Friday, 31 July 2015


By Beverly Hoffman
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Release Date: April 2013
Publisher:  Abbott Press
As her family gathers for Thanksgiving, Georgie's heartbreak is hard to conceal. After years of pursuing her dreams of motherhood, she has recently learned that her last option to conceive has failed. Grim amid the festive holiday celebrations, Georgie feels that she has little reason to give thanks.
Her sister-in-law, Robin, desperate to ease Georgie's suffering, struggles for a way to help. On loving impulse, she offers a solution-surrogacy.
Flush with excitement, neither woman can predict how her life will change. But each is comforted by the knowledge that her love for the other will guide the way. Soon, after in vitro using a relative's sperm and her own egg, Robin shares the joyous news that she is pregnant. Every conversation sparkles with her private joy at the gift she could give her sister-in-law. But she encounters unexpected criticism when discussing the plan with others. She must now deal with judgment and questions about ethics. Relationships are strained. Both must pay emotional costs they never anticipated. Soon, questions they never asked begin to haunt them both.
Where do boundaries of possibility meet long-term responsibility? Under what circumstances does science need to pause to consider moral outcomes? When organs and tiny bones grow in spite of circumstances never seen in nature, where does motherhood begin and end?
And most haunting of all is the question Robin couldn't ask herself on that first day: Will she really be able to give up the child for the sake of Georgie's dream?

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Beverly Hoffman spent her childhood in Texas eating barbeque and drinking Big Reds. After college, she and her husband, Marty, moved to Panama, where she taught English for twenty-six years. Beverly loved to push her students to realize their full potential. She was able to help her students by taking huge assignments apart and helping them accomplish discrete pieces and then put all of them together into a finished project.
While in Panama, Beverly explored the country. She rode her bike 57 miles in one day from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, paddled the Panama Canal twice, and participated in Green Hell, an obstacle course, which included rappelling out of a 30 foot building.

Beverly and her husband later retired to Sequim, Washington, where they enjoy the bounty of fresh Dungeness crab, Washington wines, and family.

Beverly has a Masters degree in English and has been in a writing group for over six years. Beverly loves writing and hopes that through her books, she can get people to explore new concepts. Join Beverly on Facebook for giveaways, scenic photos, and more information about her books at

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Cradled DreamsCradled Dreams by Beverly Hoffman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Surrogacy can be a touch subject for some, we hear of so many things going wrong and court cases happening.
Yes, I know this is fiction, but all fiction has to be realistic or it becomes a fairy tale. I believe this story line to be very realistic and took up many different avenues of becoming a surrogate Mother.

If you have ever been around someone who is unable to have children you will fully understand how they must feel. If an opportunity arises, an open door where they can get their dream fulfilled, why not take it?

Georgie did just that when her sister-in-law 'off the cuff' because of emotions offered to become a surrogate for her.

When all the practicalities are achieved and Robin is pregnant, then events start to enfold.

As I said in the beginning of my review, a touchy subject. And not everyone agrees with it, there is a lot of anxiety and trepidation that surrounds all of this as you will learn as you read.

My Thoughts

I did love the story, and would recommend it. My three stars was because I struggled with the slow pace at the beginning. If I had a reason to put this down, I would have, but half way through it picked up and was a very satisfying read. Other than that I would have personally given it 4 stars.

I would certainly read more from this author as she has great craftmanship for relating a story that touches real life folk. Just up the pace a bit to keep a reader on their toes.

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Debbie. x

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