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The Lives Between Us (Destiny, #3) by [Rizzo, Theresa]
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The Lives Between Us is about family and love. "Blend Jodi Picoult's thought provoking writing with the magic of Danielle Steele's romance novels, and you would have The Lives Between Us."~Wally's Book Review 

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.

Guilt and pain drive Skylar to avenge her niece's death. Love cracks her closed heart open wide enough for hope and compassion to take seed. Through interlacing lives, this novel deftly explores family life dynamics at all levels--unveiling the trial and tribulations of relationships, the complexities of parenthood, and the risk of hiding from it all.

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

NATIONAL AWARD WINNER. 2016 National Indie Excellence Award forWomen's Fiction. 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist Chick Lit and 2015 USA Best Book Awards Finalist,Fiction for Chick Lit/ Women's Fiction.  

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Thanks to Theresa Rizzo for the free electronic version of her book, “The Lives Between Us”.
Rizzo “runs the gamut of storytelling” in this novel. This novel is politically charged and discusses hot-button issues, while still having elements of romance, drama and suspense. The protagonist, Skylar, is a young reporter who is struggling with the illness of her young niece- an illness that she believes may easily be cured if embryonic stem cell therapy hadn’t been so strongly opposed by Senator Edward Hastings. When Skye’s niece dies, she decides to personally target the Senator and end his career. However, when she becomes romantically entangled with the Senator’s best friend and gets to understand the Senator on a personal level, things get complicated for Skye and she must decide if her career is worth jeopardizing her love life and the personal lives of those she cares about.
Rizzo’s novel is very politically charged. There is a lot of discussion over United States government and politics, in relation to stem cell therapies and research, so it is definitely not a novel to be easily glazed over. “The Lives Between Us” involves some thinking, some learning and even some personal reflection of your own beliefs. Rizzo is definitely well-researched, however it is very refreshing that the book does not play out like a school text. Her characters are relatable and lovable, and the relationships between them are natural and honest. All of the characters are portrayed in a humane light, and a reader can easily evoke sympathy for each and every one of them. Rizzo has no villains in her work, just human beings trying to make the best of things with the hands they are dealt while trying to keep their families healthy and safe.
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Skylar Kendall, a Detroit journalist, has had an emotionally difficult time growing up. After losing both her parents at a young age, and living with her older sister Faith and her husband Peter, Skye has moved from job to job, unable to settle down. Spending time with her nine year old niece, Niki, seems to be the only thing that keeps her grounded.
However, when Niki falls gravely ill and requires treatment involving embryonic stem cells, Skye faces her biggest challenge, the opposition of Michigan Senator Edward Hastings. In a relationship with Edward’s friend Mark but still determined to ruin the senator’s career, Skye must decide whether to pursue this vengeful path or chose her friends and family and let the past remain in the past.
The author Theresa Rizzo contacted me directly to offer a copy of The Lives Between Us in exchange for my review. I admit that I was quite flattered by the gesture having just started reviewing and blogging that I accepted with pleasure. After reading the description I was even more intrigued, and looked forward to reading the book.
Unfortunately, soon after starting I realised that The Lives Between Us, and the storyline would not be as enjoyable as I had hoped. A potentially touching story of a family facing the medical crises of one of its members, I found the writing to be heavy handed and stilted, almost forced and not capturing appropriately the intense emotional strains that these individuals were under. The prose simply didn’t allow for me to have any sympathy for these characters although I could see the possibility of it with perhaps some additional editing.
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My Review: Count me in for a book that sparks a debate on a sensitive issue and has some heart. When author Theresa Rizzo offered me her book that focuses on stem cell therapy to read and review I thought that this would be a good fit.

Rizzo brings up the hot topic of using embryonic stem cells (as well as cord blood stem cells) for medical treatment and covers several viewpoints on the issue without bogging her readers down in too much medical detail. I admit that I only knew the basics of this issue and Rizzo brought to light the many different sides and morality of this debate.

This wasn't a heavy read and actually took on a much more romantic twist that I was initially anticipating. I'm all for some romance but a little less emphasis on Skylar and Mark's love life and more focus on the emotion and ethical debate would have been my preference. The romance took more of a hold of the story towards the middle and I found it to be a bit distracting with some of the dialogue between them felt weak and didn't add to the overall plot.

My main concern with this book is Skylar. She's a hard one to get behind. I liked that she adored her family but she often came off as brash and while she does mature a little throughout the book overall she wasn't very likable. And while she had a good reason for not supporting Senator Hastings views on the stem cell issue, her deep hatred of him seemed too intense and too personal.

It was actually Senator Hastings' family that really intrigued me and, I felt, got to the heart of the ethical and emotional results of stem cell use. The Senator, his son and especially his wife Noelle were my favourite characters and felt like they handled the issue with heart and believable emotion.

The ending.
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HASH(0x9d1ce8c4) out of 5 stars This book is for all the thinking romantics out there. July 2 2015
By PSusan - Published on
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This is the first book I have read written by Theresa Rizzo. The Lives Between Us is a thought provoking book. Such an intriguing title, I thought it must be a clue that this book would be a thinking person’s read. Boy, was I right. Two people on opposite poles of a controversial issue fine common ground through love. Somehow this happens but not without a lot of heartache, anger, soul searching and intrigue. I liked that one of the characters is a politician with integrity. It is unusual to find that. I liked how both sides of the issue is presented in a story that is taken right out of the headlines. It became personal as I began to feel for Skye as she comes to terms with the loss of her niece. However, the Senator’s views were just as easy to understand.

What amazed me the most is the romantic side of this story. Skye is an overall better person with Mark. Before him, she seems to be drifting from grieving into bitterness. Mark balanced out the story. Wonderfully done.

This book is for all the thinking romantics out there. The information in the Fact or Fiction after the story ends is very interesting. I will certainly be on the lookout for more by Theresa Rizzo.

4.5 Stars
Net Galley provided a copy.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d1ce918) out of 5 stars A book that took me by surprise July 17 2015
By Gabriela - Published on
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The Lives Between Us is a book that surprised me completely. The first half of this book I’m going to be completely honest and say that I didn’t like it. The Lives Between Us is the story of a reporter named Skye who in the beginning of this book lost her ill nine-year-old niece Niki and Sky is convinced that embryonic stem cell treatment could have saved her. The thing is that all embryonic stem cell research was blocked by Senator Edward Hastings who has a campaign against the method, hence limiting/eliminating all funds for this research. So naturally Skye develops a…might I say unhealthy obsession with destroying Senator Hastings career and make him pay. For the first half of this book Skye was just an annoying main character with an unhealthy and over-exaggerated hatred towards the senator, like to the point where I just wanted to grab her and shake her. While reading this I was so frustrated and I thought that I wouldn’t like this book but the more I read and the more things happened, I found myself more immersed and captivated by the story and the characters.

The main thing that made this story so worth it was the characters. This story is has an intriguing plot with well-developed characters. I’m gonna go ahead and say that yes Skye could get a little annoying and frustrating at times but after a while she got so much better. And guys all the other characters in this story where amazing and you totally get to love them. I loved that they felt so real to me, like I could sit down and say “I can totally see this guy being a real person.” The Hastings family are my favorite characters from this book and Mark.. Oh Mark, sweet, sweet Mark.

A good story with well-developed characters, intriguing and controversial topic, family strength and support, a great romance and overall a very emotional read.

This book was definitely not my typical read and probably not a common one for most young readers but this totally surprised me and I’m sure it will surprise you too. So if you ever feel like picking up something a little different I recommend this book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d1ced50) out of 5 stars Superbly written with controversial medical/political issues July 16 2015
By Splashes Into Books - Published on
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The differing viewpoints regarding the ethics of using embryonic stem cells is the key thread throughout this amazing, highly emotional novel. Don’t assume that makes it dry and boring - it is anything but! Journalist Skylar Kendall is trying to find out possible ways to help save her young niece who has a life threatening congenital heart defect. Every time she finds a possible helpful treatment it seems that Senator Edward Hastings has blocked it with his adamant and very vocal support of pro life movements. Embryonic stem cell therapy appears to be her only hope but, largely due to the Senator, such research and treatment is illegal. When her niece loses her battle to live, Skylar uses her job as a journalist to mount sustained attacks on Senator Hastings….

This brings her to the attention of Edward’s friend and supporter adding a potential romance to the story. It is the start of a relationship that is dogged by deception, best friends, horrendous accidents, scheming scientists, potentially harmful revelations, false accusations and so much more. Skylar will have to make so many decisions that will impact on her relationships, love and new friendships. This is so much more than I’d expected. It has elements of so many genres that it will appeal to many readers and is certainly not just a chicklit.

With strong characters, exploring a controversial issue, showing how circumstances can seriously alter attitudes and viewpoints, this story has plenty of angst, turmoil and drama. It is an enthralling novel, one of the best I’ve read - go get yourself a copy, you’ll be in for a real treat when you read it!

Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley too,
for letting me read an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d1d012c) out of 5 stars Interesting Read Aug. 10 2015
By Reader - Published on
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This is a story that concerns an issue that we all might see or hear about in the news. After the death of her niece, Skye is convinced she would have survived with embryonic stem cell treatment. Finding out that Senator Edward Hastings routinely voted and campaigned against this treatment and was one of the main reasons the treatment is not aproved, Skye sets out to avenge her niece’s death by ruining the Senator Hasting’s career. Neither one is ready or willing to compromise their principles or ideas. In the middle of her battle to end Senator Hasting’s career, Skye meets Mark Dutton, who happens to be Edward Hasting’s best friend. Mark also knows that to divulge his relationship with Edward Hastings would probably end his relationship with Skye. Rather than go into the rest of the story, I won’t because I do not want to give it away.

This is a very emotional book. It probes just how much one will do for family and for what he/she strongly believes in. This is a serious read, not some beach read, as many have said. It reaches the reader at a deeply emotional level. The characters and setting are well developed and done. I had times when I did not like Skye all that much because she seemed so frustrating, though as the story progressed, she did mature a lot. In addition to this riveting tale of whether to follow through with your convictions, the author has given us a sweet love story in Skye and Mark’s relationship. I think that anyone who enjoys a good strong book who is interested in current medicine and how things are changing or not changing and why will find this interesting, as well as anyone who enjoys a good romance and tale of one’s own epic struggles to come to grips with one’s convictions and how to fit them into one’s life. I received this from Library Thing to read and review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d1d0210) out of 5 stars REVIEW - The Lives Between Us Nov. 18 2015
By Rachel - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
5 out of 5 for this reader folks!

I have come to realize that when I am about to indulge in a Theresa Rizzo novel, I had better make sure that I have a kleenex box and a block of selfish “don’t bug me I am reading” time. I am always left with some kind of imprint that allows me remember her stories months after I have read them. Well “The Lives Between Us” is no exception.

Skylar Kendal is a journalist by trade and an aunt who fights tooth and nail for a niece that is in dire need of some stem cell therapy. When emergency hits and there is a solution at their fingertips, Skylar is naturally upset when her niece’s life hangs in the hands of politicians. So upset that she vows to make the life of Senator Edward Hastings a living hell.

Mark Dutton is the best friend of Senator Hastings and decides to get to know this reporter who is trying to ruin his best friends career. Skye is turn, believes that she can hasten the Senators downfall by getting close to his best friend. What Mark and Skye don’t count on is truely falling in love with the other.

Yes so much more depth to this story than what I just wrote, but I hate writing what the story is about (you get all that info in the description) and would rather review how this story made me FEEL. No doubt I am an emotional reader so I really appreciate a book where I am taken on a roller coaster ride of emotion. Yup .. Theresa Rizzo certainly has a talent for that!
Stem Cell research is a touchy topic that debates law, life and tons of emotion. You feel the pain in the struggle of having a solution to help a dying relative and yet, not being able to access this solution. I felt a keen hatred for politics while reading this book. The romance here is sweet and angsty at times, and to be truthful took a back burner to the politics (at least for me as I was more interested in the stem cell topic that in the romance).

You can tell that Theresa Rizzo did a bunch of research on this topic and she complimented this research by providing the reader with believable multi-layered characters. There is no true solution of what is right or wrong here, as this is a personal opinion (and your opinion may be the deciding factor of whether you will like this story or not). What she did do was give many different ways to debate and look upon this topic giving it the respect it deserved. I do think the Skye goes a little too far at times in trying to destroy the Senator, but when I sat back and thought it out, she is acting as a desperate family member could act (notice I didn’t say would or should WINK).

An delicious exhausting read, and another score for this wonderful author!


Reviewed by Rachel

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