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Leaving Haven: A Novel
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In Leaving Haven, Kathleen McCleary, author of A Simple Thing, explores the intricacies of love, friendship, and parenthood.

Georgia longs for a baby, but she's had miscarriage after miscarriage since her daughter was born more than a decade ago. Through a miraculous egg donation, Georgia is thrilled to find herself pregnant—until she makes a startling discovery that changes her mind about how much she really wants the baby...

Georgia's best friend, Alice, has a happy teenage daughter, a faithful husband, and a perfectly organized life. But her world spins off its axis when she falls for a man who is everything she knows she doesn't want...

Leaving Haven is a provocative and touching novel that will appeal to readers of contemporary fiction and fans of Jodi Picoult, Luanne Rice, and Kristin Hannah.

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Kathleen McCleary. (2013). Leaving Haven: A Novel. William Morrow Paperbacks.

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Georgia longs for a baby, but she's had miscarriage after miscarriage since her daughter was born more than a decade ago. Through a miraculous egg donation, Georgia is thrilled to find herself pregnant—until she makes a startling discovery that changes her mind about how much she really wants the baby...

Georgia's best friend, Alice, has a happy teenage daughter, a faithful husband, and a perfectly organized life. But her world spins off its axis when she falls for a man who is everything she knows she doesn't want...

Leaving Haven is a provocative and touching novel that will appeal to readers of contemporary fiction and fans of Jodi Picoult, Luanne Rice, and Kristin Hannah.

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Georgia's best friend, Alice, has a happy teenage daughter, a faithful husband, and a perfectly organized life. But her world spins off its axis when she falls for a man who is everything she knows she doesn't want...

Leaving Haven is a provocative and touching novel that will appeal to readers of contemporary fiction and fans of Jodi Picoult, Luanne Rice, and Kristin Hannah.

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      • source: Nichole Bernier, author ofThe Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D.
      • content: "What would make a mother walk away from a hospital without the child she fought so hard to carry? This suspenseful family drama circles eloquently around truth, loyalty and commitment - a complex examination of temptation and choices, and of facing the repercussions of our actions."
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      • source: Catherine McKenzie, international best selling author of Arranged and Forgotten Catherine McKenzie, international best selling author of Arranged and Forgotten Catherine McKenzie, international best selling author of Arranged and Forgotten
      • content: "In Leaving Haven McCleary deftly explores themes of love, marriage, family and its rupture in moments that are so well told they feel like you are living them. I couldn't put it down."
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        July 15, 2013
        Georgia and Alice have seen each other through the tribulations of marriage and motherhood, becoming the best of friends, but can their relationship survive the deepest betrayal? McCleary's (A Simple Thing, 2012, etc.) novel opens with Georgia Bing abandoning her newborn son in the hospital. The events leading to that act are told in multiple flashbacks, alternating between Alice's and Georgia's perspectives, a strategy that unfortunately slows the action to a sluggish pace. A successful baker, Georgia is happily married to John, a brilliant chef, whose smoldering eyes caught her attention at first glance. Raised by a vivacious but neglectful single mom, Alice found love and security with Duncan, a lawyer who recently quit his posh partnership to work for a nonprofit. Desperate for a second child, Georgia has tried every fertility treatment. Alice is keenly aware of the sad irony that Georgia, a woman so perfect for motherhood that she could be a baby whisperer, cannot conceive. After learning that Georgia's younger sister is pregnant and cannot donate an egg, Alice offers Georgia her own eggs, a gift that sets a course for joy and heartbreak. Meanwhile, Alice's and Georgia's teenage daughters are embroiled in a bullying incident, which Duncan does not worry about and Georgia (with her high-risk pregnancy) should not worry about. So, Alice begins to navigate the murky waters of teenage drama, and she finds herself confiding in a man who offers a sympathetic ear. Supportive conversations lead to irresistible attraction. Soon, Alice has put everything in jeopardy, and she can't even turn to Georgia for help. Nor can Georgia turn to Alice when she discovers something that challenges her ability to love the child she tried so hard to conceive. McCleary's richly drawn characters face intriguing challenges, yet the tale lacks momentum.

        COPYRIGHT(2013) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        September 15, 2013
        Georgia Bing and Alice Kinnaird have been friends for most of their adult lives. Georgia operates her own baking business, while Alice is a respected college professor. Both are raising teenage daughters and have established marriages. So when Georgia becomes desperate to have a second child, Alice is more than willing to donate her eggs. But as Georgia's pregnancy is nearing its end, she discovers that her husband, John, and Alice are having an affair. The news turns Georgia's well-ordered life upside down, and she is left to sort out not only the state of her marriage and her friendship with Alice but her role as mother to newborn Haven. McCleary (A Simple Thing, 2012) again skillfully examines the intricacies of love, marriage, friendship, and parenthood. Her smooth, clear prose allows readers to climb easily and fully into the lives of well-crafted characters. Leaving Haven is a deeply engaging story of two families navigating tricky emotional waters and making surprising discoveries along the way, a gentle reminder of the strength and flexibility of the family.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2013, American Library Association.)

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