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  • Heartbreaking!

    The title says it all. Paige would die for her unborn daughter. It’s not a figurative choice. It’s a decision she is forced to make. Paige and her husband Nick, a busy pediatric surgeon, waited to have a baby until he was settled in his career. Both desperately want children but for different reasons. While Paige comes from a noisy loving family, Nick was raised by a single mother and watched his younger brother die. After months of trying, Paige becomes pregnant. However, a week before her due date, she is rushed to the hospital with heart failure, a life threatening, rare complication of the pregnancy and gives birth to a stillborn son. While dealing with that heartbreak, Paige learns that she cannot have another baby until her heart returns to normal. An accident pregnancy forces the couple to make a difficult choice. Have the Kleenex ready. This beautiful written, emotionally devastating story will leave you drained. Paige, Nick and their families are so well described that you feel you know them. Vanessa Carnevale tackles tough subjects in My Life for Yours and makes you see both sides of all issues. 5 stars. Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Vanessa Carnevale for this ARC.

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  • Heart breaking but beautiful

    No parent should ever have to lose a child. No husband should ever have to lose a wife. No one should ever have to choose. **GET YOUR TISSUES AT THE READY AND PREPARE FOR THE WATER WORKS** This book shattered my heart into pieces over and over again. This was easily the most beautiful and yet heart-breaking novel I have read in 2020, maybe even in years. Vanessa Carnevale does an excellent job telling a story about some very difficult topics. Paige and Nick are happy couple and they have just about everything. They a beautiful home, a loving family...everything except for a child. Finally after years of marriage, Paige gets the one thing she has wanted for so long, two little blue lines on a stick. This should be the happiest time of their lives and IT IS for awhile. But joy turns to despair when they discover that Paige has a rare, life-threatening heart condition. A condition that means they must deliver the baby now. A condition that also means one or both of them might not make it. After loosing their son, the couple is faced with the hard truth that maybe they will never be parents. And just as they are coming to terms with that truth, two little blue lines on another stick shatter everything again. Paige’s heart is still weak, this pregnancy could kill HER...it could kill them BOTH. The couple now face an impossible decision: Paige’s life or the life of their unborn child? My Life for Yours is a heartbreaking, gripping and emotional story about love, loss and impossible choices we sometimes have to make. It takes on the ethical dilemma of pregnancy termination and it does so very elegantly. I love that it shows the decision and its ramifications from multiple perspectives. You as the reader are able to see and feel the impact and weight that this decision will have on all involved. I will say this, the ending had me ugly crying. I was so sure of what happens and was absolutely side-swipped by the reveal. I recieved a digital copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Your child's life or yours?? how to choose?

    When you read the story line, you think "easy, choose your life" but once you get invested in the characters and their story that's not such an easy choice. As someone that had trouble conceiving, I totally understood Paige's decision. It's a heartbreaking story, glad it was a book! Super fast read, great for summer...light yet an emotional roller coaster. I love the ending!!

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  • An emotional read

    A difficult book to review where I had to scrutinize my inner emotions along with realities of life, but the story was all heart. Author Vanessa Carnevale knew how to put the characters in a life-defining dilemma and watch them take their decisions. It was both heart breaking and heart warming. I tapped the screen of my kindle almost fervently, and only the last page of the book told me the absolute truth. Empathy for the characters and truths of life emboldened the story. Tears mingled with smiles, desperation with acceptance. It was everything I hoped for but nothing I was prepared to deal with. An emotional read.

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  • Emotional

    Bit of a weepy emotional read but very we’ll written I enjoyed this book how brave of Paige to put her life on the line, but that’s what Mothers do

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