Friday, September 25, 2015

Review: The Lives Between Us

The Lives Between Us
by Theresa Rizzo

Why did you choose this book? the ethical issues were of interest
When did you read this book? July 2015
Who should read this book? readers who enjoy stories about ethical dilemnas
Source: Penguin First To Read
Here is a synopsis of The Lives Between Us

Book Description:
The Lives Between Us is about family and love. It’s about desperate people doing what they need to, to save the ones they love.

Grief-stricken reporter, Skylar Kendall, plots revenge on Michigan Sen. Hastings who opposed life-saving stem cell research and therapy. She gains access to Hastings, learning secrets that would launch her career and satisfy her need for retribution… Only, she hadn’t counted on falling in love.

Can she avenge the lives lost to politics at the expense of her new love and friends?

Backcover copy:
How far would you go to save the one you love?

Reporter Skylar Kendall has run from commitment all her life, pushing people away before they leave her, until her niece worms her way into Skye’s heart and settles in tight. Skye relaxes into a career she enjoys and relishes being a doting aunt.

Then her niece becomes gravely ill. Unable to bear yet another loss, Skye is determined to find a cure, but the girl’s only hope lies in the embryonic stem cell therapy Michigan Senator Edward Hastings repeatedly opposes. When Skye fails to find alternative treatment in time, she vows to end the senator’s political career.

Curious about the woman behind the scathing articles on his best friend, Mark Dutton pursues Skye. Dating Mark gives her access to Hastings’s life and secrets that would launch Skye's career and satisfy her need for retribution… Only she hadn’t counted on falling in love.

Can she avenge the lives lost to politics at the expense of her new love and friends?

My Review

The author contacted me offering me a review copy of her book after she concluded I would enjoy it based on some of the other books I’ve read. I’m so glad she did. This is exactly the sort of book I enjoy, with plenty of issues to get my ‘thinking’ machine going.

Skylar is a journalist who is very close to her critically ill niece. She is convinced that only stem cell treatments can save her niece. As Skylar works to find a treatment, she comes to realize her Senator, Edward Hastings, is vehemently opposed to using embryonic stem cells. She immediately becomes his ‘enemy’, harassing him at press conferences, writing negative articles, and more. Things become complicated when she begins dating his best friend, Mark Dutton, and even more complicated when she attends a family function and becomes good friends with the Senator’s wife.

I enjoyed the story very much and my only real issue was that it was a little long. I felt like there was just one too many obstacles in the path of romance for Skye and Mark. But that really didn’t detract from the story. There are ethical issues and complications that I have not mentioned because I don’t want to give too much away. However I will say there is much to discuss and this will make a fantastic book club selection. If you have a book club that enjoys debating contemporary issues, or just enjoy reading about them yourself, be sure to give this book a try! You can find discussion questions on the author’s website here.

About Theresa Rizzo

Theresa Rizzo is a bestselling, award-winning author who writes emotional stories that explore the complexity of relationships and families through real-life trials.
Born and raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, she currently lives outside of Boulder, Colorado with her husband of thirty-two years. She’s raised four wonderful children who are now scattered across the country.

Theresa's debut book, He Belongs to Me, won the 2014 National Indie Excellence Award for romance and the 2014 Readers Crown Award for Mainstream Women’s Fiction and was a finalist in the General Fiction Category of The 2013 USA Best Book Awards.  

Find Theresa on the web at, or connect with her on Facebook, twitter or and Goodreads.

My Rating:  ★★★★     4 Stars

I received an review copy of this book from the author, Theresa Rizzo

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