Monday, September 14, 2015

THE SAME SKY by Amanda Eyre Ward

THE SAME SKY   by Amanda Eyre Ward
What a sad, hopeful book. No, that is not an oxymoron. This really is an excruciatingly sad book full of hope and faith.  A young girl, left alone to care for her even younger brother, must lead them from crushing poverty in Honduras to their illegal immigrant mother in America.  Hope and belief carry them until her brother is hooked on glue and she is raped.
A young American couple with everything -- a successful restaurant, enough money, friends, family, an enduring love for each other, but no child to make them complete.  Hope and belief seem lost when the child they adopted is taken from them after one blissful day because the birth mother changes her mind.
Told in alternating chapters with Carla, the Honduran child, and Alice, the American wife, voicing their stories.  The situations are real, the characters are fully fleshed out, the tension increases as the stories play out.  How can this end happily?  Does it end happily?  Who are the winners and losers?  
A beautifully written tale of heart wrenching loss, dashed dreams, hope, love and a place to belong.
5 of 5 stars

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