Saturday, June 25, 2016

A House for Happy Mothers

Priya and Madhu are a young beautiful couple living “the life” in California. Both have found success at their lucrative jobs and are surrounded by friends and family. Sadly, after three devastating miscarriages Priya and Madhu have accepted that if they are ever to have the family they have dreamed of, alternative measures must be taken. They have decided to use a surrogacy agency in India called Happy House for Mother’s. They have chosen their doctor, their SM (surrogate mother) and the costly process has begun. Even though she believes she is helping her family, Asha (the SM), becomes resistant to their attentions and gifts - and she truly questions if surrogacy is the right thing to do. This story brings the reader on a difficult journey through two families and two cultures that at their core are similar but on the outside could not be more different. Poverty changes not just the way we live but the way we think. Each character is constantly challenging their personal beliefs and desires to be/become a parent and the moral rights and values that go along with it. The blurred line between these two worlds makes it difficult to know what is right, what is wrong and what is merely accepted. I am always challenged by these truths which can often be dissected every which way. Unique storyline through likable characters, I truly enjoyed this novel in search of the meaning of trust, family and the choices we must make to protect those we love.

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