Between Friends, Kristy Kiernan delivers another compelling story about two women tackling real, life-affecting issues.
Ali Gutierrez couldn't have children of her own. Her best friend, Cora, didn't want children. So Cora donated her eggs to Ali and her husband so they could still have children. Ali's daughter, Letty, was born in this way and was even featured in People for her miracle birth (to Letty's later chagrin). Almost 15 years have passed and Ali is ready for another child. She plans on using the embryos she secretly froze after conceiving Letty but still wants to ask Cora's permission. Cora, meanwhile, has been struggling with a secret of her own -- one that will ultimately affect Ali and her family in ways they never imagined.
Between Friends was a powerful book that took on multiple issues. Fertility/reproductive technology was obviously one issue, though it was more subtle. There wasn't a message as to the opinions of this type of technology but, rather, it focused on the effects it has on the people involved. Whether it was her frustration with this or just typical teenage rebellions, Letty finds herself in trouble with her boyfriend and in discord with her parents. Ali has to deal with her conflicted feelings of love for Cora that are mixed with the desire to distance herself because of fear related to Cora being Letty's biological parent. Cora manages her secret and tries to connect with the family more which leaves Ali feeling threatened. Meanwhile, Ali's husband, Benny, is overcoming a difficult case as a law enforcement investigator in which a child's life was taken.
The book is alternately narrated by Ali, Cora, and Letty. In this way the reader is able to understand how each of these women is affected by the the decisions regarding fertility and Letty's birth. But each storyline also focuses on other issues each of these characters face throughout the book.
I so enjoyed reading this book by Kristy Kiernan because, as with her other books, her writing flows so well. The dialogue between the characters is realistic, helps to really define the characters, and moves the story along. I found myself finishing this book in a day, as I did with her last book, Matters of Faith. The author does a great job of progressing the story and bringing everything together in the end -- an ending that will certainly induce a strong reaction in readers. This book/author is another one I definitely recommend for fans of contemporary women's fiction.
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