At forty-five, Jane McArdle has experienced her share of life’s twists and turns. Yet she’s shaken by the sudden death of her estranged half sister and the news that she’s now the guardian of her orphaned niece, Lucy.
Still nurturing unresolved grief from a marriage bookended by loss, as well as her guilt over her adult son’s imperfect upbringing, Jane is her own worst enemy, content to focus on her small Michigan farm. Now, confronted with a traumatized eleven-year-old, the prickly empty nester is thrust into motherhood again, unsure she’ll do any better this time.
City girl Lucy is bewildered by aloof Aunt Jane and a new life in rural Michigan. The debilitating phobia Lucy has developed since her parents’ deaths keeps her stuck in this place that’s nothing like home. She secretly plots to run away to live with other relatives. Jane and Lucy must decide if they’ll both endure yet another loss—each other—or if their paths will lead them to forge a new family together.
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This was a difficult book to read because of the tragedies that the characters experience. But it was also filled with a sense of family and growth...both personally and in relationships. The characters were well developed and you had strong feelings about them (you loved them or you were a little irritated with their behavior). Lucy had a lot of growing up to do. And even though she had experienced a major loss in her life, she was really a spoiled brat. Luckily Jane was the perfect aunt to help her overcome those shortcomings. The farm life and growing things naturally was appealing. It let you know that the work is hard and there are no guarantees about the crop surviving Mother Nature's wrath. But you learn so much and see how Jane's farm affects the lives of many people. This was an educational ready and addressed many issues...loss, divorce, immigration, friendship, family, neighbors, etc. I would definitely recommend this book to others! Thank you to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
"Beginnings come from endings. All you can do is try to hang on to everything so it doesn't get lost along the way." Lucy is 11 years old and living a happy life with her parents in NYC. A fatal accident results in her being an orphan. Is Lucy to blame? She now must goes to live with her estranged Aunt Jane in Michigan on her farm. A place that has grass, fruit and vegetables and things she has never nor would she ever care to see. How is she going to survive? How will she ever work through her grief and guilt of her parent's death? Jane cannot believe that she has become a guardian to this child and feels she is not worthy of caring for Lucy. How will she learn that she needs to "let go" of her own grief and move forward? This is a story of grief, love and heart. As the therapist tells Jane, "The only way out is through."
Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union publishers for giving me this book to review. This is a touching story of love, loss and coming together. It’s about different people trying to make it in the US. In a time when so many are being treated so badly this story brings some hope that good still exists in this country. From NY to Michigan and Mexico. Luch lost both of her parents in a senseless car wreck and had to move from NY to a farm in Michigan with an aunt she barely remembers. She had everything in NY. Living in a big Condo and wearing the best clothes. Having money meant nothing to her. She’s a typical 11 year old girl who’s life is turned upside down. I got very angry at her thoughout this book for being a smart mouthed brat. Then. I would cry with her when she felt her world crumbling again and again. It would have to be hard for a child to understand why things are the way they are, especially an 11 year old who had never had any worries before. Aunt Jane has loses of her own and feels like she is to blame for them all. She has so much on her plate and then finds out she has an 11 year old coming that she is suppose to raise. She doesn’t know if she has what it takes to be a mother again. She feels she failed as a mother the first time. Her son is grown and in the army. She’s terrified of raising another child now but she knows she has to do what is right. Lucy is suppose to have lots of money after losing her parents. She should have been a weathly young lady with no worries. But she has so many fears. Fear of grass being at the top of the list. Aunt Jane does all she can to help her get over this fear. Even making steps from a tree that fell on the house for her to walk on to different places on the farm. Neither Lucy or Aunt Jane realize that they need each other so much. This is a story that will make you cry, laugh, feel hope and wonder what could possibly happen next. Lucy is kind hearted where she appears to be mean. She just needed to grow up some and to truly mourn the loss of her parents. Her mom is Aunt Lucy’s half sister but to them, Jane and Gloria, they were much more even when seperated for many years. Luis was a mexican immagrant who became an American citizen and tried to help his family get to America. Lucy meets several Mexican people at Aunt Jane’s farm and learns so much from them. They all are good hard working people who fear being sent back to a terrible life in Mexico. This book will definitely tug at your heartstrings and pull you in and won’t let go until you read the very last word. It’s such a good story and I applaud the author for writing such a good story. Thank you for your compassion towards others. For making me feel like I was there. I had to give it a 5 star rating. It was so good.