is the story of two women. One an adult,
Angie Malone who has longed for a baby during
the fourteen years of her marriage and a young
seventeen year old girl Lauren Ribido who had
longed for a mother who loved her and took
care of her.
begins with Angie Malone returning home to
West Bend for a family dinner. She's from a
large, wonderful Italian family and it's good
to see everyone. Except, Angie is still
grieving the loss of her baby girl Sophia who
only lived a few short days. Prior to this
two other babies had ended in a miscarriage.
Their final attempt at becoming parents was
adoption which also ended badly. After six
months of supporting a teenage girl who
promised them her baby, she changed her mind
once the child was born.
It's at this
point that Angie and Conlan decide to end
their marriage. "Her need for a child had been
like a high tide, that had drowned them."
While Angie is deciding what comes next, she
finds out that her families' restaurant which
has been the hub of their family for decades,
is in financial trouble. "Mama" has a
suggestion, "Angie can help". As a successful
creative director she has created many
successful campaigns which her deceased "Papa"
had been so proud of. So, begins a new
chapter in Angie's life. She moves back to
the beach house near her family home in West
is a bright, motivated young woman who is
working very hard to be the best she can be.
She's a senior at "one of the best private
schools in Washington on full Scholarship."
Unfortunately, her single Mom is more
interested in hanging at the local pub and
finding someone to love her than in actually
caring for Lauren as she should. Now, Lauren
is working to pay the past due rent, studying
to earn a scholarship for college and keep her
night, Angie and Lauren "meet" in a parking
lot where Lauren is distributing flyers
reading "Work Wanted. Steady, Reliable." In
the pouring rain, Angie convinces Lauren to
take a wad of bills which goes immediately to
help pay her rent.
As the story
goes on, Angie and Lauren form a very special
bond. Angie hires Lauren at the family
restaurant and becomes a part of the DeSaria
family. (Mama isn't sure since Lauren isn't
Italian.) Then when Lauren's Mom abandons her
Angie doesn't hesitate to offer her a place to
There are many
more dramatic events, but I hope this much
peaks your interest to read this emotional
story of how these characters find hope and
love when it seems impossible. As you know,
Kristin Hannah has a wonderful way of telling
a story as in "The Nightingale" or "The Great
Alone". Happy reading!!