few tears when you travel this road alongside these people."-RT Book Reviews, 4 stars"I was already emotionally invested in this beautifully written story of love and loss when an unexpected turn of events knocked the wind right out of me. Heart-wrenching yet hopeful, Come Away with Me had me smiling through my tears."-Tracey Garvis Graves, New York Times bestselling author of On the Island"One woman's journey through grief becomes the journey of a lifetime in Karma Brown's adventurous, heartbreaking yet ultimately hopeful novel. This emotional love story will stick with you long after you've turned the final page."-Colleen Oakley, author of Before I Go on Come Away with Me"Come Away with Me tells the heartbreaking yet hopeful tale of a life lost and a life reclaimed. Fans of Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat Pray Love will flock to this novel.... Karma Brown is a talented new voice in women's fiction." -Lori Nelson Spielman, author of The Life List"Karma Brown has written a book that will make you feel like you've traveled the world without leaving your seat. Come Away with Me is full of lush locations, memorable characters, and a turn of events that is nothing short of jaw-dropping. Brown's work is as smart as it is effortless to read." -Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Forever, Interrupted and After I Do