Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Review | All Right Here by Carre Armstrong Gardner

Review | All Right Here by Carre Armstrong Gardner" class="ubb-image alignleft">All Right Here by Carre Armstrong Gardner
Published by Tyndale House Publishers on May 16, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Family, Fiction
Format: eBook
Source: Netgalley
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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?

A big thanks to the publishers via Netgalley for allowing me to read this book. I truly enjoyed it & am looking forward to book #2.

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If you love the show, Parenthood, then you will love this book! All Right Here by Carre Armstrong Gardner is written in such a magical way that you feel as if you are part of the Darling family. Each and every character, while some are harder to like than others, bring something different to the table and allow for the story to flow in a way that is pleasing to the reader. The development of the characters and the progression of the story is one that keeps your attention and leaves you wanting more. I truly enjoyed this book, as it was a step outside of my usual genre. I was very pleased to see that it is the beginning of a series and a series I will most definitely be following.

I was swept into the story from the minute that I started. It brings to light real life issues involving family, forgiveness, and much more. I admire the depth of the story and the raw emotion that is felt throughout. So many elements woven into the story keeps it easy for the reader to get lost in the story and before you know it, your past the last page wishing it would keep going. The main character, Ivy, has a lot on her plate. Her strained marriage caused by her infertility, in-laws that can’t seem to accept her, and the added stress of bringing in three foster children when they least expect it. With so much going on, the struggles and hardship felt by Ivy and those around here left me expecting an entirely different outcome. However, I was pleasantly surprised and left feeling hopeful, probably the same Ivy felt.

If you’re looking for a unique read, I recommend that you give this a try. If you do, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Four out of five stars.

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