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This was quite a different story which i found so interesting....could not put it down. Losing a child then finding her because a young homeless girl took such good care of that child...the ensuing relationship between them all is just so heartwarming.
This is my first Catherine Ryan Hyde and it's certainly an impressive and edgy contemporary narrative. Her writing is fluid, sensitive and sympathetic. The themes are related to 'the underdog' with persistence, resilience and overcoming prejudice being the main thrust.
The setting is Los Angeles. The scenario is the familiar 'stolen child' one, by oh my, Catherine injects life into the story by moving the focus away to the characters' journey. Her characterisation is solid and each person is well portrayed - all with their own complexities, dynamics and issues - making this reader wanting to champion each one.
While I feel this is a strongly character-based novel, the plot isn't neglected. It sees beleaguered mum, Brooke and two year old daughter, Etta, separated by a parent's nightmare - a car hijacking. Enter, Molly, a homeless girl, who finds abandoned Etta and takes on the role of surrogate parent, completely. A beautiful relationship develops! The dual story is connected by the child, but told through the eyes of mother, Brooke and saviour, Molly. Well worth a read!
I have long been a Catherine Ryan Hyde fan. Yes, I loved PAY IT FORWARD (as most people do) but I've enjoyed so many other of Hyde's books. She has a rare talent of bringing her readers into her stories, letting them feel what the characters are feeling.
Brooke is 39 years old, has a 2 year-old daughter, and lives in West L.A. with her mother. She is not happy with this because her mother is not a nice person but she's divorced and can't afford a place of her own yet.
She takes her daughter, Etta, to the movies (mainly to get away from her mother) and on the way home, she is carjacked - and Etta is taken with the car.
Molly is a 16 year-old living on the streets of L.A. and she finds Etta, who has been dumped on the side of the road in her car seat.
What transpires after this is a story that is heartwarming, heartbreaking, and really makes you think. It is about mothers and daughters and what actually what makes up a family.
I loved this story and I loved its characters, especially Molly. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
I received this book from Lake Union Publishing through Net Galley in the hopes that I would read it and leave an unbiased review.
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