by Marisa De Los Santos
I first heard about this lovely book from Lesley's Book Nook. She gave it lots of positive raves and, since she's never recommended a book I didn't like I quickly added it to my TBR list. All these months later (or maybe it's been over a year) I finally took the chance to enjoy it myself.
I loved the different views from the various main characters. It proved a very effective means of getting to know each character and empathizing with them. Each had concerns and flaws. I was surprised that one of my least favorite characters during the first part of the book could elicit feelings of compassion from me later on.
This is a masterfully written story of relationships. There are secrets that are uncovered, crisis to overcome, friendships made and challenged, marriages weakened and/or strengthened, ties between children and parents tested, and a major illness. Written out like this it sounds like it might be a hard book to read, maybe too sad; but it's really not. It's an immensely interesting and enjoyable story.
My favorite characters were Dev, a 'genius' 13-yr-old and Cornelia, a young married wife of a handsome, charming, down-to-earth doctor. These two tell the story from their points of view, along with the 'Stetford-type wife', Piper.