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DonnaGeorgiaAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A great Christian fiction novelJune 18, 2014DonnaGeorgiaAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Love 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.
I received a copy of this book from bookfun.org for my honest opinion and review.
MaryMinnesotaAge: 45-54Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Darling Family dramaJune 18, 2014MaryMinnesotaAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"All Right Here" is about family and forgiveness! Some families are great, some, not so much. We must make the best of which ever we have. When people do not meet our expectations we must always forgive, even when forgiving isn't what our heart's desire is.
Ivy, Carre Armstrong Gardner's main character, struggles with infertility, her husband's indifference, and in-law problems. She doesn't always want to do the right thing. In the beginning of "All Right Here" she does what she is told and tries her best to fit in. Later in the story we watch her gain some independence and stand up for herself. Her strength seems to come from foster parenting three children, but it really comes from the Lord. It is a pleasure to see Ivy grow and change. I feel Gardner did an excellent job developing Ivy's character.
I liked how the importance, and occasionally, the hindrance, of family is woven into this story. Themes such as abortion, drug abuse, infertility and adoption are all touched on, as well as various others. This is a good read, it flows smoothly, and changes point of view easily. I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
KrisFairfax, VAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Such an enjoyable bookJune 15, 2014KrisFairfax, VAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What a wonderful, sweet book! Ivy, from a large family with 4 girls and a boy, desperately wants a baby. Unfortunately, the adoption wait lists are long. But she gets a ready-made family when the 3 African-American children next door are abandoned by their mother. Her husband upfront confesses that he does not love them but will do the right thing; her family readily accepts them; and her in-laws reject them, not only because of their skin color but also because they are not their "own". To add insult to injury, Ivy's sister-in-laws keep getting pregnant and are continuously rude to her.
This books deals with mostly ordinary life - family dynamics, challenging teenagers, fidelity in marriage, alcoholism, and balancing priorities. It all takes place in a quiet Maine town. Since my own teenage son enjoys cooking I enjoyed watching Deshaun figure out cooking - the only problem was I didn't have the ingredients to make some of his food but I noticed I made a plain grilled cheese sandwich for myself the very next day! I really enjoyed All Right Here and look forward to reading the stories of the other siblings - and I hope Ivy's in-laws wake up and see their self-centered behavior. I received this book from TBCN in return for my honest opinion.
jsrn184 Stars Out Of 5Darling storyJune 15, 2014jsrn18This was my first book that I have read by Carre Armstrong Gardner. The story revolves around holding a grudge against someone based on a decision they made years previously. It took a few chapters to get into the book and figure out who the main characters were and what was going on. Once the story developed it was a great book. It was confusing at times with the narrator switching roles but once I straightened out who all the characters were it went smoother. I was very disappointed with how the story ended because I felt there wasn't closure for the characters. I really related to many of the characters and loved the strengths and weaknesses of the Darling family. Can't wait to read the next book!
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5A touching story of forgiveness and restorationJune 14, 2014bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Ivy and Nick are existing in a marriage that is strained, at best. Both have hurts that are driving a wedge between them. One of the biggest is Ivy's inability to have children.
Their lives change, however, when the house next door gets new renters. Finding the house locked, Ivy leaves her welcome gift at the door, only to see it soon snatched inside. A few days later is becomes clear. Three children have been abandoned by their mother. And they never did know a father.
Needing food and baths, Ivy takes them in. Child Protective Services allows Nick and Ivy to sign up for foster care instruction and keep caring for the children.
Add to the mix all the in-laws and you have the setting of a good story. Nick's family feels Ivy just doesn't belong in their family. And taking in African American children? The tension is excruciating. Ivy's family, while warm and accepting, has issues too.
The first half of the book went a little slow for me. But the second half, well, you had better have a tissue ready.
The main story deals with a stale and maybe dying marriage. The introduction of the three foster kids changes the dynamics of the relationship - some for good and some for added stress.
I really liked the characters and their growth as the story progressed. Both Ivy and Nick face their hurts and the coldness they have developed in their marriage. Nick's family? They can just wallow in their superiority! And Ivy's family is a story to be continued, I hope, in a sequel.
This novel is a moving story of restored relationships, forgiveness, love, and acceptance.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.