How far would you go to save someone you love?

The Lives Between UsThe Lives Between Us by Theresa Rizzo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a lovely book that is heartbreaking and sad and romantic and wonderful all at once. In a sense, it’s reflective of life in general. Reporter Skye Kendall has always had a special bond with her 9-year-old niece. When Nikki dies of a heart ailment that possibly could have been reversed by a stem cell transplant, Skye bitterly attacks Senator Edward Hastings for his outspoken moral and legal views against the use of embryonic stem cells. Even though Skye’s job involves writing human interest stories, she deliberately takes every chance to discredit the senator and his beliefs in her stories.

Mark Dutton is Edward’s best friend and he’s fascinated and bewildered by the lovely reporter who keeps finding ways to write unflattering things about his friend. After meeting Skye and eventually hearing about her niece, he begins to understand why she feels the way she does, but eventually he is sure she will come to see Edward’s views and accept them. If, of course, he can bring himself to tell her that he’s been close to the Hastings family for years.  The romance between Mark and Skye is fun and fabulous, but there is also a rich and complex storyline involving Edward Hastings and his wife and son, Mark Dutton and his company, and even Nikki’s parents, Skye’s sister and brother-in-law.

This is a fascinating look at the stem cell embryonic/cord controversy and a story that raises many questions, i.e., no matter how you feel about the debate, how far would you go to save a loved one’s life?  Would you be willing to compromise your principles, manipulate the truth as you knew it, or would you be willing to watch someone you love die without taking every possible step?

I found this to be a wonderfully thoughtful and well-written book that would be a fabulous choice for book clubs to read and discuss.

4 responses

  1. Hi Diane, Thank you for the lovely review! I’m glad you enjoyed the story. By the end, did you figure out what you would do???

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  2. It’s not an easy question, is it? I like to think I’m not as black or white as Skye or Edward, but the whole stem cell controversy is fascinating to me. As a wife and mom, I think the lioness comes out and I’d probably do whatever was within my power to save someone I loved!

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  3. This sounds really interesting. On my Read list. Thank you.

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  4. Thanks for stopping by, JoHanna. I think you will like it!

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