Chosen: A Novel

Chosen: A Novel

by Chandra Hoffman

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“Gritty and suspenseful, Chosen draws us into the obstacle-strewn path of domestic adoption.”
 —Juliette Fay, author of Shelter Me

A young caseworker increasingly entangled in the lives of adoptive and birth parents faces life-altering choices when an extortion attempt goes horribly wrong in Chosen. Written in the spirit of Jodi Picoult and Anna Quindlen, Chosen is an extraordinary debut novel from Chandra Hoffman that deals with the controversial subject of adoption while providing a riveting read that will equally ensnare lovers of suspense, domestic drama, and literary fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062006806
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/24/2010
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 385,242
File size: 483 KB

About the Author

Chandra Hoffman has been an orphanage relief worker in Romania, a horse trainer in the Caribbean, a short-order cook in a third- world hospital, the director of a U.S. adoption program, and an event planner for Philadelphia’s Main Line elite. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and their three young children. Chosen is her first novel.

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Chosen 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
SerraBerra More than 1 year ago
To me, this book was full of suspense and I had a hard time putting it down. I carried it with me everywhere I went around my house just to devour another few pages every time I got a free moment. I have never had experience with adoption but I have had friends who have had a hard time conceiving a child. As a mother, I found the story of these couples (in all aspects) to be very emotionally moving. In the end, I feel so blessed to just have my kids the conventional way and thank god I can afford to raise them. Personally, I felt sorry for Chloe, having to juggle so many aspects, and scandal. Social workers are so underpaid for the service they provide to humanity, and they are sorely under appreciated, so with that being said it is hard for me to judge what I would do if I were in her shoes, but I do think I would have been meaner. I will be recommending this book to my friends who enjoy high suspense fiction.
anovelreview_blogspot_com More than 1 year ago
Adoption. It¿s about making a family. Chosen by Chandra Hoffman is a rollercoaster ride of the people behind those faces on adoption brochures. Social Worker, Chloe Pitner at Chosen Child Adoption Agency loves her job¿well most of it. She believes in what she is doing. It¿s about bringing the right people together. She has a great reputation on the adoption messaging boards and a photo book of happily ever after stories. Chosen is a story about four couples whose lives are intertwined. Two babies born--lives forever changed. One couple relishing in finally having their dream baby; another couple has to wait and see and a young couple not sure what the right choice is. Chandra Hoffman examines the what if you get everything you always wanted and found out it wasn¿t. When a baby goes missing it pushes everyone to question what they really want. Paul and Eva finally have their dream child, but parenthood isn¿t as pretty as they thought it would be. Eva struggles with postpartum depression and Paul throws himself into building his business to be the biggest in the state. John and Francie have suffered years of disappointment while trying to have a child. When they finally have one in reach will he be lost to them forever? Can their marriage withstand the dramatic change in who they are? Jason and Penny have nothing but criminal records and a baby to offer. Jason loves Penny and wants to give her the life he believes she deserves at any cost. Reading along I found my heart beating faster and at other times with tears running down my face. Due to the content of the story you would think it would be so easy to love some characters and hate others, but truthfully I didn¿t. All the characters were really well developed. Even though Chloe is the main thread in the novel, Hoffman gives her readers access to almost all the characters private thoughts and motivations. I would add there is some adult language and themes, but I truthfully believe it added to the raw and grittiness of the story. I absolutely recommend Chosen! Once you start reading you won't want to stop till the very last page! Chandra Hoffman is an author to watch!
arielfl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Thank you to Jen at Book Club Girl for providing me with a copy of this book. Jen will be discussing this novel with the author Chandra Hoffman at 7 PM on her Blog Talk radio show.I really enjoyed this book, it was a page turner for me. The novel anchors around Chloe Pinter who is a case worker for a private adoption agency. The novel tells the story of her clients, the down on their luck parents always looking to wrench out extra money from the agency and the adoptive parents and the rich demanding people who want to adopt. There is also the story of Chloe's former clients who on their thirteenth try manage to conceive on their own. You think they would be the happiest since they attained the holy grail of conception but it turns out they have their own set of problems. Add to the mix Chloe's time to grow up boyfriend Dan and there are a lot of interesting characters to watch. Everyone's story line neatly ties up in the end and the last 100 pages flew by.I think this book does a nice job of presenting all sides of the adoption issue. No one in the story is all good or bad. All of the characters have their redeeming qualities and their flaws so I think it put a very realistic face on adoption. There are no happily ever afters in adoption or life but I think a satisfying conclusion was reached at the end of the book. I look forward to the book discussion with the author on Wednesday night.
LauraMoore on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Chosen is one of those books who's topic is extrememly powerful and real, and many people can relate to the reality of it. Adoption and trying to concieve is a topic that many couples deal with on a regular basis, and while personally I don't have any experience with this topic as of yet, I still can understand the emotional connection that people feel with children and babies. The main character Chloe Pinter is a case worker for an adoption program that she feels truely passionate about. Being able to help familys that can't concieve on their own and are desperate for a baby that joy, and to comfort parents that are about to have a child that they cannot finacially or mentally support. Parts of this book were extremely graphic, but personally I felt like it added to the vivid picture that Hoffman was trying to create to show the severe circumstances that these babies could potentially be brought into. Adoption is not an easy process, it's very expensive and mentally draining, who has the right to choose whether your fit to be parents, and who should be allowed to have that much power and control? This book wasn't chick-lit at all in my opinion and I would have catagorized it as Women's Fiction and felt similar to the writing style of Jodi Picoult. I did enjoy the topic of this story, but the characters for a while confused me, I felt like too many characters were thrown at me too quickly, and I couldn't really form an emotional connection to any of them. That could be in part because at this time i'm not a parent, but i am at the age and circumstances where that could be in my near future. I feel like many people can relate to this book, but I also feel that it's not a book for the faint of heart, Like i stated earlier parts of this story are a bit graphic and explicit. Overall, if you like a story with a lot of hard-hitting topics, and drama then you should give this book a try.
Kikoa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
he premise of this book is good. The view of adoption from a lot of sides was an eye opener. I just could not like it. The only character that reaches out and grabbed me was Chloe. Who seemed to end up a victim of everyone. Nothing made me want to turn the page to see what happens..'Cause nothing did.
ImBookingIt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There was so much I liked about this book, but the combination of characters just got to be too much...There was some interesting insight and reflection on the world of domestic infant adoption, and I really liked that we had the perspectives of birth parents, adoptive parents and a social worker.The problem I had with this book was that the characters were all a little larger than life. I believe that there are people in real life like each and every person in this book, but it felt a little crowded in there with all of these strong personalities. One birth mother is an angelically sweet woman, relinquishing her baby so she can better take care of her toddler. The other is a conflicted young woman, giving into pressure from her scum-ball of a boyfriend to give up their baby.The adoptive mother to be is an obsessed woman that spends all her time on Internet adoption sites, the adoptive father a workaholic absent from most of the story.I think that Chloe was supposed to be the person the reader could identify with, but her engagement to an unemployed extreme sports aficionado and her attraction to one of her ex-clients pushed her over the edge for me.The issues they all encounter are real, and the stories are interesting. I think I would have liked it better if it was a little less dramatic.
karieh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I should be the perfect reader for this book. I¿ve been up and down the infertility and adoption roller coasters. I spent five years of my life trying to ¿have our baby, cross the finish line, and be out of this psychotic parallel universe,¿ as one of the main characters puts it.And yet as much as I should have identified with the characters in ¿Chosen¿, after about the first third of the book, I began to actively dislike all of them except the adoption caseworker. The reader is allowed limited access to the thoughts of most of the main characters¿birth parents, adoptive parents, etc. and through this, learns a bit too much. Either the author was a bit unsure of who her characters were or these people as a group are really off balance. The men, especially, go between being sensitive and emotional to violent and incredibly crude. (I am not easily shocked but there were several passages when the reader is in a male point of view that turned my stomach.) I don¿t think, given the genre, that this is what the author was trying for so I am surprised that those weren¿t edited out.Again, I¿ve been where these people are. I know the emotional roller coaster that hope, grief, joy and despair can create. I know how soul crushing the process can be. And yet I found myself nearing the end of the book hoping that none of them would end up as parents. A new father, whose life is unlike anything he expected, true, thinking, ¿Right now the baby feels like a money-gobbling parasite¿Of course he knows it won¿t always be like this, that Wyeth will start to give back in some way, be more than a drain on their energy and finances.¿ At another point, two of the main male characters imagine killing the women in their lives in horrific ways.Another thing I couldn¿t figure out was why, after a baby goes missing, the reader doesn¿t get anything from the mother¿s point of view. She is shuffled to the sidelines and the reader is forced to guess as her feelings and emotions after losing the baby she¿s tried so long to have. The one person closest to the situation and the reader is cut off from her.I¿ve looked over this review a few times, unsure if it was one I should post. But this subject of wanting a child, trying desperately to have a child and the fragile feelings one has while on any side of the adoption triangle is close to my heart. I think the author had good intentions when writing ¿Chosen¿ ¿ I think her goal was to show that no one involved in the process is all good or all bad ¿ completely unselfish or totally greedy. I just feel like this was an opportunity missed.
lahochstetler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a book about adoption, and the difficulties faced by all of the parties involved. At the center of the story is Chloe Pinter, a low-paid adoption coordinator. She manages desperate adoptive parents and birth parents in difficult situations. Her personal life is also full of drama. Chloe's boyfriend is what one might call a 'fixer-upper'- he lacks a job, ambition, and spends most of his time complaining. I thought the subject matter of this book might be very interesting, especially given that the author has worked in the field. That said, I did not enjoy this book very much. I found the characters ranged from annoying to downright offensive. Offensive and unlikeable characters can be useful, and certainly there's a place for them, but in this book nearly all of the characters are entirely unlikable. The only character for whom I could really feel empathy was the birth mother, Penny, who was forced to give up a baby she wanted to keep. The characters also lack depth; all of them seem incapable of engaging any sort of complex emotions, even when they find themselves in situations that should plumb the depths of the soul. Reading this book was the closest I've come to the world of domestic adoption, and I must admit that there was a great deal I fond difficult. The heavy use of euphemism, such as asking the birth mother to claim that she's "giving the baby a new home" rather than "giving the baby up," struck me as erasing the suggestion of loss or sacrifice on the part of the birth mother. Indeed, of all of the characters in this story, it seemed as though the needs of Penny, the young and destitute birth mother, were largely ignored. Penny's financial needs were met, but her emotional needs were never part of the equation, at least as far as the agency was concerned. Among the adoptive parents there was a definite shared sense that white, American-born children were far more desirable. Thinking about all of the families I know whose children were adopted abroad, seeing this sentiment shamelessly on display really struck a nerve. If I was the parent of child adopted abroad I'm not at all sure I could have finished this book. Hoffman is trying to show the complexities of domestic adoption, but ultimately I found the book too simplistic to really do the topic justice. The ending was far too neat and tidy to allow for complexity, and some of the characters were more like caricatures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found it interesting because i have been involved in an adoption and so many feelings are what they say..
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gardengirl1 More than 1 year ago
It makes you understand more of what goes into adoptions from private agencies. Enjoyable !
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Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Chloe Pinter has what she would consider the "best" job and at times, the "worst" job. She is the director of Portland's Chosen Child domestic adoption program and she is the case worker that helps families find just the perfect child for them to adopt, fitting birth mothers and adoptive parents together. In a sense, she helps build families for parents who can't have children through conventional methods. The downside of this, is that often times, birth mothers wait until the last minute to decide that they want to keep their baby, leaving the adoptive parents with nothing but heart break and the time spent waiting once more to find a birth mother to have a child. In Chosen by Chandra Hoffman, Chloe is working with three very different sets of parents. One couple who have been childhood sweethearts since college despite twelve miscarriages and a dozen fertility problems are now finally expecting their own baby, praying that this one will carry to term. Another set of parents, are wealthy and can afford the expense that the adoption process carries with it, yet despite their ages, they are finally hoping that they can find a birth mother who will be willing to offer them a child. The final couple are the birth mother and her boyfriend who are having difficulty coming to an agreement over what they want to do. The boyfriend wants to make as much money as possible on the baby and the mother is considering keeping the child. This is a very compelling look into the different sides of the adoption process from the case worker, to the birth mother to the adoptive parents. Each with a different set of motives, the reader is drawn into each couple's unique set of circumstances and is torn with their emotions over how difficult the entire adoption process can be. I received this book compliments of TLC Book Tours for my honest review and really enjoyed this one. Like I stated before, for those who have never realized all the work that goes into a successful adoption, this gives you a fictional account of the ins and outs of the process through three different families. I rate this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars and it does contain some sexual content and profanity as a caution to some readers.
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Marceelf More than 1 year ago
A little too neatly wrapped up but still good.
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