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- Publication Date: November 15, 2013
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- Language: English
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I wanted this book, this trilogy really, to accomplish two things. To show that "ordinary" middle class people without superpowers or terrible backgrounds are interesting too. And to explore the idea that perhaps we are not as self-determined as we think we are. To show how easily people can change when their circumstances change and that, like oak trees, we do not exist without interaction with the local soil and microclimate in which we grow. But neither can any environment turn an oak into a willow.
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Tom Greenwood, his wife, Bonnie and son, Josh have a wonderful life. The love between them is apparent. Their neighbors, Elaine and her son Max, also share in this as they have been best friends forever.
The story takes a tragic twist when Bonnie gets hit by a flying rock and passes away suddenly. What will Tom and Josh do? How will they handle life without a wife or a mother?
The resulting story is one of trust, life lessons and learning about each other. Tom and Elaine want to grow closer, but there is a problem. Max's father is known to no one and no one can know thanks to a long ago signed agreement with Elaine. Keeping this secret is making her off limits to experiencing love again.
Read as the two families get through the death of Bonnie and grow together. Not being a spoiler, I can't tell you how this book ends. I can tell you that you'll enjoy the adventures and self awareness that happens.
At the end of the book, the author tells the reader that this is only book one. She has written two other versions, all with different scenarios. In book one, Bonnie passes away. In books 2 and 3, other main characters die instead.
I, for one, can't wait to read books 2 and 3. This was a very enjoyable read.
Across the street, Josh was enjoying his 14th birthday party in his back yard with some friends, his parents, and a neighbor. After the party, Josh, his parents Bonnie and Tom, and his friend Max and his mother Elaine began to walk to their house across the street. A speeding motorcyclist skidded as he rounded the corner. The cycle hit the group of rocks and one of them, no longer than an egg but split, leaving a sharp edge, flew out from under one of the wheels and headed towards the group. This is where the story, or rather, stories, diverge.
Starting at this point, Brenda J. Carlton created three different scenarios, each with a different ending depending on what happened to that rock. I read only Book 1 in which the rock struck Bonnie in the neck, severing a vein. She lives long enough to get into an operating room but dies before she can be saved. Tom is killed in Book 2, Josh in the Book 3.
The remainder of the book tells the story of how her death affected Tom, Josh, Elaine, and Max, continuing until Josh and Max become adults. Bonnie and Elaine had been very close friends as were Josh and Max.
Tom is totally unprepared to be a single parent and hasn't a clue about what to do. His construction job keeps him away during the days, which effects Josh's school participation and their home life. Bonnie was the one who took care of things. Now, nothing seems to get done. At one point, Josh realized that the house looked like it had been "ransacked" and it would be up to him to clean it. "He realized that he made more of the mess than his father did, but it still didn't seem right that he should be burdened with the cleaning."
They both began relying on Elaine as they continued to wander through the maze of what should be done and who should do it. After a while, Josh asked Tom, "What the hell are you doing, Dad." Tom told him to "Watch your mouth. Josh smirked. If he was going to have to grow up fast, he'd talk any way he liked."
Elaine had never married and Max had no idea who his father was. He didn't know that his father no personal contact; in fact, he didn't even know if his child was a boy or a girl.
Elaine's mother, who also never married, worked for Planned Parenthood. When talking about abortion or adoption, Elaine explained, "people who have nothing to lose usually keep the babies themselves. It's usually young women who don't want to lose their chance to finish college or start their career or else women who are dependent on men that don't want the child who abort."
In explaining the circumstances of his birth to Max, Elaine, who owned a nursery and worked with plants and landscaping, observed that it laws had to be passed to end gender discrimination in the workplace. "Mostly it was a matter of convincing people that women were not dumber than men. Even a lot of the women believe that since they'd been hearing it all their lives.
"Women have always submitted to the rule of men because they could find themselves pregnant and with little children to care for at the most inconvenient times. If they could have babies only when they chose to, they could live their lives any way they wanted."
Near the end of Book 1, Max delivers a parody of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address for funny, informative speech at Josh's wedding. It sums up their story in a delightful manner.
As much as I appreciated the feminist angles, I can't believe that Tom was so totally inept in so many ways.
I received this book via a free Kindle download. I wish Books 2 and 3 had also been included because I really like the premise.
Top international reviews
Very easy to read although a bit predicable- i'm not sure if I would read others in the series if I had to buy them.
It was a good length for a beach book- it didn't drag on/ get into to much irrelevant detail.
Not a bad book - just not the best.