Giving up her baby girl for adoption isnt the mistake Ally is running away from, but everyone else seems to think it is. As Ally tries to move forward in her life, her past keeps pulling her back, and she wonders if she will ever find true love again. On
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A Reader's Opinion: Discovering Peace is a sweet and heartwarming story. I was thrilled to have a chance to read this book because adoption is not only something that I strongly support under the right circumstances, but we've had a few adoptions in my family, so I have a soft spot for the subject. I know a part of my enjoyment of the book comes from that connection. I didn't read the first book, but I feel as though this was a stand-alone title, and the author did a great job of giving you enough back story so you aren't lost. I teared up in the first few pages, which is always a great sign. It was touching to read the story from both Ally's and the adopted parents' perspectives. I can't say that I cared much for the adopted mother's character, though I can't pinpoint why, but Ally was great, and I enjoyed her perspective the most. I did think that Olivia, the adopted mother, she showed amazing kindness at one point in the book. Riley, a character you meet later on in the book, was my favorite, and definitely worthy of Ally. Ally goes through a lot, but she's tough, and despite her young age, she makes it through everything that life throws at her. The story is filled with one great lesson after another - all of them worth learning. Now, this book has strong LDS religious elements from start to finish, and I would say that it's geared entirely toward an LDS audience (which I am). Yes, others could get a lot out of it, but if you're not familiar with the LDS religion, then you may find a number of things unfamiliar or confusing. This is a lovely story with a beautiful message about overcoming trials and the blessings that can come from adoption.
I often wonder what happens in a story after the book is finished. In this case, Ally placed her baby for adoption in Delivering Hope. In this next book, Discovering Peace, we are able to see what happens next. We see that it isn't just "sign the papers and move on without a care in the world." It's tough; it's real; it's a sacrifice.Watching Ally move on with her life was amazing. She was so strong. Not everyone was accepting of her choice--even her mom struggled with it, yet we can see the growth that happened to everyone involved because of her decision. I loved how the story went back and forth between Ally's life and the mother who adopted Hope--Olivia. Life is a journey and I loved how real this one was. There were hard times and struggles, yet there were times that were uplifting. I thought it was done in a very positive way that truly led to hope and peace. Content: no language or violence; obviously, some talk of premarital relations, but no details given. Clean.