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I had previously read this book for review, and pleasure, and like all of the stories written by Donna Fasano the characters are approachable, the story is laden with situations and emotions that are easily accessible: real stories that are easy to understand and relate to no matter your personal circumstance.
This book focuses on a crisis point in single mother Tyne’s life, when her son Zach is arrested for vandalism and brought before the judge. Zach is a fairly typical fifteen year old boy: testing the limits, sullen and often reserved. Add to that his mixed race heritage and his mother’s never ending struggle as she works long hours to keep the household moving and you have a scene that is familiar to many, yet heartbreaking every time it happens.
Tyne is beside herself, and seeks the advice of the only lawyer she knows. Lucas is a high-flying attorney, unaware of the fact that Tyne was pregnant when they separated after a teenage love affair. Tyne’s family was distraught when their daughter announced her pregnancy, made even more disturbing when Lucas, a Lanape Indian boy, was named as father.
The story manages to incorporate all of the backstory and the current struggle that the three have: Zach’s anger and frustration with his mother for always working his learning about his heritage, and relationship with his father is a highlight, but Tyne and Lucas have many issues to sort out between the two of them, and both Lucas and Tyne have unresolved family struggles to sort out if they are to put Zach back on the right path.
Narration in this audiobook is provided by Amy McFadden, she does a workable narration although it took some time to get used to her overly enthusiastic voice manipulations to delineate character differences. While the voices were clearly defined, there was often an emphasis on getting the ‘tone’ to match character, rather than presenting the often emotionally laden subtext hidden within the revelations: a lack of pauses in expected places that would have given the listener the full benefit of the revelation were missing. Narration wasn’t distracting, per se, but not as smooth an integration of the story as I would have hoped.
I’ve often said that Donna Fasano is one of my favorite authors, and this book or audiobook version continues to reinforce that point. A touch more sensual than many of her titles, the characters are real and breathing, and the story is loaded with hope: hope that everyone will find their own happiness and place in the world, no matter the obstacles.
I received an AudioBook copy of the title from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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I laughed, cried and felt an armload of emotions as the story unfolded.
Life long lessons and decisions made you think and examine your own motives in life.
Forgiveness and acceptance being paramount.