However – I have to disclose something. I love Eileen Goudge. So. I have to admit that this review will be biased. Unless she totally tanks the book – the review is bound to be positive from me.
Here’s the synopsis:
Sisters Lindsay and Kerrie Ann have known hardship from an early age. Without guidance from their neglectful mother, their only aid came from an unlikely source, a retired exotic dancer by the name of Miss Honi Love. When the girls’ mother was sent to prison, Miss Honi tried unsuccessfully to save them from being separated and sent into foster care.
Thirty years later, Lindsay is still trying to reconnect with her sister. The owner of a bookstore in the sleepy California seaside town of Blue Moon Bay, she was lucky enough to have been adopted by a loving couple. Unbeknownst to her, Kerrie Ann has suffered a very different life. Bounced from one foster home to the next, she ran away as a teenager before becoming a drug-addicted single mother. Now, newly sober, Kerrie Ann is fighting to regain custody of the little girl who was taken from her.
Neither sister’s expectations are met when they’re finally reunited. But as the two sisters engage in the fiercest battles of their lives, they are at last drawn together despite their differences, restoring belief in the unshakable bond of family.
So – what did I think?
Without giving away the plot, I loved it. It really resonated with me. Granted some of the plot resonated a little TOO well with me given my family history and brought up some old stuff for me, but I think that’s a gift of the author’s. In addition, I think a strong theme of the book as a whole is “family is what you create it to be,” which is something I believe and live every day.
The characters are well rounded and you really get to know them, warts and all. What’s more – you grow attached to them, you start rooting for them. A definite sign of a good book.
An aside: I want Miss Honi Love to come and live with me, please.
For the record, had I not been in on this, I would have bought the book when it’s released. Translated – I loved the book and you should buy it. If you’re already an Eileen Goudge fan? You’ll love this one. If you’ve never read her? It’s a great example (although you’re then going to have to read the rest of her stuff.)
This review is my personal opinion. I received the book gratis.