Predictable..., May 5, 2010
This book would have been much better if either of the main characters were just a little bit interesting. A good premise spoiled by predictable writing. The main character, Melanie, deserved no empathy or sympathy until the very end, of course... Also, the Christian message didn't fit with the plot - instead of enhancing the story, it just got in the way.
Long after the last page..., May 3, 2010
I stayed up till 3:00 AM reading this beautifully written, stunning novel of love and loss. Ms. Cushman conveyed every mother's deepest fear, the profound and devastating knowledge that one is unable to protect their children from all harm. The mothers live at different ends of the spectrum, and the only thing they have in common is the loss of a child. Rather than bringing them together, they are pulled apart by well-meaning friends and family, who are angry, and quick to place blame. Ms. Cushman digs beneath the layers of guilt and aloneness, unveiling faith and forgiveness like the petals of a rose, slowly opening both women's hearts to God. In the end, redemption, with consequences, resonates in an all-too-real life scenario that will touch the heart long after the last page is turned.
A good read!, May 1, 2010
A nice story about FAITH and FORGIVENESS! I really enjoyed reading this story. If you've ever experienced a tragedy in your life this will hit close to home. This book is a good investment of your time.
Couldn't put it down!, May 1, 2010
I am looking froward to more books that inspire me. I will read this again. Best book I've read this year.