Wow! I don't know exactly what I was expecting when I started this, but this far exceeded those expectations. I was a little dubious when I started this book and realized one of the major plot points was stem cell research. I had the opportunity to know ahead of time, but silly me paid no attention and just decided to jump in without reading the blurb or excerpt. First, stem cell research is a much heavier topic than I am usually interested in reading for fun. Second, I'm not really a huge fan of stem cell research, anyway. But I'd said I would read this book and it was only right that I honor my agreement. The beginning was hopelessly sad and sucked right me in. While I saw a fair number of typos, the grammar was good and the writing style was very smooth. This book has it all; romance, drama, mystery, intrigue, heartbreak, and hope. There came a point at about 75% of the way through where I was forced to put the book down for a few minutes as I really wanted to strangle one of my favorite characters. That's a good thing. Despite expecting a preachy, dry novel about the "wonders of stem cell research", I instead found a wonderful story with complex characters and a rich, deep storyline that I became attached to. Not everything is black and white and no one answer is correct. It seems I even learned a thing or two, myself.
This book was an excellent example of one I would never have chosen for myself, but am incredibly glad I stumbled into. There is no one demographic I could recommend this book to, it truly is an excellent example of a well-rounded book that has something for everyone. I'm happy to award this book five platypires and look forward to reading more from this author.