Thursday, November 21, 2013

"To Know You" by Shannon Ethridge with Kathryn Mackel

Two daughters given up for adoption, one son desperately needing a liver. Can Julia and Matt find the girls and convince one of them to help this young teenager? 

Life is full of ups and downs, and choices made can lead to more difficult choices. Julia had tough choices to make when she had her daughters. Knowing she couldn't give them what they needed, she gave them up for adoption to someone who could. As the years passed by, Julia's life straightened out and she married Matt Whittaker. They had a son and were happy. But now he needs a liver and she must reach out to the daughters she never knew for help. But, will the shock of her appearance push them away? Will she be able to show them her heart and her hope that one of them will step up to help their brother? Will this divided family find a way to band together. This story of choices, love, and forgiveness will keep you reading to the end.

I really enjoyed this book. Julia Whittaker's story is realistic and compelling, her characters and settings as well. If you enjoy books that seem taken from today's situations, you will enjoy this one. I received my review copy from Litfuse in exchange for participation in the blog tour.

Book Info

About the book: Julia Whittaker's rocky past yielded two daughters, both given up for adoption as infants. Now she must find them to try to save her son.

Julia and Matt Whittaker's son has beaten the odds for thirteen years only to have the odds---and his liver---crash precipitously. The only hope for his survival is a "living liver" transplant, but the transplant list is long and Dillon's time is short. His two older half-sisters, born eighteen months apart to two different fathers, offer his only hope for survival.

But can Julia ask a young woman---someone she surrendered to strangers long ago and has never spoken with---to make such a sacrifice to save a brother she's never known? Can she muster the courage to journey back into a shame-filled season of her life, face her choices and their consequences, and find any hope of healing?
And what if she discovers in her own daughters' lives that a history of foolish choices threatens to repeat itself? Julia knows she's probably embarking on a fool's errand---searching for the daughters she abandoned only now that she needs something from them. But love compels Julia to take this journey. Can grace and forgiveness compel her daughters to join her?

In To Know You, Shannon Ethridge and Kathryn Mackel explore how the past creates the present . . . and how even the most shattered lives can be redeemed.

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About the authors: Shannon Ethridge is a best-selling author, speaker, and certified life coach with a master's degree in counseling/human relations from Liberty University. She has spoken to college students and adults since 1989 and is the author of 21 books, including the million-copy best-selling Every Woman's Battle series. She is a frequent guest on TV and radio programs and mentors aspiring writers and speakers through her BLAST Program (Building Leaders, Authors, Speakers & Teachers.)

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Kathryn Mackel is a best-selling author and acclaimed screenwriter for Disney and Fox. She was on the screenwriting team for Left Behind: The Movie, and Frank Peretti's Hangman's Curse. She is the acclaimed author of "The Surrogate", "The Departed", and "The Hidden" and resides in Boston, Massachusetts, with her husband.

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