Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Chosen

Author: Chandra Hoffman
Genre: Modern fiction
Pages: 304
First Published: August 2010
First Line: "Chloe Pinter is trying to develop a taste for coffee."

Synopsis: This story centres around Chloe Pinter, a adoption case worker and three couples. Francie and John McAdoo are an older and wealthy couple wanting to adopt. Paul and Eva Nova were involved at the adoption centre but were able to conceive on their own. Finally, there is Penny and Jason, a poor, troubled young couple who want to give up their baby.

When a baby is kidnapped all three couples are thrown into the nightmare and are forced to look at what they really and truly want for their families.

My Thoughts: From the reviews of some people you'd think that this was an amazing book. It had a great premise but honestly it just didn't work. I was surprised that the story didn't gel because the author actually worked in adoption before writing this novel.

Except for Chloe, the main character, the characters were all intolerable. You can, and probably should have, a character or two who upsets you in order to spur on the storyline. But in this case, I didn't like any of the characters. They all seemed too cliched -- were either too boring or too offensive than necessary. I didn't even know who I wanted to end up with the baby ... none of the couples seemed like stellar parenting material. I had to force myself to read the last half of the book. I don't recommend it.

My Rating: 2/5 stars

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