Friday, July 3, 2015

The Lives Between Us by Theresa Rizzo

The Lives Between Us

The Lives Between Us by Theresa Rizzo
Print and e-book, 441 pages
Published: July 1st 2015 by Rizzo Publishing 

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?

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My thoughts about The Lives Between Us ~~ 

The Lives Between Us is an emotional, personal look at a very timely and controversial topic; stem cell research and in particular, embryonic stem cell therapy. Theresa has done an amazing job of showing us all the different sides of this sensitive topic and makes us care about the people who have so much emotionally invested in the outcomes of some very tough decisions.  
"I support stem cell research. I do not support creating embryos for the sacrificial purpose of taking their stem cells."
This story brings to light a lot of ethical questions and shows us what people in these situations go through for, and because of, their loved ones. This controversy became personal for me and basically put a face to the issue. I now have a better understanding of the potential benefits of stem cells and why there are different camps on this issue.
'There's even a legal term for what to do with the leftover embryos: disposition decision. Deciding the fate of frozen embryos became so hard and problematic that the parents couldn't make a decision, so they don't.'
Theresa's stories are always wonderfully written with very likeable and believable characters. I become so involved in her characters' lives that I always feel a deep connection to them and experience their emotions right along with them. She writes about a very tough subject in this book but has wrapped it around wonderful, caring people to help us better understand the emotions that people go through just trying to help their loved ones. No one truly knows what someone else is going through.
'How may secrets could one man keep before the deceptions broke him?'
And then when I got to the end of the book, I went, "Whoa! What just happened?" I had to stop and think about it and process what I just read. I totally did not expect that ending. Thank you for that, Theresa!

Come back on July 7th when Theresa will be here sharing a little background information about her book, The Lives Between Us

About the author 

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.  

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Susan, Thanks so much for the thoughtful review. So glad you enjoyed the story!


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