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Necessary End
by Holly Brown
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William Morrow, 2015 (2015)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

The thing that thirty-nine year-old Adrienne wants more than anything in the world is a BABY. Of her very own. Denied one by nature, she and her husband Gabe have tried all kinds of different routes to gain a child and have finally settled on an open adoption.

They tried once before with Patty as the birth mother. We learn by bits and pieces that that didn't work out. A true disaster, in fact. Now they have found nineteen year-old Leah, whose boyfriend refuses the expected baby. Looks like a winner for the childless couple. Leah moves in with Adrienne and Gabe to await the birth. What could go wrong?

Just about everything. Adrienne and Gabe run into marital difficulties. Serious ones. Leah turns out not to be as sweet as she seemed at first. Finances become questionable. What could go wrong, does.

A Necessary End by Holly Brown offers a significant object lesson. We learn that obsession should be avoided it's hard to be objective when your heart is set on something. Communication is vital between husband and wife. Life is never as easy as we would like it to be. Roll with it.

The author is a practicing marriage and family therapist. Her first novel is Don't Try To Find Me. I'll put that title on my must read list. A Necessary End is a good book.

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