Book Review: The Lives Between Us by: Theresa Rizzo

Publisher: Theresa Rizzo

Publication Date: July 1, 2015

Origins:  From Author for Review

Synopsis: How far would you go to save the one you love?

Reporter Skylar Kendall has run from commitment all her life, pushing people away before they leave her, until her niece worms her way into Skye’s heart and settles in tight. Skye relaxes into a career she enjoys and relishes being a doting aunt.

Then her niece becomes gravely ill. Unable to bear yet another loss, Skye is determined to find a cure, but the girl’s only hope lies in the embryonic stem cell therapy Michigan Senator Edward Hastings repeatedly opposes. When Skye fails to find alternative treatment in time, she vows to end the senator’s political career.

Curious about the woman behind the scathing articles on his best friend, Mark Dutton pursues Skye. Dating Mark gives her access to Hastings’s life and secrets that would launch Skye's career and satisfy her need for retribution… Only she hadn’t counted on falling in love.

Can she avenge the lives lost to politics at the expense of her new love and friends?

Review: THE LIVES BETWEEN US is a poignant novel of the lengths people will go to in order to save the ones they love. Since the death of her parents Skylar (Skye) Kendall doesn’t let many people into her life, let alone her heart. However, her family is very near and dear to her, especially her beautiful young niece who is slipping away due to cancer. Skye keeps searching for a cure, but the only hope she has is embryonic stem cell therapy which is being blocked by lawmakers, especially Michigan Senator Edward Hastings. Even though it’s too late to save her niece, Skye is determined to take down Senator Hastings through her reporting. When the Senator’s best friend reads Skye’s articles and sees her at a press conference, he’s intrigued. Mark and Skye start dating, but she doesn’t know about his relationship with Hastings. Their secrets, ideals, and passions may keep them together or tear them apart. I liked how thought-provoking the topics in THE LIVES BETWEEN US were in regard to science, religion, and ethics. The author is able to give readers enough information about embryonic stem cell treatments without weighing the story down with too much scientific minutiae. I liked Skye a lot for her intensity and for her convictions, but she did come across as a bit immature and selfish at times. One of my other favorite characters is Senator Hastings’ wife, who is the backbone and heart of their family. THE LIVES BETWEEN US is a heartfelt story of love and loss.

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