Review of A MILLION DREAMS by Dani Atkins

I knew from looking at the cover that I would need a tissue or two. Actually, I needed almost a whole box! This is an absolutely gut-wrenching novel, with a premise that has no winners. Izzy, Pete and eight-year old Noah are a family. Pete and Izzy are separated, but that makes them no less a family, a unit that loves and cares for each other. One day, they get a devastating phone call from the fertility center that they used for IVF; Noah may be someone else’s child because the center “made a mistake.” Beth and Tim were deeply in love and had tried for years to have a child, but the IVF procedures never ended up with pregnancy for Beth. When the book opens, Tim has succumbed to cancer and Beth, all alone, wants to try to keep a part of him by having his child with their one remaining embryo. Unfortunately, her embryo is gone, given to another woman and that woman has her child. Although eight years have passed, Beth wants to legally pursue whatever recourse she has to get her child back. What would justice look like for Izzy, Pete, Noah and Beth? Is is possible to have a winner in a court case like this? My heart was torn into pieces because I wanted Izzy to have the son she had raised, but I also wanted Beth to have the son that was a living part of Tim. This was a book that was hard to put down but it was equally difficult to pick up. I cannot say that I was delighted to read it; rather, I was compelled to find out what happened in this lose-lose situation. Fans of contemporary fiction and women’s fiction will enjoy this book, but bring the tissues with you! Disclaimer Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”

The reason for my four star rating is that I enjoyed the book, but I cried each time I picked it up. There are no winners inside its cover!

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