“A true story – and an absolute must read. A carefree happy 18-year-old falls in love with a controlling, manipulating, drug abusing boyfriend. Danielle ends up pregnant and soon realizes that she needs to put the need of her unborn child first. It was a rocky road for Danielle and her mother who just wanted to support her daughter with the hope that she will make the right decisions for her and her unborn child. This book teaches the sides of adoption that you don’t see or normally read about”—Helga Nel
“Danielle is living with her boyfriend after she moved out from her parents’ at age 18. Over time, she finds herself in an abusive relationship . . . Danielle gets pregnant, and in her desperation, she turns back to her family asking for their help and support. During her journey, she is faced with the question of whether to keep the baby or give it up for adoption. This book doesn’t just give us Danielle’s perspective but also her mothers who has been by her side all along and who tells how she experienced all this. . . . This story is incredibly honest, not sugar coating anything. . . . Danielle’s perspective was captivating. Seeing her making her choice and how she prepared herself and later on lived with it . . . I can’t find words for it. I am giving 5 out of 5 stars because it couldn’t have been more honest. . . . This book is such a great read and teaches so much. I really liked it and am thankful that I got to read it in advance.” —Nadja Ezzat
“An incredibly moving book. Based on real-life events. At times heartbreaking. . . .This story shows how bad decisions can sometimes have the happiest of outcomes, and it shows a different side to adoption that doesn’t get written about very often. An incredibly moving and poignant read that will make you think. . . . Thank you for your honest discussion of this delicate subject.” —Karen Whittard
“This is a powerful story about love, abuse, and courage. Too often, “choice” only means the choice of abortion, while adoption is considered a heartless path. Danielle’s story is a reminder to the Church of what it means to show real, shame-free love to someone facing an unplanned pregnancy.” —Bethany Burkland
Danielle and Monica Bane and Jonathan Parker are pseudonyms for the actual authors, who, while they wish to remain anonymous, want to tell their stories about teenage pregnancy, their experience, their fears and feelings, and how they came to the decisions they did regarding the birth of a baby. Danielle is the teenage, unwed mother, Monica is her mother, and Jonathan Parker is the name of the adoptive father.