Friday, October 28, 2022

BLOG TOUR - The Dilemma


My child means everything to me. But saving his life means destroying my best friend’s family…

I didn’t plan to fall pregnant, but when I found out, I was overjoyed. Even though I’d be going it alone, I swore I’d give my baby everything they needed.

But I didn’t know who the man I met on that sweltering summer night, the father of my child, really was.

I decided to keep his secret to protect the innocent… but then my beautiful baby was born with a rare illness, desperately needing a transplant.

Now, as I gaze into my son’s wide and trusting eyes, I know the choice I have to make: for the sake of my precious little boy, I have to destroy my friend’s happiness.

But when the truth comes out, what if saving my baby means losing him forever?

An absolutely gripping and emotional read about the choices and sacrifices we make for those we love. Fans of Liane Moriarty, Amanda Prowse and Susan Lewis will love The Dilemma.

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Title:   The Dilemma
Author:  Julia Roberts
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Genre:   Women’s Fiction 
Format:  Kindle ARC 
No. of Pages:   194
Date of Publication:   October 26, 2022
My Rating:   5 Stars 

Charlotte’s ten-year relationship with partner Zack is over. Desperate to be a mother, Charlotte is devastated that all of their efforts to have a child were for naught. After many tries and fails, Zack tells Charlotte that they will never be parents. He had a vasectomy. Shocked, betrayed and unforgiving, Charlotte ends their relationship. 

One night while away on a trip, completely out of character for her, Charlotte has a one-night stand with a man named Justin. This would have long-range consequences for Charlotte, although she had no way of knowing at the time. Charlotte is now pregnant, and she soon shockingly discovers who it was that she slept with. This truly places Charlotte in a dilemma, thus the apropos title of this effective read. 

In fact, the father of her baby is only one of several dilemmas Charlotte will be facing. With her son being born with a rare disease, quite naturally, Charlotte will make the best decisions she can for her child, even if it means revealing the truth of that single night, something that could cost her dear friendships. 

One thing is for certain in this stellar read by Julia Roberts. Secrets find their way to the surface, especially when critical decisions could save a precious life. This story definitely has moral consequences facing the characters, but also has a very strong emotional edge that begs this story to work out for all involved, especially the innocent child in all of this. 

Julia Roberts is a brilliant author who has presented readers with yet another evocative story, one that pulled me in right from the start. I loved the various dilemmas facing Charlotte and other characters in this book, and I stayed invested because I just had to see how everything would work out. Needless to say, I was not disappointed. 

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

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Julia was born in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, and began her career as a professional singer/dancer. This enabled her to travel the world in her late teens storing up experiences she has since included in her writing.

Following roles as a hostess on The Price is Right and a member of the Beadle’s About ‘hit squad’ in the 1980s, she became a TV Presenter and filmed features for Sky Sports before launching the QVC shopping channel in 1993 where she still presents today. Having always wanted to write, she penned her first book, a memoir sold on QVC, in 2013 and has since written seven full length novels, two novellas and several short stories.

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