Wednesday, December 14, 2011

On Tour: Chosen by Chandra Hoffman and a Giveaway

In Chosen, a young caseworker becomes increasingly entangled in the lives of adoptive and birth parents, with devastating results. 

It all begins with a fantasy: the caseworker in her "signing paperwork" charcoal suit standing alongside beaming parents cradling their adopted newborn, set against a fluorescent-lit delivery-room backdrop. It's this blissful picture that keeps Chloe Pinter, director of the Chosen Child's domestic-adoption program, happy while juggling the high demands of her boss and the incessant needs of both adoptive and biological parents.

But the very job that offers her refuge from her turbulent personal life and Portland's winter rains soon becomes a battleground involving three very different couples: the Novas, well-off college sweethearts who suffered fertility problems but are now expecting their own baby; the McAdoos, a wealthy husband and desperate wife for whom adoption is a last chance; and Jason and Penny, an impoverished couple who have nothing—except the baby everyone wants. When a child goes missing, dreams dissolve into nightmares, and everyone is forced to examine what he or she really wants and where it all went wrong. 

Told from alternating points of view, Chosen reveals the desperate nature of desire across social backgrounds and how far people will go to get the one thing they think will be the answer. ~~synopsis from Goodreads

Check out the bottom of this post to find out how you can enter to win a $10 Amazon gift card and then tune in tomorrow for thoughts from Chandra~~  

My thoughts about Chosen ~~ 

First of all, let me just say that I am so excited to be a part of the blog tour for Chosen. I am a cover-lover and doesn't the cover of this book just make your heart melt - a little one grasping onto mommy's finger? Gotta love it! The rest of the stops for this book's tour are listed on the tour page over at Chick Lit Plus.

Chosen is basically a story about 3 couples (really 4 couples if you count Chloe and her boyfriend) whose lives are intertwined because of babies. Chloe is an adoption caseworker who places babies into homes with couples that can't have their own baby. She thinks she is doing a good thing by 'making families' but she really doesn't understand that she is also tearing another family apart. She has a lot to learn. 

I really, really enjoyed reading Chosen. It is one of those books that I wanted to lose myself in and just come up for air when I was done with the whole thing. I could very easily have read this book cover to cover in one sitting but  my silly life got in the way. I truly did savor my time with this book. 

Ms. Hoffman does a great job of developing the characters and bringing out their personalities. Some of characters I really cared about and then others, not so much. A great author can do that with their writing! 

The storyline moves along very nicely and then, boom, things start to happen and you get sucked into the action. I found myself gasping at a few of the unexpected twists in the story. Just another reason that made it hard for me to put the book down.    

A note at the back of the book mentions that Ms. Hoffman is working on her second novel. I can guarantee that I will be watching for it and will put it at the top of my list to read. This was a very enjoyable ride! 

Great job, Chandra! 

Book trailer for Chosen

**Everyone who leaves a comment on Chosen's tour page will be entered to win a $10 Amazon gift card! If you purchase your copy of Chosen between November 26 - December 19 and send your receipt to Samantha (at) ChickLitPlus (dot) com, you will get five bonus entries!**

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  1. Wonderful review! So glad you enjoyed the book and the cover is beautiful!

  2. I returned this book to the library unread after reading so many negative reviews for it even though I kept thinking it is a book I would like. After reading your glowing review, I will have to go check it out again!

  3. @Beth(bookaholicmom) It definately started out as one type of book and changed somewhere in the middle but as you can tell, I really enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by.


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