Friday 17 July 2020

Book Review: My Life For Yours by Vanessa Carnevale

My Life For Yours
Vanessa Carnevale

Publisher: Bookouture
Publication date: 7th August 2020
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Pages: 349
RRP: Currently on pre-order at Amazon for $1.99AUD
Format read: eBook
Source: Courtesy of the publisher

Paige and Nick are happy. They have a beautiful home, a loving family and, most importantly, they would do anything for each other. Now, they are having a baby and it feels like all their dreams are coming true.

But joy turns to despair when they discover that Paige has a rare, life-threatening heart condition and they lose their longed-for child. Heartbroken, the couple must accept the reality that they may not become parents after all.

Just as they begin to come to terms with their loss, Paige unexpectedly falls pregnant again. Paige’s heart is still weak, and to carry the baby to term puts them both at risk. The couple now face an impossible decision: Paige’s life or the life of their unborn child?

If Paige keeps the baby, she could lose her life and destroy the man she loves. If Nick tries to stop her, he may lose them both forever. It’s the most important decision they have ever had to make – and time is running out.

Vanessa Carnevale has written an emotionally charged story that will have readers asking themselves what they would do in this life altering situation.

Paige has been advised not to fall pregnant until her health improves but when she accidentally falls pregnant it causes major family upheaval and a conflict that may cost her her marriage.

Told in the alternating points of view of both Paige and her husband Nick, we get a rounded view of the emotional upheaval the pregnancy has caused for both of them.

I don’t want to give too much away with the plot but the story is strongly focused on a mother’s love and how far you will go for your child.

Vanessa Carnevale made it very easy to put myself not only in Paige and Nick’s shoes but also Paige’s mother Evelyn’s. Each character had their differing ideas on what Paige should and shouldn’t do and I felt for each of them.

My Life For Yours is a compelling and heart-wrenching read. A story of lost dreams and hopes. Of a love that defies all reasoning. I had no clue as to how this story was going to pan out. And I loved that! It kept me eagerly reading.

My Life For Yours is a heartrending story told with compassion and candour. It had me reaching for the tissues a few times whilst reading.

 My rating 5/5   ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Vanessa Carnevale is an Australian author of women's fiction. She is also the host of Your Beautiful Writing Life retreats held in Tuscany and Australia.

Vanessa loves to travel, and spent several years living in Florence, Italy, a place she considers her second home. She lives in Australia with her husband and two children.

Her previous novels, THE MEMORIES OF US and THE FLORENTINE BRIDGE are published by HarperCollins and have been translated into German and Slovenian. Vanessa's third novel, MY LIFE FOR YOURS will be published by Bookouture in August 2020.

This review is part of the Book Lover Book Review Aussie author challenge

  and the Australian Women Writers challenge


  1. This sounds emotional. Glad to know you enjoyed it.

  2. Oh my, that's a tough decision to make...This one sounds great for my book club! Thanks for sharing it!

  3. Glad you enjoyed this one. It sounds so emotional!

  4. Books like this tend to ruin me - you are brave!

  5. Oh I want to read this one.

    1. We have some wonderful authors here in Australia. I hope you get to read it.It’s still available on NetGalley.

  6. This seems like it would tear me apart!

  7. This sounds a bit too emotional for me, though it does sound good. Great review.

  8. Sounds really intense and emotional. Too hard for me to read. Great review.

    1. The emotion wasn’t overdone. The plot was believable. True Life Lit.

  9. What a lovely review. I think this one would make me cry!