I have a special guest reviewer on my blog today and I'd like you all to welcome my good friend Sarah Mackins, who has very kindly written a review for me. I "met" Sarah through a Facebook group that I joined about a year or so ago and like myself she's a voracious reader. I'd like to say a big thank you to Sarah for sharing her review and without further ado I'll let Sarah take over with her review of The Lives Between Us.
was pleased to be offered a copy of this free in exchange for an honest
review on the basis that I had enjoyed a similar style book.
There are sections I find hard to review without spoilers so I apologise if anything sounds vague.
book takes on several elements in part in is a romantic story but with
an underlying family tragedy and a political battle that bears several
viewpoints and medical understanding of the difference between stem cell
This story is based around Skylar Kendall a journalist who
begins this story with a sick niece in need of embryonic stem cell
therapy a treatment unavailable due to political opposition by Senator
Edward Hastings and because of his opposition Skylar is out to pursue
the man and try to make him suffer for his decisions.
Skylar if a
formidable journalist who loves her family and will do anything for them
but through this love becomes somewhat blinkered to the bigger picture,
meanwhile, her sister Faith and brother in law deal with their daughters
illness in their own way each bringing about added depth to an already
difficult storyline subject.
Regardless of where your own political
views stand on the therapies covered by this story it's nice to see the
author cover several angles and explain some differences along the way
without becoming too wrapped up in medical terminology.
I'm not sure I
felt the relationship of Mark and Skylar which is partly why this lost
stars in my rating I was much more drawn to the family dynamics of the
Hastings family which was much more interesting and better portrayed and
the heartache of her sister Faith and her husband. I felt the Skylar /
Mark romance storyline lacking somewhat in comparison.
twists I saw coming and others that veered off into bigger twists I
wasn't expecting though I expected Edward Hastings politics to be tested
I hadn't imagined it to unfold quite the way it did and I really
enjoyed the medical/political storyline of this story. I loved Noelle's
character (Edwards wife) and even though Jeff (their son) was at a
rebellious teenage stage of life I really enjoyed seeing his character
unfold and the emotional battles of the family as a whole.
friendship between Edward and Mark left me a little baffled as Mark
works in Stem Cell Research and so this surprised me that Edward would
be so against the idea, eventually my inner queries were uncovered from
background story and it was interesting to find added depth to the
Though I have marked this down I would recommend to readers
who like the medical politics of this sort of story but less likely if
you are after a romance I think romance readers would find this a bit
heavy. Though of course that is just my opinion.
Overall this was well written covering a very difficult subject matter (3.5 stars)