The Book

Jane, shortly after moving into her sister Grace’s home, is now a frightened, pregnant teen who’s being faced with a life-altering decision. Should she terminate the pregnancy despite the fact she never thought it should be an option for anyone? Now that the tables were turned, it looked to be her only way out. Keeping her child wouldn’t be the best choice. Having no career or formal education, how would she manage to raise a child on her own? Option number three seemed horribly painful. She couldn’t imagine giving her child to total strangers. She was grateful to have her sister Grace walk the journey with her. Seven years later, Jane is married with a little boy and a baby on the way, and she thinks her life is nearly perfect. Then she receives a devastating phone call—her sister Grace is stricken with a deadly virus. Jane faces yet another harrowing passage in her life. At the end of her child-bearing years, Jane and her husband are blessed with another pregnancy. But again she is confronted with the same choices of her youth, as the child she is carrying will be born with a disability.

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Patricia waszmer October 14, 2011 at 5:18 pm

When I started reading this book, I couldn’t put it down..its shows even though we are given struggles we are able to get through them by having faith and believing. I really loved it!


Carolyn Maddamma October 14, 2011 at 11:13 pm

I loved the book! I got it Wednesday and finished it last night. You did a great job, especially following the rose throughout the story. I used up an entire box of tissues and had a horribly stuffy head both nights when I went to bed! Your book encouraged me to go back and elaborate on the days leading up to Gino’s death – I had brushed quickly over it before to avoid my own pain. Consequently, I spent all afternoon today crying and writing! You’re a good writer, Jane, and should continue on your new career!!!

Fondest regards, Carolyn


Nancy Dolber October 17, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Truly inspiring!! I loved every moment and have the highest respect for you and your entire family. Your committment to your faith is amazing. You are blessed with Gifts of Grace, as well as class and dignity. I felt your emotions through your writing which is really incredible, being the avid reader that I am. Thank you for writing your story and I look forward to your next novel.


Jennifer Phelps October 26, 2011 at 10:09 pm

Written beautifully by my beautiful aunt. I couldn’t put this book down. When I was finished I was bummed because I wanted more to read. I am proud of you Aunt Jane. I love you!


Brian Curry October 28, 2011 at 6:48 pm

“It is rare that an author will open so much of herself and the choices she has made in life to other people’s inspections. Ms. Spiotta has done this and more making us feel her pain, anguish and indecision as well as her joy, sense of peace and strong sense of faith” — From an upcoming book review in the LONG ISLAND ADVANCE.


Mary Lynch November 1, 2011 at 11:07 am

A most wonderful and uplifting read. Told with searing honesty and punctuated with moments of obvious faith.


Steve Vallone November 11, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Jane so proud of you the book was fantastic. My mother and father would be very pround of you, too. The book was great as are you.


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