Between Friends

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Between Friends

Ali Gutierrez married her high school sweetheart, Benny, right out of high school. She always dreamed of being a mother, her soul screamed to be a mother and her body let her down. Ali’s best friend, Cora didn’t and donated the eggs Ali needed to become the mom to Letty. All was right in Ali’s word until just before Letty’s 15th birthday.
Within days, Letty has a boyfriend that her parents know nothing about until they are called to pick her up at a party the police raided. Benny, a police officer, changes his position in the department without talking to Ali causing a major marital fight. Cora returns to FL to tell Ali that she has a disease that she may have genetically passed on to Letty. Suddenly, life as all of known it is changing in ways no one ever dreamed or wanted.
I identified with this book in so many ways and yet none of these things happened to me. 
Who doesn’t remember their youth with fondness and think about all the silly things they did but don’t want their children to do? Who didn’t at 15 think they were grown and their parents just wouldn’t understand? I read phrases like it’s a different world than…and think to when my best friend has said the same thing to me! Having been a teen and having raised several, I just had to smile at some of the scenes as I remembered nights that I shouldn’t have done things and nights where I wish I hadn’t gotten that phone call due to one of my kids not being where I thought they were.
Separate from the relationships with Letty are those among the adults. Ali and Cora have been best friends forever. As adults they don’t live in each others pocket but as best friends they quickly and easily ease into a familiar relationship pattern. That pattern may have to change once Ali learns how sick Cora is. Ali and Benny have been married a long time and some how the communication has changed. They still love each other and can’t imagine life without each other but a break may be what they need too. 
I wanted miracles and I got life. Things don’t always go smoothly or perfectly but they do go on. I started reading this book and quickly got caught up in these lives. Their problems became real. Their heartaches had me crying along with them. I had an emotional tie with these characters and I didn’t want but could help but to form.
This was a wonderful book about relationships and love. It is written from 3 different points of view, Ali, Cora and Letty’s. Each chapter has a heading letting you know who’s view you are reading yet each chapter ties into the next seamlessly, carrying on the story and bringing it to the next step. 
Heartwarming and heartbreaking, this is the story of friends and family, their changes and evolutions. I thought it was fantastic.

Book Blurb for Between Friends

A provocative new novel about birth, death, and the stuff in-between, from the award winning author of Catching Genius and Matters of Faith.

There was a time when Ali Gutierrez would have been forced to give up her dreams of motherhood. But thanks to modern reproductive technology—and the gift of her best friend’s eggs—Ali is now the mother of fourteen-year-old Letty.

Now, yearning for a second child, Ali asks her best friend’s permission to use another of the frozen embryos that have been stored away, awaiting this decision. But Cora has a secret that could not only change Ali’s plans for the future, but tear apart her life right now….

In this thoughtful, complex novel, Kristy Kiernan shows us two women struggling with life-changing decisions—and explores both timely moral issues and timeless truths about the definition of family.

Night Owl Reviews May, 2010 4.75