The novel starts with a little bit of history-the history behind a statue that has been passed down in the generations of Bernadette’s family. It then goes on to give us the history of how the Doyle’s come to adopt two little boys-Tip and Teddy. Then we find out that Bernadette who has always dreamed of a houseful of children, dies. Bernard is left with two young boys and an older one-his biological son, Sullivan to raise.
In one blinding moment everyone’s lives in this novel are changed. There is a snowstorm, an accident and then life as the Doyle’s knew it is gone. I was completely drawn into the characters in this story. Bernard as a father is controlling but he only wants what is best for his sons. Tip and Teddy are extremely likeable-Tip is the smart one, Teddy the sensitive one. Sullivan, the biological son-well he’s had a different kind of life as when the little boys were adopted and then their mother dies, Sullivan really ends up being pushed aside. After the accident we are introduced to Tennesse Moser and her daughter Kenya. Kenya is this amazing runner-she runs everywhere. Without giving away the plot the entrance of this woman and her child change the history of the Doyle family. It’s an intricate plot that unwinds itself all the way to the end of the novel where it all becomes clear. What’s even more surprising is that this story takes place over a 24 hour period-this did not become clear to me really until the end.
This novel touches on a bit of everything-race, religion, class and the importance of family. I felt the strong ties of family throughout this book. There is also the mystery of just what is really going on in this novel and as it becomes clearer towards the end of the novel, you are amazed at how a lot of little things come together to make a bigger picture-how certain events in time are linked to others and then become the present.
I was hooked from page one and just kept turning the pages until I got to the end. This was one book I was sorry to see end as I still wanted to know more about how everything turned out for these characters I had felt so much for. It’s an emotional story and I loved the strong element of family. I would definitely recommend this book.
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