This book was hard to put down. The characters were so real that I was rooting for them and hoping they would realize how to relate to each other. The family dynamics made me laugh and cry with empathy. All of the characters were well done, and each of the kids was especially loveable in a unique way. Even though it seemed dropped in her lap, the situation helped the main character grow and mature, along with her husband. I am very impressed with everyone's reactions to their challenges. The humor was gentle and the story was clean. Milo was a great character. I enjoyed this very much.
Book Description--"Ivy Darling can't have children---and her husband's resentment is forcing them apart. Then the couple becomes accidental foster parents to three abandoned neighbor kids. When Nick refuses to accept them as his own, Ivy questions staying in her emotionally barren marriage. Will Nick have a change of heart before it's too late?"
This was an easy read, slightly enjoyable. I didn't like the drinking, drugs, etc in this book, and I can't say that I fell in love with any of the characters. I didn't like the unfaithfulness in marriage either. Had I felt I knew the characters better, I think those things would have been less of what I remembered. This was an easy book to put down; not exactly a thriller. However, this is a simple sweet story that has regular every day characters ( most of them) and families that have struggles to get along, what decisions to make, and how to keep families together and in sync. Ivy has her own set of problems with which to deal just as Nick has.
The best part of the book that I enjoyed is that it showed how easy it is to love children that need a home. It doesn't at all indicate it is easy to change ones routine in caring for them physically and financially, but it does show that love can go a long way in a child's life and is easy to give.
So if you are looking for a simple sweet easy read this book may be for you. I didn't really seem to connect with this one, but I have seen that many did. So, spend some time reading others reviews as well. There is a reason there are so many books out there...we don't all enjoy the same reads. I live in downeast Maine. This book is set in Maine, and I did enjoy that aspect of the story as well.
I was given this book through bookfun.org for my honest opinion which I have given.
Ivy Darling can't have children of her own, and her husband Nick's resentment is forcing them apart. And while Ivy has the support and love of her large, close-knit family, Nick's family has never welcomed her into the fold.When the three children next door are abandoned by their mother, Ivy and Nick take them in for the night. One night becomes several, and suddenly Ivy and Nick find themselves foster parents to the only African-American kids in the town of Copper Cove, Maine. As Ivy grows more attached to the children, Nick refuses to accept their eclectic household as a permanent family. Just as Ivy begins to question whether or not she wants to save her emotionally barren marriage, Nick begins to discover how much Ivy and the children mean to him. But is his change of heart too little, too late?
About the Author:
Carre writes from the big small town of Portland, Maine, where she's the mom of 3 teenagers and 2 dogs she would rather not own. (Only the dogs, not the teenagers.) From 2007 to 2010, she and her family lived in Russia, studying the language and doing humanitarian work.
Like most writers, Carre grew up with her nose in a book. The heroines who most informed her were smart, creative, independent thinkers like Anne Shirley, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Nancy Drew, and Cherry Ames. Nancy proved that being a girl detective might just be the coolest career ever, but Cherry taught her that nursing was more practical. Carre compromised by becoming a nurse and marrying a sleuth.
Nearly every flat surface in Carre's home has books on it. The stories she loves most are those about the ordinary lives of ordinary people; she thinks of every life as a fascinating drama. Isn't each one of us the hero of our own story? She'd love for you to drop her a line and tell her yours!
Unable to have children of her own, Ivy Darling's marriage seemed to be falling apart. But when someone new moves into the neighborhood and leaves her children alone for several hours, it sparks something in Ivy. She had to be the saving grace for those children. Nick wasn't so quick to come to their aid, he felt that they were too chaotic for him. Ivy and Nick are having a hard time with it because this may be more than temporary, considering that their mother is missing.
Each of their family members are split on the whole idea of these children coming into the family. Ivy's family is fine with it, but Nick's not so much. There is concern there because the children are black. Ivy feels like she is working against the current and she also feels her marriage will be in jeopardy as a result.
The author manage to draw me in to feel so sincerely sad for Ivy and the three children that she felt were placed in her life for her to mother. I didn't want the story to end, I hope that we hear more about this family in future books. The storyline was a good, strong one full of real life problems and the author did an amazing job of tying it all together.
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Book Fun.
Love Carre Armstrong Gardner's writing style and the way she brings the story together. Liked all the characters, even though some were not the type of people you want to like and loved how they changed as the book progressed.
A heart wrenching story about three African-American children, Deshaun, Hammer and Jada who live next door to the Darling's, are abandoned by their mother. But heart warming and wonderful when Ivy Darling and her husband Nick take them in and become their foster parents. Ivy Darling is unable to have children and husband Nick is not sure about adoption. Ivy grows to love the children and think of them as her own. Nick states he does not love them but taking them into their home was the right thing to do. Ivy's family accepts the children right away unlike Nick's family who are appalled. The Darling's marriage is strained to say the least and this situation pushes them further apart. They face everyday challenges that a lot of people face. Mistrust, marital issues, drugs, child abandonment, frustration, discouragement, infidelity, hope, forgiveness and love.
Great ending. I recommend this book. Hope to read more about the Darling's.
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