Sunday, February 13, 2011

Book Review - Chosen by Chandra Hoffman

Chosen: A Novel Chosen By Chandra Hoffman

You won't be able to put this book down!  Intense, powerful, riveting, describes this book. 
Chloe, director of the Chosen Child, "arranges" adoptions between the birth mother and the adoptive parents. Chloe has a wonderful job, she loves it but it all starts to spiral out of control. 

Told in alternating views, The McAdoo's who spend every minute  talking, dreaming of adoption, The Nova's who are finally getting a baby and Penny who can't keep her baby. We learn about each of them, their ups and downs and what  lengths they would go to get what they want.

An edge of your seat page turner, you won't be disappointed !

About the book :
In the spirit of Jodi Picoult and Anna Quindlen, CHOSEN features a young caseworker increasingly entangled in the lives of the adoptive and birth parents she represents, and who faces life-altering choices when an extortion attempt goes horribly wrong.
It all begins with a fantasy: the caseworker in her “signing paperwork” charcoal suit, paired with beaming parents cradling their adopted newborn, against a fluorescent-lit delivery room backdrop. It’s this blissful picture that keeps Chloe Pinter, director of The Chosen Child’s domestic adoption program, happy juggling the high demands of her boss and the incessant needs of parents on both sides.

But the job that offers Chloe refuge from her turbulent personal life and Portland’s winter rains soon becomes a battleground itself involving three very different couples: the Novas, college sweethearts who suffered fertility problems but are now expecting their own baby; the McAdoos, a wealthy husband and desperate wife for whom adoption is a last chance; and Jason and Penny, an impoverished couple who have nothing-except the baby everyone wants. When a child goes missing, dreams dissolve into nightmares, and everyone is forced to examine what they really want and where it all went wrong. 
From the website

About the author Chandra Hoffman:

Since graduating from Cornell University, Chandra has been an orphanage relief worker in Romania, a horse trainer in the Caribbean, a short order cook in a third world hospital, the director of a US adoption program and an event planner for Philadelphia's Mainline elite.
She has lived in eleven international cities and this wanderlust shaped her writing—in each novel, the setting is its own character, flavoring the story. She prefers to write about everyday scenarios, shining a light on the complexities of situations through the voices of multiple characters. Her debut novel, Chosen, uses the domestic adoption scene of Portland, Oregon as a backdrop to pose the questions What happens when you get what you thought you wanted and How far would you go if it might not be what you want anymore?
Chandra received her MFA from Antioch University in 2007. She is now settled back in her hometown outside of Philadelphia with her husband, three young children and an ever-changing menagerie.

Find Chandra Hoffman on Facebook

Watch the trailer:

Chosen Trailer from Chandra Hoffman on Vimeo.


Bookventures said...

This sounds interesting and I'm always in the mood for "edge of your seat page turners"

Marce said...

I have considered this one but the reviews haven't been great, glad you loved it, adding to my Wishlist.

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

I agree it was a powerful read. Not for the faint of heart.

LindyLouMac said...

I might look out for this if it is published in Europe.

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Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Oh, I'm glad you liked it, Natalie...I read it a few months ago (Amazon Vine read) and LOVED it! Of course, I could totally relate because of my experiences as a social worker, so it's good to know that others enjoy it too.

I had the same thoughts...couldn't put it down.

Thanks for sharing.

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Suko said...

This sounds like a great book. Terrific review, Natalie. Enjoy your weekend. :)

Alice Teh said...

Sounds very good, Natalie! I'm not sure I've seen this in the bookstores near me, though. I'll keep an eye for it.