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Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite
Neil and Candy are happily married and desperately in love. They fought hard for the relationship and it is perfect now, except Neil really wants a baby and Candy can’t give him one. Neil steamrolls over Candy and hires a surrogate as Candy begins to fall in love with a lost little girl inside a local orphanage. The Price to Love is an emotional story about a marriage on the brink of falling apart and how two people cope with changing relationships. Lorhainne Eckhart has written a fantastic novel about secrets, desires and the lengths we’re willing to go in order to make our dreams come true.
The Price to Love is a lot of story and by that I mean that a lot happens in this story, but it isn’t a long one. Candy feels bad that she can’t give her husband the one thing he really wants — a baby — but she also feels unsettled about the situation with the surrogate, rightly so as it turns out. I loved the way Lorhainne Eckhart played the turmoil Candy was feeling; she was still deeply in love with her husband, but his actions were ripping her apart and she was torn. The tension between them was palpable, so much at times that you really just wanted to grab Neil by the collar and say, “Really Neil? Really?!” As much as he was downright loathsome at times, it was a great twist to make the man the one desperate for a child. The story doesn’t quite get resolved at the end of The Price to Love, but it is still one great piece of storytelling.