June 29, 2015

Review: The Lives Between Us by Theresa Rizzo

The Lives Between Us by Theresa Rizzo (July 1, 2015)
441 pages
Genre: Adult/Fiction/Family Drama
Source: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. Thanks Theresa!
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Goodreads Summary: 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?

My Review

I have previously read two books by this author and liked them a great deal. I can honestly say that The Lives Between Us is another beautiful and heartfelt story by this author that I thoroughly enjoyed. Theresea Rizzo really knows how to write a complex and moving family drama.

The Lives Between Us captured me from the first page, and I wasn't freed from its grasp until the very end. I don't read a lot of books about politics or super controversial subjects, but I am glad I read this one. Its fast pace and interesting subject matter makes for a quick and interesting read.

The best part of this novel has to be the strong characters whose presences can be felt through the page. The MC, Skye, is probably my least favorite due to her sometimes very immature attitude, but she did grow as a character and watching her struggle between her career as a reporter and keeping that separate from her personal life was compelling. I appreciated every single character and what they brought to this story about family, love, and living life to its fullest. They were complex and unique in their own way. Mark is especially sweet and genuine and a character I really liked, even if he wasn't a bad boy, he was a good fit for Skye. 

The Lives Between Us is a pretty well written thought provoking piece on stem cell research and how far a person would go to save their loved one. I know that I would go to the ends of the earth if someone I loved was in danger of dying. Although I wasn't too shocked by any of the secret reveals in this one, I still appreciated the overall plot and the different family and relationship dramas.

If you like a good story that focuses on politics, family, a little romance, and what the struggle is like when dealt with having to make the right ethical choice for you, then you will enjoy The Lives Between Us. 


  1. Thanks for your wonderful Review, Kay! Glad you enjoyed the story.

    1. Thanks for writing such an interesting book! :)

  2. I'm glad you enjoyed The Lives Between Us and the author once again gave you a heartfelt story, Kay! Very interesting subject matter too. The family dynamics have me very curious about this one.
    Lovely review as always :)

    1. Thanks! I look forward to reading more books by this author.

  3. Very interesting aspect in the book! I love books that are thought-provoking and have very strong characters. I'll have to check this one out!

    Lovely review :)

  4. Although this is not the genre/story I'm inclined to pick up at the moment, it does sound like a compelling read and I am interested in the ethics. I'll have to remember this author!

    1. Check her out sometime you are in the mood. :) It is a book you wold have to be in the mood to read. I know I'm a mood reader.

  5. I read this book too. I really liked the Hastings as my favorite couple. I agreed with you about Skye's immaturity. Very passionate person that couldn't control her impulses. Made for a great read.


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