I could not put this one down I had to read it in one sittting . Get the tissues ready. It's a bit slow to start but continue on. As the story unfolds and we come to learn how and why Maddy is homeless it's truly heartbreaking. I will never look at a homeless person the same again. I now have a slightly better insight into life on the streets. Thank you for bringing up this subject and bringing the plight of the homeless into our hearts. It's a subject that needs to be addressed and we need to be more understanding and compassionate. The way this story comes together is sad and beautiful at the same time. Wonderful story.
Maddy developed a drinking problem during her college days but gave it up when she discovered she was pregnant. The loss of her husband and soulmate through suicide, tipped her over the edge and the 'drink' welcomed her with open arms. When she finally pulled herself together enough to make her way to her sister-in-law's home in the hope of collecting Charley, Maddy finds that they did not take her in as she had thought they would, but that Charley had been adopted. Her precious daughter was gone. Maddy cleaned up her act in the hope that Charley might one day try and find her. Eleven long, sober years pass. She goes to the funeral of her sister-in-law and is given a letter. A letter written by her daughter over five years ago and held onto by her sister-in-law for not telling her best friend (at the time) that Maddy and her twin had become a couple. This tipped Maddy over the edge again and eleven years of sobriety were gone in a flash. I could go on but it would be too much of a 'spoiler', so I won't. Suffice it to say that Jill Childs really knows how to tug at your heartstrings. If you don't read anything else in the remaining months of this year, read this. You will not be disappointed. Happy reading. Annemarie
Maddy is homeless. She meets Becca in unusual circumstances and is given the oppunity to have a new life. Life is a struggle and survival is a challenge. The characters in this story struggled to deal with life by drinking to forget then, stealing followed by lying. As the reader the author absorbed me into this story as there is many challenges to confront. Could not put the book down.
WHAT AN INSPIRING WRITER. THIS BOOK IS ABOUT A FAMILIES LIFE LIVING WITH ALCOHOLISM, HOW IT AFFECTS THEIR LIVES, AND EVERYONE ELSE AROUND THEM. THE RESEARCH WAS SO REALISTIC, DRINKING WRECKS SO MANY, BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS THEY HAVE TO WANT_ TO HELP THEMSELVES. WE HAVE A SON IN HIS 50s, DOESN'T WANT HELP. SO SAD AND HEARTBREAKING TO WATCH.