Hannah and Kate are childhood friends - Kate has two daughters, but Hannah and her husband, Ben, are struggling to have a baby. With their IVF attempts having failed, Hannah considers adoption and surrogacy. Then Kate steps forward, saying she’s willing to be a surrogate with her own eggs - a generous gesture that her own husband, David, isn't so sure about. When tragedy strikes, everyone has some serious – and conflicting – choices to make. This is a powerfully emotional story, all the more so as the author acknowledges that her own sister was a surrogate for her after cancer treatment. It's a great book for provoking lots of discussion at book club.
The Choices We Make, by Karma Brown, is a story about friendship and parenthood. The synopsis says: "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 parenthood ... until a devastating tragedy puts everything these women have worked toward at risk of falling apart." The Choices We Make is out in July 2015.