I just finished reading Once Upon a Day by Lisa Tucker. It's a compelling story of love, loss and forgiveness. The book moves easily among points of view while always advancing the story.
A single traumatic day alters the lives of a loving family forever in ways they could never imagine. Intruders assault an actress in her home. Her movie director husband cannot stop the tragedy but is determined that no harm will ever come to his family again. His wife loves him but eventually chafes at his overprotectiveness.
In a seemingly unrelated disaster, a doctor has suddenly lost his wife and daughter and his sense of purpose in life. These two tragic stories become one as the doctor-turned-cabdriver picks up a fare who may change his life once again.
Lisa Tucker has created a cast of believable and sympathetic characters. Everyone suffers, and with good reason. A couple of the characters seem purely innocent while remaining complex enough to compel the reader's interest. The director and his wife both have deep flaws, as do most people. He becomes a jerk and eventually worse, but out of love and insecurity and not out of malice. The couple's actions indadverdently compound their family pain, and now everyone must cope with the consequences.
This isn't a book I ordinarily would have read, but it's my local book club's choice for this month. I wasn't bored for a minute, though, and I recommend it to anyone who likes character-driven fiction.
- Audio Cassette
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio Lib Edn; Unabridged edition (11 April 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1423310497
- ISBN-13: 978-1423310495
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 5.1 x 21.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 408 g
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