Thursday, 2 July 2015

Review - The Lives Between Us by Theresa Rizzo

Title: The Lives Between Us
Author: Theresa Rizzo
Release Date: July 1, 2015

How far would you go to save the one you love?

Reporter Skylar Kendall has run from commitment all her life, pushing people away before they leave her, until her niece worms her way into Skye’s heart and settles in tight. Skye relaxes into a career she enjoys and relishes being a doting aunt.

Then her niece becomes gravely ill. Unable to bear yet another loss, Skye is determined to find a cure, but the girl’s only hope lies in the embryonic stem cell therapy Michigan Senator Edward Hastings repeatedly opposes. When Skye fails to find alternative treatment in time, she vows to end the senator’s political career.

Curious about the woman behind the scathing articles on his best friend, Mark Dutton pursues Skye. Dating Mark gives her access to Hastings’s life and secrets that would launch Skye's career and satisfy her need for retribution… Only she hadn’t counted on falling in love.

Can she avenge the lives lost to politics at the expense of her new love and friends?

I started this book completely unsure of where it was going to take me. I honestly went into it not knowing if I was going to like it or not. I was so, so, wrong to judge it up front. It grabbed me from the very beginning, and I simply could not put it down. It is so much more than just a romance. It is heartbreaking, clever, and beautiful. 

The Lives Between Us follows Skye as she navigates through the heartbreak of watching her very much adored niece suffer with health problems that she feels could be cured with the use of stem cell medicine. Senator Edward Hastings is one of the main obstacles in the way of the research that Skye thinks could save her niece. Taking her frustrations out on him, she sets out to use her journalist position to make his life as difficult as possible. 

This draws the attention of Mark, who is one of the head researchers at his father's foundation. He's also the Senator's best friend. His relationship with Skye is so real and sweet, despite the fact that he began it to learn more about the woman harassing his friend. He worms his way into her life, by genuinely caring about her and her family. He also brings her into his life, showing her that not all is as it seems on the outside. 

These characters are all so three dimensional, and the author puts them through so many heartbreaking trials that I couldn’t stop reading; I had to know what was going to happen to them, how it was going to turn out. This was definitely a 'bring the tissues' book, and it was not always an easy ride. That doesn't mean it's not worth it though, because in it is, in every way.
~ Review by George

Theresa Rizzo is a bestselling, award-winning author who writes emotional stories that explore the complexity of relationships and families through real-life trials. 
Born and raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, she currently lives outside of Boulder, Colorado with her husband of thirty-two years. She’s raised four wonderful children who are now scattered across the country.

Theresa's debut book, He Belongs to Me, won the 2014 National Indie Excellence Award for romance and the 2014 Readers Crown Award for Mainstream Women’s Fiction and was a finalist in the General Fiction Category of The 2013 USA Best Book Awards. 

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