The Lives Between Us

The Lives Between Us

by Theresa Rizzo


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The Lives Between Us is about family and love. It's about desperate people doing what they need to, to save the ones they love.

Grief-stricken reporter, Skylar Kendall, plots revenge on Michigan Sen. Hastings who opposed life-saving stem cell research and therapy. She gains access to Hastings, learning secrets that would launch her 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?

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ISBN-13: 9780989045063
Publisher: Theresa Rizzo
Publication date: 06/08/2015
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.03(d)

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The Lives Between Us 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
vlwelser More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this. It is very emotional. It deals with real life issues. In the first chapter, a little girl is dying. Her family is desperate to save her. For the most part, the rest of the book is affected by this one event. The book also explores the ethics of stem cell research from multiple perspectives. I actually learned quite a lot. The book is well researched. The plot flows well. The entire book will tug at your heart strings. I definitely recommend this.
Doodlebug4444 More than 1 year ago
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! HAPPY READING! :) Reviewed by Rachel Copy provided by Author
macjam47 More than 1 year ago
The author researched the controversy surrounding stem cell research. She presented both sides of the controversy through the characters of Skye, Mark, and Edward Hastings, a US senator. This book explores how much one will do for family, especially when the stakes are high. It is a highly emotional story. The story and the characters were well developed and thought-provoking. In the beginning I didn’t like Skye because she seemed immature and extremely annoying at times. As I watched her grow up throughout the book, I saw her mature into a caring and warm individual. At times, I felt the story had too much going on with the death of Niki, Skye’s niece, Skye’s on-again-off-again relationship with Mark, her hatred-turned-to-friendship and respect for Edward Hastings, the accident, a troubled teen, all the privacy issues that surrounded Senator Hastings, and indiscretions by one of Mark’s key employees. However, in the end, the author pulled it all together beautifully. Because The Lives Between Us crosses several genres, I believe it would appeal to a wide range of readers. I give The Lives Between Us 4 stars.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite In The Lives Between Us by author Theresa Rizzo, we are faced with the question: how far would we go to avenge the death of the one person we allowed ourselves to love? That is the exact question faced by our protagonist, reporter Skylar “Skye” Kendall. Skye lives her life in such a way that she’s been able to shut everyone out, and that’s the way she wants it. Fearful of being left by someone who loves her, she prefers to leave before that can happen. At least, until her niece, Niki, is born, and Skye finds it impossible not to love the little tyke. But when Niki falls gravely ill at nine years old, and the only treatment with a chance at helping her involves stem cells, Skye is desperate to do all she can to help. When all that she can do isn’t enough, Skye’s desperation turns to anger, and she’s determined to take that anger out on the senator whose voting record she blames for blocking the help Niki so desperately needed. When the senator’s best friend is determined to find out what is behind Skye’s scathing articles, and Skye is determined to use his connections for an even more in-depth look into the politician's making decisions that are so important to her, the last thing either of them expect is to fall in love. I loved this book. It’s not an easy read, but it is extremely worthwhile. Author Theresa Rizzo is an extremely gifted storyteller, and one who is wonderful at crafting characters that you will truly care about. Skye Kendall is such a character, and I find that I am still thinking about her and her story, long after I finished reading the book. The Lives Between Us would appeal to any reader who enjoys fiction, stories about politics, stories with a bit of romance, or someone looking for just an excellent read. I am very pleased to highly recommend The Lives Between Us by Theresa Rizzo and I, for one, am very much looking forward to reading her next work.
gsbarbie More than 1 year ago
Blend Jodi Picoult’s thought provoking writing with the magic of Danielle Steele’s romance novels, and you would have The Lives Between Us by Theresa Rizzo. Ms. Rizzo has done an excellent job developing a plot line with many twists and turns. I learned a lot about stem cell research, both CBSC’s (cord blood stem cells) and ESCs (embryonic stem cells). Stem cell research is certainly a hot button issue and The Lives Between Us presents both sides of the issue in a relatable and thought provoking way. While I enjoyed the love story between Mark and Skye, some of the romance could have been dialed down a little for my taste but it was not disruptive to the storyline. I especially enjoyed the ending of the book with the unexpected turn. I received this book through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
bookluvr35SL More than 1 year ago
This book is a riveting tale designed to keep you captivated until the very last page. The characters are easy to relate to, the storyline is fresh, and there are plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing. I enjoyed this book immensely and look forward to reading more from this author.
skybluepink More than 1 year ago
I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions in this review are 100% my own. This is a great book club book. It’s the type of book that can be discussed in great length. It would be interesting to hear other opinions on the hot button topic at the heart of this story. Skye has had a lot of loss in her life and runs from commitment. That all changes when she meets and falls for Mark. Mark just happens to be best friends with their local Senator that is against embryonic stem cell treatment and research. Skye feels if the Senator wasn’t so opposed to it that state funding would be more available and it could have possibly saved the life of her niece. This is the type of book that touches you emotionally on so many different levels. It makes you stop and think, what would YOU do in this situation? Would you do anything to save a loved one, even if it went against your beliefs?
3rjdds More than 1 year ago
I was offered a free copy for a fair review. It is an emotional book dealing with stem cell therapy. the book was well researched and so well written I re-evaluated my own beliefs. Enjoyed the minute my heart broke for Skye the next I wanted to strangle her! didn't see the ending coming! I recommend this book.
Wendy-ordinarymiracles More than 1 year ago
Pain of loss, hardship, integrity, persistence and love are just a few of the emotions that pulled me into this book and kept me reading. The Lives Between Us was an interesting story about the controversial topic of embryonic stem cell use and cord blood stem cell use. What starts as a story about a reporter, Skylar Kendall and her anger directed at Senator Edward Hastings for "playing god" by blocking the use of embryonic stem cells for research and therapy, something that she feels could have prevented the death of her 9 year old niece Niki. Evolves into a story where the characters grow, change and begin to understand each others points of views. Senator Hastings explains he "does not support creating embryos for the sacrificial purpose of taking their stem cells." and that is his "job to uphold the constitution. The right to life is a constitutional entitlement. I encourage ethical lines be drawn in a way that respects all human life." and "Human life - even in its most primitive form must be respected and protected." However, when a tragic accident directly impacts the Senator, will his perspective change? Skylar on the other hand begins to understand Senator Hastings standing on embryonic stem cells although she doesn't agree with him. As the book develops Skylar, who seems angry and immature at the beginning, learns a lot about herself, family and love. Regardless of where you stand on the subject of stem cell use, this book is interesting and does a good job looking at different perspectives on the topic.
bbnn2217 More than 1 year ago
Ah! I just finished this book and I NEED to talk to someone about the ending! You all better read this book soon so I can ask you what you think happened at the end. Go on, get reading! After reading the beginning chapters I thought this book was going to be a romance which is not what I normally read but I am happy to report that the novel gets much deeper. There is still a romance storyline but the book delves into the ethical dilemma for stem cell research. Skylar (Skye) is a young reporter who is out to get Senator Edward Hastings because of his views on using embryonic stem cells. Skye was a bit immature at times and I found it hard to read about some of her misadventures because she did some stupid things. Luckily she seems to grow up a little through the novel. Once I got into the book it was so hard to stop reading. The stem cell debate, cord blood vs. embryonic, was quite an interesting topic for the book and one I didn't know too much about. I felt that I learned something from this book in regards to this topic. I am still a little hazy on some details and I felt that some things could have been explained better. There are still some details that I'm not sure about-I feel like I was left hanging on some of the side plot lines. The author does include some ambiguity at the end but I'm sure that was purposeful. This book was thought provoking and intriguing but still easy to read. I very much enjoyed reading it. **I was contacted by Theresa Rizzo, the author, to read the book and give an honest review of the story. Thank you for sending me the book.
madgate90 More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book. Didn't want to put it down. Lots of twists to keep you guessing. The only part that surprised me was the ending and not sure I was happy with how it ended. Definately worth reading!
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
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.
rosesareamber1 More than 1 year ago
The Lives Between Us is a contemporary drama about stem cell technology and how it can be used to save lives. Skylar Kendall is a journalist, we meet her at a hospital visiting her niece who has severe heart deterioration. Sky is frustrated by the lack of resources available to help her niece with the latest stem cell technology. Her research throws light on Senator Hastings and his strong views on stem cell research. Her anger and frustrations fuel her press pieces and her boss demotes Sky after she attends a press conference and puts the Senator on the spot. Her niece Niki sadly dies, Sky's sister Faith is pregnant with twins and Mark Dutton from Aviva technology is attracted to Sky. He's determined to show her the good side of Senator Hastings. When the Senator's wife is badly injured in a skiing accident the Senator soon finds himself grasping at medical procedures to save her life. This is quite an intense read, and pretty heavy going with all the stem cell technology and American politics, but it is interesting. I did enjoy the premature baby section and the "Kangeroo" care scheme, but less the stepping over the medical code of ethics part at the end. This review is based on a free copy of the book given to me by the author.
AnnieMcDonnell More than 1 year ago
Take Jane Green and Jodi Picoult and mix them together, you would have Theresa Rizzo!! Spectacular writer, Astounding story!! “The lives between us” is about the controversial topic of Stem-Cell use, and creating embryos for the purpose of taking their stem cells. I am always touched when an author can write about a tough subject with such heart and kindness. Theresa Rizzo definitely has this talent. We are introduced to Skye Kendell, a super loving Aunt to a child named Niki…right at the brink of Niki’s illness possibly taking her life. Niki was desperately in need of a Heart Transplant. The story begins with Niki in the hospital for a surgery to extract bone marrow, and Skye shows up to have a “sleep over” at the hospital. I was so in love with Skye at this point; because like her, I do not have any children and my nieces and nephews are my true loves. I could see that Skye loved Niki with the same fierceness I love my nieces and nephews. It is about time I read a book where the Aunt is the main character. Niki’s parents Faith and Peter are stuck with a few difficult decisions, beginning with saving their daughter, Niki. Senator Hastings is against the use of stem cells for any use and Skye makes it her personal mission to take him down. In the process Skye meets Mark Dutton who works for the Senator, and they begin a relationship that is going to change her life forever. This story was very thought provoking. Your heart will break. You will be mad at certain things. You will be moved!!
2837175 More than 1 year ago
I received an advanced copy from the author in exchange for a fair review. I am drawn to books that deal with relationships and characters that are well constructed, and this book supplied that in spades. From the beginning, the author painted a real picture of who her characters were. The medical piece really hooked me as well, but aside from the effect it has on the main character's niece I wanted a little more about the moral dilemma that circulates around the use of stem cells. I also became a little lost with the more technical talk in the middle of the book surrounding stem cells. I believe the author did an immense amount of research, which is fantastic, but I believe that at moments she forgot the reader may not have the same background knowledge and it dragged a bit for me. As well, I wished slightly that she would have gotten to the main conflict with the spinal cord injury sooner. That really drew me in and kept me intrigued. Overall, the book could have moved a bit faster for me because there were so many things going on from stem cells, pregnancy, newsroom facts, politics, and then SCI. The love story that existed between Skylar and Mark was very sweet and well written, believable and not solely about the physical side of a relationship. I really felt the romance between them, and it only helped the story rather than distracted or overwhelmed. Theresa Rizzo is very talented and I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
THouchin1 More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading a wonderful book written by Theresa Rizzo, called The Lives Between Us. This book takes place in present day Michigan. It is a book about a very controversial subject, embryonic stem cells. The author tackles the subject in a very sensitive way. Skylar Kendall is a reporter who has a hard time letting people get close to her. Her parents died when she was younger. Her sister and husband took her in. They have a nine year old daughter who is deathly ill. The girl’s only hope is embryonic stem cell therapy, which is illegal. Michigan’s own senator, Edward Hastings is very much opposed to this type of research. Skylar is unable to find someone to help her niece in time. The little girl dies. She blames Senator Hastings and the legislation he has helped get passed. She sets out bent on revenge. She uses her job as a reporter to attack Senator Hastings. The author gives us a very intimate look at a family that is trying to do everything they can to save their little girl’s life. She makes us feel the agony this family is going through as they deal with the morality of what they want to do to save their daughter. This story is also a love story. Skylar meets a man who isn’t put off by her standoffishness. He also happens to be the Senator’s best friend. The relationships in this story are very complex. They make the story a rich, warm read. I loved this book. No matter which side of the fence you are on about stem cells, you won’t be offended by this book. It merely shows both sides of the issue in a very non- judgy, down to earth, and personal way. It made me think, and that is a good thing.
TheBookBag More than 1 year ago
The Lives Between Us is an emotional, personal look at a very timely and controversial topic; stem cell research and in particular, embryonic stem cell therapy. Theresa has done an amazing job of showing us all the different sides of this sensitive topic and makes us care about the people who have so much emotionally invested in the outcomes of some very tough decisions. "I support stem cell research. I do not support creating embryos for the sacrificial purpose of taking their stem cells." This story brings to light a lot of ethical questions and shows us what people in these situations go through for, and because of, their loved ones. This controversy became personal for me and basically put a face to the issue. I now have a better understanding of the potential benefits of stem cells and why there are different camps on this issue. "There's even a legal term for what to do with the leftover embryos: disposition decision. Deciding the fate of frozen embryos became so hard and problematic that the parents couldn't make a decision, so they don't." Theresa's stories are always wonderfully written with very likeable and believable characters. I become so involved in her characters' lives that I always feel a deep connection to them and experience their emotions right along with them. She writes about a very tough subject in this book but has wrapped it around wonderful, caring people to help us better understand the emotions that people go through just trying to help their loved ones. No one truly knows what someone else is going through. "How may secrets could one man keep before the deceptions broke him?" And then when I got to the end of the book, I went, "Whoa! What just happened?" I had to stop and think about it and process what I just read. I totally did not expect that ending. Thank you for that, Theresa!
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Mary-KVC More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley/Rizzo Publishing for an honest review. Wow! This book covered a very controversial topic about stem cell research. I learned a lot about the different types of stem cell research. You can tell how much research the author had to do to write this book. Skylar, one of the main characters, is all for embryonic stem research in hopes to save her niece. Both sides of the controversy are covered in the book. This book has controversy, romance, suspense, and a twist at the end. If you like romance and want a little more meat to the story than most romance novels, then this one is for you. I started reading this book before I went to bed. The next thing I know it's around 3:30 am. I couldn't put the book down. This book will stay with you for awhile.
FluffSmutandMurder More than 1 year ago
Publication Date 7/1/2015 I received a digital ARC from in exchange for my honest review of The Lives Between Us. I expected a long drawn,boring medical story, but instead was rewarded with an insightful drama regarding Embryonic Stem Cells with a dash of romance – nicely done Ms. Rizzo! It definitely had some key plot twists and characters aren’t always what they seem. What I loved: The story was really all about family and what people would do to keep them safe, happy and healthy. It tugged at the heartstrings without being overly emotional and it provoked a lot of thought. What I didn’t love: The main character, Skylar, isn’t really likable for about 75% of the novel. She seems immature, stunted in her emotions, and tends to act on things without giving thought to the consequences. While she does grow as a person throughout the story, I didn’t find myself caring towards the end. What I learned: I knew absolutely nothing about stem cells and their research and this book not only taught me about the subject, but also enlightened me about the moral/ethical/religious debates that wages over research and Embryonic Stem Cells. Overall Grade: B+
M_Sue More than 1 year ago
Wow, what an interesting book. Tackling the subject of stem cell research is a potentially huge controversy and that could turn off some readers but I felt that both sides of this research was portrayed well. The characters in this story were so easy to fall in love with, I loved them all and wanted the best for all of them. Skylar really grew as a character, overcoming her fears and realizing that not all subjects are just black and white, there are a ton of gray areas. It was a very emotional book, lots of ups and downs. It was nearly impossible to put the book down. I enjoyed reading this and plan on reading more by this author!
avidreaderJG More than 1 year ago
I was contacted by the author and was asked to give a fair and honest review. I was thrilled because I had been anxiously waiting for her latest book after reading two other books by her. Once again, she did not disappoint me – such a powerful book with so much substance! I must admit that I feared that this book would be fairly predictable – happy to say I was dead wrong! She tackled such an emotional and controversial subject of stem cell research. In reading this book I learned so much more about this complicated subject. Ms. Rizzo wrote about this with such in depth research and amazing clarity. Both sides of the issues were so well represented. Each of the characters were very well developed and I could easily connect with all of them – they felt real to me. The storyline was so compelling and thought provoking that I couldn’t put the book down – such an emotional page turner! I really wasn’t ready for it to end. It really made me ask the question “what would I do to keep the ones I love safe – just how far would I go?” This is why I love Theresa Rizzo’s books – she makes me think, not just read a book! I also love that the romantic component to the story did not at all distract you from the serious subject matter. I did have to re-read the ending more than once and I am still not sure what it was really saying. I look forward to a Goodreads discussion thread just on the ending. Perhaps a sequel???? My rating is actually 4.5 stars – thank you to this amazing author!