Ivy and Nick can't have children. Now Nick seems to resent that Ivy can't have children and he's opposed to adoption. When the three children next door are abandoned they take them in. What was suppose to be temporary turns into a lot longer. Nick's family has never completely accepted Ivy and now they don't accept these children. Ivy's family is right the opposite plus very out-going and loving. As Ivy struggles with Nick and her marriage she has to make some serious decisions. When Nick realizes that he may be losing the most important person to him he tries to undo the damage he has caused.
What this family as they deal with back issues, the differences between their backgrounds and families, how faith plays a part in this marriage. The story is heart warming, has tender scenes, there is humor and out pouring of love for the children. This isn't an action packed book but it is about humanity, our flaws and how we don't always appreciate what we have until we are about to lose it.
I received this book through www.bookfun.org and the publisher (Tyndale House) to read and leave reviews. I enjoyed the book and do recommend it, especially if you enjoy soul stirring plot and heart warming moments.
All Right Here is a fantastic debut for Carre Armstrong Gardner. I really enjoyed it. I just absolutely loved Ivy. She is one of those characters that felt like one of my best friends. The book dealt with real life issues and also had bits of humor. I cannot wait to read the second book of this series. I highly recommend this book.
All Right Here is a family drama about the Darling Family. Leander and Jane are the dad and mom to their five grown children: David, the twins Laura and Ivy, Sephy, and Amy. This particular book deals the most with Ivy and her husband Nick. Nick and Ivy have been married for 6 years and Ivy is unable to have children. Something she thought that she and Nick had overcome. Unfortunately, Nick has not let that go and their marriage has suffered through the years. When their new neighbor abandons her three children, she and Nick take the kids in for what at first was supposed to be a few nights. But as the search continues for the neglectful mother, Ivy opens her heart to the children who have not really had a very good life. DeShaun at 14 has always tried to shelter his little sister Jada who is 9 and his little brother Hammer who is 6. Nick feels it his Christian duty to help these children but he insists that they are not their kids. Under the foster care of both Nick and Ivy all three children bloom and find hidden talents. However, as the days turn into weeks and then months, Ivy realizes her marriage is not going to change and temptation looms on the horizon. When Nick notices Ivy has cooled in her love for him, he realizes that he just might lose her and the three children who ended up becoming more important to him than he thought they would.
Laura, Ivy's twin, is the secondary story in this book. Her story also deals with some difficult subjects. This book is filled with real life problems and I did enjoy getting to know the Darling family. I really liked how they still had Thursday night dinners with almost the whole Darling clan and getting to peek in on their family celebrations. I enjoyed this author's debut book and I look forward to reading more about the Darling family. I received the book from The Book Club Network (TBCN) and the opinions are my own.
All Right Here is the first in the Darling Family series. The Darling Family is a family of five children and this one is mainly centered around Ivy. Ivy and her husband can't have children and there marriage is tenuous. But when the neighbor children need somewhere to live they take them in. But will their marriage end or can they pull it together?
I was excited to read this book because I had heard it was like the show Parenthood on TV, which I have watched a few episodes of and enjoyed. And while the book did resemble that in some ways it was slow and disjointed. It seemed we were jumping from one thing to the next with no continuity at all. I really wanted to love this book but I just didn't.
The Darling Family consists of a diverse group of individuals that encompass what family really looks like, the good, the bad and everything in between. Ivy Darling is in a loveless marriage. She and her husband are polar opposites -- one very neat and orderly the other, carefree with an artist's heart. Though opposites should attract, Ivy's marriage is a place of loneliness and sorrow. Until the day she meets three abandoned children. When Ivy and her husband, Nick, agree to help the kids for a night, they have no idea how long a "night" can last.
DeShaun, Jada and Hammer have never known the love of a father and mother. They are given not only a chance to experience the love of family but to give love. With their individual talents and abilities, they surprise not only themselves, but their critics as well.
Nick's family is the ultimate in-law nightmare. Not only are they close minded, they are down right nasty to Ivy. Her response is so well scripted though and I absolutely loved her character.
The heading on the back cover of the book is a perfect description of All Right Here, "the family you want isn't always the family you need". In this story, family means seeing beyond physical and cultural differences to hearts that need one another.
This story envelopes so many themes, infertility, adoption, family craziness, walking the Christian walk, abandonment, infidelity, drug and alcohol abuse_yep, pretty much the ingredients of a functioning dysfunctional family. The characters are wonderful and the story truly leaves you wanting to read the next book without delay.
All Right Here is the first of Carre Armstrong Gardner's books that I've read and I absolutely loved it. I'm not a fast reader, but I finished this book in two days. I can't wait for the next in the Darling Family series.
I received this book from the Book Club Network and Tyndale Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion.