I enjoyed the first book in this series, full of hard hitting truth and uncomfortable scenarios it was definitely edgy but well done. Now for book #2 where would Michelle take me? Whoa! Susie is back from book #1 and she is very pregnant. She got pregnant in the first book after getting really drunk at a party and waking up undressed and not knowing what had happened. When she finds out later she is pregnant, she doesn't even know who the father is. Her own dad wants her to abort the baby but she opts for adoption. We open the first chapter with Susie going into labor at the grocery store with her best friend Jeff (who's party she got pregnant at) who has stuck by her through the whole pregnancy. He is trying to convince her to marry him and raise the baby together, but she is determined to give her baby a solid, Christian home. She has a baby girl, Melissa Sue, and hands her over to her friends Dave and Diane. Then the story really gets started.
What does a mother go through after giving up her baby, even when they know that it is in the baby's best interest? This book was a new and fresh insight for me and I thought it was very well done - the gamut of emotions- joy, anger, bitterness, depression, sadness, resignation. Then of course the other issues Susie runs into, how to deal with Jeff loving her (and his own issues with adoption), having flashbacks to the rape, running into the guy that could've done it. Jeff is experiencing problems of his own including his friend Tony and his decision to go to the next (and last) level with his girlfriend and the fallout from that.
Overall this book was even more emotional than the first one, but I really liked Michelle's subject matter and how she handled it all. Edgy inspirational is right and a well earned title.
Michelle will autograph and send a copy of this book to one lucky winner! So leave me a comment telling me if you personally have any connections to adoption and what it has meant to you and your family. Be sure to leave your email and I will draw for one lucky winnner!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Michelle Sutton, otherwise known as the Edgy Inspirational Author, is Editor-in-chief of Christian Fiction Online Magazine, a member of ACFW, a social worker by trade, and a prolific reader/book reviewer/blogger the rest of the time.
She lives in Arizona with her husband of nineteen years and her two teenaged sons. Michelle is also the author of It's Not about Me (2008) and It's Not About Him (Sheaf House 2009). She has nine other titles releasing over the next three years.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Susie passed out while drinking at Jeff’s party and later discovered she’s pregnant. She has no idea who the father is and considers having an abortion, but instead decides to place her baby for adoption. Following through ends up being more wrenching than she imagined, but she’s determined to do the right thing for her baby.
Jeff feels guilty that Susie was taken advantage of at his party and offers to marry her so she won’t have to give up her baby, like his birth mother did with him. But Susie refuses, insisting he should he marry someone he loves. Can he convince her that his love is genuine before it’s too late? Can she make him understand that it’s not about him—it’s about what’s best for her child?
If you would like to read the prologue and first chapter of It's Not About Him, go HERE