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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (466 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chandra Hoffman Narrator: Susan Bennett Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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With Chosen, debut novelist Chandra Hoffman has earned immediate comparisons to Jodi Picoult and Anna Quindlen.

In Chosen, a young caseworker becomes increasingly entangled in the lives of adoptive and birth parents, with devastating results.

It all begins with a fantasy: the caseworker in her signing paperwork charcoal suit standing alongside beaming parents cradling their adopted newborn, set 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 while juggling the high demands of her boss and the incessant needs of both adoptive and biological parents.

But the very job that offers her refuge from her turbulent personal life and Portland's winter rains soon becomes a battleground involving three very different couples: the Novas, well-off 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 he or she really wants and where it all went wrong.

Told from alternating points of view, Chosen reveals the desperate nature of desire across social backgrounds and how far people will go to get the one thing they think will be the answer.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Margie | 2/19/2014

    " This was a good book, kind of slow in areas & a little predictable, but over all worth the read!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Randi Reisfeld | 2/14/2014

    " There was an intriguing review in my newspaper of record -- USA Today (okay, laugh, but they DO support books, big time) -- which led me to buy the book. Wish I'd waited for a library copy. Marketed as the story of three couples in various stages of the adoption process, plus a kidnapping, I thought it'd be interesting. It wasn't. I couldn't bring myself to care about any of the couples, and the actual main character, a woman working at the adoption agency, was a snore. You already know how the kidnapping is going to end, and the one "forbidden" love affair never gets off the ground. 2 stars, but no recommendations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Alicia | 2/9/2014

    " This novel started off interesting and had me hooked. I never wanted to put it down. The last few chapters were very disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cindy | 1/22/2014

    " Interesting look at open and closed adoption, and the "trials" couples go through to give up children and to try to have/adopt children. Quick read with some weighty themes. "

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